Elektra is a character that was created by Frank Miller in 1981, first appearing in Daredevil #168. She became immensely popular during Frank Miller's run on Daredevil, and would later go on to star in her own solo comics book series. The following will be a guide to the essential Elektra reading
See Elektra's first appearance and the flashback story of how she first met and fell in love with Matt Murdock in this issue of Daredevil. It was the beginning of Frank Miller's critically acclaimed run on the book. Story and art by Frank Miller.
Man Without Fear
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
This story will further explore Elektra's time with Mathew Murdock during their collage days, and make some retcons to the original story. Here you will discover that there was secret meaning to the meeting of Matt and Elektra and see just how long the Hand has had their eyes on her. Written by Frank Miller with art by John Romita Jr.
Most of these classic stories are written by Elektra's created, Frank Miller. These are often considered to be Elektra at her best. This comics are highly recommended.
Fighting Along Side Daredevil
Daredevil #174, Daredevil #175, and Daredevil #176.
When in Japan Elektra learns that the assassin group that trained her, the Hand, have a job to assassinate Matt Murdock. Elektra will return to Daredevil and fight along side him as he loses his radar sense in these issues. See the debut of the Hand. Written and Illustrated by Frank Miller.
Working for the Kingpin
Daredevil #179, Daredevil #180, Daredevil #181, and Daredevil #182.
Elektra is hired by Willson Fisk and is giving the job to assassinate Matt Murdock's partner, Foggy Nelson. Meanwhile, the Kingpin's old assassin, Bullseye, breaks out of prison. He hears that Elektra replaced him as Kingpin's assassin and he is out to kill her. See Elektra and Bullseye fight to the death in these critically acclaimed issues. Written and Illustrated by Frank Miller.
Daredevil #190 - Resurrection
The Hand steals Elektra's body and attempts to resurrect her and make her a loyal assassin to their organization. Daredevil will try and fight them and he will be forced to make a choice; to let the woman he once loved live again or to let her die.
Elektra in her own eight issue series. See as Elektra as she returns and continues to work as a assassin in this eight issue limited series written by Frank Miller with art by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Elektra's First Ongoing Series
In 1996 Elektra recipes her first ongoing monthly series. See flashbacks to Elektra's past with Daredevil, and once again team up with Daredevil. Elektra will meet the mutant known as Wolverine and team up with Yukio to fight the Hand. Written by Peter Milligan and later by Larry Hama with art by Mike Deodata Jr.
This is a good starting point for people who are already familiar with the character, but don't want to read every single thing. During this era Elektra recipes her longest ongoing, and returns to the Daredevil books as well in Brian Michael Bendis' run on the book.
Elektra's second Ongoing Series
This series was launched in 2001 under the Marvel Knights label. It features Elektra doing what she does best; working as a assassin. Here you will see Elektra work for many high profile costumers, and even Nick Fury himself. There will also be some personal information revealed about Elektra's family and about her state of mind in this series. Brian Micheal Bendis was the writer that launched this series, but Greg Rucka is the writer that carried it through most of it.
The Murdock Papers
The Murdock Papers
Elektra hears a Rumer that the Kingpin of crime has indisputable proof that Matt Murdock is in fact Daredevil, and was willing to trade the information of Daredevil's real identity to the police. Elektra then decides to help Matt find the papers, returning to Hells Kitchen, and coming face to face with Black Widow.
Wolverine: Enemy of the State
Wolverine: Enemy Of The State
Elektra is hired by SHIELD. She is sent to detain Wolverine, who has been brainwashed by the Hand. She will be in some of the toughest fights of her life as Wolverine goes on a massive killing spree. Elektra will also once again find herself battling the Hand in this story. Written by Mark Millar with art by John Romita Jr.
Elektra is later recruited by General Thunderbolt Ross to join this new incarnation of the team; Thunderbolts. Elektra joins for the money and fights along side Red Hulk, Red Leader, The Punisher, Venom, Deadpool, and later Ghost Rider. Elektra starts to form a relationship with the Punisher, one that was hinted at years prior in the Punisher's second Marvel Knights Series. In this series you will also see the return of Elektra's brother and the conclusion of his story. Written by Daniel Way and later by Charles Soule.
In this series, Elektra will come do battle with the man who killed her once before: Bullseye will be a antagonist of this series. You will also see Daredevil here, as well as Bullseye's partner, Lady Bullseye. Written by W. Haden Blackman with art by Alex Sanchez.