>>The solicits made it clear that this was to be the Elektra back story. Previous flashback issues have been all flashback, with no present day action. I felt it was pretty clear that was what we'd be getting is what we got. <<
I donít know how you or anyone else here gets their books, but the way my comic shop does things is that I get a Diamond Select Previews catalogue once a month and I order my stuff a full two to three months in advance sometimes. Considering the large amount of titles I order, I tend to just check off the titles Iím collecting without reading the previews. I also donít read previews of ongoing titles Iím buying because I donít want them to potentially spoil the upcoming storyline for me. I only read the descriptions of new titles or Trade Paperbacks.
But, youíre right, the previews said this was an Elektra back story, but what they didnít say was that every single page would be wasted on it. This is my main problem with this issue and the flash back issues in general. Other books, like Ms. Marvel, manage to weave current on-going plots and sub-plots into their issues involved with the crossover. The stories of the individual characters carries-on and we donít have to sit through every single minute detail of what the Elektra Skrull did.
The Meeting with Electro for example: Did we really need to see every thing that was said between them for two pages? No, because it could have all been done with one panel of her handing Electro the file and narration by the Skrull itself instead of having to sit through the entire conversation word for word all over again. Was the fight between Elektra and the Skrulls cool? Yes, but once again it didnít have to be drawn out for as many pages as it was. As good as Elektra is, sheís no match for Super Skrulls and this could all have been boiled down to a page or two. Did I like seeing Elektra commandeer the Hand? Sure, it was cool and about the only part of the book I liked.
If the majority of the flashbacks were told with the use of narration by the Skrulls featured in the issues I would have actually enjoyed them more because it would have been the same story told from a different perspective in a unique characterís voice. Instead itís like sitting through the directorís cut of a movie weíve all seen a hundred times before with bonus material that doesnít add much to the story, it just hinders it by making it too long and drawn out and it essentially becomes filler.
>> To borrow the pizza analogy, it's like seeing a picture of a pizza for sale, having it described to you, buying it, and then complaining that you got that pizza. If an Elektra-centric, non-Mighty avengers issue was not what you wanted you should not have bought it<<
No see thatís where youíre wrong. Iím not complaining that I got the pizza, Iím complaining that when I got it home and took a bite of it, the pizza tasted like s#!t. After said experience itís within my rights as a customer and consumer to complain to the proprietors of the Pizza Shop or at the very least talk to my friends who all ate there last week and ask them if they felt it tasted like s#!t to them as well. Itís all a matter of personal tastes. Some loved it, some hated it and some thought it was okay, but to me it lacked the proper ingredients to make it taste good.
As for the crossover itself Iím still reserving my final judgment on it. I may complain a lot and seem like I hate it, but I really do like the concept. I just feel that up to this point it could have been handled a lot better.
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