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Subj: Elektra #1: Uh...
Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 at 06:11:13 pm EST (Viewed 92 times)

Elektra 001 (2017)

> Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 23, 2017 - With Elektra being a part of so many iconic comic moments and stories, it's really hard to make a story that honors the best of what the character has been while delivering solid comic thrills.

> Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Feb 24, 2017 - "Elektra" #1 falls into stereotypes a little too often to be remarkable,

> Comicosity - Allen Thomas Feb 23, 2017 - Some stuff works, some doesn't in Elektra#1. I hope it survives, but the next issues are going to have to pick up for that to happen. Elektra's characterization is cool, just the setting she is immersed in feels like an odd choice,

> We Got This Covered - Christian Bone Feb 22, 2017 - Elektra travels to Las Vegas in this first issue of the ninja-assassin's new solo book. It's a bit of slow start, but there is some fantastic artwork to enjoy here.

> ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Feb 28, 2017 - Although Elektra makes a very stealthy move, she really doesn't seem all to ninja-esque, as she's pretty out in the open. This is an interesting way to change up her character, but I'm not too sure what kind of series it'll make for.

> IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 22, 2017 - Elektra's new solo comic isn't groundbreaking in any way, but it does offer an engaging look at a troubled assassin

Agree with all those online reviewer blurbs.

It read more like a half-way decent TV crime drama series ep more than killer premiere for an iconic MU assassin turned superheroine. The Recap Page and online reviewers talk about Elektra lost and directionless but where is that coming from?! Really, it read to me as if she might be undercover on the first read thru; her 'confession' to the bartendress seemed more likely a ruse. It's likely newer readers might appreciate this inorganic character development than longtime Elektra fans.

That's the character nitpick. Now the look: Call the Fashion Police! WHY! It would be beautiful and exciting on any other female character but on Elektra it makes no sense. At least, without explanation, it doesn't. That sash ain't combat practical unless she plans on using it often as an offensive whip or something. Let's see, one sai for her boot the other for her hip? Hmm... And what's the point of the mask since the bad guys recognized her on her first outing!

Uh, Marvel is going to completely (and typically) ignore footnoting connection to Arcade's concurrent presence in other titles, eh? *sigh*
Uh, when has Arcade crossed paths with Doctor Strange to justify that namedrop gimmick?
Uh, will newer readers know https://pixhost.org/show/16/37778450_flashback.jpg those 3 flashback panels were flashbacks not to mention the iconic moments in her career - with no narrative or distinctive panel bordering?
Uh, why is Arcade called "Your Majesty"? He ain't royalty AFAIK.
Uh, Tom Selleck is doing great on Blue Bloods - why would he play Kraven in a musical? Even though he'd knock 'em dead. \:\)

Joystick was cameo at the end helped make Arcade's slumming it as a casino boss presence less run of the mill. Lauren was interesting enough but is she THAT good at telling a sob story to so easily get Elektra to blow her recapped reclusive retirement? The are art and action helped elevate this premiere to good enough to try 2 next month. Liked the story title and sai as part of her logo.

What do you think? Uh, did the creative team kill it?

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