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Black Widow Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted Paperback – November 8, 2016
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About the Author
Mark Waid has written a wider variety of well-known characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics of all time.
Chris Samnee is an American comic book artist. He received the 2011 Harvey Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his work on the Thor: The Mighty Avenger, and won a 2013 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker for his work on the The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom and his Daredevil. He was also nominated for the 2006 Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award.
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Top Customer Reviews
Artist Chris Samnee was new to me, but I will keep him on my radar - his style is seemingly simply but a closer study of his design reveals that his art is anything but. I'm not usually a big fan of SHIELD storylines, but this one will have me back for the second volume.
Agent Elder had potential, which of course got lost. Because heaven forbid we actually utilize something well in this run. Tony Stark... who for once, isn't being a total tool, gets knocked out instead of her simply asking for what she needs. Huh? Not to mention Nat has never been one to hide her past or not admit the things she's done. She had her face plastered all over the world wide news thanks to Anderson Cooper with questions as to if she's a terrorist and she doesn't deny any of it, but this whole thing is such a huge secret she would do anything to keep it from getting out? And now that it's out... what? Oh, nothing.
Don't go thinking the rest of the issues get any better issues. Do yourself a favor, skip this and just go back and reread the E/N run. At least they understood Natasha. And Noto's work is to die for at every turn. Not the blocky, clunky, cartoonish art we got from Samnee.
This trade paperback collects the first six issues of the 2016 Black Widow Comic series. We also get a collection of all the regular covers and a handful of alternate covers.
Mark Waid is one of the most continuously superior writers in comic book history. Chris Samnee burst on the scene several years ago and has been making a huge name for himself with his shadowy art work. Samnee comes from that Alex Toth and Darwyn Cooke school of art where the line work is simple, but every line is perfectly placed.
The story starts out with a bang with the Widow on the SHEILD Helicarrier and stealing something. After her very dramatic escape the story shifts from Natasha's childhood as she returns to Mother Russia. This is my favorite part of the story as we learn more about the Red Room , where she was trained. We also see a new incarnation of the Red Room and new young agents being trained.
The villain for this saga is a mysterious man know as the Weeping Lion.
If I have any qualms for this collection is that the sixth episode tries to wrap up everything a little too quickly and we are left with many loose ends. I assume these will all be touched on in the second volume.
My Highest Recommendation.
This however, was a pleasant surprise. The early issues are all action and light on story. I'm glad I waited for the trade so I could get to the meat of the story without having to wait month-to-month.
I really enjoyed this book and eagerly anticipate the next volume. This could tie or surpass Edmondson's run, if it maintains this momentum.