Bullseye is getting his own book and based on our preview he’s as bad and kill-happy as ever. We delve into this five issue miniseries to answer the question, is it good?
Bullseye #1 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? The summary reads:
He’s been out of commission for a while, but it’s time to show the world that they should still fear Bullseye. He’s beaten Daredevil, Elektra, the Punisher, and more. But that was just business. This? This is for pleasure. So what does the world’s greatest assassin do for fun? From the mean streets of New York City to the jungles of South America – Bullseye is going to do what he does best. Hit the targets and make sure they don’t get back up.
Why does this book matter?
In addition to Ed Brisson (Iron Fist) and Guillermo Sanna (Deadpool) writing the main feature, Marv Wolfman writes the backup with artist Alec Morgan! It’s an extra sized issue and if you like the character it’s a no brainer to pick this book up.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Who are you trying to be? Gambit?
I really dig Sanna’s work on this issue as there’s a lot of detail and realism that grounds the book in a very backstreet brawl sort of way. With colors by Miroslav Mrva the brutality of the character is very apparent. The opening scene, with its splashes of yellow and flying forks help bring the chaos of the scene up a notch. Bullseye looks and feels very dangerous and he only needs some forks to accomplish it. It’s a good first few pages that help convey his brutality and sheer insanity.
Brisson fleshes out an agent of Bullseye’s which helps make him feel less a loner and more a working man. An FBI agent character is also introduced and with her it’s clear Brisson is building up the characters Bullseye will soon be working around. As far as setup issues go, the stakes are clear, Bullseye’s insanity very relevant (he kills a lot of people for no good reason for example) and the mission intriguing. There’s big time drug smugglers and mob bosses involved and it’s easy to see this might shake out in a way to enrich the Bullseye character. The story and art have a 100 Bullets feel that is unmistakable and fans of crime dramas should love.
The backup by Wolfman and Morgan is good for a motorcycle chase and character work as Bullseye comes off as more calculating than you expect — more calculating compared to the main feature even. The story reveals at what ends he’s willing to go to get a mission done too, which helps enrich the character.
It can’t be perfect can it?
It’s hard to root for any of the characters in this book. Bullseye is off the handle insane as he wreaks havoc simply because it’s fun for him. His agent is somewhat sympathetic, but even he is somewhat annoying. The FBI agent is relatable on some level, but then starts blowing off hands making her a character you could easily see live or die. As this issue shakes out it’s hard to find any specific character to gravitate towards and cheer on, which makes the story hard to enjoy.
I know it’s Bullseye’s schtick, but the ability to flick an object as light as a paperclip and inflict a killing blow is a bit much. I guess his fingers are super strong? Given his ability, the backup goes down a road that’s easy to guess.
A very nice sequence.
Is It Good?
Though the characters are deplorable and hard to root for, this first issue is a reminder of how incredibly dangerous and deranged Bullseye can be. Bullseye #1 has a grungy crime drama feel not unlike 100 Bullets you won’t want to miss.