Comic Book Review: ‘BLACK WIDOW #1’

Black Widow #1


Chris Samnee, Mark Waid


Chris Samnee


Matthew Wilson


Joe Caramagna


Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson, John Tyler Christopher, Stephanie Hans, Tula Lotay, Phil Noto, Kevin 

Wada, Skottie Young 



$3.99 (USD)


Mar 2nd, 2016


What do you do if you’re Black Widow and SHIELD thinks you’ve stolen from them? Run like hell and kick ass!


Right off the bat Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have Natasha Rominoff aka The Black Widow desperately attempting to escape her confines. Who is she running from? Her (now) former employers SHIELD. Why is she running? It seems she has stolen something of great value, and Mariah Hill (Director of SHIELD) is giving the order to get it back from Natasha by any means possible! That’s about the most information anyone is going to get from this issue, as it’s almost entirely told through action packed Jason Bourne style action panels from the super talented Chris Samnee. His art with Matthew Wilson gives the book a retro feel that fits perfectly with this definitive spy story. Considering there is little to zero back story on the character or the plot, it might seem a bit disorienting for new readers or those only familiar with the character from the movie. My hope is Waid will now take the next few issues to open up the mystery and we can see why this respected Avenger and former SHIELD agent, is in so much trouble?

The Hey!: A fantastic action packed issue, with beautiful story telling from Chris Samnee. Hey conveys everything perfectly letting the images tell the story. His style fits perfectly with the story Mark Waid is crafting.

The EH!: I’m slightly out of the loop on the Avengers world, but It’s a bit of a stretch for me a more than casual fan to suddenly believe all of SHIELD wants Black Widow dead suddenly.

The What?!: The Credits page. Absolutely beautiful and breath taking. It’s the type of page worthy of being a poster in my bedroom!

Who should read this series?: Spy fans, action fans and well Black Widow fans! Did you enjoy watching 

Black Widow kick butt in the Avengers movies?: Do you like hi-tech gadgets and a “(WO)manhunt “ story? Then definitely follow this series.

Why should you buy this book?: Waid promised James Bond style telling and action and he has delivered! It’s a great point for someone with little to zero knowledge of Black Widow to jump on and follow her newest exploits, on the run!

Score B+

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