Daredevil #30 comes out tomorrow, and I personally cannot wait! We’ll see Chris Samnee back on art duties, and a guest appearance by the Silver Surfer. It also seems highly likely that we’ll get the big reveal that was teased at the very end of the last issue (see below).
As far as I see it, the list of candidates for who this might be is fairly short. What we do know is that we’re probably dealing with a woman, and one that is familiar enough with Matt to feel that she can simply waltz into Foggy’s office and just sit there in the dark without freaking Matt out (not that the darkness itself would freak him out, but you know what I mean). Not only that, Matt seems quite amused by her presence. Just who can this be? Let’s look at the list of suspects!
A few months ago, I suggested that the person Mark Waid had been talking about in a recent interview might be Becky Blake. And she is still absolutely a candidate, even though there is something about the above scene that doesn’t feel like Becky to me. Would someone like her, who hasn’t been in touch with Matt for a long, long time, and left under less than ideal circumstances even know about Foggy’s disease? And, even if she does, is she presumptuous enough to just barge in? Probably not.
On the other hand, there is always the chance that she and Foggy are still in touch, and that he might have sent her himself to make sure the job is done right. That would actually be an interesting twist. Becky is also someone with whom Matt has never been romantically involved, and Mark Waid has indicated in the past that he enjoys writing platonic male-female relationships. I guess we’ll find out!
Another obvious candidate who would definitely be arrogant enough to simply take charge without asking is Foggy’s biological mother* Rosalind Sharpe. She is an attorney, someone Matt has worked with in the past and also someone who might consider this an appropriate way to help her son, given her – how should I put this? – less than nurturing personality. Mark Waid has also mentioned her name in past interviews (such as this one from two years ago) so we know she’s on his radar!
On the other hand, one very valid question is whether Matt should be looking amused to have her back. I would say that that depends on whether that smile at the end of Daredevil #29 is an actual smile or more of a smirk. Rosalind Sharpe is not one of Matt’s favorite people. However, the two did have a strange kind of relationship that included a lot of gentle teasing and deliberate pushing of the other’s buttons. So if we look at that smile/smirk and insert a piece of inner monologue along the lines of “Well, well, well… Who do we have here?” the scene above does not rule out the reappearance of Foggy’s mother, who was last seen in Daredevil some fifteen years ago.
Someone I hadn’t even considered until I read the last issue is Matt’s most recent not-quite-girlfriend Kirsten McDuffie (the ill-concieved Facebook relationship status “it’s complicated” was clearly devised with people like these two in mind).
Kirsten obviously knows Foggy is sick, but she and Matt parted on uncertain terms last time they met, in Daredevil #24, so she would have reason to seek him out, at the very least. Given that she has her own career to think about, I still consider her a somewhat unlikely candidate, but she most definitely belongs on the list of suspects. Suffice it to say that it wouldn’t be a huge shock if it turns out that I’m wrong on this one.
Last but not least, Jennifer “She-Hulk” Walters deserves a mention. However, she definitely would be the dark horse in this race. She and Matt have very rarely crossed paths (off the top of my head, I can only think of House of M), and I have no idea how well they would have gotten to know each other between panels and issues. She is certainly a possibility, but very much a long-shot. Mark Waid has also suggested that the mystery person is someone who is known to Daredevil fans:
“The writer adds that the subplot involving Foggy will go on for a while — and in the meantime, to help with Foggy’s law duties, Matt hires ‘somebody who’s very familiar to Daredevil readers.'”
If Mark Waid had been talking about Marvel fans generally, as opposed to Daredevil fans, specifically, it would have been a very different story.
So what do you guys think? I think the first three candidates all make sense. If I had to bet money on it though, I’d probably go for Rosalind Sharpe, if only because it’s the kind of weird idea that only Mark Waid could get away with. 😉 Now, what do you guys think? The issue will be out tomorrow, so place your “bets” before it’s too late!
*) Note for Daredevil newbies: Foggy was raised by his father Edward Nelson and his second wife Anna who adopted Foggy. Rosalind left the family at an early stage and her relationship with Foggy is not close.