Category Archive: Black Widow

Captain America and Black Widow 640 (February 2013)

It’s another all action issue–there’s some talking heads for the planning and the various plot twists, but it’s an action issue. A bunch of slightly different superheroes–the Black Knight has a magical chainsaw… Continue reading

Captain America and Black Widow 639 (January 2013)

Apparently, in some realities, Captain America is a dick. Bunn gets how to write Steve’s honesty and morality. It helps here, but doesn’t fit with Bunn’s style otherwise. I also didn’t get the… Continue reading

Captain America and Black Widow 638 (December 2012)

You can tell the Black Widows apart by their belts. I hadn’t realized that detail. My bad. Once again the Francavilla art is good. He’s stronger on the distance shots than he is… Continue reading

Captain America and Black Widow 637 (November 2012)

Clearly I haven’t been reading Marvel comics for a while. Since when do they talk about a multiverse like it’s early eighties DC and what’s the deal with the big tripod monsters? Confusion… Continue reading

Captain America and Black Widow 636 (November 2012)

I like Francesco Francavilla. He’s a little awkward with Captain America out on a mission and the superhero stuff, but he makes the talking heads interesting and he’s got a great rendering of… Continue reading

Black Widow: Deadly Origin 4 (April 2010)

What’s so amusingly sad about the final issue of Deadly Origin is Cornell’s pop psychology to explain the villain’s intentions. I think if Cornell had sat down and watched a bad episode of… Continue reading

Black Widow: Deadly Origin 3 (March 2010)

So all of (well, most of) John Paul Leon’s flashback art this issue is when Black Widow was a superhero in the seventies and eighties. It’s all this fantastic, bright Marvel superhero art,… Continue reading

Black Widow: Deadly Origin 2 (February 2010)

I wish I knew who had the idea suggesting Black Widow and Mockingbird were lesbian lovers, Cornell or his editor… Because unless the next issue reveals Natasha’s only into guys for country and… Continue reading

Black Widow: Deadly Origin 1 (January 2010)

I thought I liked Paul Cornell. I would have reexamine that affection, or I can just finish reading Deadly Origin and it’ll do it for me. Apparently, Natasha’s really old. Like pre-WWII old.… Continue reading

Black Widow: Pale Little Spider 3 (August 2002)

It’s a fast finish—maybe too fast—but Rucka’s pacing the series more and more like a TV show. The entire issue is the last few minutes of a longer episode, which probably frustrated when… Continue reading

Black Widow: Pale Little Spider 2 (July 2002)

Rucka continues with less of a procedural, though that element is still present, and more of a… well, not character study but something close. Pale Little Spider is, for the majority of this… Continue reading

Black Widow: Pale Little Spider 1 (June 2002)

Something tells me Marvel won’t be trading Pale Little Spider if Disney ever makes a Black Widow movie. Jaded as I am, I never thought it’d be an S&M-themed Black Widow comic, regardless… Continue reading

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her 6 (April 2006)

It’s interesting how Morgan finishes the series—it’s kind of setting up Civil War only with Dubya as the bad guy. I guess Marvel lost the cajones. He also runs out of space, hinting… Continue reading

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her 5 (February 2006)

It’s not an all-action issue, instead Morgan creates the all-torture issue. Well, okay, he’s got a scene with the blond Black Widow saving Daredevil and another one with Black Widow’s sidekick, but basically… Continue reading

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her 4 (February 2006)

I think I just remembered how this series ends. I think it’s with a big, unresolvable cliffhanger. Unfortunate. Anyway, this issue’s pretty good. It’s an all-action issue—Natasha goes and gets her sidekick from… Continue reading

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her 3 (January 2006)

Reading the scene where Nick Fury gets tortured by a Bush flunky, it’s clear why comics should never get too involved with politics, especially not superhero comics. It’s Nick Fury… shouldn’t Captain America… Continue reading

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her 2 (December 2005)

The art problems continue. It appears even when he’s just doing finishes, Sienkiewicz didn’t really want to take the time on the series. This issue improves the series overall, even if Morgan is… Continue reading

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her 1 (November 2005)

It’s Sienkiewicz over Phillips so you’d think the art would be good… You’d think. Instead, it’s a bad combination. Sienkiewicz is too contained in the layouts, Phillips is too broad because he knows… Continue reading

Black Widow 6 (April 2005)

Well, there’s the finish. Morgan leaves it unsatisfactory—some of it—on purpose, but I wonder if he also needed a little more space. The issue ends with a tag announcing the sequel series, almost… Continue reading

Black Widow 5 (March 2005)

Wow, what a downer. Morgan gives the issue, for its soft cliffhanger, an extremely depressing turn of events. Not the one I was worried about, but one I dislike maybe even worse. It… Continue reading

Black Widow 4 (February 2005)

So, for the first issue of the second half, Morgan’s changing it up again. He’s got Natasha in Russia, where she uncovers her past. It’s not the past she thought—I’m not even sure… Continue reading

Black Widow 3 (January 2005)

Morgan quickly makes up for any deficiencies in the last issue. It’s almost like he realized it, because this issue establishes Black Widow as being about gender issues. It turns out the bad… Continue reading

Black Widow 2 (December 2004)

With Parlov taking over the layouts, all of a sudden it reminds me of Ennis. Well, not really. Morgan does a fine job with Natasha—his brief first person narration works, instead of the… Continue reading

Black Widow 1 (November 2004)

I’ve read this Black Widow series before, but it’s been so long I forgot Bill Sienkiewicz does the art. I remembered it was good, but I didn’t remember why it’s good. So it’s… Continue reading

Black Widow 3 (March 2001)

Yuck, there’s a lot of design work from Hampton this issue. A painter shouldn’t do eighties advertising style design. It just doesn’t work out. Oddly, nothing works in this comic. Well, except some… Continue reading

Black Widow 2 (February 2001)

Well, the second issue—when Rucka and Grayson reveal the plot (Natasha and S.H.I.E.L.D. are out to discover the blond Black Widow’s boss’s plans to sell weapons to a foreign power)—is a whole lot… Continue reading

Black Widow 1 (January 2001)

Now, I generally like Scott Hampton—well, in theory anyway, I remember he’s done some good Vertigo stuff—but who thought he’d be a good fit on a Black Widow book? All of the art,… Continue reading

Black Widow 3 (August 1999)

Grayson’s back to true form here, with terrible dialogue and sexy smooth talker Matt Murdock. It appears he’s got a cell built in to his Daredevil costume. He shows up towards the beginning,… Continue reading

Black Widow 2 (July 1999)

So who shoots her (Natasha) at the end? Is that SHIELD? Why’s SHIELD shooting her? This issue might be better written than the last. The conversation between Natasha and Matt is nowhere near… Continue reading

Black Widow 1 (June 1999)

For some reason, I was expecting more from Jones. I wasn’t expecting anything from Grayson (and, oh, did she deliver), but Jones… I thought he’d at least do a consistently good issue. Instead,… Continue reading