So it seems that Daredevil is going bye bye for a while — DAREDEVIL was supposed to “end” with issue #512, with the Man Without Fear all caught up in the events of SHADOWLAND. Now it turns out that the title will start up again with issue #513 — but starring the Black Panther. Author David Liss (A Conspiracy of Paper) will write the relaunch, with art handled by Francesco Francavilla. Solicitation copy suggests that taken from his natural setting and sundered from his doodads and moolah that come with being king of Wakanda, Black Panther will find himself having very different adventures in Hell’s Kitchen. Given recent headlines, we’d suspect these would include combating bedbugs and trying to get Mark Sanchez to stop getting picked off.
Variant covers by Simone Bianchi and Francavilla. Here’s a peek.
So is that it for Matt Murdock?
Well, as you may know there is also this DAREDEVIL: REBORN book by Andy Diggle and Davide Gianfelice shipping in January, cover by Jock below.
So basically, as they did with Hulk/Hercules, Marvel gets to boost a less-popular character by having him replace a more popular character, while simply relaunching the more popular character in a new book, and then reuniting everyone for a hearty lunch.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.