Imagine going into the scariest haunted house in the world. Now imagine going in blindfolded.
That’s what awaits Matt Murdock – aka Daredevil – in this week’s Daredevil #32. In this special Halloween-themed issue, writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee take the blind vigilante in what Marvel is calling a “nightmare situation” involving zombies, undead men, vampiresses, mummies and werewolves. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even pitchforks and torches!
“In Daredevil #32, readerscan expect The Legion of Monsters, travel, sorcery, and a brief visit with Dr. Strange,” Waid tells Newsarama. “And an explanation from Daredevil as to why he refuses to enter Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum under any conditions.”
Why would the Man Without Fear pass down an invitation to Dr. Strange’s well-known magic domicile in New York’s Greenwich Village? Waid says you’ll have to read Daredevil #32 to find out. What Newsarama did find out is the origins of this special Halloween-themed story Waid and Samnee are doing.
“Editor Steve Wacker's suggestion, that was,” says Waid. “The story itself doesn't specifically take place on All Hallows' Eve, but it was fun to try to logic a story around the cover and the team-up it suggested--and it gave us one of our strangest Daredevil tales yet!”
For the past few months, the ongoing narrative of Daredevil has been about the rise of the Sons of the Serpent in New York City and Daredevil’s attempt to rout them out of his city – unsucccesffully, as of yet though. The Sons of the Serpent are one of Marvel’s classic villain groups, debuting all the way back in 1966’s Avengers #32. Waid has described the modern incarnation of the group as a “clandestine white supremacy organization” that’s infiltrated the NYC justice system, but November’s Daredevil #33 he’s peeling back the layers and asking an obvious question.
“If these are the Sons of the Serpent...who is the Serpent?”
This wouldn’t the first time Waid has made use of the Sons of the Serpent in comics – back in 1999’s Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty series, he had Cap and the Falcon going up against the group with some explosive results. When presented with this old story, Waid admits he had forgotten than 14-year old story but says he’s been a fan of the group going back to Steve Gerber’s Defenders run in the mid-1970s.
Speaking of history, in 2014 Daredevil will be celebrating his 50th anniversary in comics. In the advance solicitations they’ve dropped hints about something big happening. When we talked with Waid and Samnee back in August they played coy, but this time out we pressed Waid hard about Daredevil’s prospects in the new year.
“They're...interesting. And quite unexpected and quite familiar at the same time,” the writer reveals. “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!”