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Elektra: Assassin

(Frank Miller's Elektra #2)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,811 ratings  ·  163 reviews
When acclaimed writer-artist Frank Miller began his celebrated run on the Marvel title, Daredevil, no one knew what to expect. They certainly didn't realize that a seemingly meek Greek college student by the name of Elektra would become one of the most popular and memorable characters in the post-modern, increasingly adult world of comic books.Telling the story of how the ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Marvel Comics (first published 1986)
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Anne
This was a big steaming pile of buttjuice.

I get what Miller was trying to do.
It's a glimpse into the crazy assassin's head...
Enter If You DAAAAARE!


What. Ever.
If your main character isn't going to have even ONE lucid thought, then you need to create some sort of reliable narrator to help the reader wade through her delusional thought process.
Someone who knows fact from fantasy. Instead, we are given a skeevy S.H.I.E.L.D agent whose mind is under Elektra's control.
And I'm still not sure how the fuck she managed to do that?! But I decided to roll with the psychic ninja shit, because I knoprocess.
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Checkman
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frank Miller fans
I bought my copy as a birthday gift ,to myself, on my twentieth birthday. It was Friday February 3, 1988. It cost me $12.95 which was a real chunk of change for a college sophmore back then. But I had to buy it. I had discovered Frank Miller the year before with his fantastic series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as well as his 1983 series Ronin and I was in awe of the man. Basically I was a nerd.

It took me two readings to figure out what was going on. It's a surrealistic, action-filled, violent, satirica
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kristen b ♡
Jul 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, 2018
i would bet money the current ongoing deadpool assassin mock storyline is better than this.

does anyone know what actually happened in this book? like for real, if you do let me know. i checked the reviews on this earlier to see if i could pull SOME kind of plot because my comic friends know what they’re talking about and someone MUST have put a better description of this on here other than all the information my one brain cell could process about this online. it’s like NO ONE knows w
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Was thrilled to see this on the shelf at my library, since I've been wanting to read it for a while. Mostly enjoyed it, although there were some unpalatable aspects. A good dose of sex and violence cocktail. I am not a big fan of that combo. You may say a duh to that, since Elektra is a sexy assassin. I think it's all in the execution.

Elektra was depicted as a whole lot of crazy in this book. It occurs after her death and is about her resurrection by the Hand. She becomes a killer designated in
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Chazzbot
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading this after many years, it's interesting to notice how influential this bizarre story became, with its overlapping narrators, nearly abstract art, and hardcore language. Miller's political assassination plotline has become somewhat dated, but the borderline insanity of nearly every character keeps it an entertaining read. Miller is probably the best writer for Elektra, a character that has been diminished substantially over the years. Here she is an inscrutable force, though not entire ...more
D.M.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read these old Frank Miller books, it saddens me to think they were the face of 'modern comics' at the time. They're not bad, certainly, but if Miller's work was as far as comics were to advance in the 80s, there would have never been the creative renaissance there was in the medium.
Like Dark Knight Returns, Year One, and most of Miller's other work of the time, Elektra: Assassin is basically just a more adult (i.e., gorier and nuder) superhero comic. It would never have changed the
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Jack
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
As everyone comments, this is Frank Miller at the top of his game, and working with one of the greatest comic artists of the late 20th century, Bill Seinkewicz. The art is frenetic and fragmented and incorporates just about every medium you can imagine - pen and ink, watercolor, crayon, pencil, collage - whatever Seinkewicz thought would work for a given panel. And it does work, incredibly.

As Miller and his work have literally gone to Hollywood, his obsessions have gotten more pronou
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Robert Wright
This book is a hot indecipherable mess.

Miller's penchant for bad political satire is given full reign here. Miller's run on Daredevil was and is a classic. Which, along with Dark Knight Return's success, is the only thing that explains the latitude given to him here.

For a great story well told, see those earlier stories.

The thing that elevates this book to likeable and worth a read is the incomparable artistry of Bill Sienkiewicz. This is an artist at the top of his game and in the process
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47Time
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
When you get a legendary writer like Miller you have to pair him with an artist that goes beyond the plaebian notion that comics should look good. I suppose it's a match for the sketchy style of the story and the occasional lack of punctuation. Too bad the story has long-winded interruptions, but they do offer depth for the characters. One thing the author got right is the internal monologues for the two main characters. They feel genuinely different and do a good job of revealing the first char ...more
Luana
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Your ability to separate Frank Miller the person from Frank Miller the artist (or, in this case, writer, as Bill Sienkiewicz's lovely watercolors comprise the art) will quite likely affect how much you will agree with my four star rating. The recurring theme of your worth being mainly defined by how much of a badass you are, along with the portrayal of liberals as at best feckless airheads and at worst the actual Antichrist, may not sit well with some.

To me, however, this wasn't really a proble
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Keya
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, owned
This is the definitive Elektra story folks. I don't think anyone else has done her similar justice. You learn a lot of things about our favorite ninja assassiness that you may have previously not known, at least in terms of the sheer amount of things she can do besides be a good ninja. I think the only thing I would've liked better about this book is that it had less to do with SHIELD and the douche agent Garrett and more to do with Elektra but I suppose the SHIELD/Garrett aspect was necessary j ...more
Richard Guion
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This "graphic novel" was originally an eight issue mini-series published by Epic (Marvel's mature reader imprint) back in 1986. At the time I thought it was merely "good" but on later re-readings I think it is revolutionary in terms of the artwork of Bill Sienkiewicz. Sienkiewicz started his career as one of many artists imitating Neal Adams art style and evolved into a truly unique artist doing comics in an impressionistic style. This series was his breakout for that style.

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Elecktra was introduced in Frank Miller's Daredevil run. When this series was announced, we were all excited to see what would happen to her after Miller left the series - she was in particularly strange state. As the series got closer to release, we discovered this story would take place in the past, before Elektra re-entered Daredevil's life. How strange! But it was actually much more interesting without being tied down to Matt Murdock.

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The first issue is very hallucinogenic, where Elektra is trapped inside a mental hospital. I found this very confusing the first time, on subsequent re-reads it was more clear how she came to be there. It is unique in that the entire narration in this issue is from Elektra herself. In issue 2, this continues until the best supporting character ever comes, along, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent John Garrett, who is the Six Million Dollar Man times 100 with an addiction to alcohol. Then after issue 2, the point of view is entirely Garrett. As if to say that Elektra is such a superhuman force of nature, she's best seen through the eyes of someone else.

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You get a lot more insight into Elektra in this series. I do think it pays off better if you re-read Miller's Daredevil run beforehand. We figure out more of the timeline in her early training, how that happened before college, and how she got to the Hand after her father's death. She has many more ninja powers than she ever displayed in Daredevil: killing with her voice, catching bullets, and mind control. You have to wonder how Bullseye ever got the better of her in Daredevil #181, or how Daredevil himself lasted more than a minute.

The first half of the story takes place in a fictional South American country where Elektra has been dispatched to kill a politician. In doing so she runs across the Beast, yep, a biblical reference there, but someone from the Hand as well. The Beast can jump between bodies so he's hard to kill, and he wants nothing less than to trigger a nuclear apocalypse. Garrett becomes Elektra's pawn in helping to stop him. One of my favorite action sequences involves an underwater fight between Elektra/Garrett and a squad of ninjas and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The second half of the story shifts to the United States where we get some cameo appearances from Nick Fury.

Having re-read this again I know why no one has been able to write a good Elektra series since 1986. Nobody can write like Frank Miller, period, but also no one can do a Tour de Force art job like Sienkiewicz.

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The Sapphic Nerd
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's called "Elektra: Assassin" but it SHOULD be called "All The Creepy Men Who Call Elektra a Whore While They Perv on Her". The art style is really cool but the writing is off the rails in the worst way possible. This isn't really about Elektra. It's about the men around her and what they want to do to her - from the Beast/Anti-Christ/President to the pervert she possesses and turns into her minion, to Nick Fury. It's all white men talking and Elektra is sort of there, sort of not, sort of int ...more
CJ
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: _comics
Told mostly through alternating narration/internal dialogue this book tells the tale of Elektra on a silent mission to save the world.

The story was good and interesting but sadly drawn out in places that it wasn't needed. I suppose they would have worked in the actual issues but not in the TPB. Also the narration/internal dialogue bubbles can be hard to keep track of. Sometimes you just have to read a page worth and then quickly work it out in your head what was actually said.
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Axel Matfin
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the best comic book of the 80's. Entirely overshadowed by Watchmen and The Dark Knight returns-this is Art-House comics at it's absolute best. Bill Sienkiewicz art is a transcendent exploration all the styles and forms that can exist within a comic book format. It's all at once thrilling, sexy, post modern, nauseating and raw. Legend has it that Sienkiewicz re-drew (painted, collaged, experimented) many large sections of the book to create a greater impact.

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Martin Yankov
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I've heard many, many times that this is the best Elektra story ever told. Sadly, I can't agree with that. Yes, it is a good story, a great story, even. But it's not an Elektra story. She is the main character in the first issue and it's beautiful and daunting and wonderful, but after that this stops being her story. It's a story about a man who meets her and interacts with her, but Elektra remains a mystery and we are only seeing bits and pieces of her through that man's eyes. And I don't find ...more
Zare
I tend to be very careful with experimenting artists - when I bought Metal Gear Solid comic I found it story-wise interesting but art was .... weird is too kind word, totally disorientating.

Here Sienkiewizcs does the same, art is sometimes very interesting but sometimes pretty psychedelic - but nevertheless it follows the story - which is pretty interesting and pretty good. And to be honest this surprised me a lot, I was not expecting this.

So, if you are in for some Ninjas, mysticis
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Reyel2107
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
perfect art and just a fun story !!!!!
Václav
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital, x2018
This is hard. Elektra: Assassin, two decades old comics. The art is still fascinating. It looks good but the whole thing resembles more some art catalogue than comics book. But he pencil & watercolours style looks great. The art "look" is consistent in style, but lack it in execution - some pictures are sloppy (even if it somehow serve the story) and some are great. And that just amplify the "art catalogue" feeling for me. The story is interesting and good. But the text. Too much of it, some ...more
Luke
Five stars for Sienkiewicz’ art but Miller’s dialogue and story bring it down to four.
Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella
Man, what a weird, wild, f*cked up book this is. I enjoyed it.

One thing that you really should know though is that this to Elektra stories what Mad Max movies are to Fury Road: Elektra is in this, and certainly she's in it in the first issue (which is mostly her sad, horrible, intriguing and eerie childhood and early years as a Ninja) and the last issue (when she is in full-assassination-mission mode). But this is really not quite her story exactly; this is by and large about the Age
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Fizzgig76
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reprints Elektra: Assassin #1-8 (August 1986-March 1987). Elektra Natchios has a goal. She intends to assassinate Ken Wind, the candidate for President of the United States of America. Unseen by most, Ken Wind actually is the Beast…and intent on causing nuclear war. With a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Garrett under her control, Elektra must battle through a determined S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Chastity and a sociopath named Perry if she hopes to stop Wind’s plans and save the world.

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Jeremy
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Elektra Assassin has the funkiest art of any book I think I’ve read. The famous author Frank Miller (the same guy that wrote Sin City and a couple of the most famous Batman stories) wrote it, But Bill Sienkiewicz really is the stand-out on the book.

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At times the book looks like something a ten-year-old drew after a horible nightmare, but then you start to notice the small details that make it really pop. I looked forward to the next page of art as much as
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Zac
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-comics
A fairly violent eight-part series featuring a bunch of unlikeable, psychopathic characters pitted against each other in a battle to decide fate of the world. One of Miller’s best. It’s confusing at times, and its internal logic may not even check out by the end (what was the deal with Chuck the dwarf??), but it’s a satisfying kind of chaos: more like ‘Ronin’ than the rambling ‘Give Me Liberty’. But unlike ‘Ronin’, which was made even more confusing by Miller’s frantic linework, this book is gor ...more
Matt Sautman
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can easily understand why not everyone would love this graphic novel. There is a certain Joycean element to it, along with a Philip K. Dick level of paranoia and the surrealism of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. I enjoy these aspects of Electra, but they do make for a somewhat disjarring experience and encourages a person to reread the book to better understand what is going on as a whole. I can also see the masculinist nature of Frank Miller’s prose as being off-putting, but I feel that it is not as b ...more
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. The artwork and the writing practically define the term 'experimental.' Its surreal artwork both attracts and revolts--half the time you can't quite process what you're seeing at first glance because it's so freaking weird and dream-like. Every panel has the potential to be nightmare fuel, and rightfully so, since we're diving straight into Elektra's head.

We've also got some weird plot going with a demonic presence trying to obliterat
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Daniel Mendes
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first story I read about Elektra, and I confess that I wasn't expecting so much. After all, how awesome can superhero comics be? THIS AWESOME.

Frank Miller simply had me bowing my head this time. This book is a lisergic, psychologically confusing, violent story about a ninja ( needless to say, awesome). But it's not only that. The art is beautiful. The atmosphere is suffocating. All the dialogues are so well written in their confusion and desperation, that I just couldn't
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Eric England
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elektra: Assassin by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz is one of the greatest fusions of trash and art that I have ever read. The script by Frank Miller is masterful and the art by Bill Sienkiewicz is mind-blowing. Sienkiewicz's art is like a mad blending of Impressionism, Surrealism, Expressionism, and traditional comic book art. It is very impressive. Miller's script does a great job blending with the art and pushing the graphic novel medium to tell a very unique story. Additionally, the story ...more
PinkieBrown
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm placing this ahead of the two masterworks- "Watchmen" and ""The Dark Knight Returns"; as my favourite comic book story. It has a very risky first part, going inside the damaged mind of an already deranged character. It has incredible mood swings between black humour, espionage and the greatest action sequences. It's an unholy union of Miller's direction of swords, guns, ninja assassins and high tech; and Sienkiewicz's unbounded penmanship and imagination. Both writer and artist can represent ...more
J
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Sienkewicz's art makes this book the something special that it is. The cracks in Miller's personality that would bust out in his later near-fascist follow-up to The Dark Knight Returns as well as his virulent conservative bigotry on display in 300 and Holy Terror were just starting to form in this title. It hadn't yet developed the somewhat hectoring tone that would follow but his plague on both their houses attitude at least lets Miller dispense with politics mostly and focus on mind control, t ...more
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