There’s nothing Marvel likes better than bumping off beloved characters in a miniseries. These have varied in quality, like any collection of miniseries.
The End centers around a nuclear holocaust, and pretty much manages to be the most depressing thing Marvel has ever put out for the most part, with the Punisher wiping out humanity’s last hope and the Hulk discovering crippling depression. Spider-Man: Reign was infamously bad, not to mention poorly timed as it came on the heels of yet another Quesada rant about how brilliantly creative Marvel was and how stodgy DC was. They’ve done it with just about every major character they own, except Daredevil.
So, needless to say, Daredevil: End of Days is in the works!
The good news is that David Mack, Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz and Alex Maleev are all back for this miniseries.
The bad news is that Bendis is, too.
I was never a fan of Bendis’ run on Daredevil because “decompression” is the worst thing to happen to comics since the ’90s crash, and frankly, it was frustrating to read a comic written by somebody who feels the need to put every stutter and false start into his dialogue because that’s real, man. Even worse, this is going to be eight issues, easily the longest of these series, unless you could the fact that X-Men: The End took up three miniseries.
On the other hand, the art is going to be unimpeachable and David Mack may be able to keep a lid on Bendis’ more annoying tendencies. We’ll find out in October.