i need to read her solo series

Tired of waiting for the MCU Black Widow movie? Mark Waid & Chris Samnee have made the comic you need to read.

Natasha Romanoff, Marvels premiere femme fatale has been delegated to the supporting cast of the mega-blockbuster MCU. She has shined in her appearances, especially in Cap 2, but even though the fans are crying for it she may never get a solo movie. If Kevin Feige and The Russo Brothers read the current ongoing series by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Matthew Wilson that may be rectified.

This series is great. I have been reading comics since I could read. I probably learned to read from comics. Never in all my comic reading years have I been so drawn in to the story like I have with Black Widow. I would love to post more of the art but it would only spoil the amazing action that Chris Samnee has laid out so masterfully on the pages. The timing is incredible. Fight scenes move so fast and hard but every image is crisp and clear. My eye moves from panel to panel so fast that it plays like a film in my mind. I can feel every hit and hear the bones crack and break. Every shattered window, every explosive blast of force rolls over me like a THX. Samnee has laid some of his finest ink on paper here. Colorist Matthew Wilson sets the mood perfectly. The tones convey the twilight world of super-spies and espionage so well it completely immerses you in the story. The flashbacks are signified in a color shift that fits the cinematic feel extremely well. On a visual level alone, this book is worth your time. 

The plot is tight and the first four issues rolled on like a freight train. Then it settles in for some introspection just before it smacks you in the face with a rusty shovel of revelation. Why Mark Waid is not held in the same regard as Grant Morrison, Matt Fraction, and Kelly Sue DeConnick is a mystery. He’s been around the capes and tights for a long time and he knows what he’s doing. What’s more, he seems to have a genuine love for the characters he writes. Much in the same way the aforementioned Matt Fraction showed everybody why a non-powered super hero armed with “a weapon from the paleolithic era” belonged on a team of gods and monsters Waid has shown us why Black Widow is there too. Because she is scary as Hell.

I work in a comic shop and I hear some dude bros complaining that the art is “too cartoony”. If you are the sort of comic reader who needs a more realistic interpretation of Black Widow I don’t know what to tell you. I have a suspicion it may have more to do with the fact that Nat isn’t being portrayed in a more hyper-sexualized way. Sorry if a fully realized female character that doesn’t exist to provide you with punch meat isn’t your thing. There’s plenty of that stuff out there for you. This is a stylized, enthralling espionage story filled with thrills and a hard hitting, stone cold hero that could do some truly horrible things to you but chooses to be a good guy instead. I can’t recommend it enough.