Black Widow #12
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Elena Casagrande
Inks by Elisabetta D’Amico
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Natasha and her team infiltrate an exclusive party and Nat faces someone from her past.
Natasha dreams of happier times when she awakens to a visit from Bucky who wants to talk. Her desire to make sure James and Stevie are safe compromises them and Bucky wants to know why. The two share a moment as he tells her about her growing son and the life that she can never have with them. Widow assembles her team to let them know about their new mission. Knowing they’ve probably been compromised, Natasha decides to take a new tactic as they infiltrate a high society party full of dangerous people.
As they move into position, Widow and Bucky have a long overdue conversation on the dance floor. When a new party decides to cut in, Natasha gives in as the rest of her team moves into position. Nat and Yelena discover something is wrong and go looking for the rest of the team only to discover some resistance. To make matters worse, her inability to contact the rest of her team reveals the presence of a ghost from her past.
The Story: Thompson continues to deliver some emotional gut punches with the Nat/Bucky moment in the beginning of the issue. That moment does a great job of evolving Natasha as a character as well as adding drama to the story. The story evolves as well and there are some great character moments mixed in with compelling intrigue. The final moments of the issue are beautifully done and make me excited to see what happens next.
The Art: The art in this issue is truly stunning. The character designs are brilliant, especially with the breathtaking party scene. The action is also fantastic and looks just as compelling as the dance scene previously. I love the visual contrast between the two and the energy Casagrande brings to the imagery.