Elektra

Elektra #5

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Annoying. This series started out well enough, and before long it was silently cancelled and all the sudden being called a mini-series. And this final issue isn’t great. First of all, the whole Murderworld thing got old quickly in this series. So it felt like it was being milked. Secondly, the issue ends on what really doesn’t feel like an end or resolution. It feels like the BEGINNING of a story. Yet there is no more store being told.

On the plus, there was some decent art here. I liked a flashback section made of up pages of previous issues. Neat gimmick. But really, even as a big fan of the Elektra character, I won’t be recommending this brief run to anybody.

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Elektra #4

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Such a mixed bag, this “mini-series.” I love the Elektra character. I think the art’s great. The action is great. But I feel like the writing goes back and forth. My biggest issue is that I find Arcade and Screwball to be pretty uninteresting enemies. Don’t get me wrong – the whole Murderland thing – with people betting on it and all that, is a good setup. But I don’t know. I’m not too jazzed with the story.

I think I’d be alright with it had it not been for Screwball. As a big video game fan, you’d think that the little references would make me grin. But no. They feel really forced to me.

Maybe I’m just being cynical. I kind of wish that Elektra had been given a better story to start a new series with. Maybe we’d get to see more issues than just the five we’re going to get.

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Elektra #3

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Marvel is now calling this a “mini-series,” which seems to be a nice way of saying that it’s getting cancelled. Too bad, because it’s really getting good now. This issue has an awesome flashback sequence that shows parallels between Elektra fighting Arcade’s Murderworld game and she fighting alongside Daredevil in the past. She’s dealing with the fact that she’s going to have to do lot more killing if she intends to save any lives. It’s starkly drawn, visceral and great.  So I’m bummed to know that it’ll be so short lived.

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Elektra #2

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So far this new series has been quality. Most notably are the action sequences. They let Elektra get pretty rough. Though I wouldn’t have minded if it had been a full on Max series with parental advisory like the Punisher series is. I mean, Elektra has always been pretty brutal. But they do let her get her stab on here as well.

This issue shows that Arcade is behind Elektra’s trip to Vegas. And he’s got some kind of Murderworld game planned… basically, Elektra and other kidnapees are to try to survive being hunted. It’s good stuff.

My only real complaint here is though I do like the artwork, it bugs me when an artist will leave “blank faces” on some characters if they’re meant to not be in the foreground. I just don’t like the look of it. Pulls me right out of the story. Especially when a blank face talks – which happens in this issue.

I did laugh at Arcade’s “Crazy Monkey Vs. Italian Plumber” video game, though.

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Elektra #1

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I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and I must say that Elektra #1 did not let me down. It’s a brisk first issue. It almost feels too short. But maybe that’s a sign of  a good intro. Elektra finds herself in a Vegas casino incognito. She gets to talking to a barkeeper who she learns is being abused by some shady casino bigwigs. And y’know what Elektra does best? She kills!

The art work here is just straight up lovely. The writing is nice. There’s a good balance of dialogue and action. And when the action comes in, it is really great. Like I said, it feels almost too short, but it is definitely a good setup. I’ll gladly keep reading this one.

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Elektra Lives Again

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Continuing on in my list of 90’s books, Elektra Lives Again is an interesting one. Published in 1990, it seems as though Miller actually worked on it years prior. The story itself is mostly about Matt Murdoch being haunted by the memory of Elektra’s death. He has reoccurring nightmares of her being reincarnated and then being murdered over and over again. He’s tortured by Elektra. He resorts to prayer and drugs.

This is certainly a dark one – though that’s hardly a surprise coming from Miller.

It’s interesting reading this one so closely following Spider-Man: Torment. Both are books mainly told through a narration of inner monologue. Both are about a hero suffering inner turmoil. Both even feature rituals involving beating on a drum. Though again, Miller’s book was probably finished before the McFarlane even started on his.

If I’m being honest, I didn’t love the way the characters were drawn. That’s just personal taste of course. But the composition of the pages was definitely excellent.

In the end Elektra must die again. And Matt must let her go this time. It’s all very symbolic for sure, and the constant nightmares give it a certain ‘what is really real’ quality. But maybe it doesn’t matter what’s real. Like I said, this is a story about loss and dealing with grief.