Marvel Daredevil Reading Order

With the groundbreaking Daredevil television show from Marvel Studios and Netflix changing the conversation on Marvel properties, people are clamoring to find the best Daredevil stories to jump into.  This can be tough because Marvel is known for its tight continuity and so, for many people, they will just want to start towards “the beginning” with many of the best tories.  As a part of our commitment to find and post comic book reading orders for those who light to keep things going forward, we have found this incredible complete Daredevil reading order of the best Daredevil stories from Comic Book Herald.  This does not take you from beginning to end, but instead shows you some of the most important and best Daredevil stories and how to get through them in order.  We are producing it more or less as it appears, though a couple changes were made.

I) Daredevil’s Origins

You’ll undoubtedly note that my early Daredevil Origins section is fairly sparse. Nothing against the hornhead’s 60’s origins, but I’m not going to lie: most readers will want to get the origins and jump ahead to the Frank Miller era that defines the character we see today.

The first issue of Daredevil impressively tackles all of the familiar Daredevil origin beats we know and love. It’s impressive just how much of Matt Murdock’s beginnings are captured in that one issue, as well as the number of Daredevil foes we quickly see introduced in those first 11 issues (The Owl! Purple Man! Stilt Man!!!).

Daredevil, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks)

Daredevil #1 – #11

Daredevil: Battlin’ Jack Murdock

#1 – #4

It’s worth noting that the four issue Battlin’ Jack Murdock miniseries was published in 2007. Nonetheless, it’s all flashback, and works best as some surprisingly touching fill-in detail surrounding Daredevil’s origins.

II) Daredevil: The Frank Miller Era

Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson Omnibus

Daredevil #158 – #191

Daredevil: Love and War (Marvel Graphic Novel)

Original Graphic Novel

Daredevil: Born Again

Daredevil #226 – #233

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

#1 – #5 (1993)

III) Daredevil in the 2000’s: Kevin Smith and Marvel Knights

Daredevil: Guardian Devil

Daredevil #1 – #8

Daredevil, Vol. 1: Yellow

#1 – #5

Marvel Knights (Vol. 1)

#1 – #15

Spider-Man / Daredevil

#1

Daredevil Vol. 3: Wake Up

Daredevil #9 – #15

IV) Daredevil: The Bendis & Maleev Era

Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection – Book 1

Daredevil #16-19 & #26-40

Elektra By Greg Rucka Ultimate Collection

Elektra #1 – #22

Technically, Elektra shows up in Daredevil’s solo series prior to the completion of issue #40 (the completion of Bendis and Maleev’s book 1). If you really want, you could start reading Elektra around Daredevil #30. Personally, I’d just fill in the solo Elektra if you’re so inclined.

Kingpin

#1 – #6

Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection – Book 2

Daredevil #41 – #50 & #56 – #60

Daredevil / Echo: Vision Quest

Daredevil #51-55

Daredevil 2099

#1

Written by the Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman!

Elektra: The Hand TPB (Elektra (Graphic Novels))

#1 – #5

Just to put this in perspective, the series was written during the Elektra solo movie years. I know, I tried to forget as well, but our past is always with us.

Bullseye: Greatest Hits (Daredevil)

#1 – #5

Daredevil: Father

#1 – #6

Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection – Book 3

Daredevil #66-81, What If Karen Page Had Lived? #1 (Oct 2004 – Jan 2006)

Daredevil vs. Punisher: Means & Ends

#1 – #6

Daredevil: Redemption

#1 – #5

V) Daredevil: The Brubaker & Lark Era

Daredevil By Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection – Book 1

Daredevil #82 – #93 (through Jan 2007)

I’d note that Civil War takes place during this Brubaker and Lark run. Helps explain the dueling Daredevils.

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection – Book 2

Daredevil #94 – #105 (through Feb 2008)

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Book 3

Daredevil #106 – #119 & #500 (through Aug 2009)

Daredevil & Captain America Dead on Arrival

#1

Daredevil Blood of the Tarantula

#1

Daredevil Noir

#1 – #4

VI) Shadowland

Daredevil: The Devil’s Hand

Daredevil: Dark Days, Daredevil #501-507

Daredevil: Cage Match

#1

Shadowland

For the full event issue by issue guide, see the Shadowland reading order(July 2010 – Dec 2010)

Daredevil Black and White

#1

As far as I can tell, this issue is out of continuity. Potentially fun read, though.

Daredevil: Reborn

#1 – #4

VII) Daredevil: The Mark Waid & Marvel NOW! Era

Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1

Daredevil #1-10, 10.1; Amazing Spider -Man 677 (July 2011 – March 2012)

Daredevil by Mark Waid Volume 2

Daredevil #11 – #21, Avenging Spider-Man #6, Punisher #10 (Omega Effect Tie-Ins)

Daredevil by Mark Waid Volume 3

Daredevil #22 – #36

Daredevil: Dark Knights

#1 – #8

Daredevil Volume 1: Devil at Bay

Daredevil #1 – #5, 1.5, .1

Superior Iron Man Volume 1: Infamous

Superior Iron Man #1 – #5

Not a typo. Some of Daredevil’s most recent exploits -and Axis tie ins – occur within Superior Iron Man.

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