March 16th, 2011 | comics talk
People are telling me that Mark Waid is taking over the writing of the venerable Marvel title DAREDEVIL, and are assuming that Mark will be writing it in a mainline superhero-comic way, with lots of brightly-lit Silver Age swashbuckling and normal straight spandex-fiend tropes.
And I’d just like to note that Mark Waid is a very intelligent man, despite his taste in shirts, and so NO of course he won’t. The last time an approach like that was tried on DAREDEVIL, the book crashed so badly that the Marvel powers-that-be just handed it over with a what-the-fuck shrug to the production pod of two ambitious artists-turned-editors named Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada. Which led to things like Kevin Smith writing comics, and then the career of Brian Michael Bendis, and the ascension of Joe Quesada to Marvel EIC and then Chief Creative Officer And Olympean Presence or whatever the hell his title is now.
The time before that? Way back in the dim and distant past? The book was so crocked that they tried out a new guy called Frank Miller.
So, no, comics fans, don’t start railing about how Mark’s going to do a happy bouncy daylight Daredevil who hugs other superheroes and shit. Mark has some really terrible shirts, but he’s really not that stupid. If Mark knows anything, he knows his comics history.