Awakening Elektra In Marvel Knights 20th #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Matt Murdock has visions of Karen Page while Frank Castle reflects on how he got his memories back. It was courtesy of Bruce Banner, who also received this information from an unknown source. In the present, Frank and Bruce track down their next target: Elektra Natchios. Frank finds Elektra, but she doesn’t want to go back to her old life. She has vague feelings and physical scars to prove that she didn’t have a good existence before now, and she’s willing to fight to keep that life from coming back.

Marvel Knights 20th #2 cover by Geoff Shaw and Rain Beredo
Marvel Knights 20th #2 cover by Geoff Shaw and Rain Beredo

Marvel Knights 20th #2 continues the story of Frank Castle and Bruce Banner attempting to awaken the heroes of New York to their old lives. Daredevil is far less of a focus this issue, with Frank taking the lead.

We learn very little of what may have caused this amnesia in this issue, with Bruce delivering the closest thing to a clue.

A goal of this story, in attempting to return to the pseudo-noir aesthetic and tone of the original Marvel Knights title, seems to be showing what these characters could have been in another life. It takes them back to something resembling a “normal” life in inner-city New York: Matt is just a lawyer, Frank is a cop, Elektra is a self-defense instructor, and Bruce is a wandering crazy guy.

It is an intriguing prospect. This issue doesn’t advance the story too far, but it continues to set the stage in an interesting fashion. I look forward to seeing where it goes.

Marvel Knights #2 art by Niko Henrichon and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Marvel Knights #2 art by Niko Henrichon and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Niko Henrichon takes over as artist in this issue, and he is an excellent choice to bring the gritty and low-to-the-ground conceit of Marvel Knights to the page. The environment has a lot of texture and toning, and characters often look rough and somewhat ragged–especially Frank. The lengthy fight sequence in this book is handled especially well. The dim and graded coloring looks damn good, too.

Marvel Knights 20th #2 is a solid second step for this revival of the classic series. It doesn’t reveal much of the mystery, but we get to see more of our amnesiac heroes trying to piece together their lives. Mix that with some excellent artwork from Niko Henrichon, and you have a comic worth recommending. Feel free to check this one out.

Marvel Knights 20th #2 comes to us from writers Matthew Rosenberg and Donny Cates, artist Niko Henrichon, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Geoff Shaw with Rain Beredo, and variant cover artists Jae Lee with June Chung, Kaare Andrews, and Dave Johnson.

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