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Review: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3

When it comes to events, the spin-off comics are often of lesser quality. They tend to feel like cash-ins squeezing in characters or just milking the event. Devil’s Reign feels like the exception with the spin-offs often standing on their own without the event and each adding to their characters in some way. It doesn’t feel like side quests as much as it does fully formed storylines by themselves. Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 wraps up Elektra’s journey setting up a lot to come and possibly spoiling Devil’s Reign.

It’s Elektra versus Kraven the Hunter as ghosts of Elektra’s past come to haunt her. Through the action, writer Chip Zdarsky delivers a rather haunting tale of a woman dealing with her past. She had a mission when it came to Matt Murdock, she was a tool of an organization. What is she now? What’s the path forward? There’s an interesting mix of reflection, regret, and acceptance. Zdarsky delivers a comic full of fights and action but also one that feels like its true focus is its main character front and center.

The only knock on the storytelling is it possibly spoils Devil’s Reign which comes out the following week and when you get to the end, it feels a bit like it loses its standalone nature. We’ll have to see about that spoiler but it’s the end that makes the comic feel like a piece of the bigger story arc still to come as opposed to a three issue series that can be read on its own. It almost pulls that off.

The art by Rafael De Latorre is fantastic. The fights feel brutal but have a flow about them. Federico Blee‘s colors add to the atmosphere. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering is the cherry on top. Visually the comic is an interesting one as the battle goes from brute strength to something more subtle and “quiet”. That change in fighting styles is nailed down in the art where punches give way to tactical attacks. It also perfectly fits the sadness that permeates the story Zdarsky has spun.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 is a solid finale. It continues an event tie-in that has stood out and is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It also has me wanting to go back and see what I missed in Elektra’s story but also excited about what’s to come.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Rafael De Latorre
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 (of 3)

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 (of 3)

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Rafael De Latorre (CA) Chris Bachalo
In Shops: Mar 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Elektra is forced to make a fateful decision. She’s sworn a vow to never take a life as long as she wears the DAREDEVIL cowl, but battered, bruised and with her back to the wall, will she be strong enough to keep it? If she is, will she be strong enough to survive the consequences of mercy?

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 (of 3)

Marauders Annual #1, Silk #1, Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 and more Return for New Printings

Fans will get a chance to dive into Marvel’s most exciting new launches and ongoing series with new printings of Marauders Annual #1, Moon Knight #7, Silk #1, Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1, She-Hulk #1, Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1, Devil’s Reign #3, and Conan the Barbarian #1 Facsimile Edition! These sold-out issues will be available at comic shops starting on March 9, complete with new second printing covers.

No one is safe from Kingpin’s wrath in Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s Devil’s Reign #3. New York City stands at the brink of disaster as MAYOR WILSON FISK has at last reached a breaking point, with an army of super villains at his back, and a deputized crew of super villainous THUNDERBOLTS on the streets and in every police station. Worse still, he’s put the Marvel Universe’s most powerful tools into (all six) hands of one of its most diabolical minds, unaware of the disaster that could befall the entire city as a result! As a gauntlet of super villains stand between Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Daredevil and liberating the heroes who have been captured by Fisk’s law enforcement, they’re ALL about to learn that the danger is closer than they ever thought possible.

Chip Zdarsky and Rafael De Latorre’s Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 brings readers the next pulse-pounding chapter in the saga of New York City’s Guardian Devil, this time starring Elektra as Daredevil! This continuation of Zdarsky’s landmark DAREDEVIL run spins directly out of the shocking revelations in the pages of DEVIL’S REIGN! Elektra is the world’s deadliest assassin – and she’s taken a vow not to kill. Someone puts themselves directly in her path with deadly consequences. What else would you expect from the MARVEL UNIVERSE’S GREATEST HUNTER?!

A new crew of X-Men set sail in Steve Orlando and Creees Lee’s Marauders Annual #1! With Kate Pryde at the helm, the Marauders are ready to renew their mission of mutant rescue! She’s got the mission – all she needs now is a new boat and a fresh crew to match. Pryde and Bishop must unite a crew of mutants, new and old, to spring Daken from imprisonment at the hands of a leader who’s as cruel as he is charismatic: the primal provocateur known as Brimstone Love! It’s the Marauders versus the Theater of Pain, a torture troupe that’s set up shop in Xavier’s School’s old backyard! Come aboard for the first adventure as Orlando takes the helm with the X-Men’s sea-faring mutant team.

Marauders Annual #1

Joined by artist Federico Sabbatini, Jed MacKay’s hit run on Moon Knight continues in Moon Knight #7! How do you fight someone that no one knows? Moon Knight is out for blood and hits the streets armed only with a name, but he soon finds out that in the twilight half-world of NYC super villainy, sometimes the streets hit back. And while he’s fighting his way through the super-crime underworld, he’d better watch his back.

Moon Knight #7 2nd printing

The best character ever is back in her own series and about to glam up the whole Marvel Universe in Rainbow Rowell and Roge Antonio’s She-Hulk #1! Jennifer Walters is no longer savage and needs to put her life back together. She’s got a career to rebuild, friends to reconnect with (and maybe represent in a court of law) and enemies to… well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are DEFINITELY going to connect with her. And the last page of this first issue is going to send Jen down a road she’s never traveled and that will shake up her life and possibly the whole Marvel Universe.

Don’t miss the comics debut of stunning storyteller Emily Kim and the return of legendary comic artist Takeshi Miyazawa in Silk #1! Cindy Moon returns as the web-spinning Spider-Hero SILK in an all-new, all-star series! As Silk gains popularity in the public eye, Cindy is questioning her place in the world. But existentialism will have to wait when a powerful new villain is turned loose! In a race against the clock, Silk discovers the dangers of ancient Korean magic – and social media.

Silk #1

Legendary creators Ron Marz and Ron Lim returning to tell a story set during their fan-favorite run of SILVER SURFER in Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1! Someone has stolen the Reality Gem, an object that allows the user to fulfill any wish no matter the consequences! But whoever has taken it is doing things like bringing back the dead hero Captain Mar-Vell. It’s up to Silver Surfer to team up with the least likely of allies, Thanos, to find the Gem and restore reality to its proper form. The second printing variant cover will feature all-new artwork by Ron Lim.

Also returning to shops will be the special facsimile edition of Conan the Barbarian (1970) #1! Over fifty years ago, legendary writer Roy Thomas teamed with visionary artist Barry Windsor-Smith for the first comic book adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s pulp novel icon – introducing True Believers to swords and sorcery in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Conan comic books soon became a huge, industry-changing success story – and it all began with CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 in 1970! Join the young Cimmerian warrior as he and an Aesir raiding party invade the land of Vanaheim – setting Conan on a path of adventure leading to winged demons, a dark temple and the mysterious Star-Stone, which would offer a vision of Conan’s future as a king! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all!

Conan the Barbarian (1970) #1

Preview: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (of 3)

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (of 3)

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Rafael De Latorre (CA) Chris Bachalo
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Elektra Natchios is the greatest assassin in the Marvel Universe – but having recently taken up the mantle of DAREDEVIL, she’s taken a vow to never take a life again. But that vow is about to be put to the ultimate test, as KRAVEN THE HUNTER has her dead in his sights…and, unlike Elektra, he has no reservations about killing. If anything, he likes it when his prey struggles. At least, he thinks he does.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (of 3)

Review: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2

Event spin-offs are an interesting mix. They often feel like cash grabs, delivering a quality that’s rather… lacking. The current Devil’s Reign feels different though. The main title is excellent so far and the tie-ins have all been really good. It’s the rare event that hasn’t disappointed in any way (so far). A prime example of that is Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 which picks up from the fantastic debut and has Elektra facing down Kraven the Hunter.

Written by Chip Zdarsky, what really stands out about Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 is his focus on the character. Sure, there’s a lot of solid action and fight scenes, but most of the comic is really Elektra thinking about her current situation and the past that got her there. This is someone that has done horrible things in her past and hasn’t faced them all. She’s unsettled and still debating on her actions.

As someone who has issues getting that sort of reflection out of my own head, this is a comic that just feels like reality. It’s the actions, at least the reflection, of a real person who is thinking about their past. What could they have done differently? How might have things changed? Should they do anything now? It’s that focus on a single event and dissecting it 20 different ways that hits home. It’s a very realistic and human thing to do for some people. It’s something I regularly experience. It’s something a lot of people experience. Zdarsky has taken the real reflection people do and put it all down on paper for our entertainment.

Rafael De Latorre‘s art is fantastic. With color from Federico Blee and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the art and design is top notch. This doesn’t feel like an event cash-in, it feels like the main event. The battle has a brutality in it that’s subtle. You never quite know when either combatant will strike which makes the art deliver a tense aspect about it all. It’s just fantastic to look at.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 is a tie-in but it’s a comic that can stand on its own. It feels like the event is almost secondary as Elektra reflects on her life. It’s a hell of an issue for a fantastic miniseries that has me begging for more. Even if you’re not reading Devil’s Reign, which you should, this is well worth picking up on its own.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Rafael De Latorre
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Speed Republic #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman #120 (DC Comics) – The new creative team has grounded the character in some ways focusing on a murder possibly committed by members of Batman Inc. With a reminder of Bruce Wayne’s misfortunes as well, it’s been a nice change from the years of over the top bad guys.

Chicken Devil #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been over the top violence and a hell of a lot of fun.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic focusing on Elektra’s version of Daredevil. A piece or her past is haunting her and now she’ll need to go against Kraven the Hunter!

Dark Knights of Steel #4 (DC Comics) – The series has been a fantastic “Elseworlds” type story taking our familiar heroes and villains and putting them in a world of sword and sorcery. The various machinations as kingdoms jockey towards war has been intriguing.

Fantastic Four: Reckoning War Alpha #1 (Marvel) – What sounds like a pretty big event is kicking off!

The Goon #14 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is always an entertaining time. There’s a twisted Popeye like fun about the series which continuously delivers amazing art, laughs, and most importantly, fun.

Monkey Prince #1 (DC Comics) – Perfectly time for the new year, we want to really check out this series mainly due to DC’s excellent press roll out for it.

New Masters #1 (Image Comics) – Alien colonizers have taken over Western Africa as a group of outcasts find themselves in a struggle for power and control is this interesting piece of Afrofuturism.

Nocterra #7 (Image Comics) – The last arc ended with a cliffhanger and we’re excited to see what happens next in this world cast in darkness.

Primos #1 (AWA Studios) – Centuries ago, two Mayan brothers constructed a spacecraft that sent them hurtling into outer space. Returned to Earth only to find their culture and civilization destroyed, one of the brothers vows revenge and seeks to decimate the planet with intergalactic technology gathered on his travels.

Sabretooth #1 (Marvel) – One character has been shuffled off to the side and we want to see what he’s been up to.

Savage Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) Non-Stop Spider-Man was a really fun series and this follow up will hopefully continue that.

Serial #10 (Abstract Studio) – The series wraps up and we’re so excited, and nervous, to see what happens between Zoe and Jenni!

Speed Republic #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – In the future, Europe has united under one man, The Autocrat. He rules the apocalyptic landscape from corporate monopolies with a vision of unity that is gospel to some, but hollow to others. To distract the 99% from their poor and empty lives, they are given the opportunity to compete in the Grand Race.

X-Cellent #1 (Marvel) – X-Statix. Nuff said.

Preview: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (of 3)

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (of 3)

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Rafael De Latorre (CA) Chris Bachalo
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Elektra Natchios is the greatest assassin in the Marvel Universe – but having recently taken up the mantle of DAREDEVIL, she’s taken a vow to never take a life again. But that vow is about to be put to the ultimate test, as KRAVEN THE HUNTER has her dead in his sights…and, unlike Elektra, he has no reservations about killing. If anything, he likes it when his prey struggles. At least, he thinks he does.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (of 3)

Review: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

As a character, not too many make their mark like Elektra. She has become iconic in many comic fans minds through her many adventures and impact. She’s a character that has never been portrayed as being meek. Elektra has proven herself not only to be feared but as being damn deadly.

Her many character arcs throughout the years have shown why she’s a fan favorite. One such run is her arc in Punisher Max where she was the final assassin who gave Frank his best fight of the series. Then there is the classic Elektra: Assassin, which was a game changer and showed that at you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero. In Chip Zdarsky’s debut, Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1, we get a different story of her as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

We’re taken to New York City, where Kingpin is Mayor and he outlawed vigilantism, deputizing a rogue band of villains as the new Thunderbolts to hunt down anyone who breaks that law. Elektra confronts Fisk, who lets her know about the file he collected on her, one that may cause serious damage. As we get her back-story of how she was trained by Stick and later on, by Aka of The Hand. By issue’s end,   The Hand tries to stop her from attending a meeting with the Avengers by sending someone who can matching her skill, Kraven The Hunter.

Overall, Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 is an excellent debut that reintroduces the character to a new audience. The story by Zdarsky is super fun. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, this story already gives Elektra the depth that the character deserves.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Rafael De LaTorre
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 (of 3)

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 (of 3)

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Rafael De Latorre (CA) Chris Bachalo
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $4.99

The next pulse-pounding chapter in the saga of New York City’s Guardian Devil, this time starring ELEKTRA as Daredevil!

Joined by Rafael De Latorre, Chip Zdarsky continues his landmark run and the DAREDEVIL story that spins directly out of the shocking revelations in the pages of DEVIL’S REIGN!

Elektra is the world’s deadliest assassin – and she’s taken a vow not to kill. Someone puts themselves directly in her path with deadly consequences. What else would you expect from the MARVEL UNIVERSE’S GREATEST HUNTER?!

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 (of 3)

Review: Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

I’ll admit I didn’t keep up with Chip Zdarsky‘s run on Daredevil. I know the basics and read the first arc or so but I fell behind and never caught up. And, from my understanding, I missed out on a solid run. One of the major events was Elektra taking over as Daredevil while Matt Murdock was in jail, again, I got that basic bit down. With the “Devil’s Reign” storyline now a focus of the characters and quite a few others, Elektra as Daredevil gets her own miniseries which kicks off with Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1.

Written by Zdarsky, the miniseries spins out of Devil’s Reign #2 where Elektra’s history is used against her by the Kingpin. We learn there’s some secrets she holds and her past is being dredged up by an unknown force. The questions are who, why, and what is that past? Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 answers that as it picks up after her encounter with Kingpin and she begins a mission to find out what’s going on.

Elektra’s history with Matt is complicated and feels like it’s been switched so many times, I’ll admit I can’t keep up with it. She knew him in law school. They were an item. Then she dropped out due to a family emergency. There’s also Elektra’s past which also feels like it’s been shifted around a lot. That one, I’m honestly not sure where it stands. But, Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 keeps things focused and feels like it streamlines things in a way. We are taken through a “this is your life” type exploration as Elektra in modern times attempts to figure out who is after her. We get to see her training with Stick, her recruitment into the Hand, and some of her relationship with Matt. It makes things clear as to her focus and the abuse and training she endured through the years.

The issue’s story is fantastic as Zdarsky takes us into Elektra’s head. It’s mostly her thoughts as she attempts to piece together what’s happening to her while also reflecting on her life. Zdarsky brings a tinge of paranoia along with regret in a story that’s tense and sad in so many ways.

Rafael De LaTorre‘s art is fantastic. Along with color from Federico Blee and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic looks fantastic. There’s a general look to the comic of a dark cloud hanging over Elektra as she scrambles. This isn’t a flashy comic with lots of splash pages but instead there’s a tightness about the panels and focus of each of a woman whose world and past is closing in on her. The style and look perfectly captures the tone of the story and in many ways brings so much of the tension and reflection. LaTorre perfectly nails down close up shots of Elektra’s face as she looks out and ponders what’s happening.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 is a fantastic issue. Far too often, event tie-in miniseries feel cheap and thrown together. This is a comic that’d stand on its own without the event. The story and art combine for a fantastic debut that has me wanting to go back and read what I have missed of Zdarsky’s run.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Rafael De LaTorre
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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