- Written by: Charles Soule, Leonardo Romero, Declan Shalvey
- Art by: Mark Bagley, John Dell, Leonardo Romero, Dimone D’Armini
- Colors by: Edgar Delgado
- Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
- Cover art by: John Romita Jr., John Dell, Richard Isanove
- Cover price: $4.99
- Release date: January 5, 2021
Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1 delivers three tales to astonish surrounding one of Marvel’s greatest assassins.
Was It Good?
Well, okay. Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1 certainly delivers three short stories about Elektra. On the plus side, you get a lot of cool ninja assassin action, a variety of art styles and storytelling methods to give you different perspectives on the character, and the “Black, White, Red” gimmick works well with the Elektra character.
Each short has its ups and down. I wouldn’t say there was any clear standout but none of the shorts are necessarily bad. In all, this is a serviceable anthology. Details on each short are below.
Elektra is ambushed in the woods by a group of vampires. She kills them but not before becoming infected. Before she’s too far gone to kill anyone in the nearby village, she kills herself. The End.
This first short by Charles Soule is the most perplexing of the three. It’s not clear why Elektra is in the snowy woods surrounded by vampires, and the ending is so abrupt, you’re left thinking “That’s it?” You could read between the lines and conclude Soule wanted to show Elektra is a formidable killer but also cares about the innocent… I guess. In short, it felt either too short or rushed and didn’t seem to say anything about the character.
Not The Devil
Elektra lives up to her reputation as a “Demon” by ruthlessly hunting down a small army of mob figures. Only when one of her targets is accompanied by his spirited daughter does Elektra pause and show that the title of “Demon” is not all true.
If you’re looking for hyper-violent ninja assassin action, this short is the one for you. Flying bullets, cut throats, severed limbs, speeding car chases, backroom massacres, and more. As with the previous story, this short doesn’t really have much to say about Elektra other than she’s a formidable killer. Better than the previous story, you at least get plenty of big action to compensate for the lack of character work.
The Crimson Path
A small girl is chased by a legion of armored soldiers when Elektra, dressed completely in white, arrives to fend off the girl’s attackers. With each sword slash and blood splatter, Elektra’s white garb becomes stained red for a familiar look while the girl’s race to the safety of the mountaintop is revealed to have a symbolic meaning.
This short by Declan Shalvey gets the prize for best of the bunch because it at least has something to say about the character. If you’re a shrewd reader (and of course you are because all Weird Science readers are shrewd readers), you’ll pick up pretty quickly that the fight to protect the girl as they race up a mountainside stairway is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. No spoilers on the ending, but it puts the entire battle into perspective and gives you a deeper understanding of Elektra.
Bits and Pieces
Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1 gives readers three short stories that highlight why Elektra is considered one of the deadliest killers in all of Marvel-dom. While each story style is different (writing and art), there isn’t a lemon in the bunch. That said, it would have served the anthology better if each short paid more attention to saying something new and meaningful about the character.