This article is part of The Reading List, a recurring column in which we encourage you to use your enthusiasm for a particularly groovy movie or TV series and steer it towards a wide range of extracurricular studies. This entry ranks the best Black Widow comics and then provides some bonus comic book tales for the obsessive super-spy.
Natasha Romanov has always been the strange Avenger. She’s a badass, that’s for sure. But she has no superpowers – no enhanced muscle, no super-speed; she doesn’t even have a quiver of arrows or, really, any other gadget. She’s a spy, and she’s going to rock your world with a word as much as a bullet.
Freed from the usual spandex accoutrements, Black Widow can be anything for any writer. And that narrative fluidity makes for an incredibly compelling read. His comics delve into spy escapades, superhero punches, and romantic adventures. Whatever your mood, a Black Widow comic awaits.
To finish, Scarlett johansson has its solo release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. the Black Widow the film delivers on the action as well as the heart and flirts with the many flavors that can be found in the continuity of its comic book. For this week’s playlist, I wanted to feature a Black Widow buffet. These aren’t just his best comic book appearances, but they bounce off the tones. In addition, I have also included a few other titles related to different characters in the new movie and two more titles that extend beyond the Marvel Comics universe.
Black Widow: The Ties That Bind
If you walk into a store today and ask for the best Black Widow comics, this is the first book they’ll give you. Writer Kelly thompson is one of the most exciting voices working at Marvel. She recently revolutionized the relationship between Rogue and Gambit in their m. and Mrs.. X title, and she’s preparing to do the same for Spider-Man during their impending Beyond scenario.
With Black Widow, Thompson and the artist Elena Casagrande present a Natasha Romanov who should be familiar to moviegoers. No matter which side she fights for, as a member of the KGB, SHIELD, or the Avengers, Nat has constantly found herself on the run. Now his dogs are barking. She is ready to retire and seek the good life. But can Captain America, Hawkeye, and the Winter Soldier let her go? Can the many enemies she has accumulated over the years? Certainly not.
The ties that unite is that nice balance between spy and hero. The two genres blend together well and both are definitely great. Thompson and Casagrande deploy a magnificent collection of action that offers as many smiles as there are settings. Their Black Widow should appeal to new and old readers. It starts from the long history of the character but does not get bogged down in it.
Waid & Samnee Black Widow: The Complete Collection
Yes Chris Samnée is on a book, you buy that book. The artist is a master sequential storyteller and writer Mark Waid knows how to get out of its way and let the action tell the story. This book isn’t a silent comic, but it doesn’t waste the reader’s time with endless word bubbles or captions. Natasha Romanov writes sonnets through martial arts and shooter, and it’s glorious.
Remember how Captain America: The Winter Soldier concluded? SHIELD was in disarray. All of their secrets were revealed, and Nat ignored the bloody revelations. Good, Black Widow: The Complete Collection technically, it has nothing to do with the sequel to the MCU, but it stems from the idea of a dirty laundry floating in plain sight. Nat’s past is there, and he rushes in for revenge.
Black Widow: the finely woven yarn
If Chris Samnee is a sequential master storyteller, then Phil Noto is a master stylist. Her books are dripping with sex and violence while somehow being contained by mod fashion. Read his race on Black Widow Instantly increases your interesting points and you will walk away from that comic with more swagger in your step.
When you have a character with that much red on their ledger, a storyline is never going to erase it. Nat’s sins constantly motivate her to do better but try as best she can, she knows she will never make amends. Black Widow returns to Russia on a secret mission to uncover the Hand of God. But that hand has a deadly grip, and it spreads all over the world, sending Nat into its darkest recesses.
Black Widow: the name of the rose
Nat is completely confident. She’s not Wolverine, but she knows she’s the best at what she does. That’s why it hurts so much when an idiot runs into him and leaves a black rose on his crumpled, clubbed body. Once she recovers from her injuries, Black Widow bursts into the underworld in search of the potential assassin. His fellow Avengers try to help them, but the former Soviet detective shakes their concern. This killer made her prey. Now Nat is going to turn the tables.
Writer Marjorie Liu and artist Daniel Acuña tell a very human story. They expose Natasha’s insecurities without falling into melodrama or pushing too hard the other way. The plot is toured through Marvel Comics, exposing readers to familiar and unfamiliar faces. You might have to start Wikipedia for a few names, but you can also let these characters exist as they are in this comic. You don’t have to know every little story.
Black Widow: what they say about her
The things they say about her is another runaway comic book from Black Widow. Some American politicians have called her a threat, so they send government agents to hunt her down. Nat turns to Nick Fury for help, but the Spy Master doesn’t want to approach this bureaucracy. With few options available, Natasha fled to Cuba to find help from Black Widow’s other agent, Yelena Belova (played by Florence pugh in the movie). And while these two rivals try to have some fun, Natasha’s former flame Daredevil sets off for a showdown.
The comic comes from the science fiction writer Richard K. Morgan, and he injects a pulpy anger into our protagonist. Boost that rage is the comic book maestro Bill sienkiewicz finishing plans provided by Bold‘ Sean phillips. So, yes, this book looks and acts like no other Black Widow comic book saga. It’s just scratches and scars. It’s boring.