Daredevil #131 Review - Bullseye Never Misses
|1st Appearance of Bullseye, that dickhead.|
As a general rule, when it comes to the writing in comic books that are pushing 40 years old, it rarely ages well. But that doesn't mean that they still aren't cool as hell. I love them. And when I had a chance to grab up this one for less than it was worth (plus another 25% off), I jumped at it.
This issue is the first appearance of one of Daredevil's greatest villains, Bullseye. On the surface, Daredevil should be able to whoop that ass when it comes to Bullseye. Heightened senses versus a dude who can turn anything into a weapon with his deadly aim. That's a great skill to have if you're going against regular guys, though based on that tale of the tape, I put my money down on the guy with the ability to see it coming, but no, Bullseye is just that damn good and has stuck around to a premier pain in the ass for 'ol Hornhead for five decades.
The most interesting aspect of this issue is the back story into Bullseye. A crime beat writer at the Daily Bugle invites Daredevil over the offices for some coffee, donuts, and to give our hero plenty of exposition as to who this Bullseye character is. And it's fucked up. Bullseye turned down at career in pro baseball to enlist in the military to serve in Vietnam. Because, you know, like any villain worth a damn, Bullseye really likes to kill people. It's pretty much the number one desired quality in a supervillain. And you could kill a lot of people in Vietnam if you were so inclined.
You see, Bullseye was an excellent killer, per the reporter at the Bugle. But one day, deep in the shit, the "Cong" got the jump on him and when Bullseye turned to blow the dude away, he was all out of bullets, which sucks especially hard when you're in the middle of a war (or conflict, if you want to get all technical). Thankfully, his rifle had a bayonet on it, so Bullseye improvised and javelin-tossed the shit out that rifle at his attacker. Problem solved. From there, Bullseye vanished to Africa to train in all sorts of weaponry (because Africa = a quick and cheap way to imply exotic and dangerous, right? That shit's more than a bit lazy, but whatever). I want to point out that this issue is only a little more than a year after the debut of The Punisher, another character who was framed by his experiences in Vietnam. It is interesting that these characters, both Vietnam vets who were presumably scarred by the war, are portrayed as psychotic villains.
Beyond the backstory, the rest of the plot with Bullseye is as straight-forward as it comes. Bullseye demands money from a guy and then kills said guy when said guy won't pay the $100,000. Then Daredevil fights Bullseye, and for some stupid reason decides to basically allow himself to get trapped for the big cliffhanger at Madison Square Garden in front of a crowd at the circus. It's silly, but then again, so are guys fighting in spandex.
On the Matt Murdock front, he takes on the case of an old lady trying to fight her scumbag slumlord who won't do anything to help his tenants in a run down New York City shit-hole. Good for you, Matt Murdock. Fuck those slumlords. Just make sure you do something first about the guy who can throw a paper airplane so that it pierces through the glass window on the top floor of an office building, which is pretty badass, when you stop and think about it.
As a stand alone issue of Daredevil, I give Daredevil #131 a solid 3 out of 5 heightened senses.
As a first appearance of Daredevil's number one* villain, I give it a full 5 out of 5 heightened senses.
Plus, I paid about $50 less for it than I should have.
*If you want to say that The Kingpin is Daredevil's best villain, I won't argue with you because you're probably right.