Batman's 'Three Jokers' Nightmare Comes To Torture Daredevil Next

Warning! This article contains spoilers for Daredevil #35

A recent story saw Batman face off against three separate versions of his arch-nemesis the Joker, and now, Daredevil is going through a similar trial with her arch-nemesis, Bullseye.

In Daredevil #35 written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Stefano Landini, Francesco Mobili, and Marcio Menyz, Elektra, who at this time has taken up the mantle of Daredevil while Matt Murdock is serving time in prison for manslaughter, is facing off against the villainous Bullseye. While the villain is always a handful on his own, he is even more so as Wilson Fisk AKA the Kingpin has been busy cloning Bullseye to make his own mercenary army. The sadistic nature of Bullseye is multiplied along with his physical body, and during the fight with Daredevil he kidnaps two hostages and puts them through a familiar nightmare fans first witnessed in Batman: Three Jokers

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In Batman: Three Jokers written by Geoff Johns with art by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson, three different versions of the Joker are confirmed to exist in the DC Universe and as always their goal is to bring Batman to his knees. To do that, Joker sets up a movie theater horrorshow reminiscent of the night Batman’s parents were killed with their killer, Joe Chill, acting as the Joker’s central character. Similarly, the multiple versions of Bullseye kidnap two hostages and dress them as Elektra and Bullseye to put on a sadistic show meant as a psychological blow to Daredevil during their fight. 

While Joker’s disturbing scheme was much more methodical and personal to Batman, Bullseye’s was just as twisted with nearly the same level of showmanship. Not only was the psychological horrorshow shown in this Daredevil issue similar to the one shown in Batman: Three Jokers, but the manner in which it was carried out offered a striking resemblance. Just as there were multiple versions of the Joker, with more being made by the criminal, there were many versions of Bullseye taking on Daredevil. The many Jokers and the many Bullseyes metaphorically join hands against their brooding foes, shared by a similarly manifested insanity. 

Bullseye exhibited Joker-level craziness in his latest bout with Daredevil, but even after crossing that insanity threshold, it wasn’t even close to the character's craziest comic book moment. In Punisher: MAX, Bullseye was tasked with killing the Punisher, and in order to understand his target, Bullseye kidnapped and eventually murdered multiple families to try to understand what Frank Castle went through going from a family man to someone whose family was murdered much to the dismay of Bullseye's many victims. Bullseye has long been one of the most unhinged of Marvel’s villains, but he went a step further by recreating Batman’s ‘Three Jokers’ nightmare to torture Daredevil.

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