Review: Black Widow #1

Black_Widow_1_CoverShe is the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous super-spy. Capable of hunting her targets with lethal precision. But what happens when the hunter…becomes the hunted?

Black Widow #1 kicks off with a bang. Black Widow is now S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most wanted and that exciting twist is courtesy of writer Mark Waid, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Joe Caramagna. This is the team who resuscitated life in to Daredevil giving is a sleek, fun, and cool version of the classic character, and after this first issue, it looks like they may be doing the same for Marvel’s deadly assassin.

Usually a first issue will give lots of information about the character, maybe the situation, setting up what’s to come, but Waid and Samnee have given us an action sequence worthy of a Bond opening in a comic that’s mostly wordless. Only have the pages have speech bubbles and those pages that do only have 2 or 3. In fact Black Widow’s first words aren’t spoken until the very last page.

That’s a hell of an exciting start that had me visualizing the comic as if it were on the big screen and my sitting back enjoying some popcorn and smiling with a huge grin. This first issue is that fun and action packed.

It’s a visually driven start and Samnee’s art, along with Wilson’s colors, absolutely nails it. Body language speaks wonders. The sense of motion as Widow hurtles through the air is felt as if you’re falling. It’s a kinetic display on the page that oozes off.

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting in this first issue, but I can definitely say this wasn’t it. Waid seems to have redefined a first issue giving us one that’s worthy of being the opening sequence on the big screen. Comics are supposed to be fun, and Samnee and Waid have nailed it.

Story: Chris Samnee and Mark Waid Art: Chris Samnee Colors: Matt Wilson
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review