By Ben Morse
On July 20, the original Man Without Fear reclaims his title when Matt Murdock returns to Hell’s Kitchen in DAREDEVIL #1. Launching the Guardian Devil into the next phase of his life in the Marvel Universe will be a creative team without peer, led by writer Mark Waid along with artists Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera.
As all our senses tingle with anticipation, we’ll be spending this week counting down with the people bringing DAREDEVIL to the printed page and discussing a variety of topics pertaining to his world at length.
What Daredevil’s collection of foes may lack in raw power, they make up for in sadism and follow through. Whether it’s untouchable crime boss The Kingpin, unstoppable assassin Bullseye or irresistible femme fatale Typhoid Mary, DD’s opponents play for keeps.
Through the years, Matt Murdock has seen his loves murdered, his livelihood destroyed and his life shattered time and again by the villains he takes action against in his heroic guise. Few heroes have suffered the way DD has, and these men and women have made sure that pattern never lets up.
We asked Mark Waid to examine the ne’er-do-wells who have shaped Daredevil and preview what he’s got lined up for the Guardian Devil.
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Marvel.com: What sets Daredevil’s villains apart from others?
Mark Waid: Daredevil's rogues' gallery has more men on stilts than any other. Kidding. I kid. Matt's enemies are, by and large, pretty creepy but not world-beaters, which is great. As good as he is, I don't know that DD would survive long against, say, Immortus or the Skrull Empire. It's a good mix of slightly stronger-than-street-level-variety foes.
Marvel.com: What types of villains do you feel pose the greatest threat to Daredevil?
Mark Waid: The ruthless ones; the ones who cannot be appealed to on any human level whatsoever. Not that DD's much on debate skills during a fight, but the more sociopathic the enemy, the more Daredevil is hard-pressed to avoid the temptation to simply "remove" them.
Marvel.com: Who is your personal favorite of Daredevil’s villains?
Mark Waid: The Purple Man, who can influence behavior. Daredevil's always at a disadvantage with villains who aren't physical threats that can be punched or perceived with radar sense.
Marvel.com: Who do you consider Daredevil’s greatest foe?
Mark Waid: Bullseye.
Marvel.com: We already know Daredevil will be facing The Spot and Klaw in your series—what other villains can we expect?
Mark Waid: Mole Man's a name that keeps coming up. But not every story arc will involve a super villain; Daredevil remains his best when he's a crime fighter on a relatively realistic level.
Marvel.com: Who has Daredevil never faced that you’d like to see him go up against?
Mark Waid: Batroc.
Marvel.com: I’m going to list off some of Daredevil’s seminal villains and you give me your thoughts on them as well as any potential plans for the series, beginning with The Kingpin…
Mark Waid: Who?
Mark Waid: Coming, but not necessarily in the pages of DAREDEVIL itself.
Marvel.com: Typhoid Mary…
Mark Waid: Love her. Keep reading.
Marvel.com: Mister Fear…
Mark Waid: Not a great name, but terrific potential and high on the list of possible returnees, maybe at the top.
Marvel.com: The Hand…
Mark Waid: Again?
Marvel.com: The Owl…
Mark Waid: Working on rebuilding him even now.
Mark Waid: Poor Melvin. Only if I can come up with a new take on the guy.
Marvel.com: Did I leave anybody out who you think warrants inclusion?
Mark Waid: You left out Matador, Cobra and Mister Hyde. You also left out Leapfrog and Stilt-Man, but you said "warrants inclusion," so that's okay.
Marvel.com: Who is Daredevil’s most underrated opponent?
Mark Waid: Matador.
Marvel.com: Who do you never need to see Daredevil take on again?
Mark Waid: Anyone named "Fisk."
Tomorrow, Mark gets the day off as we preview some exclusive artwork, including sketches you won’t see anywhere else, from Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin!