Elektra #5

Elektra #5

Writer: Haden Blackman Artist: Michael Del Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

• The critically-acclaimed and captivating story of Elektra's search for redemption reaches a bloody climax.
•  Legendary assassins go head to head at the edge of the world, but it looks like Elektra's soul is right at Death's door.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Aug 20, 2014

    Make room on your pull list for ELEKTRA because this is a book you really shouldn't miss. The action is fast-paced and jaw-dropping, the pages are loaded with absolutely beautiful and clever artwork, and the script never loosens its grip on your interest and successfully gives Elektra the amount of insight and depth she deserves. This latest chapter gives you all of the above and does an excellent job teasing what the next story arc will likely address. Seriously, be good to yourself and give ELEKTRA a shot. Honestly, you can have no interest in the character whatsoever and the solid writing and phenomenal visuals will turn you into a fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Latest Pull - Gunner Lahaise Aug 24, 2014

    The first arc in the series has come to a close, and it's been an incredible ride. Everything may not have been explained, but this is an issue as well as series that should not be missed. The art alone is worth picking this one up. It is so beautifully detailed, and the colors compliment it really well. Blackman manages to deliver an incredible climax, leaving you excited to know what comes next. Things are just going to get harder for Elektra, and I can't wait to see where the story goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Aug 22, 2014

    Though the non-visual side of the series stumbled out of the gate, "Elektra" #5 has found some glorious footing. If Blackman and Del Mundo can maintain that energy and precision, they may have a wonderful ongoing series on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Aug 22, 2014

    While Blackmans scripting is well-paced and thoughtful, I found the amount of narrative shifts between Elektra, Kento and Bloody Lips a little clunky. The dual exposition of Elektra and Bloody Lips in juxtaposition with each other has worked overall in previous issues, but Kentos sudden involvement in the narration felt a little out of place. Compared to the overall successes of this issue, its just a small nitpick that doesnt take away from a highly enjoyable book. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Aug 20, 2014

    I'm interested to see where the series goes next, both for Blackman's approach to expanding Elektra's character and to see more of Del Mundo's brilliant art. So far, it's been an engrossing, visceral treat, and I look forward to more from this team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Aug 21, 2014

    As the issue concludes, the story teases what is to come next and Elektra is still balancing who she might be. Once more, Blackman's script paired with Del Mundo's artistic talents generate a beautiful page that splits Elektra's wishes and instinct down the middle. It will be interesting to see as the story progresses how this internal battle continues to play, but as of this issue, it seems as though one side stands dominant over the other. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 21, 2014

    Elektra's struggle of self continues here, and while that struggle is again voiced and acknowledged, it's resolution lacks any real dramatic impact or resonance as Blackman continues to straddle the character with one foot safely behind the line. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 24, 2014

    All in all, this is a solid issue, and one that I found surprisingly affecting, given that Elektra has never really been a favorite character of mine. The previous volumes of the book either tried too hard to shoehorn Ms. Natchios into the role of super-hero or over-emphasized the ninja aspect, so it's interesting to see a book take her at face value and make the character work in the framework of a greater Marvel Universe. Elektra #5 has impressive art throughout, and has the potential to take the character in a fresh new direction, something that could finally pull her out of Daredevil's shadow, earning 3 out of 5 stars overall. I'll be looking out for the next couple of issues to see where the story takes Elektra... Read Full Review

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