Monday, May 9, 2016

Comics Rant: Black Widow #2

Black Widow #2
Written by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee
Drawn by Chris Samnee
Colored by Matthew Wilson

Man, this has quickly become one of my favorite books to read and it's only on the second issue.  Last issue started with a bang. Right out of the gate, Black Widow attacked the agents on the SHIELD Hellicarrier. Along with kicking ass, Black Widow ends up stealing this super important hard drive. During the first issue, you don't know why, but we get some insight here.

Our story begins with Maria Hill putting some dead SHIELD agents to rest. Mind you some of these are the ones that tried to stop Black Widow from stealing info from SHIELD back in issue #1. Maria Hill is in the cross hairs of a sharpshooter! But thankfully, Black Widow is there in disguise and takes out the sharpshooters in the shadows.

But Black Widow gets taken down and captured. By whom, you might ask? A dude rocking a black ski mask covering his face named the "Weeping Lion." I gotta admit that name don't strike fear into my heart. But hey, when you make awesome action comics like Waid and Samnee you can be allowed a bad name for your villain. Respect.

Black Widow wakes up and kicks his henchmen's ass. Naturally. But the Weeping Lion shows Black Widow a folder and while we don't see what she sees, it's bad. So now she's under this guy's thumb. So whatever that weird hard drive was from issue one, was stolen on his behalf. So look at that. It all comes together. Natasha didn't really turn on SHIELD, she's being forced to. Dun, Dun, Dun!

So stoked to see how this all turns out. What's on the drive? What the hell was the in the folder that Weeping Lion showed to Black Widow? I'm officially all in with this book. The story and art are completely four star and engrossing. I didn't want it to be over. It's like when I eat cheesecake. I'd get sick before I stopped. So I can safely say that if I see Waid and Samnee at a comic con I'd be all like "Please sir, may I have some more!"

-Tash Moore

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