(Editor’s Note: the following post was originally written by Keith Feltenstein).
In our next “Versus” match, we have two dark, but take no shit vixens! We have in one corner, Hit-Girl (Kick-Ass.) And in the other corner, we have Elektra Natchios (Marvel Comics). Who would win this all out cat fight? Hand-to-hand combat, weapons, biting, clawing… you name it, they will do it! We will let you decide. Who would win? Here is a little something about each character:
Hit-Girl, (real name Mindy McCready), is a character appearing in the Kick-Ass series, published by Marvel Comics, under the company’s imprint Icon Comics. The character was created by artist John Romita, Jr. and writer Mark Millar. She is a young, but effective vigilante, trained by her father, Damon McCready (a.k.a. Big Daddy), from an early age to be a costumed superhero and assassin. In Kick-Ass, she is introduced as a supporting character. She featured in her own self-titled comic book series, Hit-Girl, which was first published on June 27, 2012. She is portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz in the feature film adaptations, Kick-Ass and Kick Ass 2.
Hit-Girl has been trained to take a bullet (shown with a bulletproof vest on), as well as in hand-to-hand combat, and fighting with both blunt and bladed weapons. She has also been taught about guns, inventors of guns, and even action movies and action movie stars. The nature of Hit-Girl’s training has made her particularly brutal and remorseless in combat. Her physicality and skill set are, with the possible exception of Mother Russia, virtually unmatched by any character in this series since Big Daddy’s demise. She is individually the most powerful and skilled character in the Kick-Ass universe.
Elektra is a kunoichi – female ninja assassin – of Greek descent. She wields a pair of bladed sai as her trademark weapon. Created by Frank Miller, Elektra first appeared in Daredevil #168 (January 1981). She is a love interest of the superhero Daredevil, but her violent nature and mercenary lifestyle divide the two. She is one of Frank Miller’s best-loved creations, and subsequent writers’ use of her is controversial, as Marvel had originally promised to not resurrect the character without Miller’s permission. She has also appeared as a supporting character of the X-Men’s Wolverine, and in other series and mini-series, as well as adaptations for the screen.
In the 2003 film Daredevil, and its 2005 spin-off, Elektra, the character is portrayed by Jennifer Garner. Elektra was ranked 22nd in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s 100 Sexiest Women in Comics list. Miller initially based the character’s appearance on Lisa Lyon, a female bodybuilder. Elektra’s primary abilities are a strong knowledge of martial arts and weaponry. Elektra learned ancient martial arts of China, Siam, and Japan. She is a master combatant with the Japanese Sai, her usual weapon of choice. She is also highly skilled with the katana, daggers, three-sectional staff, and shurikens. She is a master of many Japanese combat forms, including Ninjutsu. Elektra is an Olympic-level athlete, strong in gymnastics and swimming, with a high level of athleticism in human strength, speed, stamina, agility, dexterity, reflexes, reactions, coordination, balance, and endurance. She is resistant to pain, and extreme heat and cold. She is also able to keep to the shadows and move with such speed that she can remain unseen even in daylight. Elektra has the ability to mesmerize others, and as such, make them see illusions or other phenomena.
Elektra also has the ability to “throw” her mind into those of others. For instance, she was able to track down her enemy, Ken Wind, by temporarily “borrowing” people’s minds and acting through them while she hunted around for her prey. This temporal mind control enables her to metaphorically sniff out the psyche, or intent, of her targets. It saw extensive use during Elektra: Assassin, in which she was heavily reliant on only her ninja powers.
Elektra has demonstrated low-level telepathy. She can communicate telepathically with individuals possessing similar levels of mental discipline, such as the Chaste. Elektra mastered this ability during training with The Hand, which mentally links her to The Beast, the demigod of The Hand.
With that all said, who would you like to see win this brawl? Would it be Hit-Girl, or would it be Elektra? We want you, the fans, to decide which of these two women should walk away from this fight, (or perhaps neither one walks away.) Vote now! Make a difference!
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