Mind Capsules – Elektra #1 and Batman Eternal #3

Elektra #1

Writer – W. Haden Blackman
Artist – Michael Del Mundo
Colours – Mike Del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso

Elektra gets a new number one from W. Haden Blackman and Mike Del Mundo and while it has been a quite some time since she had a solo title of her own, it was well worth the wait.  The story is good, with a lot of ruminating by our heroine on her past and essentially, how she is tired of dwelling on it.  So she contacts The Matchmaker to get her a new gig.  Being an assassin, you can guess just what kind of job it is.  Blackman does some great work with our leading lady; he understands Elektra and her past but is looking to tell new stories and is moving forward instead of looking back which is quite refreshing.  The best part of the book though, is the art.  It is probably one of the most beautiful and luscious books being published anywhere today.  The first five pages featuring two panels per, are breathtaking and picture her, to put it simply, at rest, at play and at work with scenes of the past and the present intertwined throughout and the sash she dances with following the memories and eventually transforming into blood.  The creative team also introduce a new villain named Bloody Lips in another five page sequence which is just as magnificent as the first five, again interspersed with his origin, scenes of the past and tree branches and a giant snake that weave throughout the pages giving them a sense of connectivity and flow.  Beautiful artwork and engaging story aside, we also get a Bullseye cameo and a cliff-hanger leading into the next issue with Monster Island!  Some might see this as another book that costs $3.99 featuring a character that rarely ever holds a title for long, especially as the book only clocks in at 18 pages of story and art. Do yourself a favour and check it out as it is definitely worth your time and money.

5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #3

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson

This is the issue that finally sees Stephanie Brown return to the printed page at DC.  And even if she did not do too much so far, it is the moment that fans have been clamouring for and hopefully there are good things in store for her and for them.  The book also sees Carmine Falcone is going to war with the Penguin and Batman looks to be the only man out to stop it. The police have a new commissioner who is working with Falcone and the Mayor and he is refusing to let the GCPD get involved with any of the explosions and the utter mayhem that is taking place all over the city.  His new mandate instead is to stop not the criminals, but Batman instead.  This weekly series is getting better and better with every passing issue, with the story getting stronger and the intrigue ramping up alongside the action.  The one weak point is the rehash of the GCPD out to get Bats which has been done multiple times before, but this looks like it might lead somewhere fun.  The focus being split between Batman and the GCPD is great to see and if we are lucky will remain so as much of the cast including Bullock and Strode are just as fascinating as the main character.  Worth reading and hanging in for issue four.

4.5 out of 5

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