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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 67

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at one of Bullseye’s best moments and one of the coolest fights in the pages of Daredevil ever!

Enjoy!

Frank Miller introduced the assassin Elektra in the pages of Daredevil #168, his first issue as writer/artist. Now, in issue #181, he showed the long-awaited showdown between Elektra and the other notable assassin of the comic, Bullseye.

And wow, Miller and Klaus Janson (who finished Miller’s pencils) did an amazing job depicting one of the coolest fight scenes you’ll see in a comic book, and they shocked many a reader by the fact that only one of the pair lived after this fight…

The “moment” of the fight is likely when Bullseye kills Elektra with her own sai, but boy is there a lot of other great bits, including the amazing range of emotion that Miller gets out of Elektra after she knows she has been killed. The way she wills herself to walk to Matt Murdock’s doorstep – it’s chilling.

Hmmmm…I think tomorrow I will give the aftermath of this fight, from later in this issue!

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This remains one of the best Daredevil stories ever. It might have held up a lot better over time if Elektra’s status hadn’t changed soon afterwards. But Bullseye really became a major player in the Marvel Universe after this issue.

My favourite moment in this scene is Bullseye just standing there at the very end, watching them.

As great a fight as this is though, the next one is better.

“It might have held up a lot better over time if Elektra’s status hadn’t changed soon afterwards.”

I really liked Elektra’s resurrection in DD, which took place not that long after this issue (and was done by Miller himself). The only problem was that, the end of the resurrection issue with Elektra climbing on top of that mountain and revealing her white suit was such a perfect bow-out for the character, she should’ve been left to rest after that. But of course even Miller couldn’t do that, hence you got Elektra Lives Again.

Stephane Savoie

March 9, 2009 at 5:24 am

Wow, remember when getting stabbed in the chest meant a lethal injury? I miss those days…

The “But me…I’m magic” line is also really badass.

Daredevil 181 is, along with the issue of Simonson’s Thor where he fights the Midgard Serpent (all in splash pages), one the most awesome comics that Marvel ever put out.

@ The Dude:

“I’m magic” is my favorite part too.

that is the most chilling Daredevil moment ever . mostly for the part where Elektra manages to make it to Matt doorstep and dies in his arms. showing how much she loves him. and also shows how nasty Bulls eye really is

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 9, 2009 at 6:46 am

A classic scene. Of course, she finally gets her revenge against Bullseye in Elektra Lives Again graphic novel.

Which is not considered a part of the Marvel continuity. Unfortunately.

Love it. I’m familiar with this encounter, but I’ve never read the full story. I’ve always wanted to tackle those issue.

I like the line: …but me… I’m Magic.”

I think that’s the Moment for me.

A classic scene. Of course, she finally gets her revenge against Bullseye in Elektra Lives Again graphic novel.

Which is not considered a part of the Marvel continuity. Unfortunately.

Thank god it’s not. Elektra actually dying and staying dead gives #181 its visceral impact. Not some clunky “revenge” story.

Wow, I’ve read this issue loads of times and never realised that was Bullseye in the last panel.

decompression used RIGHT, enhancing the storytelling and strengthening the emotional impact, not prolonging a thin plot. awesome.

It was the second or third reading for me before I realized that, as she’s dying, Bullseye calmly puts on his jacket and follows her down the street to Daredevil’s apartment. It’s both a) cold and chilling, and b) great storytelling. It’s so well done the only word really is… Magic.

(Sorry! Couldn’t resist)

Speaking of DD and Bullseye, I feel that a very underrated moment (one that I’m fairly sure will NOT show up on this list at any time this year) is the scene from Bendis’ run where DD carves the “movie scar” on Bullseye’s forehead.

I also love, “But me…I’m magic.” And as generally lousy as the Daredevil movie was, one of the coolest moments was Colin Farrell saying that line.

That lost shot of Bullseye calmly lighting a cigarette amidst the other horrified spectators is also pretty sweet.

And heck, you gotta love “fapp!” as an onomatopoeia. Ranks right up there with Captain America’s “Wank!”

Rohan Williams

March 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Wow. I’d never paid any attention to Bullseye putting on the jacket, following her down the street and calmly lighting a cigarette in the last panel. That’s fucking brilliant.

“Thank god it’s not. Elektra actually dying and staying dead gives #181 its visceral impact. Not some clunky “revenge” story.”

I’m not sure if you know it, but Miller resurrected Elektra less than a year after she died, in DD #190. So it’s not like she stayed dead for long. Elektra Lives Again follows from that story, in the beginning of the book Elektra is already alive because she came back from death in #190.

Elektra Assassin came out after #190, but if I remember correctly, chronologically it takes place before the death and resurrection of Elektra in DD. Or am I wrong?

Elektra should have stayed dead. Same with Norman Osborn, Jean Grey & Jason Todd. Nothing they do after their resurrections can hope to be as memeorable as their deaths.

Ahh, back before the nonsense of having her as a Skrull.

This was why Frank Miller wrote comics. And then he gives us All-Star Batman and Robin.

Which was why he should have stopped.

I wonder who was the first writer to use “KLUDD”? I see it a lot, and one of my friends used it as a verb once. “He walks up and just kludds her.”

“but if I remember correctly, chronologically it takes place before the death and resurrection of Elektra in DD. Or am I wrong?”

I believe it’s deliberately vague; it could be Elektra before DD #168 or Elektra after DD 190… I don’t think there’s a definitive answer.

Looks like a cool fight. I wonder if there is more? Otherwise, given her rep, she loses very easily…

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