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Review: Black Widow #1

Written by Royal Nonesuch on Thursday, April 15 2010 and posted in Reviews

Royal Nonesuch reviews Black Widow #1, by Marvel Comics!

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

COVER BY: Daniel Acuna
WRITER: Marjorie Liu
PENCILS: Daniel Acuna
INKS: Daniel Acuna
COLORED BY: Daniel Acuna

The deadly super-spy from IRON MAN 2, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA in her own ongoing series! Natasha Romanoff is not a super hero. She's not psychic. She doesn't fly. And yet as the Black Widow, she manages to hold her own against a world of incredibly powerful enemies...and allies. But now someone has tried to kill Natasha...and almost succeeded. Injured gravely, almost beyond her ability to recover, Black Widow sets out to find her attacker...with no suspects and no leads. Who could be deadly enough to get the drop on Natasha? And what connections do they have to some of her closest super hero friends...? Plus, a backup detailing the deadly history of the Black Widow! Rated T ...$3.99

PRICE: 3.99
IN STORES: April 14, 2010


It seems like every single Black Widow solo story starts out the exact same way--something or someone from her past is coming to kill her, and she has to fight them off.  The character's new ongoing series is no different.

After a brief foray into the world of "we'll fight each other for a bit, but then stop suddenly and trade affectionate teasing because we are actually old friends" with The Black Rose (not the Black Rose who used to be Johnny Blaze's girlfriend; this one is male), Natasha is attacked by a mysterious assailant who is masterminding something big and deadly.  It is then that the Widow is put through an ordeal so harrowing and brutal, there's no doubt she'll be dealing with the trauma for several issues.  Writer Marjorie Liu taps into a primal (and no doubt common) fear here, and though it is engaging, it will most likely give you chills.  That event, which occurs largely off-panel, lest it be way too gratuitous, becomes the centerpiece of the issue, and leaves Black Widow in a no doubt hellish place, emotionally as well as physically.

All this is rendered by Daniel Acuña, whose artwork has always been very unusual.  Here, Acuña takes on a more impressionistic approach.  In doing so, he sacrifices some definition of his figures in favor of stronger storytelling.  The artwork here is very reminiscient of Stuart Immonen, if Immonen's art was constantly lit by fluorescent bulbs.   It's odd, but it works pretty well.

While using all the familiar tropes of a Black Widow story, this new ongoing series will have the added touch of featuring Natasha dealing with a new trauma while reestablishing herself and her place in the Marvel Universe.  The first issue is a good one, but a tough one.  The first storyliine, at the very least, should be interesting. 

For Marvel's preview of Black Widow #1 here at The Outhouse, click here.


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As Senior Media Correspondent (which may be a made-up title), Royal Nonesuch tends to spearhead a lot of film and television content on The Outhouse. He's still a very active participant in the comic book section of the site, though. Nonesuch writes reviews of film, television, and comics, and conducts interviews for the site as well.  You can reach out to him on Twitter or with Email.


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