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Black Widow #1 - Raison D'etre Review

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Black Widow is one of the best Avengers around. But she has a dark past and is trying to make up for it.

The Good

Who is the Black Widow? We've seen tellings of her past before but how much do we really know? We've seen plenty of Black Widow lately in the assorted Avengers titles but Nathan Edmondson takes her in a different direction.

Black Widow has done some bad things in her past. There's a lot she wants to make up for. That is the focus of this series. She is seeking atonement and that clearly won't be an easy task. Natasha is set to right some wrongs and will be going on separate, non-Avengers missions. She will do what she needs to do and, as she puts it, she doesn't play buy anyone's rules.

One of the great things about this book is having a strong female lead character. This has been a topic of discussion in the past and there's no reason Marvel can't have great series with a female character. Edmondson nails it here. Natasha is an extremely deadly woman. She can take on huge odds and kick all sorts of ass. While sometimes portrayed in a sexy/sultry fashion, that isn't the case here. She may be a former spy but she isn't sexualized in this issue. A big part of that is due to Phil Noto's amazing art.

Phil Noto has the ability to fully capture a 60s spy thriller vibe while still giving the story a modern feel. Simply put, Black Widow looks great. Despite having a skin tight outfit, it's not depicted in an over the top sexual way. You can easily get lost in the beauty of Noto's colors. Many have already stated they would buy this for the art alone after seeing the preview. The great thing is the story is top notch as well.

The Bad

I had extremely high hopes for this when it was first announced. I'm happy to say it's met my expectations. It's going to be tough for another book to top this as my favorite of the week.

The Verdict

I could go on and on about this book. This was everything I wanted in a BLACK WIDOW comic. Nathan Edmondson comes out of the gate running. He has a great take on Natasha and reading this issue will immediately make you want more. Phil Noto's art is insanely good. He creates a fantastic mood full of energy and makes Natasha look great without over sexualizing her. This is a comic anyone can easily dive into. Buy an extra copy or two and give them to your friends or loved ones. This is the book Black Widow and comic fans deserve. How many days until issue two?

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Edited by iceman228433

I really want to support this book so I ordered a Physical subscription from Marvel and they have not even shipped it yet.

Edited by judasnixon

Phiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil Noooooooootooooooooo!!!

Edited by The Stegman

I'm soooo, down for this. The only Marvel title that's got me excited.

Edited by longbowhunter

So ready to read this.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

This looks good. Up till this point the only strong female lead Marvel has really had in my opinion is Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, even then she's never had a huge following. The Marvel movieverse looks set to change that here.

I really hope the book does well.

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Posted by Maddpanda531

I'm so incredibly excited to get this! I was already looking forward to it, but this review really sealed the deal!

Posted by PunyParker

The Bad

I had extremely high hopes for this when it was first announced. I'm happy to say it's met my expectations. It's going to be tough for another book to top this as my favorite of the week.

And how is this the "Bad'' section?....

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Posted by PeppeyHare

@punyparker: That's basically him saying that the book has no negatives.

Edited by G-Man

@punyparker: It's pointing out that there isn't any bad. Another way to say, "There was nothing bad." It's part of the format of our reviews.

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Posted by PunyParker

@g_man said:

@punyparker: It's pointing out that there isn't any bad. Another way to say, "There was nothing bad." It's part of the format of our reviews.

Then,ok.I thought you meant this,but just wanted to make clear.

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Posted by Fenderxx

Cant wait to pick this one up tomorrow !!

Posted by Mucklefluga

I really hope my copy arrives tomorrow. I'm too excited.

Edited by GrenadeFlow

The bad isn't really bad hahaha

I would never have believed I would be excited for a Black Widow book.

Posted by bladewolf

I think I'll wait for the trade. Sounds good, but I'd like to see how the first arc pans out before committing to the series.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Glad to see the good review. I'm looking forward to this and have already added it to my pull list. Tony, 14 days until we can read more, it's double shipping this month. I think, and actually hope it's only this month that it double ships.

Posted by Farkam

Meh, I could try it I guess.

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Edited by The Stegman

I hope they keep her zipped up for the whole series. Tired of the women going around with ample cleavage exposed just for tits...kicks.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

Glad to see the good review. I'm looking forward to this and have already added it to my pull list. Tony, 14 days until we can read more, it's double shipping this month. I think, and actually hope it's only this month that it double ships.

Same here, I can't handle that

Posted by wundagoreborn

Agree re: strong female characters. The new Marvel offerings are giving us many opportunities to put our money behind them. Unfortunately, budget only allows me to add one book and I love She-Hulk too much to support Natasha right now. I hope a lot of other folks do.

Posted by G-Man

@the_stegman: Noto knows how to draw good looking women. She's wearing a skin tight outfit but it doesn't really come across that way. And she still looks good. More importantly, she kicks the crap out of people. My favorite part was a sniper scene. That's all I'll say.

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Posted by The Stegman

@g_man said:

@the_stegman: Noto knows how to draw good looking women. She's wearing a skin tight outfit but it doesn't really come across that way. And she still looks good. More importantly, she kicks the crap out of people. My favorite part was a sniper scene. That's all I'll say.

Good, that's all I want you to say! Buying this tomorrow first thing!

Edited by bunkerbuster05

I've gone on record before saying Phil Noto draws the most beautiful comic book women. (Not that my record means anything :P)

I'm picking up the book for his art alone. It's good to know its a complete package :]

I hope this book does well. Not just for the creative team, but for female driven comics.

Edited by Ando123

Okj' I'm reading this this tomorrow

Posted by batmannflash

wasn't going to pick this up, but I might actually

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Early review or did comics come out on tuesday again?

Posted by jdp180

Cant wait to pick this up tomorrow. I still cant believe the lack of female led Marvel books compared to what DC has to offer.

Posted by JonesDeini

Man or man, this is like a dream come true for me. Natasha is just about my favorite lady in comics and I'm a sucker for espionage books (Velvet is hitting ALL the right notes for me), especially set in a super hero universe. After Liu's run on the character I was worried I wouldn't get to read another great solo title with her anytime soon. Glad this team is telling her story.

Posted by Renchamp

Even had this got a one star I would still buy it for Noto. Being Vine-approved is now the cherry on top.

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Posted by kit07

I don't know anything about her besides the movies and a little from the Avengers show. And honestly, nothing about her intrigues me.

Maybe I'm not giving her enough of a chance, because her character is my least fav part of the MCU so far.

Posted by gunmetalgrey

"Black Widow is one of the best Avengers around. But she has a dark past and is trying to make up for it."

This is the only part that I'm not excited about. This is basically the premise for the plot of like.. 80-90% of every Black Widow series that's come out. When is she gonna learn to let it go?

Posted by MasterBelmont

Glad to see this turned out well. Thought this series looked really good, and now I'll definitel need to look into it.

Posted by War Killer

Glad to hear this series is off to a good start. Black Widow is a character that has a lot of potential to be a great character who can hold her own series. The biggest problem is that Marvel rarely gives her series the chance to truly shine. Hopefully this time Marvel won't kill this series before it hits its prime.

Posted by Ellie_Knightfall

Oh man oh man oh man this issue was SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited by lifeboy

@the_stegman: c'mon steg.... keep your integerity and get SM/WW or batgirl, birds of prey or red sonja instead to buy you over til the new dc titles come out in 3 or 4 months. Wait for Lois. This is hot right now, but in 2 months it will be just another title. Say it with me, "Black Widow, pttuie."

Posted by The Stegman

@lifeboy: ...I already read all of those titles, lol. I've always been interested in Widow. Now's my chance to read her!

Posted by CoryNick

This is the most exciting Marvel book this year!! To bad I have to wait till Saturday to pick up my copy :(

Posted by War Killer

This issue was great, I enjoyed seeing Natasha in action. My only real complaint is the lack of any real story. But overall I enjoyed this issue and look forward to issue two.

Posted by cerial442

I may get this in trade. I would get this if it wasn't double shipping. Only so much to budget.

Edited by lifeboy

@the_stegman: look at how tacky marvel is dumping all their latest batch of mostly renumbered 1's on a tuesday. They do that to gain an unfair advantage on the others companies. They can't fool me and I tried warning you. Mickey Mouse is going to eat your soul like it has all the other 3.99 marvel book fanatics...

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Wow. Congratulations Mr Edmonson and Mr Noto on doing something I never thought would happen: Making me give a crap about Black Widow. Clap Clap Clap.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

Wow. Congratulations Mr Edmonson and Mr Noto on doing something I never thought would happen: Making me give a crap about Black Widow. Clap Clap Clap.

Posted by PeterCSM730

How can a book have no negatives at all?

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@monsterduc: After reading Black Widow #1, I must say this was a good bit better then a few unlettered pages.

Posted by Fenderxx

I just read the issue and man was that a fantastic first issue !! The art was amazing and I love the setup.

Edited by The Stegman

Well...just read it...

AND IT WAS GREAT!! instant subscription.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Great promising start!

Edited by xkoenig

Please let this go more than 12 issues. Same for all the female-solo Marvel titles coming up this spring! A very promising start.

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