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

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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 there are going to be finishes. There’s no magic here.

Morgan starts this issue a week after the last series ends. It’s a direct sequel, lots of returning characters. Unfortunately, it’s been more than a week for the reader, so one might need a cast refresher and none is offered.

As for the series itself, it’s too soon to tell. Morgan just barely introduces the overall story, instead focusing on Natasha becoming an outlaw. Only that part of the story belongs to Nick Fury. Natasha seems like she’s guest starring in her own book. There’s even a pointless Daredevil cameo just for the solicit.

Morgan manages to be subversive, he just doesn’t get a compelling story going.

CREDITS

Writer, Richard K. Morgan; penciller, Sean Phillips; inker, Bill Sienkiewicz; colorist, Dan Brown; letterer, Cory Petit; editors, Cory Sedlmeier and Jennifer Lee; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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