ELEKTRA #1-2 (1996)

A stellar creative team tries to make an Elektra book that’s good. And, largely, they succeed.

Issue #1 is largely a mood-setting recap of her history, showing that she is trying to resist becoming a killer again. This first arc is a Bullseye story: Elektra taking on the man who killed her, while they mutually work through their own daddy issues.

I’m never thrilled when psychopaths are shown having bad childhoods because I don’t want to have sympathy for Bullseye. He’s a sociopath, and he’s more fun that way. Anyway, here’s some shots of what happened to him as a little boy:

What’s confusing about those panels is that he looks an awful lot like a young Clint “Hawkeye” Barton. Whatever.

It’s important to remember that, in 1996, Bullseye was not a major player and Elektra was seen as someone who Frank Miller could do well and nobody else could touch.

It’s very much a Peter Milligan script, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Overall, this is a good “fight” story.

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