So, what will happen to Daredevil after Reborn? My bet has been that we would see the launch of a new Daredevil title – with a new #1 – some time this fall. I’d also be willing to bet that Daredevil will find himself with a new tagline. In s statement passed along by Tom Breevort and Axel Alonso in their most recent T&A with CBR, Daredevil editor Stephen Wacker had the following to say:
“Andy ends his thrill-a-minute Daredevil run at the end of “DD: Reborn,” so that’s where our focus is now. After that, we plan to work through the long, hot summer figuring whose hands to place Matt Murdock into next. It won’t be an easy act to follow, that’s for sure. And after the outstanding work that Andy and artists Davide Gianfelice are doing right now, there may not even be a need for more Daredevil for a while.”
What this tells us is that Daredevil’s return to an ongoing title of his own is still still an open question. There’s little doubt that he will be returning, but there are no set plans about his future.
Giving the Daredevil franchise some time to breathe and then launching a new title with the potential to attract both old and new readers could be a very good thing, but there is also a very real risk that all this “meddling” with a character that in all honesty didn’t need a major intervention to begin with (except perhaps a slight change of pace) has turned off a lot of readers for good.
If the people at Marvel feel that there are enough new readers out there to replace the ones who have had enough, then maybe this gamble will pay off, but I remain concerned for the long time longevity of the character in a day an age when more and more comic book runs are unable to survive even one year before being cancelled. True, Daredevil is different from many other characters out there in that he’s actually been able to carry a solo title for more than 45 years, but there are certainly no guarantees.
How do you feel about knowing that we might have to wait six months or more for a new Daredevil book after Reborn? And, what word of advice would you send to the powers that be in their plans for a re-launch?