By Ben Chabala
Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.
This week we've got some extreme Daredevil and Elektra action lined up for the Highlights as WHAT IF? DAREDEVIL VS. ELEKTRA #1, on sale this week, twists everything you thought you knew about the deadly star-crossed duo.
Daredevil will stop at nothing to catch Alarich Wallenquist, a ne'erdowell under the protection of the aptly-named crime boss Eric Slaughter, as an innocent man stands to suffer for the thief's crimes. Little does DD realize that someone else also stalks his prey, someone he thought long lost except in his dreams. But visions can't throw a sai with pinpoint accuracy or knock out crimson-clad vigilantes with a barrage of deadly blows! No, it seems that Elektra Natchios, Matt Murdock's first love, has indeed returned. Will the Man Without Fear be able to stop this woman he once cared for from collecting the bounty on the criminal that Matt needs alive?
Ben Urich, ace reporter for the Daily Bugle and one of the only people who knows that Matt Murdock and Daredevil to be one and the same, finds himself in a spot of trouble. While investigating the link between mayoral candidate Randolph Cherryh and the Kingpin of Crime, Urich finds himself nearly skewered at the point of Elektra's sai. Ben knows there's a story to be found and he won't be intimidated, but he's smart enough to call the Hell's Kitchen hellion in for a little backup. But what happens when Elektra proves herself more than a match for Urich's blind avenger? Will this sordid story ever make it to print?
Someone's declared open season on Matt Murdock and it looks like Elektra has decided to try her hand at offing Daredevil's alter ego. But what she finds at the humble attorney's abode, a reminder of their long and chaotic relationship, surprises her...enough so that another beautiful assassin after Murdock can get the drop on her. Now two women want Matt's heart: one wants to tear it out while Elektra doesn't know what she wants. However, she will teach this other girl a lesson: Matt Murdock belongs to her, one way or another.
DAREDEVIL #37 (1998)
This is what you've been waiting for folks: Daredevil and Elektra back together again! Matt meets with his ex as his life crumbles around him only briefly before she disappears again into her dark underworld, but not before the assassin makes another lasting impression. The self-styled samurai of Hell's Kitchen finds himself looking out over his city and thinking about the new mess his life has become after being outed as Daredevil. It's an all new war and DD's going to have to fight harder and smarter than ever if he wants to survive.
Ever wonder how Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios became an item? Find out here, but be warned not to expect your traditional "boy meets girl" and "happily ever after" fable. This story sets the stage for all of the blood, sweat, and tears that will be spilled in Daredevil and Elektra's fractured and tumultuous relationship. Superstars Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. spin a tale of young love the likes of which you've never seen before. What are you waiting for? Get reading!
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