Daredevil Volume 2 for Dummies

Mar 12, 2008

Daredevil Volume 2 for Dummies

Mar 12, 2008

Note: This post has been updated to reflect available TPBs and HCs as of February 2011. See the end of the post for all omnibuses.

Actually, I was never too fond of the name of the “for Dummies” series. It’s hardly the dummies who go out and buy books about things they’d like to know more about. And there’s definitely no need to feel like a dummy for not figuring out the ins and outs of Daredevil Volume 2. The main thing to remember is that the numbering doesn’t match between TPBs and HCs. And don’t worry, I’ll do a quick recap at the end. Okay, here we go…

Daredevil volume 2, issues 1-15

Issues #1-8 were written by Kevin Smith, and pencilled by Joe Quesada. This arc is collected in the TPB Daredevil Visionaries Vol. 1: Guardian Devil.

Issues #9-15, by David Mack, and Joe Quesada on pencils once again, are collected in the TPB Daredevil Vol. 2: Parts of a Hole.

These two arcs, comprising Daredevil 1-15, can be purchased together in hardcover format as Daredevil, Vol. 1.

Daredevil volume 2, issues 16-19

Next comes Brian Michaels Bendis’s first work on Daredevil, in the “Ben Urich-centric” (is that a real word?) arc Wake Up with painted art by David Mack. It stretches from issues #16-19 and is collected in the TPB Daredevil Vol. 3: Wake Up. This is also collected in HC, together with the very last story arc from Bendis’s run, so we’ll get to that later.

Daredevil volume 2, issues 20-25

Issues #20-25 (Playing to the Camera), by Bob Gale have not been collected, and it doesn’t look like they will be any time soon (if ever). They are available on Marvel Digital Comics, however, if you’re dying to read this arc. You can sign up for a one-month subscription at $9.99.

Daredevil volume 2, issues 26-37

Bendis’s longer run on Daredevil (with art by Alex Maleev and a couple of guest artists here and there) begins with issue #26. The arc Underboss (#26-31) is collected in TPB as Daredevil Vol. 4: Underboss.

Underboss is collected together with Out (#32-37) in the hardcover volume Daredevil, Vol. 2. Out is, of course, also available separately in TPB format as Daredevil Vol. 5: Out.

Daredevil volume 2, issues 38-55

Next up is the arc The Trial of the Century (issues #38-40), which is collected in the TPB “Out” (see above). It is also included in Daredevil, Vol. 3 (hardcover). Also in this volume are the arcs Lowlife (#41-45) and Hardcore (#46-50). They are available separately as TPBs. There’s Daredevil Vol. 6: Lowlife and Daredevil Vol. 7: Hardcore.

Next up is an intermission with an arc featuring Echo (Maya Lopez) who was introduced in Parts of a Hole. The issues are written and drawn by David Mack, and only feature Daredevil in a few panels. A good arc on its own, but not essential reading for those looking to get up to speed. Issues #50-56 are collected in Daredevil Vol. 8: Echo – Vision Quest.

Daredevil volume 2, issues 56-65

Next, Bendis and Maleev return in the arc King of Hell’s Kitchen (#56-60), collected in Daredevil Vol. 9: King of Hell’s Kitchen, and The Widow (#61-64), collected in Daredevil Vol. 10: The Widow. The latter also includes the Daredevil 40th Anniversary Issue (#65). The whole thing is collected in the hardcover volume Daredevil, Vol. 4, which also reprints issues #81 and 82 from volume 1 (of the comic book), featuring the first meeting between Daredevil and the Black Widow.

Daredevil volume 2, issues 66-81

The next hardcover volume Daredevil, Vol 5 collects the two subsequent arcs Golden Age (#66-70) and Decalogue (#71-75). As (nearly) always, these are also available as the TPBs Daredevil Vol. 11: Golden Age and Daredevil Vol. 12: Decalogue.

Last, but not least (of Bendis/Maleev that is), there’s the TPB Daredevil Vol. 13: The Murdock Papers, collecting the arc by the same name, stretching issues #76-81. This is, in turn, also collected in Daredevil, Vol. 6, together with the much earlier arc Wake Up (issues #16-19).

Daredevil volume 2, issues 82-119 + 500
(The Brubaker/Lark run)

This brings us to the Brubaker/Lark run, where they start renumbering the TPBs again, just to make it more confusing for everyone. Here are Brubaker’s story arcs so far and their corresponding TPBs:

Daredevil volume 2, issues 501-512
(The Diggle/Johnston/de la Torre/Checchetto run)

  • The Devil’s Hand (issues #501-507 and Dark Reign: The List – Daredevil)

  • Shadowland (issues #508-512 and Shadowland: After the Fall)
    Note that this refers to the story arc within the Daredevil title, not the Shadowland mini-series.

Recap of all hardcovers including omnibuses

So, let’s do a really quick and simple recap of all hardcovers, including omnibuses (not mentioned previously in the post):

On top of this, there’s TPB vol 8 and issues #20-25 (not collected). Now doesn’t that make perfect sense? Phew! If you have any questions about what’s what, send me an email or ask me in a comment!


  1. Rob Close

    thank you much, this post was very useful for me! very!

  2. Scott

    This was a great post 😀 . What was issues #20-25 about, anyway?

  3. Lloyd

    This has been so helpful (on so many occassions). Thanks for the guide!

    And keep up the great work the site! 🙂

  4. D.

    Alrighty very handy post!

  5. JOhn

    thank you. This list was a huge help to me!

  6. onemaddog

    Thanks for putting this page together. Do you know if they are planning second editions of Hardcovers 2-6 ?

    • Christine

      As far as I know, there are no such plans and Daredevil HC vol 2 is notoriously hard to get a hold of (got my own copy on Ebay at a pretty steep price). On the other hand they keep coming out with new editions of vol 1 so you never know.

  7. Mark

    The Bendis run is now also available in three TPBs titled the Ultimate Collection. Pretty sure they are a replacement for the mostly out of print hardcovers.

  8. PSYloco

    Are issues #119 & #500 the same or is #500 a separate issue under the new numbering?

  9. Aaron K

    @Psyloco – DAREDEVIL volume 1 ran to issue #380; volume 2 ran to #119. The next issue resumed the original numbering, so #500 is what would have been #120 of volume 2.

  10. Harland Auch

    Hey Does anybody know any free application that can block access to specific webpages? Thank you


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