After years of waiting – and occasionally wondering if it was ever going to happen – Marvel has finally made a definite announcement about Daredevil: End of Days. The six issue mini-series, written by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack, with art by Bill Sienkiewicz and Klaus Janson, will debut in October. The whole team sat down for a talk about the project (see Marvel.com, CBR and other comic book news sites for the details), which revealed quite a bit about what we can expect.
I won’t go into the specifics here, referring you instead to the above links, but I thought I’d share some of my initial reactions. First of all, the premise sounds really good. Ben Urich looks into Daredevil’s murder, which gives him (and us) a greater understanding of Matt Murdock, while also bringing him into contact with a ton of characters from Daredevil’s past. The story is set 10 years in the future. I like that this seems like it’ll be a thorough examination of the character.
When news of this series first came out years ago, much was said about how this story would be firmly set in continuity. From reading the comments this time around, the “canon status” seems a bit more ambiguous which is a bit of a relief to me. I hate the idea of Matt dying, even if it’s in ten years, and don’t feel comfortable with it being set in stone. One might argue that any fan is free to mentally disregard anything – these are all fictional character after all, created in our minds as much as on the pages of comic books – but I prefer my own Daredevil story to be open-ended, for as long as the title is still in print.
So, what are your thoughts? Let the rest of us know in the comment section!