Bullseye #1 (Marvel Comics)
One of the first of a new line of books to build off of the popularity of Netflix’s Daredevil, Bullseye presents an interesting problem for writer Ed Brisson: just how do you write a miniseries focusing on one of Marvel’s worst criminals? Well, judging from this issue, you don’t dial down the crazy or the violence, you embrace it.
Newly back from the dead, Bullseye is looking for work. As one of the highest paid assassins, he demands a pretty penny, but all of the jobs he’s tasked with are too easy. But when he gets an assignment helping a drug lord in South America, he might have gotten more than he bargained for.
Ed Brisson’s script gets so into the mindset of this character that I’m honestly wondering if Brisson is a killer for hire himself. There’s a great (and terrifying) scene of Bullseye meeting with his contact, and as he gets details for different jobs, Bullseye starting flicking paper clips out the open window with disastrous effects on his unfortunate targets. It’s a very entertaining scene, and this over the top but brutal action makes Bullseye an interesting book. Brisson’s script keeps you guessing what household item Bullseye will use next to murder someone.
On the art duties for Bullseye, we have Guillermo Sanna. I’ve never seen Sanna’s art before, but he makes a great first impression here. From the opening panels to the already mentioned paper clip scene, Sanna’s able to give this book just the right touch it needs. There’s nothing about his art that is too cartoony, but at the same time, there’s a looseness to it that lets you buy the crazy things that are happening in this book.
If you’re a fan of Bullseye or Daredevil, I definitely recommend giving this book a shot, but I’ll warn you, it is pretty brutal. There’s some stuff in here that I’m surprised passed the Marvel editorial staff. But at the same time, it’s still an interesting take on the “one man army” trope, and it’s always interesting to see what new thing Bullseye will turn into a weapon.