Daredevil’s foes often view crime as a business, with murder viewed merely as a means to an end, with nothing personal about it. There is one Daredevil foe, however, who’s found a way to make his love for murder pay. Of course it helps that The Man Without Fear’s arch-enemy, the contract killer Bullseye, has the near-magical ability to weaponize almost anything.
This February, readers will witness the damage Bullseye is capable of, and what happens to the people caught up in his murderous wake, in a new Marvel Comics miniseries by writer Ed Brisson and artist Guillermo Sana. The action, which is part of a loosely connected mini-event between Marvel’s Daredevil related books titled “Running with the Devil,” kicks off in New York and then heads south to Colombia, where Bullseye will use his aptitude and affinity for murder to tear apart a drug cartel.
CBR: I read that you’re a fan of portrayals of Bullseye that illustrate his methods of and affinity for murder as well as ones that show him as an unstoppable killing machine. What’s it like delving into Bullseye’s psyche? What’s your sense of how he views the world and his targets?
Ed Brisson: I think Bullseye views the world as his playground and his targets as nothing more than that — targets, playthings. He doesn’t see them as people and generally has zero compassion. Even when/if he recognizes his targets as people, it’s only so that he can learn about them and, for special cases, completely destroy their lives before killing them. We’ve seen that side of him before in “Bullseye: The Perfect Game” and he attempted the same on Daredevil a couple years back.
In this series, though, he’s out to kill, to inflict maximum damage. And while he’s picking off targets left and right, we don’t forget that these are people. They have lives, family, jobs. So, Bullseye might kill someone and not think about it again, there’s a network around each victim who are affected deeply by his actions. That will play into this arc fairly heavily.
“Bullseye” begins with him out of the country on a suicide mission. What can you tell us about where he’s at and what he’s after?
Bullseye’s been out of commission for a while — for a long while. As seen in the [Chris] Samnee/[Mark] Waid run on “Daredevil,” Bullseye was confined to an iron lung, unable to move, unable to function on his own. Before that, he was thought dead. After that, he was in a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison before being rescued and restored to his old self by The Hand in the Blackman/Del Mundo “Elektra” run. Basically–he’s been out of commission for a long while and is itching to get back to it.
While he starts out in NY in the series, he quickly goes to Colombia, taking on a contract where he can inflict maximum carnage. Part of it is that he wants to get out of NY, but mostly…he just wants to let loose.
Bullseye has no powers, but he’s a high profile contract killer in the Marvel Universe where superpowers, high technology and magic are a reality. How will that inform the stories you’re telling?
We’re keeping Bullseye strictly street-level, here. This is where Bullseye most feels at home and I wanted to write something that felt true to the character. We wanted to do a series that could sit on the shelf next to “Daredevil,” “Kingpin” and “Elektra,” while trying to reestablish Bullseye as the bad-ass that he truly is. And, for right now, this feels like the proper approach.
Personally, while I love all of the Marvel U, the street-level characters are the ones that tend to excite me the most. Punisher, Daredevil, Black Widow, Moon Knight, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Hawkeye, etc… those are the characters and books I tend to always gravitate toward.
The supporting cast of “Bullseye” will initially include some fan-favorite characters from Ann Nocenti’s “Daredevil” run…
Not sure if they’re fan-favorite or deep-cut characters, but it’s Bullet and Shotgun. They make their first appearance in the second issue in supporting roles, and will stick around right until the end.
I started reading Daredevil during Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr’s run and those are two were characters who I used to be obsessed with. I used to have a copy of “Daredevil” 273 hanging on my wall — that cover with Shotgun riding on the hood of a car, guns drawn while Daredevil leaps at him…loved it! Can’t count how many times I tried drawing that cover as a kid.
I liked that Bullet and Shotgun were straight mercs and not costumed baddies. Back in the day, they gave Daredevil a run for his money. This was a chance for me to pay homage to that run and fulfill my own desire to see them back in the Marvel U.
What can you tell us about some of the new supporting characters Bullseye will interact with?
Aside from Bullet and Shotgun, Bullseye is going to cross paths with Joy Jones, an FBI agent with a personal vendetta against Bullseye. Mostly, though, he’ll be squaring off against the man he’s been hired to take out– a cartel boss named Teodor Zarco — and his Black Knife Cartel.
Teodor is a character who’s thrilled to face off against Bullseye. He knows Bullseye is coming and he can barely contain his excitement. He’s a man who is as twisted as Bullseye. Hell, he admires Bullseye, but that’s not going to stop him from trying to take him out.
In “Deadpool” #13, your “Bullseye” collaborator, Guillermo Sana, brought to life the tale of a team up between the titular mercenary and Dardevil, so he already has some great experience in the world that Bullseye operates in.
I’ll be honest, before “Bullseye” I wasn’t familiar with Guillermo’s art. I had to look him up and then questioned how I’d never seen his work before. His storytelling abilities are top notch and his action sequences…hot damn! Sometimes, I’ll get pages in my inbox and I’ll just sit there staring at them completely speechless. Some stuff I’ll write and think “I hope this translates”, then the art comes in and Guillermo has turned it into something so much greater than what I’d written.
This being a miniseries, do your plans for the character include any stories beyond this initial one?
I have so many things that I’d like to do, but I’m going to keep them close to the vest for now. Just want to focus on getting these first five out there, knocking people’s socks off, leaving them desperate for more.
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