Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Elena Casagrande
Published by Marvel Comics
Black Widow #1 is a fun, breezy issue. For a first issue, there are a lot of assumptions made about how much knowledge you have of the character and where she currently stands. The story moves by so quickly, you really don’t think about it much.
The issue starts with action right off the bat.
Black Widow is committing a break in and is confronted by about a half dozen goons. The scene is dynamic and well made. She steals a drive with information and delivers it to Captain America. It’s explained that Natasha and Clint are having a bit of a rough patch. Their platonic relationship has always been a highlight.
Natasha goes home.
But she’s confronted and we next see her flying through a window and falling.
We flash forward to three months later.
There is no hint of Black Widow. Just Natasha living a normal life. She walks by a camera crew nonchalantly. Clint sees her and shares his concern with the Winter Soldier. Natasha disappearing and just walking in front of a camera is not exactly secret agent behavior.
We see Natasha having a normal life. A boyfriend. All is well, right? Probably not with a super villain like Arcade looking on.
Kelly Thompson has crafted a fun, snappy issue. Yet for all the snappiness, there’s a sense of suspense. Questions are raised that make you look forward to the next issue.
Elena Casagrande’s art manages to tell a tense spy story without being unclear. It’s propulsive and clean. Jordie Bellaire uses color that sets the mood for a mystery spy tale.
If you read this first issue you’ll be back for more.