Archive for the ‘Agent John Garrett’ Category

Elektra: Assassin #8 of 8

March 13, 2012

Frank Miller // Bill Sienkiewicz
March 1987
*****

A tight end to what’s arguably the best work of Miller’s banner year, & Sienkiewicz’s masterpiece too. Maybe the seminal work of the grim/gritty ’80s, w/ its ninja/demon/cyborg/superspy battle royale before the Lincoln Mem, & a comment on the Reagan Era, politically ugly & aesthetically brilliant.

last issue: Elektra: Assassin #7 of 8

also indexed for Mar. ’87
The Mighty Thor #377

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Elektra: Assassin #7 of 8

March 12, 2012

Frank Miller // Bill Sienkiewicz
February 1987
*****

Miller’s politics come from the far right, casting his villains from ’80s Big Gov’ment: nuclear brinksmanship & a spy org’s ex-con cyborg. Sink delivers true art, a set of splash pages that take Elektra (& us, natch) into the mind of the Beast, roaring as it imagines Earth as a burnt cinder.

last issue: Elektra: Assassin #6 of 8
next issue: Elektra: Assassin #8 of 8

also indexed for Feb. ’87
The Mighty Thor #376

Elektra: Assassin #6 of 8

March 11, 2012

Frank Miller // Bill Sienkiewicz
January 1987
*****

While our heroes hide out at a honeymoon hotel, Nick Fury discovers a rogue tech division in SHIELD. Plus a general nearly starts WW3. Two decades before NextwaveCasanovaElektra parodies Steranko’s classic “more-is-more” spy-fi, & executes a libertarian critique of Reagan-era military spending.

last issue: Elektra: Assassin #5 of 8
next issue: Elektra: Assassin #7 of 8

also indexed for Jan. ’87
The Mighty Thor #375

Elektra: Assassin #5 of 8

March 10, 2012

Frank Miller // Bill Sienkiewicz
December 1986
*****

Issue #5 follows a scuba duel in the Potomac w/ a helicopter dogfight in DC airspace! It also gives Elektra a foil, a blonde SHIELD agent in Catholic iconography. This mini exemplifies the shift towards violence in mid-’80s comics, but here it has a thematic context as well as an aesthetic.

last issue: Elektra: Assassin #4 of 8
next issue: Elektra: Assassin #6 of 8

also indexed for Dec. ’86
The Mighty Thor #374

Elektra: Assassin #4 of 8

March 9, 2012

Frank Miller // Bill Sienkiewicz
November 1986
*****

Nick Fury lobbies a senator for funding while testing a 20′ pistol! Then there’s action, an impressionist car chase as our SHIELD hero rescues Elektra, trapped in a bimbo’s body. E:A is even better than Dark Knight Returns, partly due to Sink’s difficult style. Sadly, that’s probably also why it’s less popular.

last issue: Elektra: Assassin #3 of 8
next issue: Elektra: Assassin #5 of 8

also indexed for Nov. ’86
The Mighty Thor #373

Elektra: Assassin #3 of 8

March 8, 2012

Frank Miller // Bill Sienkiewicz
October 1986
*****

The book shifts its POV to SHIELD Agent Garrett, a hard-boiled, far-right antihero. He’s cunning, but E’s always more so, which, coupled w/ her lethality & Eastern mysticism, lends her a death-goddess aspect. Her goal is just as Jungian: to kill a demon that’s possessed a liberal candidate for prez.

last issue: Elektra: Assassin #2 of 8
next issue: Elektra: Assassin #4 of 8

also indexed for Oct. ’86
The Fantastic Four #295
The Mighty Thor #372

Elektra: Assassin #2 of 8

March 7, 2012

Frank Miller // Bill Sienkiewicz
September 1986
*****

Elektra dons a Steranko-esque brain recorder to get exposition; a Reagan-era spook tracks her across S. America, no match for her ninja prowess. It takes several reads to follow the oroboros-shaped plot, the switches from psyche to psyche, the lush daubs held by scratchy lines.

last issue: Elektra: Assassin #1 of 8
next issue: Elektra: Assassin #3 of 8

also indexed for Sept. ’86
The Fantastic Four #294
The Mighty Thor #371