Elektra is Marvel’s greatest assassin, and her fury is about to be unleashed in a new anthology series titled Elektra: Black, White & Blood!
Marvel’s deadliest assassin, Elektra, is next in line to receive the Black, White & Blood treatment. This line features some of Marvel’s most savage characters, such as Wolverine and Carnage, in brand new stories by today’s top creators, presented in a stylized, single-color aesthetic. Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1 hits physical and digital retailers this December.
Created by Frank Miller, Elektra first appeared in 1981’s Daredevil #168. Born into wealth and privilege, Elektra began studying martial arts after her family were killed; this path led her to the Hand, a mystical ninja cult. Before embarking on her quest for revenge, Elektra dated Matt Murdock, who went on to become Daredevil. When she was later sent to kill the superhero, she rebelled against the Hand, and was killed by Bullseye. Resurrected, she studied under the Chaste – the Hand’s greatest opponents – and dedicated her life to wiping out the ninja cult. She has been an ally to heroes like Daredevil, Wolverine, and Doctor Strange, and recently assumed the mantle of Daredevil to watch over Hell’s Kitchen in Matt Murdock’s absence. This role has limited Elektra to non-lethal tactics, so it’s about time she got to let loose in the latest installment in Marvel’s Black, White & Blood line.
In an exclusive first look, Comicbook.com has revealed not only some of the creators involved, but also a look at the first issue’s cover, by John Romita Jr. Among the creators contributing to this four-issue anthology series are Declan Shalvey, Charles Soule and Leonardo Romero. Romita’s cover, showing a brooding Elektra perched atop a water tower, is impressive and sets the vibe for what is to follow. While Black, White & Blood stories tend to be violent, they’ve also proved incredibly creative, as the limited palette invites writers and artists to get experimental with how they tell their stories. Enjoy the first issue’s cover and issue summary below:
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c: ELEKTRA NATCHIOS IS THE BEST ASSASSIN IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!
Beginning as a Daredevil supporting character, Elektra has forged an identity of her own, becoming one of Marvel’s more nuanced antiheroes. As far from a traditional superhero as it’s possible to get, Elektra famously went undercover with the Hand in Wolverine: Enemy of the State, knowingly killing innocent SHIELD agents to maintain her cover. Having spent time with the Thunderbolts and Savage Avengers, Elektra has long worked to protect the Marvel Universe from the shadows, and hopefully this anthology series will offer fans a banquet of the ice-cold moments they never got to see.
Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1 promises to be a burst of invention and innovation from some of comics’ most popular creators, exploring the adventures of a character who treads a path few others dare. Coming December, Elektra will join Marvel killers Carnage, Wolverine, and Deadpool in adding some red to her ledger in a variety of short stories.
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