Elektra 2: Révérence

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 9/10

Great art

Story feels played out, no third volume

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Elektra (Volume 3)

Publisher:   Marvel Comics

Writer:   W. Haden Blackman

Artist:   Alex Sanchez/Michael Del Mundo

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:   2015

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Elektra (3) #7

Reprints Elektra (3) #6-11 (November 2014-May 2015).  Elektra and those she has sworn to protect are on the run.  The Assassins Guild has vowed to destroy Elektra and there is no price too high.  As the danger continues to grow, Elektra realizes she cannot stop the guild alone and a wary allegiance with Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. might be Elektra’s only hope of stopping the Assassins Guild once and for all!

Written by W. Haden Blackman, Elektra Volume 2:  Révérence is the second and final volume in the series.  Following Elektra Volume 1:  Bloodlines, the collection features the art of Alex Sanchez and Michael Del Mundo.

Elektra was a character that had a really creator tied background to her.  Frank Miller really was the only one who could write Elektra and other attempts to bring the character back just always seemed to pale in comparison to her introductory stories in Miller’s run on Daredevil.  Elektra tried to fix some of that by emulating a lot of Miller’s writing style (more so in Elektra:  Assassin), but changes in the time seem to be a greater challenge.

Elektra was edgy in the ’80s.  It was the rise of the anti-hero with characters like the Punisher and even Wolverine in some aspects becoming the heroes by taking out the “scum” of society.  Now, it seems like there are tons of vigilante heroes so overcoming that hurdle is a challenge for writers of the character.

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Elektra (3) #9

Blackman does a decent job giving Elektra a rounded feel, but he also struggles with the pacing of modern comics.  The Assassins Guild storyline felt played out by the end of the last volume and I would have liked to have seen a different direction this volume.  Blackman does give a payout to the story, but it also leaves you wishing to see what he planned with another story arc.

The art for the series is great.  Elektra was often illustrated with a lot of style by Bill Sienkiewicz who just gave the character an incredible look.  Both Alex Sanchez and Michael Del Mundo deliver with their art that has a Sienkiewicz feel at times (but actually visually often makes more sense)…the series promotes action and their art is very kinetic.

Elektra didn’t get a chance to bloom.  Despite criticism, I basically like the series and wished it could have gotten a better chance to play out.  Elektra has been treated pretty poorly by Marvel since her “rebirth” and Blackman’s portrayal of the character was the closest we’ve gotten to the classic character…and now she’s dead again (at least as a monthly).

Related Links:

Elektra 1:  Bloodlines

Elektra:  Assassin

Elektra (2005)

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