Last year, the only movie Avengers character without a solo title was Black Widow. That changed yesterday with the release of Black Widow 1. Throughout her history, atonement has been a fairly regular theme. This issue sticks with that, maybe a little too blatantly. Even so, this was a good comic.
This is the first time I’ve read anything by Nathan Edmondson, and he does a good job here. Natasha is taking a number of jobs to either save people’s lives or arrest notorious criminals. There are two jobs in a single comic, each with the title character doing what she does best. She outfights and outsmarts everyone she encounters. The narration does a great job at explaining why she wants to do it. If there is a problem, it’s that the series has no major villain or shadow figure yet, but that could easily change soon.
The art is as usual for Phil Noto. His work can take a while to get used to, and sometimes his colours blend together. But he’s a master at visual storytelling; this issue makes that perfectly clear. The facial expressions are subtle yet expressive. The environment often helps tell the story. Often times, his sequential art needs no words to convey what’s happening. There are times in this comic where panels almost feel like stills from an action movie.
Black Widow is off to a good start. The character is well established for new readers, and the book’s premise is set up well. If Edmondson wants the series to last, there will have to be some sort of long-term conflict. In any case, this is worth picking up for fans of the character, or anyone interested in a self-contained espionage book.