Examining the 10 greatest creative runs with the Man Without Fear
7: Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada
"Daredevil" Vol. 2 1-8 (1998-1999)
Just coming out of bankruptcy, both creative and financial, Marvel had something to prove to a public who had grown weary of the comic company's dearth of creative innovation. Marvel turned to artists Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti to revitalize some of their lower selling titles and nearly forgotten characters. Leading the charge in the new Marvel Knights imprint was "Daredevil" #1, drawn by Quesada & Palmiotti and written by filmmaker Kevin Smith. Together, the pair reminded fans what a modern comic could look and feel like. With a foot in the past and an eye on the future, Smith and Quesada broke through fan ennui and ushered in a new era for Marvel, an era that would continue for years and perhaps hit its zenith with a four billion dollar sale to Disney and Marvel's current Hollywood dominance. And they did it through damn fine storytelling.
At the time, creators were stuck in the world created and perfected by Frank Miller, spinning their wheels and rarely -- if ever -- adding anything new to the mix. By the end of Smith's time on the book, Karen Page was dead, murdered by Bullseye, and Daredevil was floundering and lost. The arc ended with Matt having a moving discussion with Spider-Man, who lost one of the loves of his life when Gwen Stacy was murdered by the Green Goblin. The talk rekindled Daredevil's heroic spirit, the final step of an intense journey from darkness to light that changed the path of not only Daredevil, but Marvel Comics, forever.