BLACK WIDOW #1
Written by: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Art by: Flaviano, Veronica Gandini, Joe Caramagna
Edited by: Jake Thomas and Mark Basso
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
…AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH HER. Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill. For years now she’s tried to overcome that programming, to side with the angels…to be a hero. And where’d that get her? Killed. By one of the few true friends she allowed herself to have.
Now she’s back from the dead, angry as hell and finding those better angels harder and harder to hear. Jen and Sylvia Soska — the Twisted Twins of horror — join rising artist Flaviano to weave a web of vice, violence and vengeance that will net Natasha the biggest bad men she’s ever faced…or put her back in the ground for good.
What I thought about it…
I had high hopes for the new Back Widow limited series. Natasha Romanoff has been a favorite of mine since she had the short hair and led the Avengers in the 1990s. Over the years I’ve also enjoyed many of her previous series by the likes of Devin Grayson, Mark Waid, and others. However, I found the new Black Widow #1 rather disappointing.
While I appreciate writers Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska take that Natasha is a woman who has to fight back her urge to kill, I’m not sure why she’s still in hiding. Captain America (who guest stars in this issue), knows she’s alive, and plenty of other heroes and villains saw her in Infinity Wars.
So it doesn’t make sense that in this issue, Natasha goes out of her way to disguise who she is. It’s not as if they were fighting Doctor Doom here, just some no-name terrorists and a Captain America impersonator.
Instead of a team-up with Captain America, I would have preferred a Black Widow solo mission where we see she’s having trouble adjusting to being back and having to fight off her killer instinct. Plus I really didn’t need to see Cap admonish her more than once. I’ve never been a fan of Captain America acting like someone’s dad, especially other heroes. Though I must admit, I did like her reply of “You killed me, Steve.”
Meanwhile, Flaviano’s art and Gandini’s colors were an okay match. The art isn’t bad, it has some nice fluidic movement and shows Natasha as one agile hero. I enjoyed the short conversation she has with Cap in the elevator while she’s upside down. But where the art lacks, is in the character’s faces. Natasha looks off, and there are times in this issue where she doesn’t even look like the same person.
If you read the issue, take a look at her face in the elevator scene, then compare it to the way Natasha looks when she arrives in Madripoor. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear they were different people. I guess overall the art in this comic is just inconsistent, and that’s a shame. I might even go as far to say that maybe the best art in Black Widow #1 is the cover by Clayton Crain.
While Black Widow #1 was not for me, I’m sure other people will enjoy it. I just wish Marvel Comics would find a consistent take on Black Widow and a creative team that will Guide Natasha Romanoff into bigger and better things. But at the rate Marvel reboots her series, I probably won’t have to wait long for a new version of the Black widow.
Black Widow #1 score: C