Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Rafael de Latorre
Colors by: Frederico Blee
Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Chris Bachalo
Cover price $3.99
Release date: March 2, 2022
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 concludes Elektra’s confrontation with Kraven in front of the entire world, but an old enemy arrives to even the odds and forces Elektra into a very dark corner.
Was It Good?
This series is starting to lose steam. Despite a promising start in issue #1, Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 continues to focus on Elektra’s wrestling match over her feelings and her past, especially when it comes to Matt Murdock. That focus can make for great storytelling… IF you do something new with it. Here, there’s nothing new regarding Elektra’s inner conflict, and it’s starting to feel like Zdarsky is simply re-treading well-worn territory.
We pick up in the middle of the fight between Elektra and Kraven in broad daylight. The fight is evenly matched until Kraven gets in a few, good shots and puts Elektra back on her heels. Rather than fighting like Daredevil, Elektra decides it’s time to put her ninja skills to good use by running inside a nearby building where she can use the dark to her advantage.
In fairness, Elektra there’s a minor character growth moment when Elektra realizes she’s meant to be a ninja and so she adapts her approach to fighting Kraven to match, with more success. Elektra has never been one to wallow in the “I don’t know who I am” trope, but it’s subtle enough here to come off as a strong character moment.
Elektra wins the fight with Kraven when she’s confronted by Asa, who gives a brag speech about the superiority of the Hand’s reach and power. When Elektra charges after Asa, she escapes, leaving Elektra to sneak out of the building to avoid capture by Thunderbolt soldiers. Again, we’re not covering new ground and it seems the storyline is stuck in a loop. Fight an enemy – Asa glares from a distance – Asa escapes – Rinse – Repeat.
The issue ends with a shock reveal that truly would be shocking if anyone could reasonably believe the information Elektra is given is true. There’s no way the information is true, and Elektra runs off to take revenge.
The art is excellent. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, there’s plenty of energy in the action, and the coloring is outstanding. If the story would bring readers something new or interesting, this would be a top-tier comic.
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 seems to be stuck in a loop that’s going nowhere fast. While the art is excellent on every level, the story beats recycling Elektra’s past (again), her feelings over Matt Murdock (again), and the disposal of another conscripted villain (again). this comic is technically very good, but there’s nothing new, exciting, or interesting to hold your attention for very long.