New interview and preview art in USA Today!

Jun 2, 2011

New interview and preview art in USA Today!

Jun 2, 2011

I’m once again interrupting my hiatus to point you in the direction of a new longish interview in USA Today with some of the people involved with the Daredevil relaunch (though we’re hearing mostly from Mark Waid), accompanied by some new preview art by Marcos Martín. The two previously released pages have now been colored and there’s also a new, previously unseen, colored page. None of them are lettered and I’m sort of hoping we won’t see much more finished art from here on out. With all the spoilers coming out of the gazillion (that’s a word, right?) X-Men First Class movie clips, I think we can all agree that there can be too much of a good thing. I’m actually going to go see First Class tomorrow, but we won’t get to read Daredevil for another seven weeks and I’m hoping to keep the suspense until then.

As for the interview section, I noticed Waid mention, once more, the impression that the Daredevil prose story by Marty Pasko had on him when it came out in the late 70’s. He brought it up in the Marvel podcast interview as well and I decided right then to get my hands on a copy. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ll be sure to review it later this month when I’m back for real!

That’s it for now!


  1. Mark

    I really, really would have liked to see Daredevil play out as a villain. The early beginnings of Shadowland had so much potential and if it had continued from his point of view, in his book instead of making it an event and taking it mainstream it could have been great. Oh well Waid is here now and his stuff is looking great.

  2. Aaron K

    @Mark – I have long desired a Marvel book to actually follow a villain around: perhaps not an irredeemably evil villain who eats puppies and pushes old ladies into the street, but a person concerned less with helping others than with helping himself and who is not afraid of a little collateral damage. (Though that definition seems to rule him out, I would love a Dr. Doom book! And though this definition may include the Punisher, I’m not much of a fan.) If DAREDEVIL had morphed into that book, I would have celebrated the idea, but I would have had reservations.

    To do a hero-turned-villain really well, that hero would need to lose himself and go all the way into villainy. He would need to really go nuts and kill folks who are not just mass murderers that no one will weep for (e.g., Bullseye), but “decent folk”. Unfortunately, once you do that, that former hero is relegated to never returning to the front line of heroes: he will never again be trusted by the Avengers, etc. I didn’t want that fate for Matt Murdock and I figured neither did Marvel, so I suspected any villain-Matt would be a pretty lame villain in the end. And so it was.

  3. Mark

    @Aaron – In my opinion the most fascinating villains are the ones that truly believe they are fighting for a righteous cause. Classic examples of this include Doctor Doom and Magneto. Arch foes of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, respectively, both villains have harmed hundreds, if not thousands of people as well as killed many over the past 40 years. But did they commit these acts with evil in their hearts? Did they wish to cause tremendous pain and suffering? Or were they merely misguided attempts at fighting for what they feel is right? Sure Doctor Doom’s jealously of Mister Fantastic might be considered a defining trait, but at heart, he’s a patriot, who simply wishes to protect his homeland. Magneto on the other hand, sees mutants as a discriminated race and has simply fought for his and other mutants rights to exist. These two villains share many principles with our most revered heroes but follow different paths in the attempt to realise their dreams.

    I would have liked to see a similar approach taken with Daredevil. Matt utilising the Hand and evil its methods for a righteous cause, while questioning his own actions and slow descent into darkness could have allowed for some fantastic opportunities for deep and involving character work, as well as an exciting and tense plot. I guess what I’m really trying to say is Shadowland really shouldn’t have been as simple as Matt being possessed and I just feel like they missed a huge opportunity.

    On the other hand I totally agree with you that it is a huge risk that would likely end in disaster and perhaps ultimately one I wouldn’t like to see with a character I care so much about. And even if all this somehow managed to work out his eventual and inevitable redemption would probably undermine it all anyway.

    Oh and an ongoing Doom series with the right writer would be amazing. I wonder if Hickman can squeeze on more in his schedule…

  4. Andrew

    I’m having a really hard time accepting the cane that Matt is using in the new series. I never see visually impaired people use those kind of canes any more. They just don’t. It just looks so anachronistic, like Matt is stuck in 1930 or something.

    I’m still giddy about how they’re expressing his radar sense and point of view though. :]

  5. Christine

    @Mark and Aaron: I have to say I’m relieved they didn’t make Matt into a full-blown villain. I’d say that Shadowland would have been a whole lot better without the demonic possession and in order for that to work, Matt would have to take several crucial steps toward villainhood (of the misguided, “thinks he’s doing it for the greater good” kind), of his own accord, no evil spirits involved. But full-blown villainy, even as explained by Mark? I’d have a hard time enjoying that kind of story and I’d have an even harder time seeing how they could reverse that kind of development down the line. Also, Matt is such a by the book kind of guy (even when breaking the law) that I think it would be very hard to write that kind of story and still keep it in character.

    @Andrew: Oh I know! It drives me absolutely nuts. Me and my girl Alice (Darediva on Twitter) launched a little campaign in the Wacker direction when the first preview pages were released, so we’ll see if that helps down the line when Martín’s arc begins later in the fall. I know for a fact that Rivera’s rendition is totally modern (he even mentioned that his final take on the cane would be longer than what we saw in the Marvel Previews magazine), and he’s gone so far as to watch videos on white cane techniques so he’s obviously taking this very seriously. Down the line, it’ll be weird for the two artists to draw it very differently when they’ve actually made a deal out of giving DD a new cane/billy club. I totally dig Martíns panel layouts and the way he highlight’s Matt’s senses, but that cane has to go, it’s horrendous. (And it’s not simply a matter of artistic license. I think most editors would balk at an artist turning in art featuring a drawing of a bike that looked like one from the 19th century with a big wheel in front.) It is anachronistic, as you say.


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