Black Widow #1
Written by Jen and Sylvia Soska
Art by Flaviano
Colors by Veronic Gandini
Letters by Joe Caramagna
It’s New Year Eve in New York City and Captain America needs to make an appearance at a fancy party before the ball drops. Unfortunately, there’s already a Captain America in the building.
A group of terrorists is targeting the party and one of them is pulling off a pretty convincing Steve Rogers. Having dealt with his own double already, Steve is not in the mood for an impersonator. When Black Widow lays out her plan, Cap confronts the fake as Nat does all the hard work of rescuing a group of hostages from a robot army while trying to hide the fact that she’s back.
In the aftermath of the mission, Widow needs to get into some trouble. Trouble that will let her cut loose on some people who really deserve it. So she heads to Madripoor and finds herself getting involved in a mission to take down a group using the most vulnerable for their own twisted end.
Black Widow operating outside of the constraints of a team or an organization is exactly what the character should be doing. Jen and Sylvia Soska nail the hard edges and soft heart of Natasha and are setting her down an interesting and entertaining path. What makes this first issue work for me is that there is no artifice that Romanoff is on a path of redemption or trying to piece together her past. She feels the pull of violence within her and rather than suppress it for the sake of society, she’s going to express it. The first issue does a great job of dealing with her relationship with Cap in the aftermath of Secret Empire and her last words to him are beautifully blunt.
The art by Flaviano is vibrant and beautifully detailed. Widow is given a power and grace in her movements especially in the fight scenes. A visually stunning first issue.