Black Widow Volume One- S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted

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Her film might be delayed but this story is a good thing to read to hold oneself over until it is released, by the same team that brought you Daredevil and Captain America, Mark Waid, and Christopher Samnee brings you a knockdown, explosive thriller that finds the Black Widow on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted list, not only that but Natasha is on the hunt for a new threat named ‘The Weeping Lion‘, what she finds is something she wasn’t expecting when she found herself coming back to a place she didn’t want to return to. Be prepared for a knockdown, drag down brawl, and espionage! This is our newest review!

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A familiar song and dance that Natasha Romanoff is used to in her line of work, she can be someone’s greatest ally or their worst enemy, in this case, she is on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D.! What worked so well for the first part of this collected volume was that it felt like a nod to Jim Steranko’s work during his Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he used panels with no dialogue to let the story continue to move forward, there were some gripes about the first half of the story being too slow, but when telling a story that deals with Spies and Espionage, you can’t let the story be just all action and a fast-paced plot, it not only ruins the story but it also ruins the experience of reading. While collecting Issues One through Six, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are two of the best Creative teams when it comes to Comic Books, with Mark’s writing and Chris’s artwork, it is clear to see how their run on DareDevil was an Eisner Award Nominated series.

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Image Credit: Marvel, Chris Samnee
Image Credit: Marvel

As mentioned in the Paragraph above, with a character such as Black Widow she doesn’t need a lot of dialogue and is shown to be more of “Actions speak louder than words” character because of her upbringing, to be an Assassin and Spy, Mark and his Creative team get that and it shows on each page. Christopher’s artwork was a perfect pick for this story, he has a similar style such as Francesco Francavilla, Michael Cho, and Darwyn Cooke; it isn’t a bad thing when I say this, it’s a style of art that gives the reader and fan a sense of a Classic feel such as the days of the eras of Gold Age and Silver Age. The Villain for this story doesn’t feel like one that Natasha would take on, ‘The Weeping Lion‘ gave off a vibe that he was more of an Espionage version of Kraven the Hunter, but without the animal-themed tights, but since there were only six issues to work with, I can’t write him off as a gimmick until reviewing the next volume.

Marvel Gallery Black Widow Comic Statue Beware the Widow’s Sting! Former Russian spy and Avenger the Black Widow unleashes her sting at an opponent in this dynamic PVC statue. Crouched on a Black Widow logo, Natasha Romanoff measures approximately 6-inches tall, and is in scale to all 9-inch scale Gallery and Femme Fatales statues(sold separately).

Final Grade:

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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