As revealed in this interview (with Waid, Rivera, Samnee, Allred and Wacker), and in this post on Paolo Rivera’s blog, he will be leaving his (interior) art duties on Daredevil. Daredevil #10 was his last issue, and Chris Samnee will take over full time from now on. While I’ve loved Paolo’s work and am definitely bummed to see him go, I’ve decided to look at this from a glass half full kind of perspective. It goes something like this:
- As much as I like Paolo Rivera, the artist, I also like Paolo Rivera, the person. I understand his reasons for leaving and truly wish him all the best. I hope you’re still going to Thought Bubble, dude, ’cause I just might have to pester you again!
- “It’s better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.” Nope, that’s not me being a creepy fan girl, it’s merely an observation that even if Paolo’s stint on Daredevil didn’t last as long as I would have liked, I’m so happy we got to have him on the book. He’s made a huge impact on the look and feel of the relaunched Daredevil and this visual language is something for other artists to add to and continue exploring.
- Even though we are losing Paolo’s talent, we’re not going to be left with stick figures. Chris Samnee is a spectacular artist and is able to carry the title solo. There will be no fill-in artists for the foreseeable future and Samnee seems to be as wild about drawing Daredevil as my cats are about eating shrimp. (For those of you who don’t know my cats, shrimp is their crack.)
- While this is bad news, it’s not even close to the worst news I’ve heard over the last forty-eight hours. So, let’s put things into perspective people.
Thank you Paolo, for your dedication and your creativity. Thank you for the generosity you’ve shown me and other fans throughout your run. Last, but not least, thanks for for your pitch perfect work! I wish you all the best! And keep those covers coming, as long as you can… 😉