Last week Marvel teased a timeline of titles coming at the end of 2021 and into 2022, with the first major event being Devil’s Reign, a Kingpin-centric storyline from Daredevil writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Marco Checchetto. Today the publisher has released more information about the six-issue Devil’s Reign, which sees New York City mayor Wilson Fisk set his sights not just on the Man Without Fear, but the other heroes of the Marvel Universe as well.
Here’s how Marvel describes Devil’s Reign:
Wilson Fisk went from Kingpin to mayor of the biggest city in America and is going to bring his full criminal and political power to bear on the super heroes who call NYC home. The man who once destroyed Daredevil has set his sights on The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and more. And since it’s Fisk, once he takes them all down, you know he’s going to sign it. CROSSBONES! TASKMASTER! TYPHOID MARY! SHOCKER! WHIPLASH! RHINO! KRAVEN! Fisk has an army of super villains at his command – and this is just his opening salvo. For years, Fisk has waited for his time to strike, and YOU WON’T BELIEVE the aces he’s got up his sleeves!
Those “aces” will come in what the announcement describes as dirt that Fish has accumulated on all of the heroes of the Marvel U:
The far-reaching saga will center around Kingpin as he broadens his lofty goals in a scheme that will unleash dark secrets about some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Having kept these shocking truths to himself for ages, Kingpin is ready to ruthlessly expose his foes to gain more power than ever before and he has more than enough dirt on the Marvel Universe to come out on top!
The revelation of shocking secrets about the heroes of the Marvel U sounds a little Original Sin-y to me, but with The Kingpin involved it’s sure to be a bit messier than that.
Marvel also describes Devil’s Reign as “a classic-style Marvel Comics crossover event,” with tie-ins taking part in the main titles for the characters involved, as opposed to in separate miniseries as we’ve seen with other recent events like The King in Black. In the announcement, Zdarsky and Checchetto both described how the story of Devil’s Reign spun out of the pages of Daredevil:
“Our Daredevil plan just kept getting bigger and bigger, to the point where it would clearly affect the Marvel Universe in huge ways,” Zdarsky explained. “Thankfully, Marvel recognized this as well and gave Marco and I the opportunity to tell the story on a massive stage with DEVIL’S REIGN! This is a proper Marvel event springing from the pages of Daredevil and I think all Marvel readers will love what’s coming!”
“Devil’s Reign. Finally here we are. I am really excited and happy to work on this Marvel event. I am also proud of it since it comes directly from our Daredevil’s series, that both, Chip and I, have been working on for a long time now,” Checchetto said. “When I read the story of this event I was speechless. As a fan, I can tell you that I am happy to see Daredevil among the protagonists of this event. I have the opportunity to draw so many characters that I love so much, heroes and villains, and I’m trying to give everyone the dignity and respect they deserve. It will be great.”
There’s certainly more info on Devil’s Reign to come as the event draws near, so keep an eye out for that as it’s announced. Look for Devil’s Reign #1 (of 6) to arrive in stores on Wednesday, December 1st.