If You Loved ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix, Read These Comics Next
If, like us, you’ve spent the past weekend binging on Netflix’s second season of Daredevil and reveling in all the superhero exploits, ninja action and all-around punishment, you probably still haven’t had your fill. While there are great Daredevil runs from the likes of Frank Miller and Mark Waid that you could read to get more of a hornhead fix, what are you supposed to do if you’ve read all of them too? We’ve got five of the best independent comics to try next if you can’t get enough of the Man Without Fear.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Change Is Constant
It’s a well-known fact by now that the original Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics were pastiches of gritty ’80s superhero comics, and especially of Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil. As great as those original TMNT comics were, the Turtles’ popularity eventually took over the world, and while we ended up with some pretty great cartoons and toys, it was lacking some of that original TMNT edge.
That’s where IDW‘s recent TMNT reboot comes in, as Kevin Eastman returned to the characters he created and, along with a killer creative team, began a new story from the beginning that can appeal to Turtles’ fans. It’s got all the radical, ninja-whupping action you want from TMNT, but with a 21st century comics sensibility that makes it a must-read.
Men of Wrath
Men of Wrath tells the story of Ira Rath, oldest surviving member of a family of hitmen, as he takes one last job before he hangs it all up. But the job is to kill his own son. If you love the morally complex and often dubious characters of Daredevil, Men of Wrath is a hidden gem waiting to be uncovered.
A History of Violence
You may be familiar with the David Cronenberg adaptation of the comic book, but the source material is well worth checking out on its own, especially if you’re a fan of the mob shenanigans of Daredevil.
If you’ve not seen the film, A History of Violence is about a former criminal who crossed the mob twenty years earlier, and how that catches up to him after he stops a robbery in the small town he moved to. Tense, moody and gripping, A History of Violence is required reading if you’re a fan of crime comics.
Another comic you may be aware of from its adaptations, Lady Snowblood was first published as manga in 1972 and still feels well ahead of its time in many regards.
It follows the quest of Lady Snowblood Oyuki to get justice for the murder of her family, and follows the trail of destruction she leaves in her wake. A major influence on western films such as Kill Bill, if you came away from Daredevil wanting more Elektra, you can’t go wrong with the original.
Back To Brooklyn
Jon Bernthal’s portrayl of The Punisher was one of the highlights of this season of Daredevil and a good chunk of it was based on the work of Garth Ennis, who helped redefine Frank Castle for the 21st century with books like Marvel Knights Punisher and Punisher MAX.
If you came away from Daredevil wanting more in that mold, you’d be wise to check out this story. Back to Brooklyn is about a mob hitman on the run from his own crime family who have decided he knows too much, and how he tries to keep himself and his family alive when all of Brooklyn is out to kill him.