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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.

Review: Black Widow #2

Black Widow #2

Something is wrong with Natasha Romanoff… she’s happy!? Black Widow #2 improves upon the first issue as we dig deeper into this rather odd situation for Black Widow to be in. Domestic bliss is not a situation you’d expect her to battle.

Written by Kelly Thompson, Black Widow #2 has an exploration as to what’s going on with our heroine. Clint and Bucky have teamed up to figure out if Natasha is in need of help or if she’s truly happy and safe. It’s that espionage thriller that’s a hell of a draw. The second issue really takes its queues from some classics leaving us to wonder not necessarily what’s going on but more of the why.

And that’s partially what’s interesting with what Thompson has set up. We know Natasha is being watched by the classic villain Arcade and can guess he’s behind what’s going on. A false reality is something he’s known for. But, what’s also clear is, he’s not in charge. There’s someone who has hired the assassin to pull the strings. Who? Why? We get hints as to that by this issue’s end.

Thompson delivers so much more than that though. With the inclusion of Clint and Bucky, we get a “buddy cop” aspect to the issue that adds humor to it all. It’d be easy to focus just on Natasha and as she lives her life we discover the truth. But, with the duo of heroes we not only get some laughs but also a moral debate as to what should be done. She seems happy. Should they leave her to be? Should they “wake” her up? There’s an interesting moral aspect to the issue that couldn’t exist without them.

Elena Casagrande with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Cory Petit is fantastic. Much of the comic is domestic goings on. But, when there’s action, there’s some solid action. The team also uses shadows to really build the mystery as to who is behind things delivering just enough to figure out some of the answers. The comic is just fantastic to look at though and there’s some designs for outfits that are top notch. Natasha’s dress is amazing and beautiful for instance. The art just nails that thriller aspect.

Black Widow #2 delivers the goods and tops the first issue in every way. That was the basic setup but this is the issue where the cards are on the table and we get a thrilling story of espionage and sleeper agents. There’s also enough teased out to get readers really interested as to where it all goes, especially due to the ending which really emphasizes the “why” of it all. This is just a fantastic superhero comic without the flashy spandex.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Elena Casagrande
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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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

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

Natasha Romanoff is the Black Widow No More!

What happens when Black Widow’s deadliest enemies discover a way to take her out? Find out this September when Eisner-nominated writer Kelly Thompson and rising star artist Elena Casagrande take the Marvel Universe’s greatest spy on a heartbreaking thrill ride into uncharted territory. Natasha Romanoff’s world is upended when the superspy Avenger finds herself trapped in a mystery that even she can’t solve. Your first clues about the mission that could mark the end of Black Widow await in this top-secret trailer!

Discover all the secrets of Natasha Romanoff’s latest adventure when Black Widow #1, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Elena Casagrande, colors by Jordie Bellaire, and cover by Adam Hughes, goes on sale this September. Pre-order your copy today online or at your local comic shop!

Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande Launch a New Black Widow Ongoing Series this April

Eisner-nominated writer Kelly Thompson will be launching a new Black Widow ongoing series this April! Drawn by rising star artist Elena Casagrande, Black Widow #1 will feature a deadly mystery that only the Marvel Universe’s greatest spy can solve.

Beyond San Francisco’s Golden Gate, Natasha’s entire world will be upended as she finds herself up against some of her most formidable villains. But what happens when they’ve found a way to take her out – even more permanent than death? Readers can expect all the intrigue and heart-pounding exploits that Natasha Ramonoff is known for as well as appearances by characters like Red Guardian and Yelena Belova! With this new series, 2020 will be Black Widow’s greatest adventure yet!

Written by Thompson with art by Casagrande, Black Widow #1 features a cover by Adam Hughes. Follow along on Natasha Ramonoff’s latest mission this April!

Black Widow #1

DC Releases a First Look at the Landmark Wonder Woman #750

Wonder Woman #750

Stories and artwork by Steve Orlando, Jesus Marino, Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Gail Simone, Colleen Doran, Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch, Mariko Tamaki, Elena Casagrande, Kami Garcia, Phil Hester, Shannon and Dean Hale, Riley Rossmo, Vita Ayala, Amancay Nahuelpan, Ramona Fradon, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Emanuela Lupacchino, Liam Sharp, Bilquis Evely and Travis Moore.
Cover by Joëlle Jones and Trish Mulvihill
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
Final Orders Due: Dec 09, 2019
Prestige Format
SRP: $9.99

Decade Variant covers:
1940s variant cover by Joshua Middleton
1950s variant cover by Jenny Frison
1960s variant cover by J. Scott Campbell and Sabine Rich
1970s variant cover by Olivier Coipel
1980s variant cover by George Pérez and Laura Martin
1990s variant cover by Brian Bolland
2000s variant cover by Adam Hughes
2010s variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair

AN ALL-STAR COLLECTION OF CREATIVE TALENT CELEBRATE
WONDER WOMAN THIS JANUARY IN LANDMARK ISSUE

Wonder Woman #750 is an all-star 96-page celebration of the Amazon Princess by longtime favorites and acclaimed new voices! This oversized gem tells tales from Diana’s past and present, along with major implications for the future of DC’s first Super Hero! Storytellers contributing to the issue include Colleen Doran, Mariko Tamaki, and legendary Wonder Woman creators Gail Simone, Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott and Greg Rucka returning to the character! Wonder Woman #750 also features pinup artwork by Ramona Fradon, José Luis Garcia-López, Emanuela Lupacchino, Bilquis Evely and Travis Moore.

In this first look, Mariko Tamaki and Elena Casagrande show Wonder Woman’s strength; Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott test her friendship and grace; and Gail Simone, Colleen Doran, and Hi-Fi revisit her love and compassion (and bring back Star-Blossom!) to showcase Diana’s wisdom and wonder. All this and more when Wonder Woman #750 hits shelves on January 22nd, 2020.

Wonder Woman #750

Preview: New Year’s Evil #1

New Year’s Evil #1

(W) Vita Ayala, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Dan Watters, Others (A) Dale Eaglesham, Gabriel Hardman, Sumit Kumar, Elena Casagrande, Others (CA) Jim Cheung
In Shops: Dec 04, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Why hello there, readers! It’s your Uncle Joker letting you know that this year’s DC winter holiday special is not for the good guys. It’s all about the folks on Santa’s naughty list! Folks like me, Sinestro, Toyman, Harley Quinn, and even an appearance from that timely rascal the Calendar Man. Come sledding with your favorite villains in 10 fantastic tales created by comics’ finest talents. They’re not as funny as me, mind you, but it’s important that we be charitable this time of year.

New Year's Evil #1

Preview: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1 (of 6)

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1 (of 6)

(W) Jody Houser (A) Adriana Melo (CA) Elena Casagrande
In Shops: Sep 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are taking their show on the road in this new miniseries! They’ll have to evade villains and heroes alike while they explore their relationship and unpack their time and experiences at Sanctuary. Set after the events of HEROES IN CRISIS and smack in the middle of “Year of the Villain,” it’s a journey across the DC Universe that will change their friendship forever…if they live that long!

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1 (of 6)

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Get a Miniseries Post Heroes in Crisis

Heroes in Crisis was a bit of a bumpy ride but it cemented the loving relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. In the series, Poison Ivy was reborn having merged with a rose seed she gave Harley to plant. She’s now more of a plant-based being.

The two will team up this September in a six-issue miniseries, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, by Jody Houser and Adriana Melo.

Out September 4, the series features a main cover by Elena Casagrande, “Harley Quinn card stock variant cover” by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and a “Poison Ivy card stock variant cover” also by Lau.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are taking their show on the road in this new miniseries! They’ll have to evade villains and heroes alike while they explore their relationship and unpack their time and experiences at Sanctuary. Set after the events of HEROES IN CRISIS and smack in the middle of “Year of the Villain,” it’s a journey across the DC Universe that will change their friendship forever…if they live that long!

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy solicit text
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #1
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