When Frank Miller recreated the Batman origin story with his 1987 story Batman: Year One, he was already a very popular writer and artist in the industry. He had started his regular work on the Daredevil franchise and had even introduced a new and very popular character, Elektra, to the series. In 1993 he once again attempts to go back to the beginning of an already popular hero and he retells DaredevilΓÇÖs origins in Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.
The story starts out with young Matt Murdock, who lives with his father the former boxer BattlinΓÇÖ Jack Murdock. He is a quiet boy and his father wants him to stay out of trouble and take his studies seriously in order to become successful in life. But one day everything changes, when while trying to save a blind man from being run down by a truck transporting toxic waste, he gets involved in an accident. In the resulting crash, some of the waste spills into MattΓÇÖs eyes and blinds him permanently. Somehow the blindness however not only augments his other senses, but magnifies them tenfold. When Matt is released from the hospital and returns to his favorite Gym he is met by failure and frustration, but then when he almost gives up on himself a man approaches him. He calls himself Stick, says that he is also a blind man and wants to train Matt and turn him into a warrior. Their training is hard, but soon enough Matt learns how to concentrate and use his other four senses to his advantage. When his father, who was paid off to throw a fight, wins his match and is afterwards killed by the mobs goons, Matt swears to avenge him. However, while attacking his enemies, something goes terribly wrong and a young girl dies during a struggle. As a result, Stick abandons him and Matt leaves his crime fighting days behind him. Years later, while studying law at a renowned University, he runs into a girl named Elektra, a girl whose feminine charms he canΓÇÖt escape.