Black Widow #1
(This review originally appeared in NextPlanetOver's The Scoop. However, its archive has since been disabled.)
Reviewed By Beth Hannan Rimmels
Writer: Devin Grayson
I try really hard not to have expectations before I read book, but I have to confess that I started salivating for Devin Graysons Black Widow when I first heard about it at last years Comic-Con in San Diego. Graysons a talented writer who I was sure would bring an interesting touch to the under-appreciated character.
I was right but not in the way I expected. Grayson brings Natasha Romanova back to her spy roots in a scenario that works in this post-Cold War world. Black Widow is dispatched by both the Russian and American governments to retrieve a deadly bio-toxin from Rhapastan. The monkey wrench in the scenario is the fact that the Black Widow has been sent to kill her. No, thats not a mistake. Natashas original trainers in Moscows Red Room have trained another Black Widow to replace and eliminate her.
Ive been pleased with the results of Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesadas Marvel Knights line, and Black Widow is no exception. The opening of the Soviet Union has expanded the story possibilities for spies rather than diminished them since things are no longer so us-against-them simple. Grayson is clearly fascinated by Black Widows potential and does a good job of conveying the stoic Russian attitudes and innate professionalism the character requires. Its clear even in black-and-white photocopies of the real pages that Jones art is nicely done with painterly details.
If the rest of the three-issue miniseries fulfills the promise of the first installment, I hope it sells well enough to warrant a regular gig for both Black Widow and Grayson. They make a great team.
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