by ryankl

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: EXAMINING MATT MURDOCK AND DAREDEVIL is a book of essays all about Marvel’s Daredevil character. Published by Sequart, it is edited by me and features a rogues gallery of high quality writers. It is currently in May’s Previews and will hit comic shops in August.

The preorder code for the book is MAY13 1432 (it’s on page 379 of May’s Previews) or you can just ask your LCS to order you a copy. Many stores won’t order copies unless they think their customers want one – this is a critical text of a niche character so it could easily fall by the wayside. With your help, it won’t. The book will be $15.99 and it’s pretty damn fine, if I do say so myself. I edited the whole thing, and wrote two pretty long essays, but as a Daredevil fan it’s exactly what I’ve always wanted to read.


You can scope out some essay previews at the following links:

iFanboy runs an excerpt of my essay “Blind Dates and Broken Hearts”

Multiversity Comics runs an excerpt of my essay “The Only Way Is Down: Brubaker’s Saga as 70s Cinematic Noir”


And check some interviews with me at these links:

Kuljit Mithra at an Without Fear chats with me about the book

Matt Meylikhov at Multiversity Comics chats with me about the book

Tyler James at ComixTribe chats with me about the book


Here is a list of the essays and their authors:

‘Daredevil’s Origin’ by Will Murray discusses how Marvel came to publish a character named Daredevil.

‘Daredevil: Not Ready for Primetime?’ by M.S. Wilson discusses how Daredevil works better as a character on his own rather than integrated with others.

‘Daredevil and the Missing Father’ by Forrest Helvie delves into the concept of fatherhood in Daredevil’s creation.

‘Grabbing the Devil by the Horns’ by Matt Duarte looks at the early rogues of Daredevil’s crime fighting days.

‘Being Mike Murdock’ by Tim Callahan is an interesting take on the imaginary brother Mike Murdock.

‘The Life and Times of Foggy Nelson’ by Christine Hanefalk deconstructs the life of Matt Murdock’s best friend.

‘When Things Fall Apart in Hell’s Kitchen: Postcolonialism in Bendis’s Daredevil’ by Jon Cormier is an educational look at the role the location plays in the book.

‘There Will be Blood: Daredevil’s Violent Tendencies’ by Henry Northmore considers the effects of Daredevil’s violent adversaries.

‘Science Fact!’ by Stéphane Guéret, Manuella Hyvard, Nicolas Labarre, and Marie-Laure Saulnier considers the realistic possibilities of Matt Murdock’s unique medical situation.

‘Blind Dates and Broken Hearts’ by Ryan K Lindsay investigates the deep and treacherous love lives of Matt Murdock.

‘Daredevil: Intermediate Superhero Film Making’ by Geoff Klock is a discussion about the 2003 movie adaptation.

‘Daredevil and Spider-Man: Dark Alleys and Bright Lights’ by Vinny Murphy is an analysis of the relationship between Daredevil and Spider-Man.

‘What Fall From Grace? Reappraising the Chichester Years’ by Julian Darius looks over the much maligned Chichester run from the 90s.

‘Daredevil and Punisher: Polar Opposites? ‘ by M.S. Wilson investigates the themes connecting Daredevil and the Punisher.

‘.22 Caliber, A Girl’s Gun: Vanessa Fisk & Freedom of Action’ by Kevin Thurman discusses the role of Vanessa Fisk in the Bendis/Maleev run of the 2000s.

‘The Only Way Is Down – Brubaker’s Saga as 70s Cinematic Noir’ by Ryan K Lindsay analyses the Brubaker/Lark/Gaudiano run against the cinematic noir cornerstones of the 70s.

And a classy Foreword by Ralph Macchio


Here is Alice Lynch’s amazing cover and hopefully you’ll think about adding it to your shelf this coming August.

devil is in the details cover

You can also order another Sequart book all about The Filth in the same Previews. Check the details here.

And definitely don’t forget to order GHOST TOWN #2 from Action lab’s danger Zone in the same Previews. It’s my first issue on this action packed ongoing.