Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto
I’ve never been the biggest Black Widow fan. From all the years I’ve spent reading comics she has never been more than a supporting character. I always saw her as the Russian spy stereotype, not to say that is a bad thing, but it never made me care for her as a character. The movies haven’t helped change that much either.
That was until this book. I initially decided to start this series because of the beautiful cover work from the great Phil Noto(he is also the only pencil duty for the series). The series shows Natasha Romanova a.k.a. Black Widow in her outside life when she is not being an avenger, taking on espionage and assassination jobs. Although she doesn’t enjoy the assassination part.
The theme of this book is the struggle to be good, and how Natasha is coming to terms with the fact that may be impossible for her. Recently Natasha has been fighting against the mysterious Chaos organization, who seems to be the major reason behind her troubles with her latest jobs. After her lawyer/kind of friend Isaiah was shot(not killed), Natasha was able to gather a list of the members of Chaos onto a boat to take them out. Unfortunately this didn’t go as planned, leading to Natasha being taken by a mysterious man with glowing eyes.
The issue opens up with a flashback to Natasha as a young girl with her friend Marina in Russia. She seems to be on the run from “Them” who want to bring her back to the mysterious Red Room. This issue does an excellent job on diving into an area of Natasha’s past that we haven’t really seen before. Giving an almost eerie feeling on what’s to come, mostly because we know that the red room is where Natasha learns to become the woman that she is today. This issue may be the best in understanding what makes Natasha, well Natasha. The issue does end on a cliff hanger that opens up more questions for the readers, but it does seem quite interesting.