February 7, 2018- DAREDEVIL #598
One main release from me today: DAREDEVIL #598 - but also some reprints and a very cool poster. Before I mention those, let's talk ol' Hornhead! Daredevil #598 is the fourth chapter in the MAYOR FISK epic that began with the series' return to "legacy" numbering with Daredevil #595, and is all building to the huge Daredevil #600 next month. This issue makes the return of Ron Garney on interior art - and also the buildup to his final issue on the title (for now, at least) with #600. Ron announced this on Twitter last night, so I think it's fair to talk about it a little bit.
The signature runs on characters aren't marked by just a writer, usually. It's a team, always a team, just like any comic, signature or not. I knew coming into Daredevil how important it would be to work with an artist who wouldn't see things my way - but who would see Daredevil their way, and would interpret my plots through that lens. I've been doing this a while now, and I think the best comics come from a situation where every person on the book, from writer to penciller to colors to letters to design to editing... adds their own creative input, their own storytelling, each choice a chisel mark on the finished sculpture. If everything's in sync, you get a great comic, and every once in a while a masterpiece. I think Ron and I (and Matt Milla and Clayton Cowles) pulled off some great comics.
I'll miss Ron a bunch on Daredevil, but we'll be working together on something else very soon (like very) and I'm sure there will be more down the road. I'm not leaving the title any time soon - there's a story #600 sets up that I think Daredevil fans will love, and then more cool things after that. The next artist after Ron is Mike Henderson, and he's doing incredible work.
But here - #598! Back in the "Dark Art" story that ran through DD #10-14, Ron and I created a character named Muse, a serial killer artist who gave Daredevil and his apprentice Blindspot an extremely tough time - to put it mildly. Muse is back in full force here, only appropriate since Ron was the first person to ever draw him. He's an element of chaos in the political chess game being played by Mayor Wilson Fisk and his recently appointed Deputy Matt Murdock. There's a Muse scene that ends this issue that I think is one of the creepiest things I've written (and I did a run on Swamp Thing!) Everything's getting darker and more intense for Daredevil, and I hope you'll check it out.
In addition to Daredevil #598, the second print of Daredevil #596 is on shelves today, so if you missed it the first time around, here's your chance. The second print of Astonishing X-Men #7 hits as well, which begins the second act of that story, entitled "A Man Called X." It's a new story arc that begins with the return of the long-dead Charles Xavier to our world. If you're an X-fan, you won't want to miss it. And finally, for one last bit of Daredevil, check out this incredible poster Alex Ross did to celebrate the upcoming release of Daredevil #600:
AMAZING. You can click on the poster to order it, if you're so inclined.
That's it for this week. Next week is huge, though, with CURSE WORDS #11 - the triumphant beginning of the third story arc - as well as Darth Vader #11 and Poe Dameron #24. Massive! Also, because I can't end one of these without talking about my upcoming novel THE ORACLE YEAR, we're doing a giveaway of fifteen advance copies of the book over on Goodreads.com. Super easy to enter and win, but it only lasts this month, so don't wait! CLICK HERE!