As has been indicated earlier, Daredevil: Reborn will be Andy Diggle’s last work on the character, something he mentions again in a new interview with CBR (one that warrants reading for other reasons as well, of course).
While Diggle leaving the character later this spring isn’t new information, now feels like a good time to reassess the landscape in the months following the end of the upcoming four-issue mini series. With the Black Panther taking over Daredevil’s book in a move that looks similar to when Hercules took over the Incredible Hulk, meaning that it’s not a case of the Black Panther just doing an extended guest appearance with a predetermined time frame, Daredevil will be without a book and without a writer as early as May of 2011.
My guess is that Marvel is looking to relaunch Daredevil with a new #1 of a new title, probably without the “Man Without Fear” tagline, and that they’re probably opening up for pitches from potential writers as we speak. Not only is Daredevil a popular – though B-list – character with a long history of uninterrupted publication under his belt, there is potentially a new Daredevil movie in the works. Of course there will be a regular title starring our favorite blind vigilante before long.
Now the question is who should do the honors. Who would you like to see as the writer and artist when the time comes? This topic has been discussed in several other places (such as ManWithoutFear.com, The Weekly Crisis, and CBR) where you can go for input. I don’t have very strong opinions one way or the other, but wouldn’t mind seeing Jeff Parker, Duane Swiercinsky or even Antony Johnston (and not only because he comments here every now and then ;)). Who would you like to see take care of Matt Murdock in the future?