Daredevil Reading Order

This is potentially controversial, and may require a more detailed write up at some point, but pound for pound, I’d argue Daredevil has the most consistently excellent modern solo series of any Marvel hero. When you think about the greats that have blessed Matt Murdock with all time great, era defining runs (Miller, Bendis, Waid) it’s downright startling. 

As Daredevil’s Netflix series continues to expand, finally giving us the savior of Hell’s Kitchen we’ve been waiting for, you can read up on the essential Daredevil comics from his origin to present day.

I’d also recommend our Punisher and Elektra reading orders for those seeking even more comics!

Without further ado: the Daredevil reading order.

Charles Soule Daredevil

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)

II Redux) Ann Nocenti and Joe Kelly Take Daredevil From the Late 80’s Through the 1990’s

Daredevil Epic Collection: A Touch of Typhoid

Collects: Daredevil #253 to #270

Covers a good chunk of Ann Nocenti’s run on Daredevil, introducing Daredevil villain Typhoid Mary.

Daredevil: The Fall of the Kingpin

Collects: Daredevil #297 to #300

The follow-up to Daredevil: Born Again.

Daredevil Epic Collection: Fall From Grace

Collects: Daredevil #319 to #322

I’m not a Fall From Grace fan, but it does come up as one of the more well known Daredevil and Elektra storylines of the mid-90’s.

Daredevil Epic Collection: Widow’s Kiss

Collects: Daredevil #365 to #380, Daredevil/Deadpool Annual ’97

Joe Kelly is most well known for his 1997 kickoff to Deadpool (DD and Deadpool even crossed over for an annual issue!), but many people forget he was also writing one of the last Daredevil runs before the series rebooted with Marvel Knights.

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. 2: Parts of a Hole

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

#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

#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

Blood of the Tarantula

#1

Daredevil Noir

#1 – #4

VI) Shadowland

Daredevil: The Devil’s Hand

Daredevil: Dark Days & Daredevil #501-507

Daredvil: 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

Daredevil Volume 2: West-Case Scenerio

Daredevil #6 to #10

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.

Daredevil Vol. 3: The Daredevil You Know

Daredevil Vol. 4: The Autobiography of Matt Murdock

Daredevil #11 to #18

Thus concludes the epic Mark Waid era on Daredevil!

VIII) All-New All-Different Daredevil by Charles Soule

Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 1: Chinatown

Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 2: Supersonic

Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle

Included as Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle Infinite Comic on Marvel Unlimited.

Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 3: Dark Art

Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 4: Identity

Takes you through Daredevil #1 to #20.

12 Replies to “Daredevil Reading Order”

  1. So if I just watched the Daredevil netflix series and am interested in getting into the comics (as first time ever marvel comic reader) do you suggest me reading this full list? Because I saw some of your other posts regarding daredevil having shorter lists but I’m not sure if that was just you choosing your favorites sort of. And would marvel unlimited be the best way to read all of these? I think your post said they would be on there..?

    1. MU is a great way to get at these comics. These selections will be on there.

      You could start at the top here and enjoy, but if you really just want to see if DD comics are for you, Id start with the Frank Miller section. The Netflix show most closely resembles these stories.

      Enjoy!

  2. I see on MU they have “Daredevil: End of Days” but it’s not listed on here. Is that just a miniseries outside of the DD canon (like DD noir)?

    1. It’s the “last” Daredevil story, in the vein of “Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” So more of a what if than in continuity, tying up the Bendis/Brubaker era of DD.

  3. Thanks for having me; finally joined your site. Appreciate your reading orders soooooo much, as have over 35 years of Marvels to catch on. Have beenreading major events, crossovers. Have read Daredevil from Vol. 3 to present. Now to step back further on Hornhead, where do recommend I begin again: Shadowland? Some Miller? His move to Japan? Jumping around to catch up is a little rough, but the stories are soooo good (like novels) that I get into them even with some hints of what’s going on/going to happen. Such good writers today (mostly)! And by jumping in blocks I don’t o.d. on one character. Just finished the Ultimatum saga/block (thanks for your order-list there!). Likely a bunch of Iron Man next. Next big target is House of M, but not quite ready yet (did the Disassembleds (your orders) to prepare). Between Marvel Unlimited and local libraries, with your guidance, I’ll catch up eventually! The journey that started with “The Wedding of Reed and Sue” in ’65 goes on… Excelsior!

    1. It’s a great journey, I can definitely approve of the jumping around approach sometimes.

      I’d say that Shadowland is pretty tied to the comics before, so if you haven’t read your Bendis and Brubaker, I’d read those first.

      Otherwise, Frank Miller’s DD is pretty much the gold standard. While some is much better than others, I highly recommend his first run on the series and then Born Again.

      Enjoy the comics!

  4. Love your site and your reading orders. You’ve definitely been my spirit guide in my journey through Marvel.

    Just a heads up. At the end of “Daredevil in the 2000’s” you have the last book listed as “Daredevil Vol. 3: Wake Up” when it is actually “Daredevil Vol. 2: Parts of a Hole”. Thanks for putting up with my OCD.

  5. Hey Dave, love the website, just one thought: you may need a caveat describing just how very very terrible Shadowland is and how it’s the worst Daredevil story ever written and how it’s not really in character and ends on a huge copout and how no one should read it, just a thought! Anyway love the website!

    😂😂😂

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