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MDCU Storyline Spotlight

Storyline Spotlight: Elektra: The Hand

Elektra witnesses the Hand perform a mystic ceremony and learns the origin of the organization in the process

by Marika Robak Each week we highlight a classic storyline told in full inside Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, the greatest collection of Marvel comics available online! This week we focus on the origin story of the Marvel U's deadliest assassin organization in ELEKTRA: THE HAND!


Think Elektra's the only foreign woman to ever join the Hand? Well, you're dead wrong! This story of a sixteenth century samurai reveals the origin of the deadly ninja order and tells the story of its first female assassin. When a young boy named Kagenobu Yoshioka murders a foreigner to protect his mother, his life changes forever. Yoshioka trains in the martial arts and becomes a samurai, intent on serving his nation. With the goal of taking back his country from its corrupt leaders and the foreigners they cavort with, Yoshioka creates the Hand. Yet as the Hand's power and influence grow, Yoshioka's beliefs and goals become compromised when he agrees to train a young girl of mixed descent named Eliza Martinez. Their fates intertwine, and the Hand turns on its creator and his newfound lover. Although Yoshioka may be useless to them, nothing will stop the Hand from twisting Eliza for their own dark purposes, not even death! Elektra's destiny echoes Eliza's, but their fates ultimately diverge. Find out how in this action-packed tale by writer Akira Yoshida and penciller Chris Gossett! Read the complete limited series in Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited now! Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now!

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