To change things up, we thought it would be fun to do a retro review on an older comic or comic series. So, I went back and read Elektra Root of Evil. This was a fun series with great art. But before I get into too much detail, here’s the plot.
Elektra, the beautiful assassin, strikes forth from the shadows of Daredevil into her own 4-issue limited series! When Elektra attacks the sinister Snakeroot, will she be able to kill a former lover? It’s a tale of dark deception crafted by the same team responsible for the “Fall From Grace” storyline.
In this mini-series put out in ’95, we get a look at an adventure Elektra is embarking on in the present—sometime after the character was resurrected in the classic Frank Miller Daredevil run. We also get a look back into her past growing up and some of the training that caused her to become the Deadly Assassin while she forms a group of mercenaries to help her take out some people from her past.
The premise of the story is a good one, but to the best of my knowledge, I haven’t really read anything else from D.G. Chichester before. I will say, though, I did have a bit of a hard time getting through this story. I don’t know if it’s just because this comic is over 20 years old and may not translate well from then to now, but even with these issues I think there are some really cool moments in the series: we get cameos from Daredevil and Nick Fury, and seeing Elektra train is pretty sweet, too. The ordeals she goes through in the story are interesting as well.
What really got me into this series, though, is the artist. I’m sure if you have read any of my comic reviews in the past, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit of a Scott McDaniels fan. So for me, I really got a kick from checking out some of is early work and seeing how it has evolved to his current style. Stuff like the way he sets up the page and does the action scenes—which at least to me is what he’s known for—was really neat in this series.
So all in all, Elektra Root of Evil may not have been my favorite book from the ’90s, but if you’re a fan of Elektra or Daredevil, you might want to consider checking it out. There’s a chance you might enjoy it more than I did.
I’m giving Elektra Root of Evil…
3 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: D.G Chichester
Art by: Scott McDaniels