Review: BLACK WIDOW #2

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BLACK WIDOW #2
Written by Chris Samnee, Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee, Matt Wilson
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 6, 2016

Black Widow #2… my, my, my, where does one even begin with such a beautifully executed suspense and action story? I suppose at the beginning, with the incredible team up of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson. Yes, Black Widow has had her own title several times, but not since Brubaker and Guice’s take on the character in the solo Winter Soldier series have I seen her portrayed so elegantly. Not to suggest of course, that she is painted as anything other than the badass she is. All in all, they have done our girl justice!

In the first issue we find Natasha (plot twist!) at odds with SHIELD, the very organization that had been her ally for years. Why? How? What? In perfect Black Widow fashion, we don’t yet know. If there is one word that is synonymous with “Agent Romanoff” it’s “secrets” and we know Natasha certainly has hers. The red-haired assassin has a past that she can never seem to outrun. What sort of secrets run so deep that would cause our heroine to betray her allegiance to SHIELD? I hope you find the edge of your seat comfortable, because that’s where you’ll be spending most of your time from here on out.  

Wilson’s use of color is phenomenal, sticking to certain schemes at different times to ensure your focus is precisely where it needs to be. Particularly the use of a void of color, or shadows, to add a suspenseful ambiance to the scene. Though there have been some large shoes to fill taking on the “Black Widow” title, this is without a doubt a team that will go down in history for this story. This is Natasha Romanoff at her very best and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for her!   

The Verdict: 8.5/10

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