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It was announced this week, through an interview with the Nerdist that Daredevil will relaunch in 2014 with Matt Murdock now centered in San Francisco. The book will keep the same creative team of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, and Joe Caramagna will continue into the new series. The new series will pick up after the events of Daredevil: Road Warrior, a series written by Waid, that will run using Marvel’s digital only imprint, Infinite Comics.
As to why the relaunch is happening now, Mark Waid said:
“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.”
The cover of the first issue of the re-launch
So what are my two cents on the matter? Well, while I am excited that the creative team is staying on, and my trust in them is almost absolute, I am saddened by the choice of new location. To me, Daredevil is one one of the most synonymous super-heroes with New York, and taking him away from what so much of the character and the book is feels weird to me. The choice of San Francisco isn’t that exciting either, Gerry Conway sent Daredevil there in the 70’s. I think a new city like Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, or even Austin would be infinitely more interesting.
So what do you folks think about the Daredevil relaunch? let us know in the comments below!