Bullseye #1 finds one of our favorite bad guy assassins presumed dead and free from a SHIELD prison with a little help from The Hand, taking out a house full of Feds to get to an accountant turned snitch. Bullseye’s more than a little restless from trying to keep a low profile and his shady AF booking agent has some pretty unscrupulous assignments up for grabs to keep him occupied and covered in blood.
We get treated to two stories for the price of one. Both of them are to be continued in second issue and both storylines are thought out and intriguing enough to stand on their own, even with their briefness.
The first part of this two-fer issue has Bullseye on a search for maximum carnage and money leading him on a mission to Columbia to rescue the leader of a cartel head’s kid from an even more dangerous sadistic mobster. There’s more going on in the first half but you’ll have to read it to find out and yes, it is worth buying. “The Columbian Connection Part 1“ is written with all the gritty old school Marvel style that made you love the dark side of Marvel to begin with. Writer Ed Brisson gives selfishness, realness and swag that we’ve grown to love on this underrated character. He writes him as a cocky, brash, sadistic bad ass and gives him a foe that’s just as equal. Guillermo Sanna gives the first story in this issue that old school Marvel flare we crave. His art has the same style that we fell in love with when we started reading back in day where NYC was a scary place and good and evil both lurked in the shadows. The nostalgia was on point and Morgan manages to give the pages hixbisn flare.
The second half of the issue, “If I Tell You…“ finds Bullseye at the tail end of the hunt for some stolen and erased data , while being chased by goons who want it back for their boss. The Marv Wolfman story is short, “sweet” and to the point. It’s a nice little side story that complements the main one and gives the readers a nice little bit of character nuances that will get even the newest Bullseye reader a decent primer (Which is pretty damn dope considering Wolfman is one of Bullseye’s original co-creators). Alec Morgan manages to convey the same nostalgic, old school 80s vibe that the first story gave us but, he adds some sleek modern touches to it. The difference is nice and not too jarring especially sine even there is a nice little ad to separate the stories giving your eyes a second to adjust.
Overall this issue as a whole was a solid read. The stories match up nicely and seem to complement each other. The two separate storylines also seem like if at some point they wanted to combine the two stories into one story, it would work well and it’s quite feasible that the storylines could interconnect. The first issue of Bullseye gave us two really good stand alone stories that prove that Bullseye doesn’t need the Devil of Hells Kitchen to be interesting or relevant.
Story: Marv Wolfman & Ed Brisson Art: Guillermo Sanna & Alec Morgan
The Columbian Connection Part 1 Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8
If I Tell You … Story: 8.8 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This February, the world’s deadliest assassin is back on the board and back in business. Marvel has released a new look inside Bullseye #1 – the new 5-issue limited series from creators Ed Brisson and Guillermo Sanna! 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.
Plus – in addition to a full length adventure, legendary writer & Bullseye co-creator Marv Wolfman returns for a can’t-miss Bullseye back-up alongside artist Alec Morgan! What does Bullseye want with the Mafia’s most sensitive information? What lengths will he go to in order to get it?
Shoot first. Ask questions later. Featuring covers by Dave Johnson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Chris Stevens, Marco Checchetto, John Tyler Christopher, Tim Bradstreet, and Skottie Young.
Marvel has announced “Running With the Devil” beginning this February! A brand new initiative, “Running With the Devil” spotlights a brand-new story arc beginning in the pages of Daredevil as well as the launch of three major titles for his closest friends…and deadliest foes!
It all starts in Daredevil #17, as secrets will be revealed! Blockbuster creators Charles Soule and Ron Garney team to answer the question on everyone’s mind – just how did Matt Murdock regain his secret identity?! Then prepare to delve into the mind of two vile villains in Kingpin #1 from Matthew Rosenberg and Ben Torres and Bullseye #1 from Ed Brisson and Guillermo Sanna. Finally, Sin City is about to get a new player in Elektra #1 – from writer Matt Owens and artist Alec Morgan! How long can Elektra escape her past when she runs afoul of Arcade and his new Murderworld?!
The table is set and the pieces are on the board. As Elektra, Kingpin and Bullseye set off on their own paths, how long before all three come crashing back in to Matt Murdock’s life?
Kingpin #1 features a cover by Jeff Dekal, Bullseye #1‘s cover by Dave Johnson, and Elektra #1 cover by Elizabeth Torque. There’s also a connecting variant for the three series from Marco Checchetto.
Tomorrow Mondo is releasing the second/final round of remaining prints from their gallery show The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla plus an awesome Black Beetle enamel pin.
The posters and pin will be going on sale at a random time tomorrow, September 20th. Stay tuned to their Twitter account for the sale announcement!
The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 175. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45
The Black Beetle Enamel Pin. Designed by Francesco Francavilla. Approx. 1″ in size. $10
Daredevil / Bullseye by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45
The Fury of Groot #2 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 275. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45
The Black Panther by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 200. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45
Batman: Crimson Harvest by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45
Life with Archie #23 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45