Writer: Matt Owens
Pencilled: Alec Morgan
Cover Artist:(Special mention) Elizabeth Torque
I’ve always been a fan of #1’s when they introduce a villain who was NOT a main stay of this hero’s gallery of Rogues. It gives a chance for the book to go in a fresh direction I think. Gives it a chance to explore new skills, relationships and memories of our lead character. Marvel did that with this #1.To the best of my knowledge Elektra has not faced off against this multi issue story arc villain.
However one of main problems with it was anyone who even a had average knowledge of Marvel history, could have guessed the mystery of who this villain is in the first few panels. Great for new readers…not so great for us Vets:).Before I go any further I should state I loved this cover. Feminine yet rugged. Great effort by artist Elizabeth Torque.Really Well done .
The story itself was one of getting lost in lights of sin city and realizing you picked a hell of a town to try to get away from the corruption of humanity. It’s touches on depravity that goes on in shadows that most of us never see…….it also was a lot less dramatic than I’m making it seem. Matt Owens never really pulled me in with this story. There was nothing new that I didn’t feel that I hadn’t heard before in other storylines. Some of the characters seemed far more over the top then they should have been, and the hook to have me come back for issue two just wasn’t there.
The pencils on this issue also left a bit to be desired for me. If there was such a term as Mannequinish(there’s not, I checked)I would probably place hold it in a bit here. I suppose I should state in full disclosure that I could not draw a bath, BUT, to me a well drawn character can say so much without saying much at all. A cocked, eyebrow, A furrowed forehead, the stretch of crows feet when a character smiles , a quivering lip, a watering eye all are able to convey sometimes more emotion then 20 words. I felt not much of that from the art here. Alec Morgan told the requested storyline in a correct manner for sure but his character features seemed almost blank to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though I suppose
If you enjoy a fresh take on this character you will probably like the journey this issue is beginning.
I might pick up the second issue later on down the road but it’s not going in my pull file for now.