What’s in store for Daredevil in 2014?

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:

  1. 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!”

  2. 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:

    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!

  3. 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!”

  4. 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!

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

5 comments

  1. I’m not concerned yet.

    Captain Marvel (by Kelly Sue DeConnick) is being re-launched with a new number 1 so it will better fit in with All New Marvel Now and partly because (I think) there’s going to be an environment change. (She’s going to be in space primarily, iirc.) So I’m guessing a similar thing is happening here.

    I haven’t read the latest issue of DD, though. It’s only five AM over here, heh.

  2. @Medda: Five AM? Go back to bed! Kidding, I’m just not a morning person myself. 😉 It’s 2.15 PM here, and I’m counting down the minutes (all 45 of them!) until the next issue will show up in the Marvel app. Yes, I often end up buying the issue digitally as well as on paper. It’ for a good cause!

    Yeah, I’m not overly concerned either. It is clear that the entire team seems to be having a blast on this book, and it’s successful. And there’s an anniversary coming up. I don’t particularly enjoy it when they pull these kinds of stunts, but it’s pretty clear to me that things are not what they seem.

  3. 60/30/10

    60% chance its just a relaunch with a new #1. Because Marvel is run by greedy pima donnas who only think in the short term and believe the few fans they still have enjoy constant relaunches. And they may use this chance to up Daredevils price to $3.99

    30% they are launching a new series featuring Daredevil that won’t last more than 18 months because they’ll put some hot team for the first few issues to artificially drive the sales, then replace them with “staff writer # 7”. Sales will then drop and the new book will end.

    10% chance Waid has amazing plans to turn the current book on its head, revitalize Daredevil even more, and at the same time change everything we think we know about the character. This will redefine Matt Murdock for a new era. Actually it is very likely that Mark Waid has these plans. The 10% chance is whether Marvel will let him.

  4. If this is the end, I’ll be sad and disappointed but I’ll celebrate the fact that Waid got 36 issues to show the world his conception of Matt Murdock. This creative team singlehandedly got me into Marvel Comics and made Daredevil my favorite character. I went back and bought the entire Bendis/Brubaker runs, the major Miller arcs, all the origin story variations and even started collecting the Silver Age comics because of these guys. I give them huge congratulations on a major accomplishment.

    It is possible though, they could be staying and it’s a new #1 and a new arc/venue like the Captain Marvel relaunch. If they aren’t Marvel has an amazing stable of writers right now and I’d enjoy seeing their takes on the character. DeConnick or Gillen would be very interesting, so would Fraction or Hickman if they weren’t insanely busy right now.

    Starting with a “hot team” on a new series, and replacing them with a random bullpen guy, which Robert speculated as a possibility, is much more a DC tactic than a Marvel one, so I’m not worried about that.

  5. I started reading comics 18 months ago. I was drawn more to DC but found myself reading some past X-Men titles and dabbling here and there in the Marvel Universe. This book and the amazing Indestructible Hulk really got me into Marvel. (Hulk is also written by Waid – coincidence?)
    If this is the end of Waid’s run I sincerely hope they build on what he’s brought to the title and not just scrap it with some ‘hot, new plot/character development’.

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