Black Widow #1
Writers: Jen and Sylvia Soska
Color Artist: Veronica Gandini
Cover Art: Clayton Crain
Remastered Variant Cover Art: John Buscema and Chris Sotomayor
What You Need to Know: Natasha Romanoff is a Red Room-trained ex-KGB assassin, ex-agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, and sometimes Avenger when things get tough. But during the Secret Empire (you know, when Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America was all about Hydra?) she was murdered by the one friend she thought she could trust. But she is brought back from the dead and she is not happy…
In This Issue: It’s New Year’s Eve and everyone in New York is celebrating, that is until the real Captain America shows up. While some are still mad over his evil version’s villainy, Cap has a job to do and he isn’t alone. Black Widow is there to help take out the basement while Cap takes the party going on upstairs with a Captain America Imposter already crashing the party. Both Cap and Natasha are able to take out the imposter but have different opinions about what is to be done with him. Fed up with “playing hero” and rather sticking to being dead, Nat decides its best to get away and let out some of the anger she’s got boiling up inside her. And she has the perfect disguise for a dead woman on her way to the city of Madripoor. It’s a dangerous place and it isn’t long before Nat finds herself in trouble which only gets her spotted by Jessan Hoan, A.K.A Tyger Tiger. Instead of causing a scene, Tyger decides to give Nat a job only she can do.
If you are picking this issue up having never read a Black Widow comic and only know the bouncy Scarlett Johanson movie version; you are in for a shocker. This is no Scarlett Natasha Romanoff in these pages. This is the ex-KGB assassin she has always wanted to go back to after all her training. She is violent, angry and ready to show that she doesn’t need the Avengers to stand on her own. The Twisted Twins of Horror have always been fans of our girl and it shows they are ready to take her to the next step in her own strong, stand alone story. Now, while it helps to have read Secret Empire, you don’t HAVE to. . . they ladies put enough info in that you get the gist of why Natasha has turned as cold as she is now.