Black Widow 3 (January 2005)

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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 guys are this freaky pharmaceutical company (probably using mutant gene in their face cream) and Natasha finding out about it.

Along the way, there’s more with her sidekick and their youthful charge (they rescued a teenage girl from some rednecks first issue). Unfortunately, there’s the implication the sidekick might be a problem later on. But for now, it’s an awesome dynamic. It brings humor to the comic, something it desperately needs.

It also needs Nick Fury to beat up the slimy NSA agent. Morgan’s pretty quiet on the political angles, but it’d be shocking to see Disney’s comic company release a series today about how corrupt the U.S. government has become.

Some especially lovely Sienkiewicz panels too.

CREDITS

Now That’s What I Call a Woman; writer, Richard K. Morgan; pencillers, Goran Parlov and Bill Sienkiewicz; inker, Sienkiewicz; colorist, Dan Brown; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editor, Jennifer Lee; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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