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[Mar. 16th, 2011|11:18 am]
Warren Ellis

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.

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[User Picture]From: monksp
2011-03-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
So people are worried that the guy that wrote Kingdom Come and Irredeemable can't write anything but fluff? How weird.
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[User Picture]From: nopejr
2011-03-16 07:58 pm (UTC)
I would totally read the adventures of Happy Bouncing Hero Hugger.
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[User Picture]From: lots42
2011-03-17 04:24 am (UTC)
That's Deadpool half the time.
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[User Picture]From: lots42
2011-03-17 04:24 am (UTC)
Waid is currently doing 'Incorruptible' which is basically 'Superman goes full-on Carrie'. I think he can handle the noir that is DD.
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[User Picture]From: ozzdo
2011-03-17 12:39 pm (UTC)
That there are people who have doubts about Mark Waid writing Daredevil tells me that not nearly enough people are reading Irredeemable and Incorruptible.
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