On Friday, March 18, Netflix will release the much anticipated second season of Marvel’s Daredevil. To make the wait then until better, here are some of the greatest Daredevil, Elektra and Punisher comics to read.


Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson, Volumes 1 & 2 (1979-1983)

Already considered by comic fans to be one of the most definitive runs of the character ever, the first season of Daredevil heavily borrowed many elements from this story collection: in this graphic novel collection, the reader is introduced to the Kingpin Wilson Fisk (portrayed as intimidating and yet also tragic by Vincent D’Onofrio) and the blind mentor known as Stick (played as a badass by Scott Glenn).

Writer Frank Miller also developed the complicated relationship between Matt Murdock (played brilliantly by Charlie Cox) and the ninja assassin Elektra Natchios, who makes her first appearance in the second season portrayed by the dangerously beautiful Elodie Yung. More than certainly the second season will take cues from Miller’s writing of the characters, as seen in this graphic novel.

Both Stick and Elektra end up dragging Daredevil into a shadow war on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen against the ninja cult known as the Hand, as seen during Miller’s run and the trailer for the second season.


Daredevil: Man Without Fear, Volume One (1993)

Also written by Miller, and drawn by the great John Romita, Jr., the first season also took many visual cues from this collection, such as Murdock’s black bandanna vigilante uniform before he got the famous red horn-head suit. As well, Miller delves into Murdock’s childhood with his father Battling Jack Murdock and origin stories for many other supporting characters.


Punisher: Year One (1995)

While the Punisher’s origins had previously been told in multiple comics before, this is the first time the descent of Frank Castle (played by Jon Bernthal) is written in much more detail than previously ever by writer Dan Abnett. This novel is considered not only a good starting point for people wanting to learn more about the Punisher, as well this comic shows a more vulnerable side to Castle that is buried under grim coldness later on.


Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (2000)

While Daredevil and the Punisher have battled on the pages of the comics before, and soon on screen in the second season, here writer Garth Ennis has the Punisher and Daredevil struggle over morals and ideals in their own personal wars on crime. In addition, Ennis is also credited by readers for bringing the Punisher back to basics as a determined street vigilante taking aim at organized crime, which some considered was forgotten for a long time.

Daredevil from Marvel Studios stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio,  and Deborah Ann Woll.