RIP Marvel legend and Daredevil co-creator Stan Lee

Stan Lee at the 2014 Phoenix Comiccon. Photo by: Gage Skidmore

It’s been just over two hours since we learned about the passing of Stan Lee, just shy of his 96th birthday. I have to admit, I’m still at a loss for words. There was something about Stan Lee that seemed to make him resistant to the passage of time. We all watched him age on the outside – though even that seemed to happen at a glacial pace – but he never lost his boyish charm or that sense of wonder.

Stan Lee also remained active until the very end. It’s always been my dream to find a passion in life that will keep me going well into old age. In this sense, Stan was a a personal inspiration, and someone I’ve often brought up when speaking to my still-working parents about the topic of their own “non-retirement.”

What an amazing privilege it is to be able to find new outlets for your creative talents for so many decades. And, how fortunate we have been as the beneficiaries of Stan’s unique drive and imagination.

Stan Lee talks about Daredevil’s origin for the Men Without Fear documentary (2003)

Others will have more insightful things to say about Stan Lee’s impact on popular culture in general, and the comic book industry in particular. There will also be a time for discussing the entirety of his life work, which is not devoid of controversy.

For me, today, and as much as I am struggling to find the words, I just feel a sense of gratitude for all of the characters that Stan created, together with the many talented artists at Marvel who worked alongside him.

Daredevil will always be special to me, but there are so many other Marvel heroes that, in their own ways, have helped highlight different aspects of what it means to be human. What it means to be a hero, even when you are flawed and there are obstacles placed in your path.

Stan has left our world, but has in turn left behind an entire universe. 

Featured photo by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0

Season 2 under way, Elektra casting news, and a new Daredevil creative team

Hey guys! With so much news coming out recently, I couldn’t go any longer without updating. Let’s start with the comic book news, and then move on to the Netflix show (aren’t we spoiled these days?)

Charles Soule and Ron Garney is the new Daredevil creative team

It’s been known for quite a while now that Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are leaving Daredevil at the end of the current arc, but it wasn’t until a few days ago that we learned who would be next in line to tackle the character. It’s now been officially announced that Charles Soule will step in as the new writer, with Ron Garney on art duties.

There was a lot of speculation at first who the new character appearing at Matt’s side on the cover of the October issue, but this and many other question were answered – sort of – in this new interview with A.V. Club, where Soule and Garney go into some detail about what’s next for the Man Without Fear. Obviously, if you don’t want any kind of spoilers, stay away. Feel free to discuss anything and everything in the comment section though!

Elodie Yung is Elektra!

Just yesterday, it was announced that Marvel and Netflix have found the actress who will portray Elektra in the next season of Daredevil, and she is French actress Elodie Yung. Without really knowing anything about her (though I did vaguely recognize her from something), she certainly looks the part! I’ve never been a huge fan of Elektra as a character – despite naming one of my cats after her – but I actually have a pretty good feeling about this. Oh, and there’s even some promotional Elektra themed art to go along with the announcement:

Official Elektra promo art for season two of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Season two of filming for Marvel’s Daredevil has begun

Speaking of season two, and as many of you might have seen already, set photos of Charlie Cox and Elden Henson have appeared online, courtesy of photographer Shelly Kay. You can see more of them on her Twitter timeline. It feels like yesterday that the first season premieres, and I can’t believe that next season is cooking as we speak. I can’t wait to see more glimpses of what’s coming up!

With this post, I’m going to switch to doing “reruns” for a few weeks. It may not look like it, but I’m actually quite busy with Daredevil these days as I’m finally making real progress on that Daredevil book I’ve been talking about for years. In order for me to focus on that project, I will switch to putting up a “new” featured post from the archives on the start page, rotating every couple of days. I will stay active on Twitter, and Facebook, and will do my best to cover any news that comes out!

ICYMI: Daredevil finally available as POP! vinyl figure

Red costume Daredevil POP! vinyl figure

We’re just about ready to start counting down the days to the Daredevil Netflix series which is now just over thirty days away. I think this site needs a countdown clock, but the way. Will get right on that!

However, before getting to that, I just wanted to make sure that none of you had missed the news that Daredevil will finally get his own POP! vinyl figure. Times two. Both the red and yellow versions are available for pre-order right now through Forbidden Planet International. They can be ordered from pretty much anywhere in the world, but it also appears that they will be available in stores in the U.S. later on.

I’ve already pre-ordered mine right from the site. The red one is available here, and the yellow one here. They may not be to everyone’s taste, but I quite like the POP! line myself and have seriously considered buying a couple of Despicable Me minions for the office.

Red costume Daredevil POP! vinyl figure
Yellow costume Daredevil POP! vinyl figure

Guggenheim, Krause and Samnee on Daredevil special in April!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming (i.e. finishing an already delayed review), to look att the latest news on the Daredevil front. Yesterday, it was announced – Newsarama were the the first to report it – that there will be a Daredevil special coming out in April, in the form of Daredevil #15.1.

I have to wonder about the thinking behind naming it that, if the aim is to maybe attract a casual Daredevil fan or two who might have a renewed interest in the character due to that other thing happening in April (the Netflix series, more on that in a separate post). It might have been a better idea to give it a more timeless branding? On the other hand, that would probably lead some fans to decide that it doesn’t “matter.” Oh well, I’m sure the marketing guys at Marvel know what they’re doing. 😉

There is much to like about what we’ve heard so far. I love the idea of Marc Guggenheim – who is a lawyer himself, among his many other accomplishments – tackle a story that seems to incorporate a great deal of Matt acting in his professional capacity. We also get to see the return of Peter Krause, who did the art for the digital four-parter Daredevil: Road Warrior last year, who will be providing the art for Guggenheim’s story. Perhaps most exciting of all is seeing Chris Samnee take on a story he’s both writing and drawing, a first for him at Marvel. There will also be just a pinch of Mark Waid in there, for perfect flavor.

Both stories are set in Daredevil’s past, and Guggenheim sums of the gist of his story in the Newsarama piece:

“My story is set in the early days of Matt Murdock as Daredevil,” Guggenheim says. “Back when he was practicing in a law firm and before he went out on his own with Foggy Nelson, so he’s very new to the vigilante game. It’s a very simple concept in which Matt goes out on patrol as Daredevil one night and catches a murderer just after he had killed someone. The next day, his law firm assigns him a pro bono case, where lawyers for the good of society and to be charitable take on a case of an indigent defendant for free. His client, however, turns out to be the same guy that Daredevil captured the previous night.”

I know I wasn’t the only one to react a bit to the perceived timeline here. In classic Daredevil canon, the was no Daredevil before Matt and Foggy go into practice together, which they do right out of law school. In Man Without Fear, Matt practices law elsewhere before starting a firm with Foggy, but it’s only after returning to New York that he dons the Daredevil costume. On the very last page of the story, in fact. This essentially means that the time period that Guggenheim is alluding to doesn’t actually exist in the comic, as its history has traditionally been written.

Personally, I don’t particularly mind this deviation from canon, but I can see why others might. In terms of Matt’s emotional journey into vigilantism, it was the the events of his father’s death and the failure of the justice system to put away his murderers that provided the impetus for Matt becoming Daredevil. This traditionally coinciding with the establishment of the law firm is not that important to me, since it has little to do with the characters’ motivations. But yeah, this is certainly a bit of a retcon.

Either way, I’m looking forward to this! What do you guys think?

Marvel.com also has an interview with Marc Guggenheim and Peter Krause.

Daredevil news update, December 18

Hey guys! Sorry for being such a lazy blogger. I hope to make up for it starting tomorrow, with two weeks off from work. Yea! Anyway, while I’ve been busy elsewhere, there has been quite a bit of Daredevil-related news and commentary to catch up with. So, here’s a little list of what’s been going on, starting with the most recent news from today.

Daredevil #11 is due out in stores on Christmas Eve, and the A.V. Club has an exclusive advance preview of it. Another piece of news that came out today was that the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly has a feature on the Daredevil Netflix show, including new photos. Film Divider tweeted them, but for the whole story you’re just going to have to buy the issue! I just did. 😉 (Though I promise to divulge at least some of the content in the Netflix post I’ll get to work on before the end of the year.) UPDATED: The whole thing (yeah, it’s a quick read) is now available online.

Earlier in the week, Marvel released their solicitations for March, including the one for Daredevil #14, which promises to set a slightly more somber mood. No further mention about when Waid & Samnee’s final issue will come out though.

In the most recent installment of Axel-in-Charge on CBR, there were a four pages worth of unlettered preview of January’s Daredevil #12, which pits Daredevil against the Stunt-Master (remember him?). CBR also had an interview with Mark Waid last week, which – aside from an interesting perspective on Matt’s mental state – also featured additional unlettered pages from Daredevil #11.

Other things worth reading from the last couple of weeks:

That’s it for now! I will be back shortly. As always, comment away! 🙂

News update: Mark Waid’s Reddit AMA and Daredevil in Superior Iron Man #2

Note! Spoilers for both items mentioned in the title coming right up!

Hello all! Before November winds to a close, let’s just do a quick news update. First off, Mark Waid answered questions from fans in a Reddit AMA earlier this week, and he is notably mysterious when it comes to questions concerning the end of his Daredevil run. Now, before you get your hopes up, Chris Samnee has alluded to wrapping things up on Daredevil next year a couple of times on Twitter so I don’t think their announced departure is another trick (remember how vol 3 became volume 4?). However, Waid’s answers are certainly open to interpretation. What do you guys think of these? The last one in particular is tricky.

Question by HannShotFirstBeta:

Hey Mark, I just wanted to say I’m a big fan of a lot of your work. Kingdom Come, Flash, Superman Birthright, being a part of 52, that Brave and the Bold issue with Aquaman and Etrigan (I liked that whole volume but that’s the one that stands out), your original Brave and the Bold mini with Hal and Barry, and of course your current run on Daredevil.
A few questions,
A) what are your thoughts on DD now that your run is drawing to a close?
B) What’s your favorite comic you’ve written?
C) Is there a character you’d like to write for, but haven’t yet?
Thanks!

Mark Waid:
A) That we have a whole lot more work to do.
B) Depending on my mood, it’s either Fantastic Four #60 (the first ‘Ringo book) or the DC SILVER AGE 80-PAGE GIANT, because it’s my love letter to all my favorite DC heroes.
C) I think about that a lot. After 30 years, the list is pretty short! The Lone Ranger, maybe?

Question by MattAlbie60:

Hey Mark – I really do think that “Daredevil” has been the most consistently great book that either DC or Marvel has put out since back in the Bendis days. It’s kind of shocking, actually, how the quality has managed to remain so high for such a long period of time.
My question is – IS there someone already lined up to take over after you already? You don’t have to tell me who – I just like knowing that people are at least on the ball over there, ha.
Though if you could put in a good word for Charles Soule, I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

Mark Waid:
I honestly don’t know who’s slated to take over DD next–whenever that happens, he said cryptically–but the last guy I’d recommend would be Charles, because I’d much rather be followed by someone who really sucks and can make me look that much better by comparison. Charles? I don’t need the competition.

Question by dragonbornrisesSpider-Man:

Hi Mr. Waid, I just want to say that I’m a HUGE FAN of your work. Your Age of Ultron issue is one of my all time favourites. What are your plans for wrapping up the Daredevil run? Also do you have any tips for young writers who want to break into the industry?

Mark Waid:
Still working out the DD plans, trust me.
Tips for young writers? Write what you want to write. Write what you care about, not simply what you think others want to read. Tell stories that only you can tell. And most of all, KNOW WHAT A STORY IS: someone wants something and someone/something is in his or her way. That’s a story. A story requires conflict, or else it’s just an anecdote.

Question by IamnotdaredevilDaredevil:

Hi Mark! I am a huge, huge fan! I absolutely loved Indestructible Hulk (the first Hulk comic I ever read) and am currently addicted to Daredevil.
Speaking of Daredevil, what are your plans post Daredevil? (I plan on crying myself to sleep every night)
What is your favorite comic out right now?
Thanks so much for everything that you do. Keep up the great work!

Mark Waid:
Ha! I can’t give up too much right now about “post-DD,” sorry–rest assured that it might not be as traumatic as you fear.
And my favorite comic out right now is probably Multiversity.

There are plenty of other Daredevil-related nuggets in the Reddit AMA (though none that specifically deal with the potential end of the Waid/Samnee run), so I suggest you read the whole thing.

Superior Iron Man #2

So, did you guys read Superior Iron Man #2? I did, and quite enjoyed it. I thought the first issue was pretty good too. This one is very heavy on Daredevil and almost feels like an issue of Daredevil. Writer Tom Taylor has a good handle on Matt’s voice and the art by Yıldıray Çınar is really strong.

Iron Man versus Daredevil in Superior Iron Man #2, by Tom Taylor and Yıldıray Çınar

Either way, one big question going into this issue (at least for me) was whether Matt would get his sight back by the end of it, and indeed he does. I pretty much expected this to happen and it’s well executed. For me, it all comes down to what happens in Superior Iron Man #3, because that tends to be the trickier part of a Daredevil-gets-his-sight-back kind of tale (there have been many). Any real signs that this will stick, as suggested by Bleeding Cool a while ago? Highly unlikely in my book. I doubt there will be any ramifications outside of this story, as Waid and Samnee are clearly busy handling other issues in the main book.

What did you guys think of it?

Waid and Samnee’s run on Daredevil to end this spring

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.


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DAREDEVIL #13
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!

Daredevil in Superior Iron Man – Should we worry?

A couple of weeks ago, when Bleeding Cool reported a rumor about the consequences of Daredevil’s involvement in the first arc of Superior Iron Man, my initial reaction was to throw a minor temper tantrum on Twitter, along the lines of “What the #%!? Marvel!” (Though I probably don’t have to delete the expletive since I’m usually pretty polite even when pissed, and don’t remember using any actual swear words.)

Then it quickly dawned on me that what Bleeding Cool was reporting, at least the part of it that wasn’t conjecture more than anything solid (because Bleeding Cool), was something I had already kind of assumed anyway, just from reading the solicitations for Superior Iron Man #1 and #2. And, my guess is that anyone who had done the same would have likely drawn the same conclusion.

The news also didn’t blow up the Internet and as far as I can tell (though Bleeding Cool seemed to think it would at the time), and no other news outlet has paid much attention it. Maybe because pairing the publicly available information in a solicitation of an upcoming issue with someone from Marvel confirming this information and then suggesting a big “forever” change that honestly makes no sense doesn’t quite count as news.

Don’t read further if you’re avoiding all spoilers for Superior Iron Man.

What Bleeding Cool was talking about, now that we’re safely on this side of the spoiler warning, was the possibility that Daredevil would regain his sight, “possible forever!”, as a consequence of his involvement in Superior Iron Man. While I never for a moment suspected this would somehow last forever (because removing a character’s number one gimmick just in time for his big Netflix series sounds completely insane), my reaction to Marvel toying with this aspect of the character at all was not exactly one of excitement.

The reason for this is that while I’m not against these kind of stories in principle (Daredevil has had his sight back temporarily a number of times), I do worry about the execution. Also, as time goes by – we’re not in the 1960s anymore – finding ways to reverse these things in ways that can get past my own personal bullshit radar, becomes something of a challenge. That doesn’t mean this story might not be a great one though.

Before I go on, let’s look at what all available solicitations for the Superior Iron Man series actually have to say on the topic. Since, Superior Iron Man #3 comes out on Wednesday, there’s also a preview available.

Cover to Superior Iron Man #4

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1
TOM TAYLOR (W) • YILDIRAY ÇINAR (A)
Cover by MIKE CHOI
VARIANT Cover by YILDIRAY ÇINAR
VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
75th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS
75th ANNIVERSARY SKETCH VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS
ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT VARIANT BY TBA
Blank VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE

Be Superior! How much would you pay for perfection? Beauty? Immortality? Tony Stark knows, and he’s ready to give it to you in SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1! But at a terrible price. Spinning out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the old Tony Stark is back, only this time he’s SUPERIOR! More stylish, more confident, and more cunning than ever before. And he’s ready to lead you into the future! San Francisco is about to become the prototype for his new world concept. The first step? Release Extremis upon the entire city! Only Daredevil isn’t down with Stark’s new vision of the future. Does the Man Without Fear have a place in the city of tomorrow? A bold new direction for the Armored Avenger begins this November from the all-new creative team of Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2) and Yildray Cinar (Supergirl)!
BE SUPERIOR!

NEW CREATIVE TEAM TOM (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US/EARTH 2) Taylor AND YILDIRAY (SUPERGIRL) ÇINAR START AN ALL-NEW SERIES SPINNING OUT OF AXIS!

  • How much would you pay for perfection, beauty…immortality? TONY STARK is going to find out.
  • The AXIS EFFECT has changed IRON MAN
  • Now HE’S going to change the WORLD…at a terrible cost.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Cover to Superior Iron Man #2

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #2
TOM TAYLOR (W) • YILDIRAY ÇINAR (A)
Cover by MIKE CHOI
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO

THE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX!

  • TONY STARK has transformed SAN FRANCISCO…into the prototype for his NEW WORLD concept
  • But MATT MURDOCK isn’t down with Tony’s new vision
  • Can DAREDEVIL lead the rebellion against THE SUPERIOR IRON MAN?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Cover to Superior Iron Man #3

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #3
TOM TAYLOR (W) • YILDIRAY ÇINAR (A/C)
Cover by MIKE CHOI
Variant Cover by YILDIRAY ÇINAR

THE LAST TEMPTATION OF MATT MURDOCK

  • After the life-changing events of issue #2, MATT MURDOCK is faced with an impossible choice.
  • Will DAREDEVIL rebel or will he buy into TONY STARK’S vision?
  • Can nothing stop the SUPERIOR IRON MAN’S non-stop party? You’ll be surprised at who wants to crash it!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Cover to Superior Iron Man #4

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #4
TOM TAYLOR (W) • YILDIRAY ÇINAR (A)
Cover by MIKE CHOI
WELCOME HOME VARIANT COVER BY TBA

DAREDEVIL ON THE ROCKS!

  • DAREDEVIL discovers the secret to TONY’S success!
  • How far will Tony go to stop MATT MURDOCK from revealing this shocking secret to the world?
  • As Tony’s actions become even more questionable, who will conspire to take him down, leading up to the battle you thought you’d never see?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

So, just by reading the solicits, you get a pretty good sense of the gist of the story, as far as it’s being revealed to us in advance. And it’s not at all strange that Marvel would choose for Daredevil to be part of it. Tony Stark comes along with a grand, if questionable, vision that includes being able to cure physical deficits. Daredevil is by far the best-known hero who, along with his superpowers, has a physical disability that could presumably be cured by Extremis. Obviously, Matt will be subjected to some kind of “cure” against his will.

The timing of this story also makes it more than just science fiction. Sensory “prostheses” are becoming a real thing these days. Cochlear implants (which partially restore hearing) have been around for more than two decades now, and their vision counterparts are on the cusp of leaving the experimental stage. Extremis obviously belongs in the Marvel Universe, but some of the ethical considerations and psychological ramifications that Matt might face during this story aren’t that far-fetched.

But that depends on where this story is going, and how Matt is written in it. What will his concerns be, aside from the grand scale experiment of it all? Will his feelings about what this means for him personally be nuanced and conflicted?

One thing that concerns me is that we’ll se a repeat of the many times in the past that Daredevil has had his sight back. There’s been a tendency to gloss over the notion that Matt might occasionally miss his sight or that his being Daredevil (which always paradoxically appears to require his remaining blind) is important enough to him to make him dismiss any short-lived joy he may experience. The one notable exception from this rule is The Price, a wonderful story. It has its own shortcomings though, in the irrational way Matt declines his “gift.” He has to, of course, or he wouldn’t be Daredevil, but that highlights the difficulty that a reversal of the sighted state usually brings. It’s a challenge for any creative team to handle, and I hope this one is up to that challenge.

As for whether this is permanent as Bleeding Cool suggests, I think that’s a very solid no. The suggestion is outlandish. From the looks of it, Matt Murdock will be walking around as his usual blind self in his own book while all this is happening, even though there are no guarantees that we’re not dealing with separate timelines that don’t perfectly line up. Then there’s the Netflix series coming up. And that’s not even taking into consideration the fact that permanently “unblinding” Daredevil would make no sense.

In closing, I will definitely be reading Superior Iron Man, albeit it with some trepidation. How do you guys feel about this?

Daredevil News Update: Harveys, Netflix and Solicitations

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this news update on some of the things that have been happening in Daredevil land of the last couple of days. In roughly chronological order:

Marvel’s October Solicitations

The information for Daredevil #9, specifically the cover, pretty much confirms the inkling many of us had after the September solicitations: Purple Man is back! Upcoming issues is generally not big news, but I have to admit I’m pretty excited about this. And for those of you who feel that Matt is too happy go lucky these days, there’s this to cheer you up:

  • Matt Murdock has struggled mightily to rise above the tragedies that have plagued him in the past.
  • Now, however, one of his oldest foes has unleashed a force that Daredevil cannot fight without being swallowed by his darkest moods and thoughts.
  • Is this the beginning of a new, grim chapter in his life?

It also appears that Matt will face off against Jennifer Walters in court in She-Hulk #9. It looks like this might actually be a cross-over, judging by the information given for Daredevil #8. See the full Marvel solicitations for October here.

Harvey nominations

Daredevil and its creators have been nominated for Harvey Awards in several of the most prestigious categories. Mark Waid, for Best Writer, Chris Samnee for Best Artist and Best Cover Artist. The book itself is also nominated in the Best Continuing or Limited Series category. The competition is fierce, but lets keep our fingers crossed! See the whole list of nominees here.

More Daredevil casting news

According to Deadline, actor Peter Shinkoda has been cast as a character named Hachiro. This is obviously an original character, but given the specifics of Daredevil mythology, this might be someone tied to the Hand or the Chaste perhaps? I quite like that the creators appear to be taking some liberties with the series. As long as the core characters are good representations of their comic book counterparts, I’ll be happy.

That’s it for now! I will return shortly with my thoughts on the upcoming Original Sin tie-in two-parter which begins with next week’s Daredevil #6 (yes, two issues this month!). Oh, and I just realized this is post #700! How about that? 😉

Breaking: Matt Wilson new Daredevil colorist as of Daredevil #8!

After the recent news that Javier Rodríguez will be leaving his coloring duties on Daredevil, with next month’s Daredevil #5 being his final issue in that capacity (he is the penciler of Daredevil #6 and #7), I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to be curious about who would fill those (big) shoes. Daredevil editor Ellie Pyle was kind enough to get in touch with me. This is what she had to say, with quotes from Matt himself and Chris Samnee!

The Daredevil team is pleased to announce that Mathew Wilson will be taking over as the full time colorist on Daredevil as of issue #8!

Javier Rodriguez has been a vital part of the Daredevil team for the last 45 issues, keeping the book beautifully consistent through different interior artists, but when he decided to focus on drawing full time (keep an eye on October’s solicits!) Matt Wilson was the first person I called! I’ve been a big fan of his recent work on Young Avengers and, of course, it was a chance to reunite the art team behind Thor: The Mighty Avenger.

Matt graciously accepted, saying:
“I was a big fan Chris Samnee’s work even before working with him. So I was shocked when he was one of the first artists I colored at Marvel, and was then lucky enough to do two series in a row with him. Since then I’ve colored some of his covers and short stories, but nothing on a regular basis. Now that I’m going to be on Daredevil I’m really excited to get his pages on a monthly basis. Besides getting to color Chris again, I’m also looking forward to joining the book in general. What Mark Waid and all the previous artists, including outgoing colorist Javier Rodriguez, have done on this run has been phenomenal work. It’s been some of my favorite super hero work over the past few years. I couldn’t be more thrilled to come on board!”

Artist Chris Samnee added:
“While we’re all sad to see Javier go, I only see great things in his future. And I have no doubt in my mind that having Matt come on board to fill the giant shoes Javi left behind is going to be fantastic.

Matt and I have known each other for a good long while now, since back when we were first just getting our feet in the comics door. We started out working on the Siege: Embedded miniseries and really hit our stride on Thor: The Mighty Avenger. Since then we’ve worked on a several sequential things over the years and scores of covers. He’s great at selling tone in mood through his colors and somehow always manages to make my stuff look even better than I ever could have imagined. He’s an amazing talent and we’re really lucky that have him joining the team.

Folks may have already seen his colors on the cover to Daredevil #8 or the recent 1.5 variant cover but I can’t wait for them to see what he brings to the interiors. I think it’s gonna blow everybody away.”

So stay tuned Hornheads! More stunningly colored issues are heading your way! And if you check out Matt’s work on the cover to #8, you can see we’ll be starting with one that’s particularly Purple.

Said with a smile,

Ellie Pyle
Daredevil Editor

For a look at that Daredevil #8 cover, in case you missed Marvel’s September solications yesterday, look no further. As a massive fan of the color purple, I heartily approve. Welcome to the world of Daredevil, Matt! I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say that Javier will be missed, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing what you’ll bring to this title. While the title character can’t appreciate your work, I’m sure all of us will! 😉

Cover to Daredevil #8 by Chris Samnee and Mathew Wilson