Comic Rewind: Black Widow Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted

Black Widow has stolen something of great importance from S.H.I.E.L.D. and is now on the run in Black Widow Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted.

Widow falls into a trap set by a crime boss named the Weeping Lion.  Lion has some papers he is using to blackmail Widow.  She must go back into her past and revisit the Red Room where she was trained to become Black Widow.

Black Widow Vol. 1 is written by Chris Samnee and Mark Waid.  The art for the volume was provided by Samnee and Matthew Wilson.  Marvel Comics published the volume in 2016.

I always knew Widow was dangerous and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top espionage agent.  She has been in the Avenger’s movies, but the viewer doesn’t really get to see her full capabilities.  

However, in this volume we get to see her at full strength.  She is jumping all around and fighting multiple people at once. Widow also shows her tactical battle knowledge and lures people into situations which benefit her.  This volume shows why she is so dangerous and why people are scared of her going rogue.

Samnee and Wilson are master comic book artists.  They are able to do a classic style of comic art with dull colors, but the colors are not muted or washed out like old comics.  It is a delicate balance, but they do it perfectly and never slip up.  

In many comics the colors are so bright and colorful the pages begin to hurt your eyes after a while.  However, with Samnee and Wilson’s art style the reader gets the nostalgia of the classic comic art style, but with better color and also the modern comic style with easier colors for the eyes to digest.  It is the best of both worlds.

Usually I space out the comics I read over two nights for the comic to settle in my brain, but this comic I couldn’t put down.  I finished it in half the time it normally takes me and the volume is a little longer than my normal volumes.  

I absolutely loved this comic from the first page I was hooked.  There was no warming up for this book.  It was going at full speed by the end of the first page.  It was a blast reading the story, but my only big complaint was the flashbacks.

During the story I was confused as to when things were taking place many times.  I understood the flashbacks to her childhood, but it also flashes back to a week previous.  Those were the ones which confused me as to if they were in the present or past.

To answer the question of should I read this comic the answer is yes.  This is a comic for fans of superhero comics and for fans of Black Widow.  If someones asks if Black Widow is a good superhero then this is a comic to recommend to them.

If you are as big of fan of this comic as I am then you should read Daredevil Vol. 1: Devil At Bay by the same creative team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee.  They work well together and in this comic we get to see what they can do in the Daredevil universe.

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