BLACK WIDOW #6
NATHAN EDMONDSON (WRITER) • PHIL NOTO (ARTIST)
• The entity behind the attacks sits alone and mysterious on the dark water—can Natasha infiltrate the floating lair?
• Black Widow’s strength and cunning will be put to the test as she follows the trail of blood and destruction to the beginning…
• This is a mission too dangerous even for S.H.I.E.L.D.
• Read the thrilling conclusion of the first arc of the book that critics are calling “an example of just how good a comic book can be.” (-Bag&Bored)
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
There’s absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the Marvel Movie Universe has had a big impact on the comic book side of things. The new and improved Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, certain depictions of Ironman from inside the suit, and other subtle details have been folded into the mix like a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The movies have also granted the opportunity for Marvel to take advantage of some characters that the movies threw into the spotlight, and both Hawkeye and Black Widow have reached success on the comic page because of the Hollywood spotlight. Issue #6 of Black Widow wraps up the series first arc, and it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
At her heart, Natasha is a super-spy the same way that Captain America is a super-soldier. Now, Cap may have a full-on dose of serum, but it’s Cap’s attitude and techniques that makes him a super-soldier, and Black Widow’s Super-spy persona is a perfect comparison. This ish begins where last ish left off, and we find our heroine in the clutches of terrorists as she seeks the head of the snake in what has become an intriguing tale of modern-day espionage. Edmondson has a firm grip on the spy story he is telling, albeit somewhat derived, but he truly shines on Natasha’s more personal and internal moments, and it’s a nice treat to see the character handled in this mature and compelling way. Phil Noto is brilliant on art, as he’s been this entire first arc, and I just can’t decide if I like his pencil action or his moody colors more.
While Edmondson’s treatment of Natasha as a person is some of the strongest characterizations Black Widow has ever received, the overall spy story he’s building to seems a bit contrived and unoriginal, albeit a perfect fit for the character as well as a nice way to ease new readers into the character. Although Noto’s work is solid it is the worst showing of this first arc of the title and it feels rushed in a lot of places, especially when compared to the previous issues in the series first arc.
While this is a great comic book and a strong start to a series that is sure to take Black Widow to places the character hasn’t reached before, this was the weakest single issue of the series to date, and there are signs that the title may simply have peaked early. There’s certainly plenty of opportunity for this to continue to be an amazing series, and I really hope it does, but I have to call ’em how I see ’em, and I definitely see problems.
Story: 2.5 Out of 5
Art: 3.5 Out of 5
Overall: 3 Out of 5