Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dark Reign: Elektra #1 (of 5)

Zeb Wells & Clay Mann
The latest series surrounding the force of nature Elektra bridges the gap between Secret Invasion and Dark Reign, where she becomes a prisoner of Norman Osborne's H.A.M.M.E.R. as the transition between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the new group of villain-tinged employees goes down. Originally following her escape from the skrull's ship at the end of Secret Invasion, the ninja head of HAND is taken down and brought to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to be cared for, as she's obviously very sick and was examined by the skrulls for some reason (while the other replaced heroes weren't). Osborne sees this as an opportunity to find out why the skrulls were interested in her, and has her kept weak and sedate so they can probe her and interrogate her to no end. Inside the room where she's kept, she'd hooked up to monitors that show what scenarios are running through her mind, and as a result, one of the characters we see this story through, has watched herself be killed over a dozen different ways at the hand of the prisoner, and once Elektra does escape (which is inevitable), it's in a brilliant manner that shows to one and all that Elektra is indeed, back. Wells came up with a good little story here and you can tell he's thought out some of the exact sequences, like of her escape, since they're executed pretty perfectly. Clay Mann's art also lends itself well to this book - very clear and perfect for the action involved. All-in-all, this is a great way to bring Elektra back to the Marvel Universe and I'm genuinely curious to find out what's happened to her.

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