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Like some of my associates here at the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks, I love me some Daredevil. But I know full well that there are plenty of piss-poor Daredevil stories out there, and it would be a shame to see Netflix’s inaugural Marvel series go the way of the Daredevil movie. Now, like an expecting parent I really only want to show to be healthy, but just like those same moms-and- dads-to-be, I naturally have some unspoken desires about what’s to come.  Let them be spoken!

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Evil Geek Book Report – Thunderbolts By Warren Ellis & Mike Deodato Ultimate Collection

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There’s still a huge chunk of “recent” Marvel history that I need to catch up on. I’m familiar with the idea of the Civil War event and its overarching concepts, but I had yet to read anything that took place during those events or in the immediate aftermath. When I heard about the Thunderbolts it was hard to not want to read more. A team of government sanctioned villains whose job was to be sent out and capture non registered super heroes very publicly and to top it off, it was run by Norman Osborn. Seriously, what’s not to like here?

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Evil Geeks Art Gallery – Greek Tragedy

It’s been some time since we last toured the extensive collection of the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks, hasn’t it?  Our featured opus today is a reproduction of a favorite comic moment among our crew. And, no, it hasn’t got anything to do with Peter Parker’s formative years, it’s the classic scene from Frank Miller’s unforgettable Daredevil run in which Elektra bites the big one.

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He gave her eleven inches and made it hurt.

And while it was a surprising and emotionally loaded moment that shook the comics world to its core, the a rt of Frank Miller is not for everyone.  It’s certainly not without its charm, but the way in which he rigidly conforms to the traditional conventions of human anatomy?  A true artist does not limit his or herself in such a way.  So, I approached the two finest artists that I (and mankind) know; Messrs Biff Tannen and Arthur Harkness.  I gave them each a plain brown envelope full of unmarked, non-sequential bills along with their newest assignment.  Three hours later, my manservant interrupted my Tae Bo lessons (Billy Blanks is my close friend and personal trainer) with two fresh pieces of art, still warm from the artists’ touch.

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Biff Tannen conveys an insanity in the expression on Bullseye’s face that simply could not have been restricted to actual dimension of a human face.  Miller’s attempt in showing the perverse elation in the killer’s eyes pales in comparison to the almost orgasmic joy in this perfected vision!

elektradeathtonyNow, Arthur Harkness’ rendition is, as usual, slightly more true to the source material. He does give the audience a sense that Bullseye’s murder of Elektra was not simply motivated by a desire to be the Kingpin’s top assassin, but in fact a misdirected hate crime, aimed at Macedonians yet inadvertently enacted upon a Greek.

So, I inserted the originals into the Collabotron’s mouth slot, poured in a quart of toner and two measures of rye and went to see a movie to kill some time.  I got back late, so I decided to crash and check the results in the morning.  Now, I suppose it was foolish to check the results at 9:00 AM sharp. The timing makes me unsure of the nature of my excitement… the raging erection I had may very well have been my usual “wake up call from the front desk”, or it may have been caused by this gorgeous sight….

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Evil Geek Book Report – Daredevil By Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

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Something happens to me when I read a well written Daredevil story. I’m riveted, I try to read as much as possible in a particular sitting then when I’m done reading, I’m thinking about what I read, what’s going to happen next and when I might have a chance to read more. This does not happen to me with generally any other comics (with the notable exception of Fatale).

There’s a lot that makes Daredevil a compelling read and for me it boils down to the fact that Daredevil and his alter ego, Matt Murdock are both individually fascinating characters. It’s not like the non-costumed identity is just a means to the costumed one. No it’s an intriguing look into the psyche of a warped and damaged man trying to keep up appearances and this collection catalogues the moment in time where the distinctive identities for better or worse begin to blur together into one.

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Villain Spotlight: Bullseye

Greetings my lovelies! It seems the geeks have been showing our good buddy Daredevil a lot of love these past couple weeks. Growing from slight interest into full blown obsession, the character has taken on a life of its own amongst the geeks. Whether it be his alter ego Matt Murdock or any of his rogue’s gallery, we have been enamored with the crimson angel. But today is not a day for angels, as you all know, Fridays belong to the devils. Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honor that I bring you this week’s spotlight, the sharp shooting menace known as Bullseye!

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Panel(s) Of The Day 4/18/13

Death looms large over our two panels of the day as we showcase some historic demises in Marvel history.

First up we have 1973’s Amazing Spider-Man issue #121 and the death of Peter Parker’s long time girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. Kidnapped by the Green Goblin she is hurled off the Brooklyn Bridge and Spidey’s own attempt to save her inadvertently snaps her neck, instantly killing her. It’s darkly poetic in it’s own way and a pretty ballsy and badass move for the early 1970’s. The infamous panel has rightfully earned it’s ranking as a classic.

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Next we have the death of Elektra at the hands of Bullseye. Daredevil #181 marked a turning point in Frank Miller’s classic run, having only been introduced 13 issues earlier Elektra’s death was a genuine shock. She had replaced the psychopath, Bullseye as Kingpin’s chief assasin but this was something he couldn’t live down. In a beautifully choreographed battle the end result was him impaling her through the abdomen with her own weapon. It’s a grotesque scene (look a the sheer joy and exuberance on Bullseye face) but one that will forever stand out.  Elektra of course would go on to play a large role in the history of both Daredevil and Matt Murdock as Marvel decided to resurrect her years later but nothing would ever dampen the impact of this infamous panel.

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There you have it. Death is a part of life, but in comic books it’s rarely ever permanent.

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