Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2
Elektra Natchios is the greatest assassin in the Marvel Universe—but having recently taken up the mantle of DAREDEVIL, she’s taken a vow to never take a life again. But that vow is about to be put to the ultimate test, as KRAVEN THE HUNTER has her dead in his sights…and, unlike Elektra, he has no reservations about killing. If anything, he likes it when his prey struggles. At least, he thinks he does.
Picking up where last issue left off, we get a pretty good Elektra vs. Kraven matchup. It’s not a pairing I ever really found myself interested in, but Zdarsky and de Latorre do a good job with their back and forth. Kraven looks great, but I’m a little tired of seeing him everywhere if I’m honest. It seems like every superhero and anti-hero has to have a run-in with Kraven nowadays. I’d much rather his female companion, Calypso, return from the dead and steal some of that spotlight. But for the time being, it looks like we’re stuck with Kraven for the foreseeable future.
I was very shocked to see Elektra appear to lethally shoot a police officer. Donning the mask and making promises to Matt doesn’t seem to have quelled her ability to kill unless the cop was shot in the arm while she managed to escape. I wish the art was more clear on that end. Not that Elektra had many other options, but killing is and should be a big deal for her.
There are flashbacks intertwined as we further explore Elektra’s past, particular with this character Aka, a member of the Hand. As far as I could find, she’s a brand new character introduced in this mini-series. I can’t say I’m super impressed by her thus far. She has a bland appearance and hasn’t really popped for me. I’m hoping future issues will change that as it’s no secret I’m a big fan of female supervillains.
The art and colors have impressed me so much in these first two issues. Don’t get me wrong, I like the story so far and the exploration of Elektra’s history, but the pages are just so beautiful to look at and well worth the price. The issue ends much like it begins, with a standoff between Daredevil (Elektra, obviously) and Kraven, only with more witnesses (including final boss Aka) as well as the law on Kraven’s side. I would’ve loved to see Kraven defeated earlier in the issue and have a different villain appear for the cliffhanger, but what can ya do.
While new villain Aka hasn't really caught my eye as of yet, I'm excited to see more of Elektra's history with this criminal. And until we get that final confrontation, there's still plenty more Kraven the Hunter to go around.
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2: No More Secrets
- Writing - 7/107/10
- Storyline - 8/108/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 7.5/107.5/10
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