Ones wins. One dies

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Dare­devil #181, April 1982

What hap­pened? Bulls­eye, the pre­miere vil­lain (King­pin aside) of the Frank Miller Dare­devil era, takes on ol’ horn­head’s mys­te­ri­ously re­turned ninja ex-girl­friend Elek­tra – he slashes her throat, then skew­ers her on her own sai.

Why was it shock­ing? Dare­devil was the most ac­claimed book on the shelves in this pe­riod, and this is the piv­otal is­sue. With ev­ery­thing shown from Bulls­eye’s highly un­sym­pa­thetic point of view, Elek­tra – the hottest new char­ac­ter of the mo­ment – be­comes just one more mean­ing­less ob­sta­cle in his way.

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