Been a bit…
The first arc of Elektra – issues 1 through 5 – is now out. Overall, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive and I am again truly humbled by the reaction to the series. I just wanted to give Elektra her due, and hopefully getting into her head a bit and creating a villain that was her equal and, in many ways, her mirror, did just that. But, none of it would have been possible without the incredible work of Mike DelMundo. He’s the real star of the series.
If you haven’t checked it out, all five issues are available in stores or for digital download. And here’s the cover gallery:
Elektra 2, w/ variant
In other news, Gary Erskine continues to chip away at The Irons. I’m hoping that a new episode will be released on the Madefire platform in the next few weeks. And there’s another project afoot…
I’m really happy to be able to talk about my next comics project — Elektra at Marvel! My introduction to comics came with a copy of Death of Captain Marvel purchased at a mall bookstore when I was a kid. I didn’t know anything about the Marvel universe, but I was fascinated by all of the characters and quickly became a die-hard Marvel fan, consuming Contest of Champions, Secret Wars, and every copy of the Official Marvel Handbook that I could find. As I began to delve into the back-issue bins, I found Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil and was drawn to his unique supporting cast, including Bullseye and Typhoid Mary. But it was Elektra whose tragic death I could never shake. I can’t imagine a better follow-up to Batwoman than this — a book about a morally-complex character who is exploring the rich and diverse Marvel Universe while searching for her place within it.
As usual, I totally lucked into this gig. The ridiculously-talented Zeb Wells was set to write the series, but he’s honoring his commitments in television. As a fan, I was really looking forward to his vision for Elektra; as a writer, I’m humbled by and grateful for the chance to take on the project in his stead and just hope I do the job half as well as he would.
Fortunately, I’m again paired with an incredible collaborator, artist Mike Del Mundo. He’s been doing some great concept work already, and the covers he’s supplied are simultaneously violent and strikingly beautiful, dynamic and haunting. He’s already produced some concept art for a new villain who is going to be a terrifying and formidable adversary for Elektra. You can check out more of his work at his home page. If nothing else, I know the book will look great.
Elektra #1 will be on store shelves in April! You can read a bit more about the project at CBR.
Mike Del Mundo’s amazing cover work for Elektra