How Will Daredevil Return From The Dead?
Usually, the news that Chip Zdarsky and artist Marco Checchetto will launch the new Daredevil #1 - before the "Death" of the hero actually happened - would kill much of the suspense. There was never a chance that Marvel would kill the Daredevil comic, even if they pushed the hero to death and back. Even so, letting the cat out of the bag would typically be guaranteed to undercut the real 'impact' of Soule's conclusion. But going by Zdarsky's tease of the new series, it sounds like the new Daredevil #1 will be anything but a clean start. Zdarsky explains in an interview with Marvel:
Things can’t be business as usual no matter how badly Matt wants them to be. That was in my head from my first conversations with Charles about the book. The character’s been put through a lot over the years, but I think "The Death of Daredevil" is going to be a real “come to God” moment for Matt. What does that look like? What will he become?
The question of what Matt Murdock will "become" has quickly taken the spotlight in marketing for the new series, with the teaser image showing his Daredevil cowl in flames. Even more cryptic? The tagline suggesting that Daredevil, the unluckiest Marvel hero will come to "Know Fear" before long. And while that might sound like a catchy slogan promising only that the stakes have been raised, the comic series bridging Daredevil's death to his return is doubling down. The days of Matt Murdock being immune to fear are over... these days, he's drowning in it.
Daredevil: Man Without Fear... No More
Even before Matt Murdock woke from his life-saving surgery, he was learning (right along with the readers) that after years famously fighting it away, fear had come for the Daredevil. Just as his injuries had stacked and compounded, wearing away his body, his past of emotional trauma had taken a toll, as well. As his body rested in Man Without Fear, his mind was forced to relive the most painful stages of his superhero career, from lost friends to the parade of women killed for loving him. But even upon waking into his broken body in Man Without Fear #2, Matt finally confesses his most painful secret to Foggy:
"I'm scared, Foggy. I don't know who I am without Daredevil. And I'm afraid... I've put down the burden of Daredevil. Despite the shape I'm in, I should be happy. But all I can think about is how afraid I am. Of everything."
The story itself has proven to be a surprisingly vital one, forcing Matt (and readers) to wonder if living "without fear" is actually any way to live at all. Being fearless is great when it leads to victories and triumph, but what if it ends up breaking your body and killing the people you love? When living as Daredevil and laughing at fear nearly cost Matt everything, is he better off being afraid, or worse?
Until Matt Murdock learns to walk, it's fair to say Daredevil remains dead no matter how he feels. But even if he does put the horns back on, it's obvious the original Daredevil of Hell's Kitchen is gone for good. When Matt makes his return in Daredevil #1, will YOU be joining him?
Daredevil #1 arrives on February 6th, from Marvel Comics.