REVIEW: Bullseye #1

Bullseye happens to be one of those Marvel villains that I really enjoy. I like the design, attitude, and powers of the character. There have been some great Bullseye issues in the past. Check out Punisher vs. Bullseye (2006) by Daniel Way and the late, great Steve Dillon for an example of a fantastic story involving Daredevil’s biggest baddie.

I guess you could say I was really excited to read this new offering to see how it stacked up to previous incarnations. I put it down five pages in and set it aside to watch YouTube instead. That should give you an idea of how well this review is going to go.

The story is cookie-cutter, Bullseye needs a job, Bullseye gets hired by the mob to take out another mob, the deal seems shady but Bullseye accepts, Bullseye kills a few random people with everyday objects. (This time it was paper clips)

This color by numbers approach to one of Marvel’s most over-the-top and insane characters is disappointing. I did go back after watching YouTube and finish reading this issue, but only because I have a review to type up and not because the issue was worth it.

As bland as the writing is, the art is worse. I usually hold my venom in reserve when it comes to artists and their art; since art is largely objective. But I know a sloppy art job when I see one. Sanna’s work looks rushed and dirty. There are panels where background characters look like they were thrown down in the panel without as much as a second thought. The page layouts were messy. I might have been able to discern what was happening in the story, but that, I attribute to my years of comic reading and not to the page design and art flow set in place by the artist.

There is a backup story that is large enough that it almost clocks in at the same page count as the initial story. The art of Alec Morgan and the writing of Wolfman is a better offering, but this story did little to remove the negative taste in my mouth.

I went in really wanting this comic to be amazing. Instead I got stuck with a book that came off as second-rate. A terrible debut for a new series and one that fans should avoid in favor of better classic tales.

Final Score: 1 ¾ stars

Bullseye #1
Story: Ed Brisson, Marv Wolfman
Art: Guillermo Sanna, Alec Morgan
Colors: Miroslav Mrva, Frank Martin
Publisher: Marvel

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