With the Cup O’Joe panel still happening in Chicago, it’s been confirmed that Mark Waid is the new Daredevil writer. The artists duties will be shared between Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. Marvel has already released an interview with Waid, which you can read at Marvel.com. I’m headed to bed soon and will comment more on this tomorrow, but some notable quotes from Mark Waid are listed below. Discuss away!
“For the longest time, DAREDEVIL’s been a terrific crime book with very little super heroing and very little lawyering, and while that’s been great, I asked if I could turn up the volume on the super-hero knob just a bit if I could do it without losing the grit and street-level feel the book has had since Frank Miller redefined Matt Murdock’s world all those years ago […] Don’t go ‘light,’ don’t go ‘cheery’ or at all ‘retro,’ but likewise don’t make the readers feel like the book ought to come bundled with a prescription for Wellbutrin. A little more High Adventure never hurt anyone.”
“The other approach that’s novel is how Matt’s transformed his legal practice. He figures that, by now, enough water’s gone under the bridge where he can once more enter the courtroom as a practicing lawyer—but, again, he’s fooling himself. Every case becomes about him, his reputation, and whether or not his presumed extracurricular crimefighting compromises his credibility as an attorney.”
“The trick to writing Matt Murdock is to treat him as a man who’s totally sane and actually pretty witty and clever and optimistic and energized, but to keep reminding the reader that all it would take to drive Matt totally off the cliffs of sanity forever after all he’s been through is Just One More Really Bad Day.”
Updated 3/20: Interview with Mark Waid on CBR.