Daredevil: Lady Bullseye

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Art: 7/10

Nice art

Boring story, Lady Bullseye doesn't work, Master Izo is annoying instead of fun

Comic Info

Comic Name: Daredevil (Volume 2)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Ed Brubaker

Artist: Michael Lark

# of Issues: 5

Release Date:  2009

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Daredevil (2) #111 Variant

Reprints Daredevil (2) #111-115 (November 2008-March 2009). The Hand is back, and Daredevil and his friends are in their targets. When a new player named Lady Bullseye appears, Daredevil learns that the Hands plans might be bigger than he ever imagined. Matt also deals with an indiscression with Dakota North, and it could cost him Milla.

Written by Ed Brubaker, Daredevil: Lady Bullseye follows Daredevil:  Cruel and Unusual.  The collection features art by Michael Lark.

Brubaker had big footsteps to fill with Brian Michael Bendis’ successful run on the character that brought Daredevil to the forefront of the Marvel Universe.  This collection is set-up for the big crossover Shadowland and feels like filler at points.  The story is quite short and introduces the new Lady Bullseye character since Bullseye was being used by Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers at the time.

Lady Bullseye doesn’t really work. The character is quite lame and a typical Daredevil female foil. She could be like the original Elektra, Typhoid Mary, Echo…they all seem the same (at least at their introduction). The Lady Bullseye moniker even seems very tacked on. I don’t know if Brubaker was told to come up with a female Bullseye, but he even made fun of the lame name in the story. Unlike Elektra or Typhoid Mary, there doesn’t seem to be much mystery surrounding her and instead she just seems really forced.

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Daredevil (2) #112

I am not a fan of the Shadowland storyline, and the basic story really sets it up with the Hand seeking out a replacement. Brubaker introduces the Master Izo character for the story and he’s supposed to be fun, but seems like a rehash of Stick that likes to drink (hence the “fun” aspect of the character). With the Hand attacks, he unceremoniously dispatches White Tiger and Black Tarantula, but brings them back to life as Hand agents…at this point who hasn’t been an agent of Hand, S.H.I.E.L.D., or a Horseman of Apocalypse…the list in the Marvel Universe is pretty short.

The Milla-Matt-Dakota relationship reaches a breaking point with Matt and Dakota sleeping together (against the better judgment of both). Murdock’s behavior has already made him a bit unlikeable but this really helps cement that he’s pretty much becoming what everyone in the story is saying about him. His push to “keep” Milla is just kind of pathetic and cruel.

Daredevil: Lady Bullseye isn’t very good though the art continues to be a high point. Matt Murdock is broken…I get it, quit hitting me over the head with it and let the character have some fun. It was always nice that Daredevil was a flawed character but now he’s just a miserable character and throughout Shadowland even gets worse. Daredevil: Lady Bullseye is followed by Daredevil: Return of the King.

Related Links:

Daredevil:  The Devil, Inside and Out—Volume 1

Daredevil:  The Devil, Inside and Out—Volume 2

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