I have a confession to make: I’ve never been crazy about ninjas. Don’t get me wrong, there have been stories where ninjas figure prominently – say, The Elektra Saga – that have been top notch, but from my perspective, that’s usually more in spite of the ninjas than because of them. By the same token, it was hardly the ninja element that made Shadowland as underwhelming as it was, even though I did let out a small sigh when Lady Bullseye showed up during Brubaker’s run.
Regardless of how you feel about ninjas in general, I think most of us can agree that we’ve had enough ninjas recently to last a good few ninja free years. I’m happy to say that Mark Waid apparently feels the same way:
“No plans for the existing foes, except to say that — with all due respect to the fantastic work of all my predecessors — I can go a long, long time without ever seeing Kingpin or a ninja again.”
Source: CBR, March 20, 2011
Having said that, the upcoming list of villains that have been mentioned in various interviews is one of the few things I’m concerned about. However, the way The Spot – an otherwise rather silly, though menacing villain – is handled in the few preview pages we’ve seen from Daredevil #1 shows that it would be wise to keep an open mind. The same goes for Klaw, who is set to appear in Daredevil #3. Still, I generally prefer Daredevil to be the “superhero comic for people who don’t read superhero comics.” That is, I prefer both the supervillains and the traditional superheroics to be toned down compared to what you find in many other books. I very much enjoyed the more traditional superhero runs of Karl Kesel and Joe Kelly, so I don’t mind terribly, but I’ll admit that seeing names like the Silver Surfer mentioned gives me pause.
But to get back to the positives, and this entry’s raison d’être, I’m very happy to see both ninjas and the even more over-exposed Kingpin banished from the pages of Daredevil for a good long time!