Black Widow #11
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Rafael De Latorre
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Natasha continues to investigate Apogee and finds herself on the radar of a new potential threat.
Yelena and Anya are in the midst of training Lucy how to both use and control her powers when Natasha tells her that she’s going to be gone for a couple of hours. Concerned, Yelena confronts her about keeping secrets but Nat tells her she needs to do what she’s doing alone. After meeting with her contact and securing a package, Natasha presses for more information about Apogee with the feeling that there is something she’s missing. Before she leaves, she has another request. One that is more personal and personally dangerous.
Natasha and Yelena suit up to go to a party hosted by two people who might have the information the spies need regarding Apogee. Their introduction quickly goes from respect to violence. In the aftermath, the twins decide to give the Widows the information they need. Information that will lead them to someone more dangerous than who they’ve previously faced.
The Story: Thompson continues to bring style, wit and charm to this series and this issue is no exception. Having Lucy and Anya spar is fun and the parallel to Natasha and Yelena’s verbal sparring is perfectly executed. Both moments have great character and relationship development. The story has some of the best elements of spy thrillers and the Widows infiltration is brilliantly handled along with the ensuing action. I am impressed and genuinely entertained by this series and continue to find Nat’s personal journey compelling.
The Art: De Latorre delivers some beautiful and gorgeously detailed panels throughout the issue. The art has an engaging quality and tone that draws the eye both in the character moments and the action beats.