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Interview: Nathan Edmondson on BLACK WIDOW

BLACK WIDOW writer Nathan Edmondson discusses the new route of his book, what Natasha is up to, and working with Phil Noto.

BLACK WIDOW has been one of the stars of the Marvel Now! books, and that's all thanks to the writing of Nathan Edmondson and the art of Phil Noto. Nathan Edmondson, once again, had a little chat with us about the character and the series.

Comic Vine: How did you land the job writing the new BLACK WIDOW series?

Nathan Edondson: For a while I’ve had some very incriminating pictures of Axel Alonso on my phone (right time, right place) and last year, I put them to use. Boom, I’m on Black Widow.

CV: What's happened to Black Widow to change her more from an assassin to a protector, who also happens to kill?

NE: She’s still a “protector,” but she’s not only a protector: she’s a freelance operative, a mercenary. Her skills are wide beyond trigger-pulling, and she does what she must to earn a buck as a freelancer, as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., as an Avenger. Protection is perhaps the most true aspect of her that we see—that which is most natural for her. Then again, maybe not. That lingering question is what makes her so fascinating.

CV: Aside from amazing, how has it been working with Phil Noto?

NE: I have no superlatives to top amazing, but I’ll throw in gratifying, humbling and a challenge—a challenge because I feel I have to work doubly hard to make the story worthy of his art.

CV: What will this series deal with?

NE: We’ll get a much clearer picture come issue 4, but Black Widow has wandered into a dark, twisting maze, and we might feel the chill of Cold War winds blowing soon. But is it the old Cold War, or a new one?

CV: Will we see any crossover with other characters?

NE: Absolutely. Can’t reveal anything yet, but stay tuned...

CV: Aside from BLACK WIDOW, you're also writing PUNISHER. Is your goal to just write all of Marvel's badass characters? If so, when will you be writing Blade or Luke Cage?

NE: I don’t know…I might like a different kind of challenge next. But let’s see what unfolds, shall we?

Thanks to Nathan Edmondson for taking the time to answer some more of our questions! Issue #4 of the series hits store shelves on March 12th, so make sure to pick up a copy at your local comic shop or digitally!

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Edited by Fallschirmjager

Hope the series lasts.

Issue 1 was only like 53k~. And issue 2 (despite the same month release) dropped to 32k...

Posted by sheldipez

Blade Marvel NOW next please

Edited by inferiorego

Hope the series lasts.

Issue 1 was only like 53k~. And issue 2 (despite the same month release) dropped to 32k...

Almost ever comic series shows a huge drop in sales between issues 1 & 2.

A chunk of the people buying it are just buying it because it's a #1 issue and think it will be worth $1,000,000 someday. Don't believe me? Ask me about my Marvel 2099 collection and almost everything I bought during the 90s.

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

Hope the series lasts.

Issue 1 was only like 53k~. And issue 2 (despite the same month release) dropped to 32k...

That is criminal.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@inferiorego: I'm aware there's a huge drop. More concerning is the size of the numbers. It will probably have another decent drop for issue 3 before stabilizing. Not 20k might you...but I wouldn't be surprised by another 5.

don't like like to see that. Comics tend to slowly bleed readers over a long period time (not named Batman anyway) so starting in the 20's is not good for longevity.

Posted by inferiorego

@inferiorego: I'm aware there's a huge drop. More concerning is the size of the numbers. It will probably have another decent drop for issue 3 before stabilizing. Not 20k might you...but I wouldn't be surprised by another 5.

don't like like to see that. Comics tend to slowly bleed readers over a long period time (not named Batman anyway) so starting in the 20's is not good for longevity.

I'm sure when Captain America 2 comes out, it will get a small bump, since BW is in that. But this book is much better than 30k readers. Take a chance people!

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Posted by Fallschirmjager
Edited by longbowhunter

Digging what Edmondson is doing at Marvel right now. Black Widow has been fantastic. I wish DC could have utilized him more when he was there.

Edited by bladewolf

@fallschirmjager said:

@inferiorego: I'm aware there's a huge drop. More concerning is the size of the numbers. It will probably have another decent drop for issue 3 before stabilizing. Not 20k might you...but I wouldn't be surprised by another 5.

don't like like to see that. Comics tend to slowly bleed readers over a long period time (not named Batman anyway) so starting in the 20's is not good for longevity.

I'm sure when Captain America 2 comes out, it will get a small bump, since BW is in that. But this book is much better than 30k readers. Take a chance people!

I also feel like it will do well in trade. Personally, I'm interested in the series, but would prefer to read it in trade.

Posted by Maddpanda531

This series has been a blast so far. Before this series, I was never the biggest Black Widow fan, but now I find myself counting the days until the next issue. I cannot help but hope that this series, with this creative team, continues on for a long, long time.

Posted by fullmetaladam

There really should be a new Blade series out. He had the first "good" Marvel-based movie (and is actually my favourite)

Posted by MechaShadow84

This series is absolutely great. I'd love to see this blossom into a long running series!

Posted by Mercy_

Love this series so so so so so so so much!

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Edited by JakeN7

@bladewolf: It's been pretty self-contained so far. Kind of like a "job of the week" kind of deal. It doesn't make sense to trade wait other than for monetary purposes.

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Edited by Experio

I have hope it will last.