Comic Book Friday: Black Widow, Volume I: The Finely Woven Threat

Black Widow, Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread

In the wake of The Avengers, it seems like every character included on screen is being given his or her chance to star in their own series. That includes Natasha Romananov or as you might know her better Black Widow.

This collection of the first six issues of the new series is an interesting take on a character that I didn’t know much about beyond what we’ve seen in the Marvel movie universe. Haunted by her past, Natasha puts her services out for hire between saving the world with SHIELD. But instead of profiting by the missions, she quietly gives the fees she earns to the families of her victims. She also refuses to allow herself to grow close to anyone around here, even to the point that she struggles to adopt an adorable kitten who clearly has taken a shine to her.

As a member of the Marvel-verse without any powers (well, besides the ability to kick gluttous-maximus and take names), Black Widow’s story presented here is a surprisingly human and grounded one. While it’s fun to see her take on various threats and to see missions go awry, the more intriguing parts are the moments of self-reflection by Black Widow. These six issues of the comic book series have a loose arc (it’s more defined in the last couple of installments), allowing you to enjoy the character work without having to worry you’re missing a story-altering detail in issue one that will be of vital importance to the saga in issue six.

I’m intrigued enough by this that I will be on the lookout for the next collection of issues.

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