Marvel has announced a new Black Widow comic book series! Woohoo!
I mean, she hasn’t got her own movie (yet!), but for comic book fans, this is just as good!
The recently concluded Black Widow series, written by Nathan Edmondson and beautifully drawn by Phil Noto, was brilliantly received by fans. Super-spy Natasha Romanoff has historically been a contentious character, with most fans feeling uncomfortable with her old-fashioned and frankly sexist role as a honey-trap kind of spy.
Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was criticised a lot for reducing Natasha to hardly more than a love interest for, inexplicably, Bruce Banner. Whedon also came under fire for rendering her unable to bear children due to a twisted “graduation ceremony” from the evil Russian organisation she was trained at, the Red Room, and then calling her a ‘monster’ for it! Yikes!
Edmondson did a great job of telling Natasha’s story without sexualising her, and without putting her in a romantic or sexual relationship. We got to see her awesome assassin side, but also her softer side, with incredible friendships with well-loved characters like Hawkeye and The Winter Soldier, and with some newer ones, like her adopted cat!
The new book will be put together by the Eisner Award-winning creative team of writer Mark Waid, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna, who brought us the latest volume of Daredevil. Of course, Daredevil shot to the top with the release of the Nexflix series, so the book did really well!
They say it’s not going to be a direct continuation of Edmondson’s run, but will grow from Natasha’s rich history in the comic world.
“It’s similar to way we approached Daredevil, in that we’re not picking up specifically from the end of the previous issue or specifically from any one moment,” Waid explained to Entertainment Weekly. “But we’re acknowledging that, and making use of the fact that what happened in the previous series happened, and using some of that stuff as a springboard. And it is, by Marvel time, at least eight months later. It’s not the next day, anyway. Especially in issue 2 in particular, we’re sort of spring boarding off of some of the previous events, but not so specifically that anyone should feel like they’re missing anything if they didn’t read the previous run.”
“It’s not a necessity to have read the previous series. Certainly, it wouldn’t hurt, but you should be able to jump right into this one,” Samnee added.
You can see some of Samna’s concept art in his Tumblr announcement post below!
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