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 less compelling than the first.

More annoying Daredevil running around. Hampton doesn’t even try not to make him look silly around the spies.

Hampton’s actually the whole reason to read the comic, it turns out. Not his action scenes, which are still painfully wrong, but his New York location paintings. There are some beautiful, scenic panels in here. It’s a shame he had to have Black Widow and Nick Fury running around in them. They should have just left the characters out and released the issue as a travelogue.

Of course, things don’t go as planned (it’s a spy story), but it’s hard to care. Grayson and Rucka write insipid characters; they waste their MacGuffin.


Breakdown, Part Two; writers, Devin Grayson and Greg Rucka; artist and colorist, Scott Hampton; letterers, Richard Starkings and Wes Abbott; editors, Kelly Lamy, Nanci Dakesian and Stuart Moore; publisher, Marvel Comics.


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