Spoilers from issue #2:
end of spoilers
We again have the story taking place over a couple of different time frames. The book opens with Ross at a bar in Madripoor four months ago, overhearing some horrible things about Kata Jaya from a man who is then summarily kicked out of the bar. Ross leaves and helps the guy up.
We jump to 'two weeks ago' with the entire team assembled in Madripoor, with the team's mission to assassinate the brutal dictator of Kata Jaya. Elektra asks Castle the question we all want to know: What's up with the red skull? Apparently, this chestplate is infused with Gamma Radiation that should stop anything 'short of a depleted uranium round.' With the motif apparently set, Venom decides to comply and changes his typical white stripes into red as well. Ross is getting his intel from a third-party, and using this intel he puts Elektra and Deadpool up to bat in an attempt to gain access to the dictator's palace and assassinate him (they come in out of the water at a dock). Their intel is apparently incorrect, as they are ambushed. After a short bit of fighting, Deadpool thinks are too hot for Elektra, saying there's too many for 'pretty ladies who don't have unstoppable healing factors' and he grabs her (as she throws one of her swords into a guard's head...loved it!) and they dive back into the water. This however just seems to make the issue worse, as the soldiers receive orders to hold fire, and Elektra and Deadpool resurface on a submarine. Guards come out telling them to surrender, and Deadpool gets a nice little fantasy sequence before he is shot in the head and they are captured.
In the current time frame, Ross as Rulk is meeting with what appears to be top Kata Jaya officials, basically telling them that he's there to take down the dictator and it will then be up to them to elect more responsible leadership. As this is going on, we get a glimpse at the dictator's brutality as his soldiers enter a family dwelling with the intent to round up and murder the occupants on suspicion of being traitors. Before they can carry out this heinous act, Castle and Venom leap to the rescue, with Castle using the military forces' own weapon mounted vehicle against them. This is also where we get a better understanding of why the dictator is so dangerous: he has gotten access to gamma radiation weapons.
Back at their make-shift base Venom and Castle have a bit of an argument with Ross about their lack of reliable intel. Ross states that since they are a volunteer group with the ability to leave when they want, it is his discretion to let them in on what intel he has, and he says that there will be things that he will not, and cannot tell them. Especially until he knows them, which references back to his third-party resource. He states that this resource is out of practice and slow, but that he is remedying it...we then cut away to see the Leader strapped down in a cargo crate apparently being subjected to further gamma radiation or something, revealing that he is Ross' source of intel.
*disclaimer* With the changes in time frame, I just listed everything chronologically. In the issue, the 'two weeks ago' and 'now' segments are interspersed.
Overall, I do think that this was an improvement over the first issue. We get details on their mission, and we already have two team members in peril. Dillon's art looks even better than the first issue imo, and really suits this book. Each of the character interactions feels believable and relaxed, and I particularly enjoyed Elektra and Deadpool's section.
I know I am an eternal optimist when it comes to books with Elektra, but I shall bestow upon this book a 4/5 rating.