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REVIEW: “Elektra #6” Uncle Sai

By Cody Mudge

REVIEW: "Elektra #6" Uncle Sai

Written by: W. Haden Blackman

Art by: Alex Sanchez and Esther Sanz

Published by: Marvel Comics

$3.99

REVIEW: "Elektra #6" Uncle Sai

Writter: W. Haden Blackman Artist: Alex Sanchez and Esther Sanz Publisher: Marvel Comics $3.99

It’s a wonder that the first issue superstar artist Michael Del Mundo does not grace us with some of the most incredible art of the week is the same one that W. Haden Blackman really nails the scripting and characters. Though Alex Sanchez provides some impressive art that ensures that Del Mundo’s absence won’t be painful. Colourist Esther Sanz manages to tow-the-line with respect to the tone and atmosphere of the book while also making it probably the brightest and most traditional artistic issue yet.

Sanchez filled bigger shoes than I thought would be possible for a fill-in artist. He really held his own throughout the issue. There is the occasional slip-up with an awkward posture or a messed up facial expression, but nothing that isn’t forgivable. Sanchez really steps up to the plate and delivers some solid two-page spreads and a fantastic splash page at the end. As I said before, this isn’t an easy book to try and replicate and it isn’t one that you’d want to reinvent the wheel for either. Sanchez seems to have found the perfect level of emulation and fabrication.

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Though the credits page would have you believe that this is the first in a new story-arc that’s actually a misnomer. It is in every respect except for the art, a continuation of what this series has been building from the first page. Elektra is still on the run with a small group of fugitives she isn’t comfortable with and is being stalked by assassins hired to kill her and her charges. It isn’t the most original premise in the world when it comes to stories about killers-for-hire but Blackman makes it work with a great sense of pacing.

Elektra, under Blackman’s pen, has become a thorny character that is hard to get attached to. On an intellectual level it’s easy to understand that she’s the “good one” or the hero. But since her weakness regarding her parents, it’s been kind of tough to find a chink in her armour. Which is probably great when you’re an assassin but it makes it hard for a reader to empathize with her struggle. It’s a double-edged sword in a way because if she were too open a character, then she wouldn’t make for a believable ninja-assassin. But without giving a bit more than grim duty or an odd sense of honour, it’s tough to get inside her head and want to stay.

The ending to this issue was particularly strong and should encourage readers to think about what could happen next. We’ve already seen a few twists and turns, so seeing the ramifications of the final few pages of this book should be very interesting.

Verdict:

A stellar cliff-hanger ending, exceptional fill-in art, and a strong supporting cast ensures that “Elektra #6” doesn’t weaken what has been a very strong series. It would be nice to get a bit more emotional mileage out of Elektra, but, for now the book has been strong enough to make up for the title character being a little bland. As long as next issue provides a payoff, this series should continue to be one of Marvel’s least heralded successes.

Elektra #6 earns 8.0/10