NYCC 2013: Wells & Del Mundo Go For The Kill in ELEKTRA

Elektra #1 cover by Mike Del Mundo
Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel Comics

This March, Marvel’s resident assassin is going after her own kind in a new ongoing series.

Announced Sunday at Marvel’s “Superior Spider-Man & Friends” panel at New York Comic Con, Zeb Wells and Mike Del Mundo are launching a new Elektra series in March. In this series, the red-clad assassin goes a bit Dexter-y as she becomes a killer of killers. Back in 2009 Wells wrote the well-received Dark Reign: Elektra, and he’s returning to the character to show how good she is against her most deadly colleagues. Wells says redemption is a key part of the new series, and Del Mundo promises twists, turns and “bloody dances” on this, his first, ongoing series.

Elektra #1 cover by Mike Del Mundo
Elektra #1 cover by Mike Del Mundo
Credit: Marvel

Newsarama: Zeb, what’s the story in Elektra? Who or what is she up against?

Zeb Wells: After discovering the fate of Bullseye, Elektra and upcoming events in Mark Waid’s Daredevil book, Elektra finds herself without a purpose. That's when she's offered the job of hunting down assassins that have dropped off the grid and need to be taken out. She'll have to show she's the world's deadliest assassin against killers out to prove her wrong.

Mike Del Mundo: Lots of twists and turns, interesting new characters, secret assassins, bloody dances, and creative violence. Zeb is definitely going to explore Elektra's psyche and what makes her tick.

Nrama: How does Elektra fit into the Marvel U at this point in time?

Wells: She's poking around in the peripheral of the Marvel Universe. She's definitely part of it, but she won't be teaming up with Quasar any time soon.

Nrama: Where would you say Elektra's head is at in this point in time?

Wells: Elektra's in a dark place. At the end of Dark Reign: Elektra she was confronted with her past sins and has stopped running from them. The series will be about her journey to find meaning and maybe start clawing her way towards redemption.

Elektra #2 cover by Mike Del Mundo
Elektra #2 cover by Mike Del Mundo
Credit: Marvel

Nrama: What would you say your goals are with this new Elektra series?

Wells: I'd like to evolve Elektra as a character. I think the work I've done with her has very much been a tribute to what's come before. I want to lay some new track.

Del Mundo: I have a ton of ideas, me, Zeb and our editor Sana Amanat are constantly going back and forth on how we can tell this story creatively so definitely expect a lot of different styles, sort of like a mix of what I was doing with X-Men Legacy and the Spider-Man Team-Up Interiors.

Elektra's costume on its own gives room for visual treatments, like the flowing red ribbons, the red color, and her choice of weaponry. I'm looking to exploit every bit of her physical appearance and try to use those elements to merge panels and juxtapose elements within the story.

Nrama: Mike, you’re best known for your cover work on things like X-Men Legacy but you’ve done interior comics before. But Elektra is your first ongoing, so what led you to make the leap into this – your first ongoing series?

Elektra Commission by Mike Del Mundo from 2011.
Elektra Commission by Mike Del Mundo from 2011.

Del Mundo: The opportunity came along and I've never drawn Elektra for Marvel so I was pretty excited. Through the years, creators have always pushed the limits on Elektra books, so the doors have already been open for me to run wild and test my creative juices. I think there's a lot of room for creative storytelling and risks and also a lot of pressure but that's what makes it challenging and fun.

Nrama: And what's your take on Elektra – what fascinates you about her?

Del Mundo: I love the costume and her demeanor. She's a strong female character, not to mention a kick ass assassin.

Wells: I think it's great to have a character that doesn't talk all the time, who truly does speak with her actions. You can't read much emotion on her face. She's very guarded, but she's also very expressive in that she just does what she needs to do. If she doesn't like what's coming out of your mouth she'll find a way to make you quiet instead of pleasantly asking you to stop talking. She would never yell "Shut up!" she would just punch you in the throat. A character that is pure will and movement is very fun to write.

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