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Preview: Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1

Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1

(W) Ralph Macchio (A) Simone Buonfantino (CA) Emanuela Lupacchino
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 28, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Something’s stirring in the criminal underworld. Maggia boss SILVERMANE is making his move. S.H.I.E.L.D. has sent an agent in to investigate, but they’ve disappeared. It’s time to call in the heavy hitters. It’s time to call in the BLACK WIDOW. And the plan NATASHA ROMANOFF will uncover is far deadlier than any of them realized. Don’t miss this all-new tale from the dangerous, deep-cover days of the Black Widow!

Black Widow: Widow's Sting #1

Black Widow’s Covers Reveal More Secrets and Mystery

Natasha Romanoff’s deadliest enemies have banded together in writer Kelly Thompson and artist Elena Casagrande’s thrilling new run on Black Widow. The Avenger is unknowingly trapped in a seemingly perfect life in San Francisco complete with a fancy job and a loving fiancé. As the cracks in this devious deception began to show in yesterday’s shocking second issue, fans learned yet another startling secret—Black Widow has a son! Who is little Stevie? Who are the villains behind this twisted plot? And when and how will Natasha break free? The revelations continue nonstop in Black Widow #3 on November 4th but in the meantime, get a sneak peek at what’s to come in two stunning upcoming variant covers!

A foreboding family portrait teases the devastating cost that will come when Black Widow discovers the truth in Annie Wu’s haunting variant cover for Black Widow #3, and Natasha Romanoff’s shattered past collides with her idyllic new life in Marco Checcheto’s mesmerizing variant cover for Black Widow #4.

The Black Widow #3 variant cover is by Annie Wu while the Black Widow #4 variant cover is by Marco Checchetto.

The MCU’s Black Widow Inspires Variant Covers Showcasing Marvel Comics’ Black Widow

Marvel has revealed that select Black Widow comics will receive new Marvel Cinematic Universe variant covers featuring artwork inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Widow! To celebrate the superspy Avenger’s upcoming solo adventure, fans can find these variants by exploring her action-packed world of espionage in Black Widow #3, the next issue in her current ongoing series by Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande, as well as one-shots like Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1 by Ralph Macchio and Simone Buonfantino and Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova #1 by Devin Grayson and Michele Bandini.

Drawn by some of the industry’s hottest talents, these eye-catching covers showcase characters and imagery from the highly-anticipated film. One of the most popular Black Widow artists in recent years, Eisner award-winning artist Chris Samnee returns to the character with a movie poster-style cover depicting the film’s main cast for Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova #1. On superstar artist Stefano Caselli’s Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1 cover, Natasha Romanoff races to her next mission. And fans will be delighted at Jen Bartel’s vibrant depiction of Scarlett Johansson’s iconic portrayal of the character in her cover for Black Widow #3!

BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING #1 (FEB200830)

Written by RALPH MACCHIO
Art by SIMONE BUONFANTINO
MCU Variant Cover by STEFANO CASELLI (AUG200683)

BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING #1 (FEB200830)

BLACK WIDOW #3 (APR200951)

Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art by ELENA CASAGRANDE
MCU Variant Cover by JEN BARTEL

BLACK WIDOW #3 (APR200951)

WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BELOVA #1 (FEB200833)

Written by DEVIN GRAYSON
Art by MICHELE BANDINI
MCU VARIANT COVER by CHRIS SAMNEE (SEP200639)

WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BELOVA #1

Captain America and Black Widow Headline a Free Military Virtual Con

The current situation has impacted events all over and that extends to the military. The USO is going virtual with its Military Virtual Programming Con which takes place on October 6-8. Headling the event is Captain America and Black Widow, aka actors Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.

While that might seem totally on the level, when it comes to Marvel and the military, questions always need to be raised. Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter has been accused of having undue influence over the Office of Veterans Affairs and has used that influence to benefit Marvel.

Other guests for the event include Norman Reedus (Darryl from “The Walking Dead” and star of AMC’s “Ride With Norman Reedus”), Gerard Way (lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance and creator of the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy”) and Jon Bernthal (Marvel’s “The Punisher”) also highlight the event.

Much like you’d find at any other virtual fan convention, the USO’s event features panels that will be broadcast online. Panels include ones from the National Cartoonists Society Panel, MAD Magazine, DC FanDome, and more.

Unlike other events, this is meant for the military. For each Zoom event you’ll need to vouch that you’re a Department of Defense ID holder or dependent of one, but it’s the honor system. You will be asked to provide your installation, service branch and rank for yourself or your family member.

Preview: Black Widow #2

Black Widow #2

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Adam Hughes
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

WIDOW NO MORE?
Something is very wrong with Natasha Romanoff: she’s…happy?! Retirement definitely agrees with the world’s deadliest woman as she revels in the perfect life she never even dreamed she could have. But scratch the surface of that perfect life and you’ll find something very wrong…and a woman like Nat just can’t help but scratch.

Black Widow #2

Diamond Select Toys In Stores Now: Batman, Taskmaster, Horror and More!

Comic shops across the North America are receiving a ton of new products from Diamond Select Toys! There’s something for everyone this week, including action figures, statues, Gallery Dioramas and D-Formz, based on Marvel Comics, Marvel movies, DC Comics, DC movies, Godzilla, Nightmare Before Christmas and horror movie classics! It’s the best of all worlds!

DC Classic Movie Gallery Batman 1989 PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the most iconic Batmen of all time takes the stage with this all-new Gallery Diorama of Batman from Tim Burton’s 1989 movie Batman! Standing atop a distinctive piece of Gotham City architecture, Batman spreads his cape and prepares to dive on some unsuspecting evildoer. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item # MAR202618, SRP: $49.99)

DC Classic Movie Gallery Batman 1989 PVC Diorama

DC Comic Gallery Lex Luthor PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Destroy Superman! Lex Luthor dons his powerful armor to take on Superman in the newest DC Comics-inspired Gallery Diorama! Raising his hand to fire a Kryptonite-fueled blast, this sculpture measures approximately 9 inches tall, is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #MAR202619, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Lex Luthor PVC Diorama

Godzilla Deluxe Gallery Rodan 1993 PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the ultimate team-up! Rodan joins forces with the previously offered Godzilla to form a diorama tribute to 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II! Sculpted in a pose from the iconic movie poster, Rodan measures approximately 8 inches tall and is cast in high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Displays by itself or as a pair with the Godzilla 1993 diorama. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza.  (Item #MAR202621, SRP: $74.99)

Godzilla Deluxe Gallery Rodan 1993 PVC Diorama

Horror D-Formz PVC Figurines Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The horror, the horror! Three horror legends unite for the first assortment of Stylized D-Formz PVC figurines! Pennywise, Annabelle, the Nun and Regan from The Exorcist fill out the assortment, along with rare variant Nun and Regan figures! Each figurine comes packaged in a blind box, with 12 boxes in each counter display. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. (Item #FEB202404, SRP: $7.99/ea. )

Horror D-Formz PVC Figurines Series 1 Asst.

Marvel Comic Gallery Agent Venom PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! We are Venom! Flash Thompson dons the Venom symbiote once again for this new Marvel Gallery Diorama! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture of one of Venom’s most popular pairings is cast in high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira.  (Item #MAR202623, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Agent Venom PVC Diorama

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Endgame Rocket PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release!  The Guardian of the Galaxy finally gets his own Gallery Diorama! Based on his appearance in Avengers: Endgame, this sculpture of Rocket measures approximately 7 inches tall on a pedestal base, is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #MAR202625, SRP: $39.99)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Endgame Rocket PVC Diorama

Marvel Select Black Widow Movie Taskmaster Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The long-awaited Black Widow movie is almost here, and the villain is just as cool as the heroine! Taskmaster arrives on the big screen to menace Natasha this spring, and he’ll be on toy shelves this summer, as part of the Marvel Select toy line! This approximately 7-inch action figure includes multiple accessories and 16 points of articulation and comes packaged on display-ready Select action figure packaging. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB202410, SRP: $29.99

Nightmare Before Christmas Milestones Jack and Sally Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s snowing in Halloween Town, and Jack and Sally have finally gotten together in this all-new statue from DST! Measuring approximately 14” tall, and inspired by the final scenes of the movie, this Milestones statue of Jack and Sally is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #OCT192539, SRP: $199.99)

It’s Knullified Variants for Marvel as the King in Black Takes Over

Knull is coming. The God of Symbiotes will make his long-dreaded arrival this December in King in Black, the monumental event that delivers on everything Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have built up in their groundbreaking run on Venom. To celebrate this epic storyline, readers can see Knullified versions of their favorite Marvel heroes on twisted variant covers coming in December.

These chaotic versions of heroes like Captain America, Thor, and Storm reveal just what happens when Knull’s overwhelming darkness overcomes the Marvel Universe as we know it. You can see some of these glorious covers now featuring an all-star lineup of amazing artists including Skan, Ken Lashley, Taurin Clark, Iban Coello, and more! Be on the lookout for more Knullified variant covers coming your way and brace yourself for Knull’s impact this December in King in Black!

  • BLACK CAT #1 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by TAURIN CLARK
  • BLACK WIDOW #4 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by SKAN
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #26 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #24 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by TRADD MOORE
  • CONAN THE BARBARIAN #17 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by E.M. GIST
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #27 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by JUAN FERREYA
  • GHOST RIDER: RETURN OF VENGEANCE #1 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by KYLE HOTZ
  • THOR #10 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by KEN LASHLEY
  • VENOM #31 KNULLIFIED VARIANT by FRANCISCO HERRERA
  • X-MEN #16 KNULLIFIED VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Catch-up with FF and Exclusive Black Widow

Greetings, humans! I’m still playing COVID-catch-up and there’s more ground to cover, especially when new Legends, Black Series, and more are primed to hit in the very near future. First, some shopping details . . .

The Land of Pre-Orders: The Marvel Legends Stepford Cuckoos, previously a Walgreens exclusive, are now up for a January pre-order at Big Bad Toy Store. A number of new McFarlane Toys DCU figures just went up for pre-order at various outlets. I just received my ML Moon Knight from Walgreens that I pre-ordered four months ago, review pending. Backing is now closed for the enormously successful HasLabs ML Sentinel. A whole slew of Star Wars Black Series and Vintage Series figures just got posted across channels as well. Budget mightily, my friends.

Walmart Exclusive Marvel Legends Black Widow: God, how I loathe Walmart, Target, and Walgreens exclusives. I can’t think of ANYONE in the fan community that likes the mechanisms. Sure, some of the figures are great, but at this point, Hasbro is risking alienating fans when they have their own perfectly fine delivery system with Hasbro Pulse. I have ZERO complaints about my numerous Pulse orders. I have nothing BUT complaints about every exclusive I’ve obtained (or tried and failed to obtain) from the other outlets. I pre-ordered this particular figure from Walmart, had it cancelled, tried again, had it failed, and finally said f— it and got it on eBay for several more bucks that I wanted to pay.

The main reason that I wanted this Black Widow is that it’s finally doing Natasha in the Frank Miller design that she also wore during her ‘90s tenure in the Avengers as team leader. I really enjoyed a lot of those stories, and since I do shelves based on decades or particular line-ups, this was a must-have for me. Overall, the figure is great. The sculpt is solid, the jacket is well-done, and the hair is perfect. I also enjoy the various accessory pieces for the Widow’s Sting/Bite bracelets, particularly the “smoking gun” versions. I’m lukewarm on the jetpack, but it’s just one in a solid bunch of value-adds. I like the figure a lot, but I wish that it would have come from Pulse or a dependable exclusive partner, like Entertainment Earth.

Marvel Legends Fantastic Four Super-Skrull BAF assortment

Ah, the Super-Skrull. Previously done one time in the somewhat hard-to-find now FF waves that were ML adjacent, he became a much requested figure over time. His presence as the BAF in this group was the tipping point for me, as someone that has a couple of solid runs of FF figures. Let’s cover the six individual figures, and then Super-Skrull.

Mister Fantastic: The new FF figures take their visual inspiration from the art of the terrific Sara Pichelli, who began her run on the team with the new #1 in 2018. I really like her darker take on the costumes and other elements. The latest figures themselves have a lot of carryover from the Walgreens wave of a couple of years ago (which were MUCH easier to find), but there are enough new bits to make them a separate entity. My favorite thing about Reed here is that they finally gave us a bearded Reed. I think that the stretchy fingers are a little bit, well, silly, but it’s a new twist on stretching accessories, so I can dig it.

Invisible Woman: The figure itself feels a bit slight, almost too thin. However, the head sculpt is great and there’s a tremendous accessory in terms of the invisible shield. Honestly, I’m struck  by how much the figure just looks like Sue. I might prefer the Walgreens version to this one; overall it’s good figure that is just overshadowed by other pieces in the line.

Human Torch: The “human” Johnny instead of a fully “Flame On!” Johnny was a good idea, as where the various flame accessories. The hands were well-considered, and the trails of fire look great in a display. It’s hard to give an action figure a cocky attitude, but they managed to do that with the face sculpt. I found this to be really strong work.

The Thing: The big guy is massive. The body is pretty much the same as the Walgreens version, but I do really like the grumpy face. This is a full-on “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” take on Ben that I really enjoy. I think that the rocky surface detail work and the paint wash are really well done, adding some nuance where he could have just been a big, orange, well, thing. I also find the figure to be more poseable that I expected, given its size.

Savage She-Hulk: This is the modern take on the “Savage” She-Hulk that we began to see regularly with the Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness run of Avengers that began in 2018. Of course, Shulkie has a distinguished history with the FF, too. I like this figure more than I expected to, but it’s just not a favorite for me. I like the hair effects, but it feels like the design team trended a little more “sexy” on the body than the slightly more “muscly” look we see in McGuinness’s art.

Doctor Doom: Doom is great, full-stop. I like everything about this take on Doom, and he was the other tipping-point for me to get this wave. The mask and the visible eyes are perfect. Also, the clutching hand is key, in my opinion. Everything about this figure just nails DOOM for me. The cape is very well-done, and the notion of including two different heads with different interpretations of the hooded look is right on. This is peak Doom.

Super-Skrull: No pun intended, but this is one fantastic BAF. I went with the smiling head because, damn, that’s a great expression. I love that we got two arm options; I went with both powered arms. This is a much better treatment than the worst take, and worthy of a long-serving, and fan-favorite, character. This is one of the times that I see the figure and just think, “That’s it; that’s the character.” It’s not a HUGE build-a-figure, but’s it’s an incredibly well-considered use of the BAF idea, and the extra limbs and head are icing. It’s a strong and sensible use of the slot, and it just looks great. Like I said, this was the main driver in me getting the set, and I am not disappointed.

That’s all for now, kids. I’ll be back extremely soon with take on the ML Age of Apocalypse assortment, as well as the Walgreens Exclusive Moon Knight. We’ve got new Star Wars coming in soon, as well as that X-Force/Strong Guy line-up. Thanks for reading.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Black Widow #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Baloney & Friends (Disney Hyperion) – A really cute graphic novel for young readers. Check out our review.

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – Black Widow is back in her own series! We’ve read the first issue and we’re beyond intrigued by this spy/action series.

DCeased: Dead Planet #3 (DC Comics) – What’s in the “green” on the other side of the world? We find out and it’s interesting! A lot is dropped this issue about the real threat at hand.

Grendel Kentucky #1 (AWA Studios) – A small town has a monster they sacrifice a person to every season but, what happens when the town breaks that deal?

Inkblot #1 (Image Comics) – Emma Kubert and Rusty Gladd’s new high-fantasy epic series about a sorceress attempting to correct her greatest mistake.

Lonely Receiver #1 (AfterShock) – A horror/breakup story in five parts.

Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1 (Marvel) – A new volume and take on the popular Marvel Zombies series. It’s a familiar plot but well done and we’re excited to see where it all goes.

My Little Pony/Transformers #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue caught us off guard at how well it worked and how fun it was. We’re excited to see what else the series has up its sleeve.

Strange Adventures #5 (DC Comics) – The series is a long game in that each issue is just a slice of the bigger puzzle. A threat looms over Earth and Adam Strange may be the one who has to save it.

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The latest BOOM! series with buzz. It’s already sold out before release.

Preview: Black Widow #1

Black Widow #1

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Adam Hughes
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 02, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Best-selling, Eisner-nominated writer Kelly Thompson (CAPTAIN MARVEL, STAR) and rising star artist Elena Casagrande (Catwoman) launch a new BLACK WIDOW series that changes everything! Natasha Romanoff has been a spy almost as long as she’s been alive. And she’s never stopped running, whether she was working for the good guys…or the bad. But Natasha’s world is about to be upended. Beyond San Francisco’s Golden Gate lies a mystery that only the Marvel Universe’s greatest spy can solve. Don’t miss the heartbreaking thrill ride of 2020!

Black Widow #1
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