Comic: "Bullseye: Greatest Hits"
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Daniel Way
Artist: Steve Dillon
Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Plot: An untimely seizure leads to Bullseye being captured by the NSA. They want to know what happened to the nuclear warheads he stole, but they doubt he will simply come out and tell them. Instead, they try to goad the vainglorious assassin into spilling the beans by asking him about his past. Bulleye decides to play along.
Review: Villains like the Joker tend to get the most recognition for being a psychotic comic book villain, but for my money, you can’t go wrong with a guy like Bullseye. I usually don’t pay much attention to anything Daredevil-related, but this particular miniseries really lets you get a better perspective on just how crazy a man can be, even when his superpower seems to be little more than throwing things really well.
In the very first issue, we get to see the insane lengths Bullseye’s captors go to just to make sure they don’t wind up with pencils and such lodged in their brains: no clothing of any sort allowed inside the facility, no guns for the one guard, and even no solid food for the star of the show (Bullseye remarks that they’re probably scared that, if he had a solid bowel movement, he might use it to kill someone, and I have to admit, that would be pretty entertaining).
There is an overarching plot that’s meant to tie together everything that happens, but all told, the miniseries is basically just a series of vignettes about a few formative experiences in Bullseye’s life. They’re all great stories, particularly the dark, but funny, bit that implies how he came up with his costumed villain name.
Without giving away too much, there is some doubt about how much of the backstory he provides is true. At one point, he explains that he was lying about one part, and certain events depicted are accompanied by speech bubbles that understate what really happened in the artwork. The thing is, you get the feeling that most of it could be true, especially given how he loves to share his murderous antics with the world.
The ending of the miniseries gets a little convoluted. The way Bullseye finally escapes is incredible, but some of the details of that escape don’t really hold up under scrutiny. Nevertheless, the miniseries still stands as a fun read, official Marvel canon be damned.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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