Like many comic book fans, I spent this past weekend binge-watching the new season of Daredevil. Once again, Marvel dominates entertainment. This show is everything we comic fans could possibly want from a Daredevil adaptation. It’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s charming, it’s exciting; this is damn fine television, and fits perfectly with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Season Rating: 9/10 – Great.
I also love the Netflix delivery system. I like being able to binge-watch an entire season in a few sittings, getting the whole story in one big go, rather than waiting week to week. It keeps me in the moment, it allows the writers to really dig deep into the material, and create a big tapestry of a story. I loved almost every episode, I loved every storyline, the new characters were great; Daredevil Season 2 was another huge success for Marvel!
Join me after the jump to hear my specific thoughts on the season. There will be MAJOR SPOILERS for the whole season, so read at your own risk.
Marvel’s Daredevil announced the Punisher’s appearance for Season 2, but Marvel and Netflix have just released a promo featuring Daredevil’s long-time love-interest, Elektra. This footage sort of snuck up on us, like some sort of ninja.
The Punisher is here, people, and he’s on the verge of kicking Daredevil’s tight, red tuckus!
The trailer is pretty darn epic. We get our first teases of both Frank Castle and Elektra, and I like what I see so far. Punisher is a special character for me. There are few comics I hold in higher regard than Garth Ennis’ Punisher Max series. Some people read The Lord of the Rings or the Bible at least once every year, I read Ennis’ Punisher Max.
One of the major problems with bringing the Punisher to live action entertainment is the need to turn his origin story into one of revenge. Gangsters kill his family, and it makes perfect sense that he’d get revenge on those gangsters. But the Punisher is about so much more than getting revenge on that one group of gangsters.
He’s about punishing all criminals.
There are hints of revenge in this trailer, so maybe we’ll have to put up with that for now. Perhaps when he gets his own Netflix series he can do some proper punishing. For now, the trailer is a good look at season 2.
Another trailer will arrive on Feb. 25, and the full season will hit Netflix on March 18. We’re only a month away!
Looks like at least one of the things on my list for Daredevil season 2 is coming true: Elektra is going to show up! Actor Elodie Yung has been cast as the femme fatale ninja, which is actually kind of ironic, considering she played Jinx in the last G.I. Joe movie.
So basically, Yung is going from one red-clad ninja to another red-clad ninja. I think she’s being typecast.
I don’t remember her from the last G.I. Joe movie, but I think Jinx was cool in that flick. So hey, by all means, bring her aboard! I’m still hoping to see Bullseye, though. Daredevil, Punisher and Elektra teaming up to take on Bullseye, who’s probably working for the Kingpin? Sounds like an awesome season to me!
I’ve only mentioned All-New X-Factor and New Warriors so far, because I’m a big X-Factor and Scarlet Spider fan. But at New York Comic-Con, Marvel has announced a whole pile of brand new comics they’ll be putting out in the next couple of months! If I was more on the ball – and not playing the new Pokemon X – I would have already posted about all of them. Instead, I decided to just bunch’em all up on our Monday. Sounds like a fun way to start the week to me. A lot of these sound pretty amazing. And of course they’re coming out just when I told myself I was going to lighten my weekly comic book budget.
By Dan Slott and Mike Allred
Dan Slott is apparently a huge Silver Surfer fan, and even though she’s been spear-heading Spider-Man for years, he’s now snatched up the Sentinel of the Spaceways. I can definitely identify with someone falling in love with Silver Surfer as a kid, so this might be the perfect time for me to jump back onto the Surfer bandwagon. Mike Allred will be freed up when FF comes to an end soon (dies a little inside), and I think he might be perfect for the Surfer. Apparently Slott’s plot involves Surfer getting a young, female companion and going on adventures. So basically it’s going to be Silver Surfer by way of Doctor Who, which sounds amazing.
Check out an interview with Slott here.
By Ales Kot and Garry Brown
In another example of comics following movies, it seems that War Machine is changing to Iron Patriot for reals. I guess he’s been Iron Patriot for a few months now in the pages of Secret Avengers, but now he’s going to get his own solo series. Marvel has tried to publish a War Machine comic several times in the past, so maybe they’ll have some luck with this new coat of paint. According to some interviews, it’s going to be a heavily political book – I think.
Check out an article about the series here.
All-New Ghost Rider
By Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore
Speaking of characters getting multiple comic attempts, there’s going to be a new Ghost Rider! I’m fairly certain the last new Ghost Rider was around only earlier this year, and it was a woman. But that didn’t sell. This time, Smith is creating a new young man named Robbie Reyes to be Ghost Rider. And apparently instead of a motorcycle, he’s going to have a car. That sounds good to me. I’ve always thought Ghost Rider could be expanded by turning any vehicle into a flaming chariot of awesomeness. Ghost Rider should be riding around on a flaming segway. Not that I think anything is really going to make a new Ghost Rider series work. But good luck to all involved.
Check out the interview here.
Loki: Agent of Asgard
By Al Ewing and Lee Garbett
Who could have guessed how huge Loki would become, huh? I thought he was alright in Thor, and I was shocked Marvel would use him again so soon as the chief villain in The Avengers, but casting Tom Hiddleston as Loki was apparently as big a stroke of genius as casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark! So it’s no wonder Marvel wants to capitalize on that sexiness as much as possible. So goodbye, Kid Loki! Say hello to Sexy Loki! Ewing and Marvel are going to turn the God of Mischief into a gorram secret agent. I actually kind of love this idea. It’s a neat use of Loki, and could have some real mileage behind it if people actually buy the book.
And again, I found an interview about the series here.
By Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto
Speaking of The Avengers, also spinning out of that film is a new solo series for Black Widow. I really want this one to succeed. Marvel needs a strong female presence, and Black Widow is really their only major female character who isn’t a derivative of a male hero and who isn’t better known as a member of a team. So seeing Black Widow succeed would be nice. Edmondson says the series is going to be a hardcore spy comic, which definitely works for the character, but didn’t really work for Winter Soldier post-Brubaker. So who knows how this one will do.
Interview can be found here.
By Zeb Wells and Mike Del Mundo
Elektra has had a few solo series in the past, and for good reason. She’s a badass ninja assassin, and sexy to boot. She’s as solid an idea for a female protagonist as any. According to the creators, she’s going to be on a mission to take out a league of assassins, while taking some ‘me’ time and not worrying about Daredevil. But I’m pretty sure Elektra hasn’t been linked to Daredevil in years, right?
Did somebody say interview? Check it out here.
By Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads
Where did this Edmondson guy come from? He’s doing Black Widow and Punisher? Sounds like a dream job. But he’s not Garth Ennis, so already he’s at a disadvantage as far as I’m concerned. He’s also not a big name writer like Greg Rucka. So this seems like a basic, straight forward Punisher series written by a new up-and-coming writer. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere. The story will involve Punisher heading to LA to take out some big time criminal, while also dealing with a government group set on taking him down. Could be…something, I suppose.
More information can be found right about here.
By Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli
This comic is just an expansion/continuation of Hickman’s Avengers, which I’m lukewarm about. I mostly just wanted to post that stunning picture.
Interview, they have one here!
I’m sure I’m missing one or two comics, but Marvel announced so many! I would have posted some new DC titles, but there weren’t too many notable announcements. I think they’re going to give us a weekly Batman series because DC doesn’t think they put out enough Batman. What do you guys and gals think of these new titles? Anything float your particular boats? I’ll definitely be picking up Silver Surfer, Avengers World and Black Widow, and maybe even Iron Patriot and Loki: Agent of Asgard, depending on my mood on those particular days.
Still, sounds like it was an awesome Comic-Con!