Kingpin may be regarded as Daredevil's arch-villain, but Bullseye isn[t far behind and may be the adversary that has succeeded in hitting Matt Murdock where it hurts the most. Daredevil writer Charles Soule isn't afraid of pointing that out.
On stands now, Daredevil #15 re-introduces Bullseye to the Marvel U after a long hiatus - and while Marvel already announced that he's on his way to his own miniseries, the man who never misses has his first bullet back aimed for Daredevil. And January 25's Daredevil #16 is going to play out, according to Marvel, almost entirely in the span of time Bullseye fires a bullet at Murdock.
Soule spoke with Newsarama about the current "The Seventh Day" arc, as well as the follow-up, "Purple," with the return of the Purple Man and the revelation of how Matt Murdock put his secret identity back in the bottle.
Newsarama: Charles, last week a new Daredevil arc started, "The Seventh Day." What are you and Goran doing in this arc?
Charles Soule: This is a two-part story that leads into another four-part story with Ron Garney back on art duties called “Purple.” Together, they set up major, major evolution for Daredevil as well as finally telling the story of how he was able to put his secret identity back in the bottle. I couldn’t be happier with how the two stories have come together. I think it’s my strongest work on the series so far, and Goran and Ron are turning in all-timer pages, too.
Nrama: And this has the return of Bullseye in advance of his miniseries. What’s it like bringing him back to the table for Marvel?
Soule: Bullseye is such a unique, interesting character, especially with respect to his relationship with Daredevil. He’s killed not one but two of Daredevil’s great loves (Elektra and Karen Page), and generally serves as the devil to Daredevil’s angel. So, he serves a potent thematic purpose in the story, almost mythological. That’s how I’m using him here. He’s more of a force of chaos and darkness than anything else. We don’t really get into his head. We know what Bullseye is – it’s about what he is to Matt Murdock that gets explored here.
Nrama: Bullseye and Daredevil have fought each other numerous times - what makes this special?
Soule: I really tried to make this appearance feel special. Bullseye speaks only one word across the two issues (he says “Bullseye”), and all of Daredevil #16 takes place in the span of time between him pulling the trigger on his rifle and the bullet hitting Daredevil. And as we know, Bullseye never misses. #16 is extremely personal for me, and went through more drafts than comic scripts usually do – I tried to give it everything I have. It looks at faith, and the endless battle of good and evil, and light things like that. We’ll see how readers respond, but I think it’s one of the best single issues I’ve ever written.
Nrama: Solicits say that every NYC contract killer comes out of the woodwork for this bounty on Daredevil. Any surprise characters you can spoil for us here?
Soule: Oh, lots. It’s fun. Let’s see… Lord Deathstrike pops up. Really, though, if you like odd Z-list Marvel U assassins, this is probably your issue.
Nrama: Ron Garney has been doing a great run on Daredevil, but Goran Sudzuka has been a great fill-in over this run. What’s it like working with Goran here?
Soule: Goran has been doing fill-ins ever since #8, and he’s the regular switch-out artist for the bits in between the longer arcs that Ron handles. Goran is spectacular – different than Ron, but wonderful to work with. In particular, I love the way that Goran really digs down and thinks about the scripts. He breaks them apart and thinks of the best way to accomplish the beats. Issues #15 and #16 are both pretty challenging (especially #16), and he didn’t even blink. I’m really lucky to be able to work with him.
Nrama: As you said earlier, after this you and Garney are reuniting for "Purple" in Daredevil #17 - and presumably Kilgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man. What can people look forward to here?
Soule: As I mentioned above, this is the story that finally opens up the mystery box on how Daredevil got his secret identity back. The arc runs through #20, and by the time it’s done, we’ll know not only the answer to that question, but also the big, awesome plan Matt Murdock’s been working on this whole time. There’s a reason he came back to New York City, there’s a reason he got into the DA’s office… and by the end of #20 readers will know all that. Even better, we’ll have a sense of the amazing things to come.
Nrama: This is well into your second year on Daredevil - what do you think you've learned so far about the characters, the series, and the fans?
Soule: I still feel incredibly lucky to be working on the character. It doesn’t get much deeper than Matt Murdock/Daredevil. So much to work with. It’s also great that he’s so prominent in pop culture right now because of the TV show. Daredevil fans (and I include myself among them) are passionate, and it’s a pleasure to interact with them, even when they have questions about some of the places I’ve taken the series. Let me put it this way – I still have a lot of story to tell for Daredevil – at least another few years, and I look forward to getting all those ideas out and onto the page.
Nrama: Big picture, what are your goals for Daredevil moving forward?
Soule: I want to tell a big, novelistic story for Daredevil that works as one interconnected whole, where beats that weren’t completely clear at the beginning start to click into place as we move forward. At the same time, I want to write single issues that work on their own as impactful chapters in the larger narrative. I want to do my best work. If I can do that… I’ll be happy.