P:R Approved: Kevin Wada’s Elektra!

Note: P:R readers have come to know artist Kevin Wada for his stylish couture takes on comics’ finest, and now he turns with a more sleek and functional rendition of Marvel’s Elektra. In the illustration shown below (accompanied by Wolverine), Frank Miller’s original costume for Elektra is modernized by adding more covering to the torso, neck and face while keeping the legs in their classic wrapped look. – Chris A.

15 comments on “P:R Approved: Kevin Wada’s Elektra!
  1. I like the face covering, gives her a more ninja-like feel. But the overall look isn’t very well balanced – it’s very top heavy. Would look fine with red leggings, although then she would look too much like Daredevil if they happen to be together.

    Are the sai supposed to be one black, one white/silver? If so it could be an interesting element with a possible back story.

    Some good stuff here, just needs some re-working.

  2. Art style: Awesome. Love it. Yay.
    Costuming: I simply cannot get behind the bare-thighs logic of a weapon-wielding martial artist when the rest of the body is covered. It’s never made sense. … Not the artist’s fault, of course. It’s the comic book culture. I get that.

  3. I second the comments made above: the art style is fantastic, but the design still feels uneven. Perhaps some loose-fitting, white ninja-robe style trousers above the red wrap sandals, instead of leaving the thighs bare? The face covering is fantastic, though.

  4. I don’t know, I think even the most skilled ninja should at least have some protective padding. Her body wrapping lightens the load, but she’s easily nicked or cut. It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  5. Setting aside the problem with bare-leg weapon-wielding martial artists, I really like this as an evolution of Elektra’s costume. I never really liked Elektra’s costume before – even ultimate Elektra wasn’t an improvement in my opinion – and I really like this.

  6. Don’t forget to notice what he did with the tops of Wolverine’s boots.

    Whether or not that counts as a costume design, that’s a great looking Wolverine.

  7. I like it. There are a thousand wrong directions the artist could’ve taken her, but instead he made a few simple changes that are very fitting for this particular character’s style. If anything, it’s more fitting and makes her more unique. It’s the simple things sometimes that make a great redesign for me.

  8. Sorry, but I have to join the “love the art, not the redesign” camp here. The top does look more authentic ninja, but the legs retain the elements of one of the most ridiculous costume designs ever. Pointlessly exposed skin, plus distracting questions: how does she get those wraps on? How do they stay up? Doesn’t she worry about them coming loose in a fight and getting tangled? Sorry, but one of the things I love about PR is the tendency for the redesigns to look great AND solve a lot of the problems of existing designs. This is cleary a great drawing, but I can’t say its a great design.

  9. I’m not in love with this. I have no problem with the gymnast bodysuit, though the leg wrappings really just turn me off for being baffling. I have to agree that lightweight ninja pants would do better, though I miss her head scarf. I also register trouble with the sandals

  10. So that’s the big redesign? Fitting Electra with a turtleneck sweater? No, thanks. Great drawing/painting, though!

  11. Elektra is actually well-armored. She just warps your perceptions so you *think* she is exposed and vulnerable. This makes it disorienting and demoralizing when your attacks have no reults.

  12. I see where everyone’s coming from in criticizing the lack of practicality in the redesign, but I was looking at this as being of a piece with Wada’s fashion-show redesigns. By which I mean, I thought of it as being more about style than practicality, and those leg-wrappings strike me as just the kind of non-utilitarian flourish one would see at some kind of upscale fashion show. This isn’t a look I’d like to see her embrace for a series, but as a one-off or maybe a cover, I think it’s stunning.

  13. Although now that I say that, I notice that the intro does tout this as a more functional Elektra, which I would definitely disagree with.

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