So psyched for Echo!

Jan 9, 2024

So psyched for Echo!

Jan 9, 2024

The part before I get to talking about Echo

It’s a new year, and I’m not going to start off with the same old bit where I promise to do better and post more. I honestly have no idea how much time and energy I will have to devote to this blog this year (either). I think it’s both safe to say that I will never return to 2008-2010 volumes when I posted an insane amount, but also that I am unlikely to ever want to completely abandon this particular corner of the Internet.

While I haven’t really been enjoying the main Daredevil book the way I used to for many years now, I remain very emotionally invested in this character. Of course, a lot of that investment of time and emotion has gone to the current live action version of Daredevil, and I’m very excited to see what Daredevil: Born Again will have in store for us when it finally comes out, ten years after the premiere of the first season. Holy shit, what even is time?

Much time in recent years has also gone into writing my book – and then recording an audiobook version of it – and I’m happy to say it’s still selling reasonably well, especially for a self-published niche book. And here’s a friendly reminder for those of you who have read the book and enjoyed it to please review it if you haven’t!

Oh, and speaking of Daredevil books, I also want to recommend that you check out my friend Mark White’s new book A Philosopher Reads…Marvel Comics’ Daredevil: From the Beginning to Born Again. While I haven’t read the finished version yet, I was asked by Mark to read an early draft of his book and really enjoyed it. I’m sure you will to!

The cover to the book A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics' Daredevil, by Mark D. White.

The part where I actually talk about Echo

Okay, so with that said, let’s get to the main event for today: Echo! Which comes out tomorrow! Or today actually if you’re in the Americas like most of my readers. I’m planning on getting up at 6am my time (which would be midnight Eastern time) and watching as much as I can before heading into work after my dentist’s appointment at 10. Sounds like a solid plan, no?

Fight scene between Echo and Maya, from Daredevil #9 (1998), by David Mack and Joe Quesada.

There have been reasons to be a little skeptical of Echo. While several of Marvel Studios’ other television offerings have ranged from okay to good, they haven’t really come close to the Netflix shows at their best. Even the better ones have had issues and often failed to stick the landing.

Aside from the general skepticism of whether Marvel can deliver consistent quality TV, Echo specifically has been plagued by production delays and what felt like late changes. Many of us got the sense early on that we should probably not get our hopes up too much.

This is why it’s been so satisfying to feel excitement build from that first exciting trailer, and to now note that early reviews of the finished product have been overwhelmingly positive.

I don’t expect perfection from this show, but I do expect to have a good time. And I couldn’t be happier to see that the powers that be finally yielded to allow a show for more mature audiences.

In terms of what we can expect for Daredevil and the Kingpin, I expect the former’s role to be very minor. This is also the sense many of us are getting from the more recent coverage. I don’t mind this. It’s Maya’s show after all, and whatever seeds are planted here might lead to exciting things for both characters in the future. Fisk, meanwhile, will clearly be a very major player here and his involvement follows up on the story we first saw in Hawkeye. The fact that footage from the Daredevil show has been used in the promotion of this show, and this character in particular, also sends a strong message to the fans to expect the same versions of the characters we’ve come to love.  

That’s it! Bring it!

I should also finally mention that my Daredevil: Black Armor review is most definitely coming, that much I can promise for 2024!

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