Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Daredevil 2004

    (Marvel, 2004)
™ and © Marvel Entertainment Group

Borrowing its name from the encyclopedic reference volumes of the mid-1980s, the current incarnation of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a series of slick one–shots spotlighting Spider-Man and other popular characters and their allies and enemies. The Daredevil 2004 edition offers updated information on everyone’s favorite blind attorney and his friends and foes but, like the other 2004 issues, it lacks the exhaustive nature of the original handbooks. You’ll find references to such second–rate characters as The Jester and The Purple Man, but they don’t have their own entries.

What the 2004 series does offer, however, is more story information about the key players. Daredevil himself is given five text–heavy pages not only chronicling his powers and stats, but also giving an overview of his soap–opera–like career in fighting crime (both in the courtroom and on the streets) and wooing women.

The art for this edition is almost exclusively modern, but it does offer a nice mix of styles, ranging from Greg Horn to Tim Sale to Bill Sienkiewicz.

— Brett Weiss

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