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'Daredevil: Woman Without Fear' #2 review: Hunt the devil

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‘Daredevil: Woman Without Fear’ #2 review: Hunt the devil

Kraven the Hunter goes for Elektra’s heart.

Still struggling with her vow to leave her life of killing behind, Elektra (a.k.a. Daredevil) has come face-to-face with Kraven the Hunter! With the ghosts of her pasts rearing their awful heads, how can Elektra stay true to herself and her love for Matt Murdock?

This issue starts off with a bang, dropping readers right into the fight between Elektra and Kraven. Right away, Rafael de Latorre and Federico Blee make some stunning choices here, really showing off how fluid the combat is between these two seasoned fighters. We get a feel for how each combatant tends to handle themselves: Kraven rushes in, knives swinging and kicks flying. Meanwhile, Elektra continues to play the distance game, preferring to draw him in for a quick jab and an elegant backflip. The choreography to the fight feels almost like a dance, making it exceedingly easy to follow and gorgeous to look at, particularly as Blee’s bright and poppy colors really make Elektra and Kraven stand out from the snowy background.

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The thrills extend beyond this fight, of course, as Kraven really starts to get under Elektra’s skin. Being the world’s greatest hunter, Kraven always knows how to exploit a weakness, and his remarks concerning Elektra would serve to send her into a spiral — if something hadn’t already transpired between them.

'Daredevil: Woman Without Fear' #2 review: Hunt the devil
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Like last issue, this one jumps around quite a bit in time, leaning into the idea of Elektra and Matt as star-crossed lovers, never able to be the right person at the right time for the one they care for most. For Elektra, this is an even bigger ask, since she has spent her whole life cutting out any semblance of feeling for others — with one exception.

To put it lightly, this is a steamy book, often juxtaposing the present day action with romantic interludes that show how Elektra and Matt will always be drawn to one another. There’s a sincere love and attraction there, but also a danger that neither of them can resist. It’s gotten Elektra hurt on more than one occasion, as it does here (although it doesn’t seem to slow her down much). Chip Zdarsky really taps into the sense of regret that Elektra feels for not letting Matt closer sooner, when she still felt there was a part of herself worth saving.

This is very much a middle chapter in terms of the modern-day action, but the background and depth it lends to the eternal Matt/Elektra love story makes it indispensable for fans of the characters.

'Daredevil: Woman Without Fear' #2 review: Hunt the devil
‘Daredevil: Woman Without Fear’ #2 review: Hunt the devil
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1
Zdarsky and co. find new ways of getting at Elektra's heart, with surprising results.
Reader Rating1 Vote
8.9
The exploration of Elektra's weakness for Matt is well-done, showing us the consequences of her attachments
The fight between Elektra and Kraven was worth the wait, perfectly showing off both characters' fighting styles
Sets up some interesting mysteries that tie into Matt and Elektra's rendezvous from last issue
Elektra mentions that her wound is slowing her down, but it doesn't really seem to impact her late in the book
8.5
Great

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