It has been a roller coaster of emotions these last few months for Daredevil fans, following the discovery that the award-winning series from Mark Waid, Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez would end in February with issue #36 of the current run. A glimmer of hope that it would be continued in digital form as Daredevil: Road Warrior came shortly afterwards. Of course, as we suspected all along, the series will be rebooted as part of the All-New Marvel NOW! 2014 line-up, with the same creative team, in March next year.
Daredevil was notable for being one of the titles that didn’t renumber with last year’s Marvel NOW! re-branding. Speaking with Nerdist, Waid notes that it wasn’t appropriate at the time:
We were actually given the opportunity by Marvel to relaunch with a #1 last year as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative, which absolutely would have boosted sales–but together, the team agreed that since we were in the middle of a storyline, it would be a gimmick, not an organic shift. When the opportunity arose to relaunch again this year, it made a lot more sense given the way we’re about to change literally every aspect of Matt Murdock’s life. Every aspect.
Waid and Samnee remain quiet on some of the aspects of the relaunch, arguing that some of it would spoil the “season finale” that they building towards with the current series. The official solicitation provides some clues:
“Join Marvel’s fearless hero as he begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in the sunny city of San Francisco! Gifted with an imperceptible radar sense and a passion for justice, blind lawyer Matt Murdock—a.k.a. DAREDEVIL—protects the Golden City’s streets from all manner of evil. But big changes are in store for Matt Murdock as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. Hold on tight, because here comes Daredevil…the Man Without Fear!”