By Buck Weiss
Marvel Comics - Rob Rodi (w) Sean Chen (p) Sandu Florea (i)
Greg Rucka recently left his writing job on Elektra after taking Ms. Natchios and all of her wide-eyed followers on a ride that led her to pacifism and back. It was an enjoyable time, but when Rucka made his exit I had decided to go along. This, of course, was easier said than done. What made me come back to the book was the cover of issue 26. I picked it up from the shelf to get a better look at the John Woo-inspired shot of Elektra walking away from a kill as pigeons flew around her. The perfect mixture of death and beauty, that’s what Elektra is. I quickly grabbed it and the back issues that I missed and headed for the checkout. I couldn’t give her up that easy..she’ll be the death of me, that girl.
The story that Rodi was telling inside the cover was completely different from Rucka’s tales of self-realization and control. Rodi portrays an Elektra that is all assassin and he does it from the viewpoints of the people who know it best, her targets.
Issue 28 opens with three suits who believe that they are untouchable to those that oppose them. You know the guys I’m talking about: the people you want to kill everyday because they discuss you losing your job like their watching the bottom line. They sit, order their dinner, abuse the waitress, and discuss murder and third world civil war like their talking about a game of chess that only they know the outcome to. Yet, Chen and Rodi show that something isn’t right in evil businessman land. They do this by littering the pages with small shots of Elektra’s ribbons. She’s coming for them, but they nor the reader know when or why.