Marvel’s solicitations for February 2015 were announced today, and for Daredevil – as we currently know him – this looks liks the beginning of the end. Here’s what the info for Daredevil #13 had to say.
MARK WAID (W) • CHRIS SAMNEE (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
THE END BEGINS HERE!
Mark Waid and Chis Samnee begin the climactic final chapter of their beloved, Eisner Award Winning run with the return of one of Matt Murdock’s oldest and (now) scariest enemies.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Before going on, I don’t think this is a another “fake-out” like the one that ended volume three (that one was fishy from the start). I also don’t think that one of these guys is likely to stick around without the other. If this final arc is three issues long, as they most commonly have been under the direction of this creative team, then Daredevil #15 (vol 4) will probably be the last of Waid and Samnee Daredevil. With Daredevil #10 due out tomorrow, that should give us another six issues to enjoy and hopefully enough time to get used to this cruel new world in which Daredevil is Waid and Samnee-less.
Joking aside, I’ve made no secret of how much I’ve enjoyed this run, going back to the very start of Daredevil (vol 3) when Mark Waid was paired with the equally brilliant Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martín. These past three and a half years have been a fantastic time to be a Daredevil fan. At the same time, this has been an incredibly long run, especially by modern standards, and I totally get the concept of feeling like a good thing has run its natural course.
There is also another thing to consider, and that is the timing of this news. The Daredevil Netflix series is due to premiere next year, probably some time around May. Considering the difference in tone between a darker, more traditional, Daredevil and the lighter take on the character under Waid and Samnee, Marvel may have decided that sometime in the late spring of 2015 would be a good time to change the direction, including the creative team, of the comic.
There will be plenty of reason to return to this topic, and I’m sure Marvel will have more to say about it in the coming days. Meanwhile, how do you guys feel about this?
I will return tomorrow with my review of Daredevil #10, still by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee!