Lady Bullseye

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Lady Bullseye
Lady Bullseye.jpg
Cover to Daredevil #111. Art by Marko Djurdjevic.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceDaredevil Vol. 2 #111 (September, 2008)
Created byEd Brubaker
Marko Djurdjevic
Clay Mann
In-story information
Alter egoMaki Matsumoto
Team affiliationsThe Hand
AbilitiesMaster martial artist
Proficient hand to hand combatant
Skilled lawyer

Lady Bullseye is a fictional character, a supervillainess appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A female counterpart of Bullseye, she was created by Ed Brubaker, Marko Djurdjevic, and Clay Mann, first appearing in Daredevil #111. She has primarily been an opponent of the superhero Daredevil.

Originally inspired to become a trained assassin when she witnessed Bullseye easily kill a number of people, she would later become a member of the Hand, although she did not hold their traditions in high esteem. Her alter ego is a lawyer, opposing Matt Murdock in the courtroom, thereby attacking Daredevil on two fronts. Lady Bullseye's true intentions were to take control of the Hand clan, but instead Daredevil becomes their leader.

Publication history[edit]

Lady Bullseye was inspired by Lady Snowblood, a Japanese femme fatale.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Born in Japan, the young girl (it has not been revealed whether Maki Matsumoto is her birth name or an assumed one) who would become Lady Bullseye was imprisoned by the Yakuza, who planned to sell her and many others into sexual slavery. However, Bullseye, on an unrelated errand, arrived to slaughter the mobsters. The sight of Bullseye effortlessly killing her captors inspired the girl to escape and become a killer.[2]

Years later, now in the employ of the Hand, the famous ninja order, she arrives in New York, to take the lead in Hand ninja-lord Hiroshi's plan. However, she has demonstrated little tolerance for the Hand's ritual, interrupting some (who are used to those traditions) off-guard in order to kill her enemies. She kills and resurrects both White Tiger and Black Tarantula to assist her.[3]

At the same time, it has been revealed that in her civilian guise she is a lawyer, targeting Daredevil by assisting the parents of Murdock's mentally-ill wife Milla Donovan in gaining custody of her. When one of her associates discovers this, she kills him to prevent the Hand from learning the truth. Hiroshi claims that all she has done has been according to his will. Lady Bullseye offers Daredevil the leadership of the Hand, which he refuses. The organization regroups to Spain, preparing to initiate "Plan B". There, she finds Kingpin, trying to live a normal civilian life, and killing his new girlfriend and her kids, and brutally stabbing Kingpin, telling him that this is a message for Matt Murdock.[4]

It turns out that Matsumoto's real goal was to take the leadership of the Hand herself, something she had been promised by Daredevil's ally Master Izo, who was revealed to have trained her. However, Izo was lying, and instead intended for Daredevil himself to take that post and reform the Hand. This occurring, Daredevil had Lady Bullseye cast out of the Hand for being untrustworthy. Angry, she vowed to kill Izo.[5]

Lady Bullseye is shown to now be allied with the Kingpin against Daredevil, instigating a conflict between Daredevil and Norman Osborn, which ultimately leads to Daredevil declaring Hell's Kitchen the territory of the Hand.[6]

Lady Bullseye was hired by an as yet unknown party to injure Pepper Potts with a compressed air rifle.[7]

During the "Secret Empire" storyline, Lady Bullseye appears as a member of the Army of Evil and took part in the attack on Manhattan in retaliation for what happened at Pleasant Hill.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Lady Bullseye has no apparent superhuman powers, but is a master of several martial arts and a proficient hand-to-hand combatant, and specializes in using both a katana and shuriken. It has been noted that she is faster than both Bullseye and the Kingpin. However, she is also less powerful. That did not stop her from defeating Daredevil and Black Widow on separate occasions, and nearly defeating Daredevil on another occasion. Daredevil has commented that in her costumed form she has little scent and a very level pulse, akin to one performing yoga. She is also skilled in legal matters, being a lawyer in her civilian guise.[9]

Other versions[edit]

Daredevil Noir[edit]

Lady Bullseye appears as a caucasian woman called Eliza. She is an operative of the Kingpin, and a lover of a rival crime lord called O'Halloran.[10]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

A zombiefied version of Lady Bullseye is part of an invasion team that heads into the 'Marvel Ape' universe, desperate for fresh meat. The simian Torch slays Bullseye with a blast of heat.[11]

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • Lady Bullseye appears in Marvel: War of Heroes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phegley, Kiel (2008-09-05). "Daredevil: Enter Lady Bullseye". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
  2. ^ Daredevil #111
  3. ^ Daredevil #112-114
  4. ^ Daredevil #114-116
  5. ^ Daredevil #500
  6. ^ Dark Reign - The List: Daredevil #1, Daredevil #501-504
  7. ^ Black Widow Vol. 4 #2
  8. ^ Secret Empire #0. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Daredevil #113
  10. ^ Daredevil Noir #1-4
  11. ^ "Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution" #1 (2009)

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