The Web of Black Widow #1
Written by Jody Houser
Art by Stephen Mooney
Colors by Triona Farrell
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Even dying and being resurrected cannot erase the sins of Black Widow’s past, but that’s not going to stop her from trying.
A mystery woman makes her way into an elegant party in New York attended by Tony Stark himself. As she asks the man for a dance, he recognizes his friend and teammate Natasha Romanoff right away and wants to know why she is there. She tells him to stay out of her way and proceeds to begin the next phase of her plan.
That next phase will include exposing a business tycoon’s grandson to the sins of his grandfather and making a violent, but dramatic escape from the premises. When she is confronted by Iron Man, he determines that there is something wrong with his friend and decides to place a call to Steve Rogers.
The Story: Jody Houser delivers a stylish spy noir with this first issue. The dialogue is great and the character interactions are executed perfectly. I love the pace and style of this story and how it moves between and integrates Natasha’s memories of her past and how those memories are shaping a mission that is unknown, but fascinating to see unfold. Houser has grabbed my attention with this story and I can’t wait to see where this story goes next and what is revealed about the Black Widow.
The Art: Stephen Mooney delivers some beautiful art in this first issue. The characters look stunning and Mooney manages to convey so much in the character’s eyes, especially Natasha’s. The art brilliantly blends in detail and shadow and that perfectly matches the tone of the story itself.