Monday, January 30, 2017

Comics Rant: Black Widow #9

Black Widow #9
Story by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Drawn by Chris Samnee
Colored by Matthew Wilson

In reality, the market has been flooded with relaunched super hero books and it feels like to me, anyway, a great deal of them ain't worth the paper they are printed on. Creative teams that don't stick beyond a few issues, or that get twice a month shipping that really cuts into the quality (no, I'm not talking about you, Amazing Spider-Man) of the comic brings down, in my opinion, the industry as a whole.

But that's where you have a title
like Black Widow. It always felt that Mark Waid always paid a bit more attention to detail in his work, that and being so old school he can really work the Marvel Method to get the very best from the team he's working with. Don't believe me? Then go check out his run on Fantastic Four. He has an uncanny (X-Men?) ability to meld seamlessly with his group of creators to create not only something unique but, also, very enjoyable.

Okay, all that crap out of the way, Black Widow is an awesome ass comic book. It pretty much comes off as a kick ass James Bond comic. No, we don't count that goofy James Bond Jr. We don't talk about that. For the last few issues, Black Widow has been beefing with Recluse. Recluse is one of the girls that was recruited into the Red Room Project that created Soviet super killers. Im betting that this program is what caused the fall of the Soviet Empire. Well, that and mismanagement, but hey, who's counting.

Recluse has it in for our favorite red headed Russian spy. Why? Because Natasha is so much better than her and everyone in the Red Room program liked her more. Really. But here, Recluse has not only killed Black Widow's one time aid, Iosef, but she's also taken hostage, Bucky Barnes, the Winter Solider.

This standoff doesn't last for long, because the fight takes place in Iosef's cabin in the woods. It's a place where Natasha knows every inch and knows all the hidden traps and uses one to escape with Winter Solider. Once Winter Solider is free, he and Black Widow team up and fight Recluse. Two on one effort doesn't last very long as Recluse just says "To hell with this." And bolts. But the ending is what really gets you pumped for what comes next.

First, Winter Solider was really dispatched to bring Black Widow to see Nick Fury, on charges no doubt from when homegirl blew up the Hellicarrier. Two, the Weeping Lion is really playing Black Widow in an elaborate ruse to gain her trust and kill her, also dude has his own version of the Red Room with new recruits he's got locked up in a dungeon. Stoked for where the book goes next and I'll be more than happy to spend $3.99 on it.

-Tash Moore

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