When thinking about this post, I realized that the appeal of a character as rich and complex as Matt Murdock/Daredevil is too great and too multi-faceted to be summed up in one post. Well, it could be, but it would be needlessly long and a little unfocused. So, I figured I’d divide it up into different parts. And I’m totally looking for lots of comments on these posts since I know that the appeal is different for each fan, and that people read Daredevil for many different reasons.
I’ve heard of people who were initially drawn to the character because of his cool-looking costume. I even read a comment one time by a reader who felt a connection to Daredevil because they both had red hair, which was (and still is, I suppose) quite rare in comics – and in the real world. Most are immediately attracted to his “never give in” attitude, and his humanity. People relate to Matt Murdock because he’s human, and his powers are on a scale that make him more “real” than most. Some are intrigued by the concept of a blind superhero, others like that he’s a lawyer. Then there are those who read Daredevil just so that they can feel better about their own lives. No matter how hard things get, there are some people who have it worse, and at the top of that list is Matt Murdock.
Rather than go on, I’ll continue this discussion in three separate posts: “The lawyer and the vigilante,” “The blind superhero,” and “Against all odds.” Yes, I’m aware that coming up with pretentious-sounding titles for posts ahead of time is a little, well, pretentious, but that should give you some idea of what areas I’d like to highlight in each post. So, I guess we’ll see if I can come up with something worthwhile to say. Also, before I go, I’d like to direct you to what two “cyber friends” of mine (hey guys!) have had to say on the topic: HERE and HERE. If the sight of a foreign language scares you, don’t fret. Babelfish (by AltaVista) actually spits out decent – sort of – translations that are at least readable. And, it’s well worth it.
UPDATED: JP (the guy who authored the excellent essay hiding behind the second “HERE”) has now posted a translation of it HERE. Go check it out!