After a somewhat lackluster two-parter, Blackman and Del Mundo return to breathe some excitement into the series with Elektra #8. Their imaginative collaboration once again carries this title in an issue rife with magic and mayhem, brought to the page by the strength of Blackman’s narrative voice and Del Mundo’s gorgeous artwork. While this series suffered from a loss of momentum in recent issues, this book is definitely back.
Hot on Bulleye’s trail, Elektra finds herself at Mercury Drop, a highly-guarded S.H.I.E.L.D. detainment facility. There she fights her way through jetpack-sporting S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to take Bullseye’s comatose body, only to find herself squaring off against Maria Hill. Maria gives Elektra the chance to leave without further conflict, out of respect to the assassin’s relationship with Nick Fury. However, as Elektra refuses, their confrontation is cut short by a surprise attack by the Hand. With Bullseye caught in the middle, Maria and Elektra put their differences aside to fight back against the Hand, concluding in a stunning magically-infused battle complete with dragons and mech suits.
Del Mundo’s artwork once again makes this book. His fight scenes are intricate and beautiful, his line work refined and delicate. The soft, painterly development of space and form makes for engaging reading as man and machine clash in these highly-energized panels. There’s simply so much energy in every exaggerated gesture, extended finger and swirling strand of wayward hair, creating a sense of vibrancy from the first page to the last. Completed by the rhythm of Blackman’s prose-like scripting, Elektra #8 is a beautiful issue and a highly enjoyable to read.