这似乎是显而易见的，不是吗?Marvel has a long history of replacement heroes–we’ve seenRhodeystep in to be Iron Man, the mantle ofCaptain Marvelhas been passed down, bothFalconandWinter Soldierhave been Captain America. Right now we even have Doctor Strange’s wifeCleasubbing in to lead her first solo series. But none of those characters have the reach, history, or cultural cachet of Elektra Natchios. It seems so obvious to haveElektrabecomeDaredevil, but it has never happened before. As with the rest of Chip Zdarsky’sDaredevilSaga，最明显的故事理念是最令人满意的。
Brand New Devil
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear只是跟随前刺客艾丽卡·纳奇奥斯进行了一次超级英雄冒险。While the story stands fun on its own, it makes more sense when taken as a middle chapter of Zdarksy’sDaredevilepic. This miniseries is far from the only Elektra-as-Daredevil story in the saga, but it falls in an interesting place, one where Matt Murdock is deciding what to do next, and Elektra is acting as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
An Undead Ninja, But Sexy
Elektra was created by Frank Miller, so a lot of his personal interests and peccadillo are baked into the character. Miller liked to write and draw unemotional women, prostitutes, and dead women. His scripts have a leering cinematic gaze towards it’s female characters, framing parts of their bodies in isolation to objectify them. And Elektra is probably Miller’s greatest and most enduring character. Sex appeal is part of the genre she exists in (sexy assassin ladies) but can she be untangled from her roots?
Rafael De Latorre is the artist tapped for the job. Before this miniseries, De Latorre had one major Marvel credit. He illustratedBlack Widow,和作家凯利·汤普森一起。两者之间的相似之处显而易见，对吧?两个角色都是超级性感的诱惑者，都在寻求救赎他们凶残的过去。两个角色都喜欢和马特·默多克做爱。这两个角色都是精确而理智的斗士。
The Fluid Fights
Obviously, there’s a subjective element as to whether an art style feels appropriate to the story but for my money, De Latorre can stay on this beat for a while longer. He takes such care with his character figures and body language. His comics would be fun to read without dialogue, just to see if the story and tone still comes across. The lighting and framing of his panels always convey this deep Gothic romance, with just a tinge of Noir. And he has a lot of fun drawing fabric in motion.
Where the creative forces (including prolific colorist Federico Blee!) come together though, are in the fight scenes. I originally read these issues in paper form, but this time around I read them in the Marvel Unlimited guided view. That really emphasized how well paced all the action is. Most comic book fight scenes feel pretty perfunctory, butDaredevil: Woman Without Fearleft me breathless like I was watchingThe Raid. Guided view reading can turn comic panels into a flipbook, and Elektra’s flips were so fluid and precise, I was playing them backwards and forwards.
The final issue in this collection, titledElektra#100, is a big reunion anthology. If you’ve been following comics for a while, you’ve probably come across an issue like this. A series of vignettes bring in creators from across the characters history. You get flashback stories mainly told in the past, humorous diversions, and a look towards the future of the character. As far as these sorts of issues go, this one was fine! Far be it from me to knock an Ann NocentiDaredevilcomic. Nocenti is the Elektra GOAT. But after the crackling energy of Zdarksy and De Latorre, it was sort of jarring to shift gears. I wanted to go back.
对我来说幸运的是，还有很多故事可以读。There the 36 issue series ofDaredevil后面的一半明显跟在艾丽卡后面。AndWoman Without Fearloosely ties into “Devil’s Reign,” the big event story that roped in a ton of New York superheroes. This story itself is a set up to another volume ofDaredevil(volume 7 for those keeping score) by Zdarsky and his talented artistic collaborators. And tying intothatis the (perhaps misguided)Punisherseries that puts him on a collision course with Matt and Elektra.
The most incredible thing about thisDaredevilrun has been how unoriginal it all is. Superheroes pondering murder, shadowy ninja lore, villains in positions of power… we’ve seen it all before. Hell, we’ve even seen Matt Murdock in jail before. Somehow though, this series has been the best, definitive Marvel telling of any of those themes. If a comic fan comes to me looking for good stories about Daredevil, Elektra, the Hand, I would definitely not give them this story first. This is too much of a middle chapter. But Zdarsky’sDaredevilis the most readable the character has ever been. And eventually you will be treated to this diversion, and the spectacular art of Rafael de Latorre. Just look at how big he draws Elektra’s hair!