Daredevil no more? Elektra #100 will set up her future post-Devil's Reign

Elektra #100 cover
Elektra #100 cover (Image credit: Dan Panosian (Marvel Comics))

The Elektra comic book series returns this April, but for one day and one issue only - an oversized one-shot comic book titled Elektra #100.

Confused by this, given there's no Elektra series on stands even nearing the 100-issue mark? We'll explain in a bit.

Elektra #100 variant cover (Image credit: Dike Ruan (Marvel Comics))

Elektra #100 is described as "the starting point of what is to come" for the character, as well as a revisitation of all she's been through in her 41-year history. In current comic books, she's acting as a second Daredevil alongside her sometimes love Matt Murdock in the ongoing Daredevil series, the current Devil's Reign event, and a spin-off solo series titled Daredevil: Woman Without Fear. This issue, with Elektra seemingly reclaiming her name (as opposed to Matt Murdock's superhero name) it could be a sign that her time as Daredevil will be ending, and possibly setting up something else.

Elektra will be written by veteran Daredevil writer Ann Nocenti, with art from a team of artists including (but not limited to) Paulo Siqueira and Ty Templeton.

Originally created in 1981's Daredevil #168 by Frank Miller as a one-off character, the Greek assassin Elektra quickly became a key part of the Daredevil ensemble cast - and in some occasions, a star of her own. 

Elektra #100 main cover (Image credit: Dan Panosian (Marvel Comics))

For longtime comic fans, seeing a new Elektra issue numbered #100 is a bit of a surprise, given she hasn't had an ongoing series of her own since 2017. But using Marvel's 'legacy math' to count all the issues of her various ongoing series, limited series, one-shots, and graphic novels bearing her name, you can come up with a nice round number of 100. And nice round numbers like has always been a great selling point for publishers to do a special issue of a series.

Elektra #100 will be the unofficial coda to the aforementioned three-issue Daredevil: Woman Without Fear limited series. In fact, Elektra #100 will be collected in the hardcover collection of Daredevil: Woman Without Fear.

Elektra #100's primary cover is by Dan Panosian, with variant covers expected from Dike Ruan, Jen Bartel, and more.

Elektra #100 goes on sale April 6, with the collected Daredevil: Woman Without Fear hardcover anticipated for June 1.

Elektra faced some stiff competition in our ranking of the best female superheroes of all time. 

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)