REVIEW: Elektra #3 – How Much More Can Your Eyes Take? | FanboysInc

REVIEW: Elektra #3 – How Much More Can Your Eyes Take?

By Cody Mudge

Written by: W. Haden Blackman

Art by: Michael Del Mundo

Published by: Marvel Comics

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You know that feeling when your eyes are kind of itchy. And they’re kind of itchy because they’re kind of on fire. And they’re kind of on fire because Michael del Mundo’s art makes this new Elektra series worth every freaking penny you shelled out for it because it’s kind of the best to ever grace the character. Well that’s the feeling that I had when I read “Elektra #3”.

A great deal of this issue took place underwater and this allowed del Mundo to make this setting and issue look unique. There aren’t many books out there that look as great as this one and del Mundo has got to be opening up some eyes with this series.

Elektra seems to be drowning a bit within her own book though. Writer W. Haden Blackman has yet to match a script to the epic artwork. The art always feels a significant step ahead of the story. The plot has become more interesting and the cliff-hanger ending to this issue goes a long way to securing and ensuring a solid pay-off when this story reaches its conclusion. The main character, however, is still treading water when it comes to playing off your emotions as a reader.

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It seems that Elektra isn’t even the most compelling character in her own book. The villain, Bloody Lips, has really taken over as not just an equal in terms of narrative voice and screen time but he’s even been presented in a way that makes his story more interesting. The brooding assassin card is already being played up more than enough in Black Widow right now, so Elektra needs to find greener pastures so that we can really believe that this protagonist is worth reading about without a del Mundo character design.

Seeing a climactic battle between Elektra and Bloody Lips already is proof that early pay-off, when done right, can really help a comic that hasn’t been nailing every beat story-wise. This significant fight distracts the reader from focussing on Elektra’s weak voice and Bloody Lips’ unusually strong one and gives us a reason to stand behind the hero if only to see sai’s being wielded with deadly precision. Blackman did an excellent job twisting the way the ending might have gone in other books and has given readers a reason to want to know what happens next (that is if the eye-meltingly gorgeous art wasn’t enough for you, you weirdo).

If Blackman can play off the way he ended this issue and create some empathetic qualities to Elektra as a lead character, then this book will be damn near perfect. I can’t imagine the visuals being even better and am already dreading the inevitable fill-in issue and/or art change because this book really has something going for it that is unique.

Verdict

Marvel has done a great job with putting top-tier art talent on books featuring some of their great, but lesser known or misused, characters. Fat chicks need love too. This special attention is almost guaranteed to expose these characters to a wide, and brand new audience. Elektra must seize this opportunity and I believe that this creative team is more than capable of ushering in an era where Elektra isn’t relegated to the shadows or the Thunderbolts.

8.8/10

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