Black Widow #6
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Rafael De Latorre
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Natasha’s new life might require her to evolve some of the aspects of her old one in order to execute her bigger plans.
In the aftermath of losing her family, Natasha has decided to stay in San Francisco with Yelena. As she goes shopping, the instincts of a super spy never leave her as she quickly picks up the trail of a pickpocket who has some level of skill that Yelena thinks might be useful.
In the present, Widow finds herself fighting her way to the top of a building with a collection of powered up brutes on every floor trying to take her down. Using the skills she’s acquired over her lifetime, she will use everything in her arsenal to get to the top floor to confront the new player in town Apogee and his growing army of killers.
The Story: Thompson does a great job of infusing this story with action, thrills and heart. I love that Widow is still dealing with her grief and how her recent loss is changing her and her approach to what she does. Thompson is evolving the character and making her more interesting without blunting her edge. The story does a great job of teasing a new and more intriguing mission for Black Widow going forward.
The Art: De Latorre delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. The character focused art is a brilliant choice and the way the panels are focused is eye catching in its details while making everything from the character moments to the fights feel more intimate.