Today we took part in a special Marvel Comics press call with pretty much everyone currently involved with Daredevil, including editor Steve Wacker, writer Mark Waid, artists Paolo Rivera, Chris Samnee and…Mike Allred?
Sadly, Paolo Rivera is stepping down as interior artist, though he promises to contribute several more Daredevil covers for the series (including #15 and #18 from below) in addition to some unannounced creator owned projects. He cited interaction with legendary David Mazzucchelli artist and collaborating with his father (new inker Joe Rivera) as highlights of his time on the book.
Trivia question. How long did it take Rivera to render that amazing cover for Daredevil #10? 70 hours.
Speaking of that Born Again artist, editor Steve Wacker revealed that they tried to get Mazzucchelli to do a cover for this run, but he has thus far turned them down.
On a brighter note, Chris Samnee is taking up the baton as regular series artist. Starting with issue #14, Waid promises that Samnee will have more opportunity to draw Daredevil in costume, recognizing that Samnee has been largely tasked with Matt Murdock misadventures (Samnee claims to have barely noticed). Both Waid and Wacker spoke to Samnee’s abilities as not just an artist, but a storyteller, the editor commenting that Samnee thinks like a writer. For his part, Samnee expressed a lot of enthusiasm for the Daredevil character in terms of legacy and overall design. “He works great in silhouette. He’s one giant jumping color from building to building.”
Mike Allred joined the call to announce his upcoming stint as both cover and interior artist on one issue (#17), the first of two one-shots he’s doing for Marvel this year. If you’re looking at past solicit information with a confused look on your face, they bumped the original #17 back to squeeze this new one in.
In terms of writing for individual artists, Waid expressed confidence in his collaborators. Samnee considers Rivera’s solution to drawing Matt’s Radar Sense definitive, suggesting that any future artists on the book would be foolish to diverge from that design. Rivera admits that after establishing the look for this run, he found an old Gene Colan comic with a similar aesthetic, with those same visual shorthands used to achieve different ends (a time disparity versus Rivera’s expression of sonic vision). Not a bad pedigree, even if the inspiration was subliminal.
Because we’re weird, we asked the assembled panelists to align themselves with their favorite Marvel Comics terror organizations recently showcased in the “Omega Drive” story arc. This inadvertently led to Waid’s explanation of “Agence Byzantine” as a last minute substitute for Zodiac (of Dark Reign fame) who’d already been drawn into the book. They’re French, basically. If you’re actually wondering, most agreed that Black Spectre was the most interesting team, while A.I.M. offers the most spacious headgear.
Asked about the potential for Black Cat’s appearance in the series to extend beyond that recent one night stand, Waid suggested that she may cross paths with Matt again, but not before another old flame saunters back into his life. Intriguing…
How about this schism between Matt and Foggy as teased in the preview images? We asked what it would be like for Matt to lose his anchor like this. “Foggy’s the one who’s always stood beside Matt. There is a fracture coming in that partnership and it hurts both of them,” said Waid. “What you’re going to see is that these are decisions that are very, very difficult for Foggy to make.” As teased from the very beginning, Foggy knows Matt’s behavior isn’t the healthiest way to deal with his demons. That’s all coming to a head in the next few months.
Finally, Waid posed a question to the reporters. What iconic Daredevil rogue would Allred tackle in his single issue?
“Stilt-Man!” we called out.
Yep. Stilt-Man. Can you think of a better pairing of artist and villain? Looking forward to that.