Fact • noun • fakt – Definition of Fact 1 a: something that has actual existence b: an actual occurrence c: ELEKTRA NATCHIOS IS THE BEST ASSASSIN IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!
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The Comicbook DispatchElectra: Black, White & Blood #1 kicks off this series in a grand fashion, providing three Elektra stories blazing with action. Elektra is a character suited for this format, and I look forward to seeing what versions of the character we get in the future.
Graphic PolicyOverall, Elektra: Black, White, and Blood #1 is a great first issue that is both deep and action packed. The stories by the different writers are incredible. The art the different artists is stunning. Altogether, a set of stories that shows the versatility of the Assassin in Red.
AIPTIf we're lucky, Marvel will keep printing these series, as Elektra: Black, White & Blood will make you want more. Comics is a visual medium, and once again this series shows off the artistry of storytelling from three greats. It also supplies meaningful takes on the character, which is particularly great since historically she's been rather one-note.
NerdlyI guess you could say that overall I liked this issue, but didn't love it. Red suits Elektra though, no denying that.
Sequential PlanetA fun read, but it serves more to whet the readers appetite for Elektra's undoubtedly major role in Devil's Reign.
Weird Science Marvel ComicsElektra: 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.
RazorfineIn “Not the Devil” Elektra hunts down and kills minions of the Kingpin from the shadows but momentarily hesitates after hearing the pleas of a young girl. And in the final story,“The Crimson Path” offers a more metaphysical tale of Elektra and her fight against evil and monsters which leave their mark on her.
ComicBook.comElektra: Black, White & Blood starts out strong with "Red Dawn" by Charles Soule, Mark Bagley, John Dell, and Edgar Delgado, and delivers what is easily my favorite story of the issue. Elektra's lethal prowess is highlighted wonderfully by Bagley, Delgado, and Dell, and I would love to see the same team return for another round with the character. Likewise, Soule tells an effective and uncomplicated story of love and sacrifice, and this same approach might have benefitted the two stories that came next. "Not The Devil" (by Leonardo Romero) seems to follow that path at the beginning, and midway through I was still intrigued to see where the story would land, but ultimately the ending just didn't land for me. I felt like I understood what it was going for, but it felt like there was some context missing. That said, the artwork was a perfect fit for the brutal fight sequences, and Elektra is unquestionably the star. Meanwhile, "The Crimson Path" (by Declan Shalvey and Simone D'Armini) goes for something different altogether, and while it was gorgeous to look at and parts of the narrative were effective, the overall meaning and ending once again didn't quite click for me. There were more misses than hits in this debut issue, but for Elektra fans, that first story is still very much worth checking out.