Review | David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition

One of the greatest Daredevil stories every told, David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition is the ultimate version.

David Mazzucchelli's Daredevil Born Again Artist's EditionIDW proudly presents DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI’S DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting all seven issues of the Born Again saga in its entirety. Considered by many to be the definitive Daredevil story, written by Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli, this epic tale represents two unparalleled creators at the peak of their story-telling powers.

Each page has been personally scanned by David Mazzucchelli from his own original art at the same size he drew it, and in color (to insure the best possible reproduction).

As with all original artist’s gallery editions this is a collection of classic comic material and I’ll be reviewing the book and not the story. For a complete list of all current and announced editions, with review links, please visit our Index.

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Arguably the best Daredevil story ever, Born Again is a high water mark for Frank Miller’s writing and David Mazzucchelli’s art. All the art is here, covers and interiors, direct from Mazzucchelli. He either had the art or had excellent colour scans of the art, after selling two issues from the series. Issue 233 shows up a lot on Comic Art Fans so that’s one but it’s a guess as to the other.

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And what scans they are. The art is clean and well preserved with minimal aging or yellowing. Mazzucchelli’s art is already clean with minimal shading. Zip-A-Tone and ink applied in just the right spots.

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What’s missing are eight vellum overlays done for specific colour printing, where Mazzucchelli did the extra colour of the page for specific imagery. This is mentioned up front and in the extras at the back are the pages in colour with the overlays so you know what’s missing. Unless you know it’s missing as you read the story it doesn’t detract.

Speaking of extras we’re well treated. An insightful introduction by the artist sets the stage, and then in the Gallery there are two covers, the Marvel Age below my favourite, and several pages of pencil roughs and breakdowns from the artist. Closing everything out is a one page biography of Mazzucchelli.

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Production is excellent. Solid sewn binding, a little too tight to allow the book’s pages to open flat. Shrinkwrapped and sold in a sturdy cardboard case.

Design by Randall Dahlk, early in the Artist’s Edition line. There isn’t complete cohesion between the endpapers, chapter dividers and indices, but it’s clean and well presented. The use of the city and city themes is inspired, as are the chapter dividers with newer Mazzucchelli Daredevil art. He had this to say:

Believe or not, part of the fun for me, is the research. I looked up Hell’s Kitchen, and tried to get a feel for that, and compared it to how Mazzucchelli portrayed it in the book. I wanted to maintain the dirt and grime of the city, along with familiar architecture. When designing the books, I want to enhance the featured artist’s work, without overwhelming it with my own personal vision.

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Being such a fan of the material I also purchased the signed and numbered edition. It comes with a different cover and in a slipcase, both seen above. As for interior a new signature plate has been added, see below.

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A wondrous volume of an incomparable work, stuffed with extras in an inspired presentation.

Scott VanderPloeg Written by:

Editor-In-Chief. Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at eBabble. Art collection at Comic Art Fans. Joe Shuster Awards Harry Kremer coordinator.

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7 Comments

  1. Charlie
    July 24, 2015
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    The cover of this book is one of the finest works of comic art ever! I still get chills looking at it. Putting my money where my mouth is, I own 4 of these… but I don’t know why.

    • Marco Ivan
      January 5, 2017
      Reply

      Charlie do you have one left for sale?

        • Marco
          January 8, 2017
          Reply

          Thanks for your reply! I looked for it on their website but I didn’t find it. I will write them an email. Unfortunately I am a bit too far away to go there personnally: Italy:).

      • January 6, 2017
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        Where are you located Marco? I may be able to point you in the right direction.

        • Marco
          January 8, 2017
          Reply

          Thanks for replying Scott. I live in Italy.

  2. CAFcomics
    July 29, 2015
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    This is so cool. I’ll be needing 1 copy only tho because I buy to read.

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