Written by Matt Owens
Art by Juann Cabal, Antonio Fabela, Marcio Menyz, & Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics
As Elektra’s new monthly series begins, she’s hiding in plain sight at a Las Vegas casino. For once, Elektra is not looking for trouble, as she tells a bartender, she’s just trying to figure out id she’s running to or from something. Right now Elektra is simply getting away from everything.
Yet, trouble always finds Elektra where ever she goes, and it’s not long before she must spring into action to aid the friendly casino bartender, who Elektra finds in the bathroom after being beaten by her employer.
Matt Owens is the writer on the series, and his Elektra is not always one for words. Instead, he lets the visuals do most of the talking. This could be a good thing or a bad one. Right not its too soon to tell if this angle on the character will work. However, I did enjoy Elektra’s willingness to help Lauren (the bartender). I would hope she becomes a member of the book’s supporting cast because her and Elektra seemed like they could become friends.
As I mentioned earlier, this Elektra isn’t heavy on words, which allows the much to tell much of the story. The art in this issue comes courtesy of Juann Cabal, and boy does he deliver. Elektra #1 has several excellent shots, both quiet moments, and action scenes. Each panel tells part of the story, this includes the backgrounds, which I found kind of fun.
As far as first issues go, Elektra #1 won’t go down as one of the greatest first issues ever. Not much happens in this comic, at least not until the last couple of pages. I honestly look for more substance in a #1 issue, but it seems that with its constant renumbering, Marvel has forgotten how to launch new comics.
However, there are small hints that things will pick up in upcoming issues. And if nothing else, the artwork by Juann Cabal is phenomenal, and enough for me to stick around for at least a few more issues.
Elektra #1 score: B-