Alright, I’ll admit that I’ve been at the computer for most of the day. I finally got to read most of Secret Invasion, though. I was disappointed. Although, after writing about Raven and her tunic, fabric, hip-and-ass show off thing between her legs, I realized that the phenomenon also applies to Elektra… Except, I have greater beefs with this character. So, please enjoy.
Elektra’s costume has remained fairly stable throughout her entire career as a character. Red, White, or Black garments. Only does the black hint at any sort of Ninja connotations:
Her costume’s completely impractical for a ninja. Apparently, wrapping a bunch of shit around your body parts and holding sai somehow makes you a ninja. I’m all about practicality of costumes (for a good example of how Ninja costumes should be done check out the post about Karai from TMNT), and this really is a shitty costume. Granted, the costume in white somehow makes it even worse:
At least, in the red and black costumes cover up her torso, but now we need to see some cleavage folks! Apparently, I heard this rumor that there isn’t enough cleavage in comics! So now every character gets some! (Superman, eat your heart out, babe)
The crotch, hip thing is so upsetting (also consider how the fabric is fucking see-through in the white costume!), and then you throw in the impracticality of the exposed torso. Sirs and Ladies and everything in between! This is a terrible costume.
At least the goddamn terrible Jennifer Garner movie had pants!
Oh, she may be Greek, but one can never tell.
After Frank Miller introduced the character, built her up, and then killed her (for a good purpose at expanding Matt Murdock’s character), Elektra’s personality became a joke. Apparently, she’s sort of friends with Wolverine (isn’t everyone!? He’s such a dick… I don’t understand), but… other than that, she doesn’t really have much of anything.
She sort of reminds me of when you order Clam Chowder and you get little saltines with it and you crumble them up into your soup but they were stale beforehand and your Clam Chowder’s bad anyway… like 5 days too old.
AKA – Elektra has been an expended character since Frank Miller first killed her off. She has served absolutely no greater purpose since then. Some may counter that with her Skrull impersonator being the first body discovered for Secret Invasion… well, it wasn’t fucking her! It was a goddamn alien and she shouldn’t have been on that ship with all of the replaced heroes coming back. She should be dead! (more on this later)
I heard another rumor about Elektra being the Marvel world’s most dangerous assassin. Actually, I’ve heard this quite a few times to the point that the label “World’s Most Dangerous Assassin” no longer has the same ring to it.
So, she’s good at killing. That’s nice. I’m kinda bored about it, though.
So, her powers are nothing special, but she does it cred for not actually having powers. Nevertheless, this does not make up for all of the damage that the typical powerset bestows upon her.
Super Powers: 3/10
She sort of tried having a secret identity once… it didn’t get her really anywhere.
Secret Identity: 2/10
Much like Psylocke (having almost identical costumes, too!), Elektra now serves no further purpose other than being eye candy and a jerk off session instigator. It’s really upsetting that the reader is always positioned to exploit the character rather than be in awe of her physique. She does not really embody her physical features. Meaning that she could easily be wearing a parka and doing the same things as she does in this stripper’s outfit. If there was a reason for her dressing this way, I’m listening.
Once upon a time, Elektra died. It promoted growth for the lead character in Daredevil. It was surprising but well calculated.
Then she was resurrected… then she turned out to be a Skrull but still alive.
This should be considered pissing on her original function as a strong character who was a plot device.
Overall, she should have stayed dead because the path was well orchestrated to her dying. Then and now, she truly has no chance of getting past her stale characterization or terrible costume to become a powerful female character.
Let’s just mark this up as a giant failure over at Marvel.