Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Matteo Buffagni
Color Artist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Reviewed by David Hildebrand
Now that Daredevil has disposed of The Hand for now, another familiar face has entered back into his life. In issue number 6, Elektra made her way back into Hell’s Kitchen in search of Daredevil. Elektra is not aware that Matt Murdock is Daredevil, she isn’t even aware that Daredevil is blind. Issue 6 was action packed with a fight between Elektra, Daredevil, and Blindspot that truly showcased the talent of Soule and Buffagni together. The issue ended with Elektra questioning Daredevil about something that isn’t revealed to us.
Just so happens that the million dollar question is answered on the first page of this issue. Elektra is looking for her daughter? A daughter? Matt tells her he doesn’t have her daughter nor does he know anything about her. After a backstory that takes her us back to seeing Elektra pregnant while being trained by her mentor, Stick. She decided to leave the child with Stick, wanting to separate herself from her daughter because of the path that her life would end up taking her. Daredevil does some quick math and comes to the conclusion that Elektra’s daughter could in fact be his. He agrees to help Elektra in finding her daughter. The issue moves on and becomes a search for Elektra’s daughter, as well as Matt’s own inner struggle with what could be, as well as taking care of his injured prodigy, Blindspot, after Elektra broke his arm and took him out of commission for awhile.
This issue seemed more of filler to me. The way it ends, you don’t know where we are going to next. There is no clear direction in where the story is going to go. This is a shame because the writing from Soule has been a pleasure to read so far. He has done an excellent job with Daredevil, except for the first issue of Daredevil/Punisher (see my review). The past two issues, he seems to be in love with cliffhangers. I don’t mind this usually, but this issue left me with a lot of questions. Buffagni’s art stays gritty with his thick lines and dangerous shadows. Milla’s colors remain dark, except for the reds highlighting Daredevil and Elektra. Also add in the focus of the character’s facial expressions which compliment the script and gives a serious tone to each panel. The book is beautiful to look at as the story progresses along.
BUY IT! Although I say buy it, I am a bit back and forth on this one. The story seems to come to a quick conclusion and as I said above, there is no clear path to what is next. Normally, I don’t mind that but in this case, there is a lot up in the air as to what the next issue will bring us. But excluding those comments, this does continue the story between Matt and Elektra and that is always a good story to read and Soule has done well with bringing Elektra back to Hell’s Kitchen. How long she will stay for now is another story.