Black Widow #4
Written by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Drawn by Chris Samnee
Colored by Matthew Wilson
Black Widow is still recovering from the wounds that were handed to her by a young killer agent from last issue. She wakes up in a cabin in the woods and is being mended to by her old, former handler, Iosef. If you don't know this guy, then you might want to dig up and read those old Daredevil issues from when Widow and Ol' Hornhead were a couple and living in San Fran and DD was really a team up book. Iosef was there. Except he had that super (not really) awesome Charles Bronson mustache.
Iosef nurses Black Widow back to (semi) health.
Seems like the Soviets who created the Red Room that trained her now operate without any backing from the Soviets. No money for the Soviets also means no oversight. Now that you think about it, if you're creating a government funded organization that turns young girls into mindless killing machines, how much fucking oversight is really needed?
Weeping Lion still wants the old Red Room files so it's up to Widow to galavant to the former Soviet Union to get it. Iosef breaks out some old weapons and retrains Natasha in the art of old school close range killing. Black Widow finds her old Russian compound quite easily. I mean, it is out in the very fucking open, so how hard could it have been to find this place. Shit, I bet it's on google maps. Widow runs into her old teacher in the Red Room.
Also, Black Widow comes face to face with her old friend who trained alongside her as a kid, but you know, wasn't that quite good to make the cut. Natasha's old roomie wants to throw down but decides that it's better to wait until Black Widow is totally healed before they go toe to toe. Which I guess is Latin for fight. I think.
So Widow has the list and is off to deliver it to the guy who has contracted her, the Weeping Lion. Which I still can't tell if it's an awesome or crappy name. Since its Mark Waid, I'll say awesome. Getting back to it all, Waid and Sanmee present the very best of what comic books are. This is the cream of the crop. This is what fans want. Great stories and great artwork. No fancy reboots or multiple renumbering or interconnecting stories across a million different titles. In the words of some guy, "Keep it simple, stupid."