Black Widow #1 (Marvel Comics)
After leaving their mark on Daredevil, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee now turn their sights on Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. By now you know how good Waid and Samnee are together, so I’ll save you the “peanut butter and chocolate creative team” speech. But I will say that it looks like they’ll be spinning the same magic they worked on Matt Murdock with Natasha.
I’d give you a brief synopsis of the issue’s plot, but honestly, it’s just a giant chase scene. Black Widow has taken something from S.H.I.E.L.D. and they want it back. Mark Waid drops us right into the action, and barely gives us anything to go on. All we know is that S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming after Natasha, and she’s not going down without a fight.
However, as brief as this issue may seem, that lack of dialogue just means that there’s more room for Chris Samnee to shine, and man, does he shine. I’ve probably said this about his art before, but hot damn, this might be the best thing he’s done. The entire issue plays to his strengths as an artist, and he depicts Black Widow’s graceful and deadly moves so well you’ll swear that the panels are moving on their own.
I was a HUGE fan of Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto’s previous run on Black Widow before this relaunch, and I’m glad that she’s in good hands with this series as well. I wasn’t the biggest fan of some of lighter stuff in Waid and Samnee’s run on Daredevil, but there doesn’t seem to be anything like that so far in this run. Instead what we do have is another badass Black Widow book, and with Waid and Samnee behind it, it’s sure to be a hit.