Reviews (Marvel)

Daredevil #191

Editor’s note: This review was originally published on May 11, 2009.


DAREDEVIL #191
(Cover by Frank Miller)
Published and © by Marvel, Feb. 1983



“Roulette”

Synopsis: A paralyzed Bullseye becomes an involuntary participant in a game of Russian roulette initiated by an emotionally distraught Daredevil.

Writer: Frank Miller
Penciler: Miller
Inker: Terry Austin

Review: Much of Frank Miller’s initial Daredevil run was strong, but this superb coda offered the best clue of the greatness to come. The emotionally rich story explores themes of violence and father-and-son relationships, while the Russian-roulette plot would tie Daredevil and Bullseye together forever. Art wise, Miller really comes into his own as a storyteller, using layouts to control time, dramatic impact and flow. His work gets a nice polish from inker Terry Austin, and subtle colors Lynn Varley. Daredevil #191 is unbelievably sophisticated for a Marvel comic of its era, and remains quite brilliant today.

Grade: A+

Second opinion: “This would be a fine comic book if it were plainly marked and sold as adult material. It is not. … As adult entertainment it is excellent. This story is emotionally explosive. The pacing is marvelous.” — David Transue, in Amazing Heroes #17, Nov. 1982. … “… a very courageous piece of writing … 9 out of 10.” — Robert, The Matt Murdock Chronicles. … “… Top notch … recommended.” — The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Cool factor: Story. Art. Coloring. This one’s just top shelf.

Character quotable: “You feel lucky, Bullseye?” — Daredevil, not doing so well, emotionally speaking.

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