As I was writing this (I kid you not), I got a message from a TOMP reader about this post on Bleeding Cool. Do not follow the link if you’re trying to avoid spoilers. I will also try to deal with it, very delicately, in the fourth item on my list below.
A few days ago, I wrote a post about some recent news, leaving the more speculative bits for a later post, i.e. the one you’re reading right now. Before getting to that, I also wanted to remind you guys of the fantastic interview that Kuljit from ManWithoutFear.com did with Javier Rodríguez. I’m sure at least some of you have checked it out already, but if you haven’t, you should go read it right away. Well, after you finish this post…
Okay, so why this post? Well, this spring marks Daredevil’s 50th anniversary, and we all know that Marvel is pretty big on anniversaries. And 50 years is a pretty big milestone. It feels natural that they would do something to get Matt Murdock a little more exposure. With the critical successes that the current volume of Daredevil has had, the anniversary also comes at the perfect time in the title’s history. There’s also the fact that Daredevil has essentially had two books for over a year now. He is currently appearing in his own anthology series, Daredevil: Dark Nights, and before that he appeared (well, not really) in Daredevil: End of Days. With Dark Nights ending, there appears to maybe be room for more. Not necessarily a second title, but something. Let’s speculate, but first, here are some enigmatic pieces to this puzzle:
Stephen Wacker’s quote from last issue
“If our plans for the next few months work out, you’ll be continuing to get your DD fix each and every month… but in a much bigger way. Stay tuned!”
Chris Samnee is obviously hard at work on something, but it’s not Daredevil #33 or #34
We already know that Daredevil #34, which comes out in December, will have interior art by Javier Rodríguez. And though Chris Samnee has provided the art for Daredevil #32, which comes out today, and will be back for Daredevil #35, Kuljit recently posted this news about Daredevil #33:
Update from Diamond: Daredevil #33 (SEP130728, $2.99) will not have interior art by Chris Samnee. A new artist will be announced.
— ManWithoutFear.com (@manwithoutfear) October 15, 2013
It certainly possible that Samnee might have taken some personal time for reasons that don’t concern anyone else, but my hunch is that he’s working on whatever “Daredevil in a much bigger way” means. We’ll see!
Mark Waid’s most recent interview
Two days ago, Mark Waid did and interview with Newsarama. Its main focus is on the events of this week’s issue, but Waid also had the following to say (full quote from the last two paragraphs of the article):
Speaking of history, in 2014 Daredevil will be celebrating his 50th anniversary in comics. In the advance solicitations they’ve dropped hints about something big happening. When we talked with Waid and Samnee back in August they played coy, but this time out we pressed Waid hard about Daredevil’s prospects in the new year.
“They’re…interesting. And quite unexpected and quite familiar at the same time,” the writer reveals. “They may or may not involve a drastic shift in Matt Murdock’s career and lifestyle. But we do know this one thing for sure: the Waid/Samnee/Rodriguez/Caramagna team isn’t going anywhere, and we’re striving for new heights!”
- Now, as I mentioned in the note section at the top of this post, Bleeding Cool just posted an article that explains, as if on cue, what Chris Samnee is currently busy with. If you read that post there are also strong hints of something ending (I’m tryin to be subtle here). However, I think they are pulling a fast one on us.
So what does it all mean?
Okay, I’ll admit. This post suddenly got weird. I started writing it with one kind of scenario in mind, and then got an email about a new development that suggests something else entirely. So, I’m basically just going to go with whatever guess seems the most fitting in light of allthe information: I suspect that Daredevil might be relaunched under a new name, go back to the original number or have its packaging changed in some major ways. Before reading the Bleeding Cool post, I was going to suggest that Daredevil might get an Infinity comic or something of that nature, but now, I don’t know. Given what was said in points 1 and 3 on the above list, however, I do not for a second think that we should be taking the reveal in point 4 too literally.
Wow, this is all confusing! Either way, I think further news will be forthcoming, perhaps even in the next couple of days. Everyone, feel free to speculate!