Like all the rest of the regular Marvel titles, Black Widow is ending as the Secret Wars/Battleworld stuff happens. One of the themes in this book, which to me is reminiscent of the Widow/Loki scene in the Avengers movie, is Widow trying to “balance her ledgers.” This story goes back and forth between one of Widow’s early missions for the Russians in Cuba, and her desperately trying to save people as the world ends in the present.
This issue does a great job of showing why Natasha feels the need to atone. In her younger days, she was a ruthless agent, and this is an ugly mission. She is called on to do some nasty work, and doesn’t even blink. The vast majority of the story is in the past, and it’s an interesting study in what she used to be like.
Plot: I’ll give this a 3 out of 5 for plot. The past story is well done, if very grim. It’s a nice juxtaposition of her more heroic outlook these days.
Art: I didn’t love the art this time out. Nat’s face didn’t look quite right, I’m not sure why. The rest of it was nicely done, though. I’ll say 2.5 our of 5 for the art.
Positives: It’s a powerful story. Natasha has a dark past, and this is a good exploration of it. She was a very ruthless woman, and, with this kind of history, I can see why she wants so much to make up for it.
Negatives: As I said, the art wasn’t quite right in my opinion. Also, the modern story was just a few panels here and there, and it wasn’t well explained.
I liked this book. I’ve always found Black Widow an interesting character, and I was enjoying see more of her. I will miss this title. I can’t say I like the toll the Secret Wars event is taking on books I enjoy.
Black Widow #20
Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Phil Noto