Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Comics Rant: Black Widow #3
Written by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Drawn by Chris Samnee
Colored by Matthew Wilson
Back to the genius that is the former creative team of Daredevil, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. I'll admit to being sad when they left the Man Without Fear, but was perked right back up when I heard they were launching a new Black Widow book and this doesn't disappoint. Not only do we get a comic book that's full of action but intrigue too. Think James Bond minus the sex and he's got a red wig on. Yup, that's very strange, but bare with me here, folks.
The Weeping Lion has got the goods on Natasha
and wants her to go back to the Red Room where she spent her childhood training to retrieve some classified Intel. Natasha gets a fake name and is off from JFK Airport to Russia. While this book is low on dialogue, it's a high octane action all the way. Natasha gets to Russia and starts digging around the Red Room and of course she runs into some other highly trained operatives looking for Natasha.
Black Widow relives her past and uses her ballerina training (also, I guess some Martial Arts training, too) to kick all their asses and spoil their plans. It's a hauntingly beautiful tale where Black Widow relives all the horrors that she's seen along with the daily difficulty she had to endure training to be a Black Widow. No wonder Black Widow freaks out whenever she goes to Broadway, must be all the murder she was taught. That and the dance lessons. Those always lead to a mental breakdown. Trust me, I'm a former dancer, I know what I'm talking about.
But while Natasha has been kicking ass and taking names, she too is being followed. She lets her guard down and boom! A very little girl who looks like Black Widow, sneaks up on her and stabs her in the stomach. Ouch. Black Widow starts to bleed out and that's where our story ends for now. While it seems like a minimalist story it's loaded with symbolism and a pace that breezes along. Its actually the complete opposite of minimalist. It's low on the talking but the action makes up for that and Waid and Samnee are such great storytellers that they don't need words to get their tale across and understood. It's a modern classic and it deserves a shot if you aren't reading it. It's worth every penny.