- Series: Black Widow
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (July 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785147004
- ISBN-13: 978-0785147008
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Widow: The Name of the Rose Paperback – July 6, 2011
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Prior to the launch of this series, Natasha has spent the last few years as a major supporting character in "Captain America" under the pen of Ed Brubaker (who now also writes her in the pages of "Secret Avengers"), and is now the girlfriend of the new Captain America, James "Bucky" Barnes. Natasha tends not to stay in one place for long, so her supporting cast is pretty much all other superheroes (Bucky, Wolverine, Iron Man, Hawkeye - all but Wolverine being current or ex-boyfriends), which Liu runs with here: a mysterious new presence appears on the scene, who exposes Natasha's secret data collection efforts and attempts to frame her as a spy (similar to the JLA "Tower of Babel" storyline, but refreshingly, Natasha's friends aren't surprised by this nor do they have a problem with it).Read more ›
Please don't hold the limits of my reviewing against the book. I could go on about it, really. Lemme just say, if you want to know the Black Widow at her core, this is the story to read. Skip the Origins. Or at least get this one first.
The Name of the Rose graphic novel captures the five-part Black Widow mini-series, where the Widow faces one of her toughest challenges, one that will assault her on a myriad of levels, physical, emotional, and mental, and that will nearly kill her. And that will resurrect people and events that she thought were long buried and forgotten.
The series begins with the Widow being sent a faded black rose and a ribbon. She has some inkling as to what they mean but will not tell even her closest friends and associates. This is her mystery and her fight and she will pursue it alone, on a quest that takes her all over the world as well as to decades in her past. There are some good interactions between the major players in this mini-series, including gems like:
Wolverine: Just a flesh wound, right?
Black Widow: Bleeding stumps are flesh wounds. What I've got is a scratch.
And a lovely bit very reminiscent of a scene in the Avengers movie where Natasha ... well, I won't say any more. This mini-series also understands that, at heart, the Black Widow is first and foremost, a spy, and that continues to have ripple effects through her entire life even after she has, in theory, given up the profession.
So what didn't I like?
- Natasha got taken out far too easily early in the mini-series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No one should know what that means to her. Stunned, she reacts too slow after seeing the rose. Unable to move, paralyzed by a dart in the neck, her enemy slides the knife into her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wistful Angst
Excellent artwork and storyline from Marjorie liu. Wished the story to be longer and have a more in depth history between the villain and black widow, and I love the relationship... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The art is good, the writing is bad. Time lapses, things start and stop, and go back in time. Very little is revealed about Natasha, aside from the fact that a long time ago she... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JD
Awesome story, the art is equaly as good. We need a GN on the red room though.Published 14 months ago by L.M. III
This book is the absolute best Black Widow story in a long line of great books about Marvel's top spy.
The art is outstanding. Read more
Maybe not of the caliber of the recent run (Which I adore), but I good read nontheless. I enjoyed the story line a lot. We keep hearing about all the people she's wronged... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Labrynth
And a must-read to anyone that wants to start reading about the Black Widow: everything about this graphic novel is perfection, starting from the amazing art (Daniel Acuña... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Franci