A project that has been talked about for a while, End of Days will detail the death of Daredevil. Whether or not this is a physical death or not remains to be seen, but when Bendis teases death, he rarely jokes about it as fans of Powers and Ultimate Spider-Man can attest to.
In an interview with CBR Bendis said “It goes a little further than most of The End stories. And we make it canon. This is in continuity; not too dissimilar to how Dark Knight Returns became continuity through sheer force of will. So we put it out there and everybody jumped. Our book is dark and violent and shocking to those who are used to our runs on Daredevil, for those who are used to Daredevil right now, I think it’s going to be doubly shocking.”
Way back at NYCC 2007 this series was announced, the intention was to gather a host of legendary Daredevil talent. And now five years later it seems that we will finally get to see what writers Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack, penciller Klaus Janson, and inker Bill Sienkiewicz have in store for Daredevil fans.
Now here’s the best part of this announcement, to me anyway as a very dedicated Daredevil fan. Bendis revealed that “It takes place in the not-too-distant future. We get to see a glimpse of what the Marvel Universe very well may turn out like if everything goes to hell. Not in a dystopian, Mad Max-type of way. More in the vein of Daredevil — a more realistic way. Very specifically, how the world of Daredevil has changed and what has happened.” Bendis revealed that Daredevil is murdered in the first issue, “which sends Ben Urich on his very last assignment.”
After stopping to thank the comic book gods that one of my favourite characters wouldn’t be biting the bullet for some(fictional) ten years, a question was raised of what the story would contain. As we know what happens to daredevil in the very first issue of the 8 issue series, what would the focus of the rest of the series be? The answer is a series focusing on Ben Urich and his investigation. Bendis told IGN.com: “As he unravels exactly what Matt Murdock’s death meant, he’ll unravel a lot of secrets about Matt and the world of Daredevil he never knew before. His life and the life of everyone in Matt’s world is in danger. So a little, tiny nod to Citizen Kane and a huge, huge nod to all of the people who have worked on Daredevil with us and before us.”
Featured in this series are a cast of characters both familiar and unfamiliar to Daredevils world of Hell’s Kitchen. Of course, the Kingpin and Bullseye will make an appearance. As will Elektra, in a different light as we have seen her previously. However this series will have appearances by characters such as Nick Fury and The Punisher and the news of Matt Murdock’s death ripples through the Marvel Universe.
This is a story I personally cannot wait for, as a Daredevil reader for many years, Bendis is one of my favourite writers for the character along with Mark Waid and Kevin Smith, both who have given us a very realistic and gritty approach to the Man Without Fear. But End of Days looks to be a series that shows us the real brutality of Kell’s Kitchen, Daredevil will die, we know that much. The only questions that remain are “Why?” and “How?”
Daredevil: End of Days #1 is out in October!
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