Review: BLACK WIDOW #3

BLACK WIDOW #3
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Phil Noto
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: February 5, 2014

BWIDOW2014003_DC11_LRThe look into the non-Avengers life of Black Widow continues as Natasha balances her work life and her conscience.

Nathan Edmondson does an excellent job in Black Widow #3 of showcasing the quarrel in her mind regarding her personal life and putting up walls around herself. We get more exploration of Natasha’s lines of morality in her life that seemingly conflicts with her role as a hero, and her life when she’s not on either job. In a similar vein as Hawkeye, this series feels like a behind-the-music look into the life of an Avenger off duty, but, unlike Hawkeye, it is full on action. Natasha is not a down-on-her-luck bumbling Avenger, she’s assertive and always on a job of some kind. From start to finish, Edmondson has Natasha always moving, always running, always keeping any personal contact at a distance. Her actions and internal monologue give readers a huge insight into what makes the Black Widow tick and as she searches for her space in this world we are right there with her. This is, quite simply, a damn well written comic book.

Phil Noto. Good lord, Phil Noto. Edmondson’s script is strong, Noto’s art is exceptional. Put the two of them together and you’ve got a book that soars. The subtleties of Edmondson’s script soar via his hand, and tell so much story in simple facial expressions and small cues. Noto handles a huge range of emotions in this issue and perfectly captures Natasha’s inner turmoil. Reading this issue I can’t help but feel this is a run Noto will be remembered for, and that feeling makes experiencing these visuals really special. His style is suited perfectly for this story and he and Edmondson appear to be fully on the same page. This is some of the best art you will find in comics, hands down, period.

Black Widow #3 is another fantastic chapter in what is looking like it will be a phenomenal series. This overarching story will most likely be a slow burn, but when the quality is this high it doesn’t hurt to wait a bit for the big payoff. This is one of the best comics in the industry and I can’t wait to get my hands on #4.

The Verdict: 9.5/10

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