Waid & Samnee's DAREDEVIL Ends with February's #36 UPDATED
CREDIT: Marvel Comics
Daredevil #36, due out February 2013, is the final issue of the series, Chris Samnee confirmed on twitter with a post that includes the cover to the issue. There was some speculation about the series' fate due to an answer in the letter column of today's Daredevil #32.
Editor Steve Wacker said this in a response to a fan letter:
"Thanks, Jaleel. Many of you seem to have enjoyed DD colorist Javier Rodriguez's art work on his recent two-parter and I certainly hear you. Javier will be back to draw issue #34 in a couple of months to give Chris time to focus on our big two-part finale to this era of Daredevil. Sad, I know, but all things must end, right?"
Turns out, that was in fact a portent of things to come.
Now we're not betting men here at Newsarama, but if we were, we'd bet there's a forthcoming announcement about All-New Marvel NOW! Daredevil #1 or something to that affect for March 2013, especially since Wacker carefully said "this era of Daredevil." Marvel's not talking for now, but did confirm that Samnee's tweet is truthful.
Mark Waid's run on Daredevil with artists like Paolo Rivera and Chris Samnee has been critically and fan acclaimed, winning multiple Eisner and Harvey awards throughout its offing. No comment has been made by Waid yet, but recent interview remarks by Waid along with the fact 2014 is Daredevil's 50th anniversary suggest the ending of the current series will not be the end of Daredevil as a Marvel solo star.
In an interview published just this week, Waid had this to say about 2014 plans for Daredevil :
“They're...interesting. And quite unexpected and quite familiar at the same time,” Waid said. “They may or may not involve a drastic shift in Matt Murdock's career and lifestyle. But we do know this one thing for sure: the Waid/Samnee/Rodriguez/Caramagna team isn't going anywhere, and we're striving for new heights!”
And in August, Waid and Samnee had this to say when asked if there were any plans to celebrate DD's 50th :
"That'd sure be a smart move, wouldn't it?" Samnee ask rhetorically.
"Nothing we can talk about, but concrete plans afoot," added Waid. "Big things. We're not about to let that landmark come and go without acknowledgement!"
"Guess you'll have to wait and see," Samnee concluded.