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Elektra #4 - Bloodlines: Part Four Review

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Can Elektra elude Bloody Lips or must she face the deadly character head-on?

The Good

No amount of words can properly express just how amazing Michael Del Mundo layouts and panels are in each and every issue of ELEKTRA. In this latest chapter, Del Mundo (Marco D'Alfonso helps with colors) once again offers us a brilliant visual ride. The opening sequence is handled masterfully as it juggles the thoughts of two different characters and everything that follows is presented superbly. The amount of effort put into every panel and the way they're laid out is immediately noticeable and every single page has plenty of things that are worth gazing at. Whether it's the bright colors as Elektra emerges from the water or the riveting action scene that takes place in the sky, this is a book that delivers and then some with the artwork in each and every scene. Some of the facial expressions in the opening scene were impressively effective, too. It's truly praiseworthy stuff.

What good is spectacular art if the story is lackluster, right? Thankfully for Del Mundo, writer W. Haden Blackman is also doing great work with the script. This fourth chapter manages to provide massive insight into the two main characters -- Elektra and Bloody Lips -- and moves the plot forward. Does Elektra regret killing all of those people over the years? Could Bloody Lips be redeemed? The last cliffhanger paved the way for an excellent and totally immerse look into their minds and tells us everything we'd need to know about these individuals. This experience doesn't overstay it's welcome and delivers just enough to enhance our connection and appreciation for these two characters. It's also fascinating seeing a "what if?" possibility for the famous assassin.

Once the focus on who these characters are and what makes them standout comes to an end, Blackman goes full speed ahead with a brief yet absolutely thrilling action sequence. In Del Mundo's hands, it feels like pure cinematic bliss as we observe an aerial chase which has an explosive and exciting conclusion. And then when it seems like we can finally relax for a moment and take a breath, we're hit with a big ol' cliffhanger. The next issue is looking very promising and will apparently move forward with an important part of the narrative.

The Bad

Maybe it's because I'm enjoying the experience so much, but the ending felt like it was pretty abrupt. Still, it's exciting and has me beyond anxious to read the next issue.

The Verdict

Do yourself a favor and make room for ELEKTRA on your pull list. Del Mundo's pages are awe-inspiring and do a magnificent job turning Blackman's commendable script into a fascinating and exhilarating journey. This issue is paced so well, too. We're treated to just the right amount of character-driven scenes and then we're thrown into some gorgeous and fast-paced chaos. And if you've been following along (if not, go play catch-up right now!), you're sure to be excited about the final page.

17 Comments
Posted by Astro_Zombie78

Awesome series. Can't wait to read this issue. I hope Blackman and Del Mundo stay on this series.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

The ART. My god THE ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by WheatStalker

This whole series is in a category by itself. Somehow each issue is more dramatic, brutal, and engaging than the last. If Elektra and Black Widow were the last two Marvel books on earth ... I would want for nothing.

Posted by Owie

This series really gives Elektra her due. A completely fulfilling experience.

Posted by akbogert

In all honesty, I don't care much for the character Elektra at all (guess ninjas just aren't really my thing? though I do prefer them to pirates), but the writing and art of this book are so good that I still look forward to it more than most books with characters I love.

Posted by Cavemold

Great book. Better be Eisner Award Nominee

Posted by lagozzino

Normally I'd complain that the story has been stretched out too much for sake of filling up a TPB, but in this case the decompression is giving Del Mundo more space to dazzle with his art so I'm kinda ok with it.

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Posted by The Mast

What I love is that Del Mundo is on this for the forseeable future issues. Every solicit I've read has his name on. I was wondering if he could keep it up AND on time.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@akbogert said:

In all honesty, I don't care much for the character Elektra at all (guess ninjas just aren't really my thing? though I do prefer them to pirates), but the writing and art of this book are so good that I still look forward to it more than most books with characters I love.

I feel the same way about THOR: GOD OF THUNDER. But, you know, minus the bit about pirates and ninjas.

...although, I do agree ninjas > pirates.

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Posted by Spulk

The best Elektra title since Miller's Assasin...

Posted by Ms-Lola

(undecipherable squeals of happiness and utter bliss)

Please don't stop.

Posted by Spideysense44

I think Marvel should hold on to Bloody lips for awhile he's becoming a great villain

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Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Sweet.

Posted by dreamfall31

I really want to add this, but I just don't know if I could get rid of anything on my pull list right now!