My week of catching up on things continues and I’m now moving on to an issue that came out more than two weeks ago. My apologies
I quite enjoyed this issue even though it was nothing like what I’d expcted. The issue ends where I had hoped it would begin, with Elektra showing up at Matt’s side. What we get to see here is not the examination of a relationship between two troubled ex-lovers, but Elektra’s own journey back from Japan in search of Matt. As the first issue of a mini-series, it would have been great. Its biggest problem is that, as a one-shot, it suffers from there simply not being enough of it to tell a full stand-alone story.
Zeb Wells made quite an impression on me with his Dark Reign: Elektra mini that came out last year, and he continues his well-balanced take on her here. Elektra is usually a rather silent character, and also gives very little away in terms of facial expression, so she presents both writers and artists with quite a challenge. Instead, the team here makes her speak through her actions for the most part and show off how deadly she is by showcasing some of her “work” upon her return to New York. Most of the meat of the story, in terms of character development, comes with Elektra’s interaction with Master Izo. This happens both at the beginning, where they have an encounter in person, and later in story where it’s more of a mind meld, so to speak.
The art by Emma Rios is beautiful, but not really my cup of tea. The somewhat stylized rendering of people and backgrounds fit the story just fine, but wouldn’t work as well for something like the main Daredevil book. But that’s just my opinion. Of course. 😉
As a whole, this is a nice little tale that suffers from feeling like it’s a little on the thin side. Had it been the first issue of a mini, I would have easily given it an 8.0. The way it is, it provides us with as much insight into Elektra’s mind as I think is possible given the number of pages at the writer’s disposal, but I had expected something a little different and something more substantial. Still a good read.