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A knockdown, drag-out tale of action and espionage! The award-winning creative team supreme of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee takes Natasha Romanoff to new heights — by forcing her out on the lam! The world’s greatest superspy has a lifetime of secrets — and when some of the darkest ones are made public, nobody is safe. As S.H.I.E.L.D. turns on its once-greatest asset, the Wid A knockdown, drag-out tale of action and espionage! The award-winning creative team supreme of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee takes Natasha Romanoff to new heights — by forcing her out on the lam! The world’s greatest superspy has a lifetime of secrets — and when some of the darkest ones are made public, nobody is safe. As S.H.I.E.L.D. turns on its once-greatest asset, the Widow seeks out her own answers. But will Natasha’s hunt for the Weeping Lion send her back to the one place she never wanted to go? There’s an all-too-familiar room with a dark new name in the Widow’s future. And there awaits the deadly Recluse — who’s fixated on proving her worth by killing Natasha! COLLECTING: BLACK WIDOW (2016) 1-12


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A knockdown, drag-out tale of action and espionage! The award-winning creative team supreme of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee takes Natasha Romanoff to new heights — by forcing her out on the lam! The world’s greatest superspy has a lifetime of secrets — and when some of the darkest ones are made public, nobody is safe. As S.H.I.E.L.D. turns on its once-greatest asset, the Wid A knockdown, drag-out tale of action and espionage! The award-winning creative team supreme of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee takes Natasha Romanoff to new heights — by forcing her out on the lam! The world’s greatest superspy has a lifetime of secrets — and when some of the darkest ones are made public, nobody is safe. As S.H.I.E.L.D. turns on its once-greatest asset, the Widow seeks out her own answers. But will Natasha’s hunt for the Weeping Lion send her back to the one place she never wanted to go? There’s an all-too-familiar room with a dark new name in the Widow’s future. And there awaits the deadly Recluse — who’s fixated on proving her worth by killing Natasha! COLLECTING: BLACK WIDOW (2016) 1-12

30 review for Black Widow by Waid & Samnee: The Complete Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    FrontalNerdaty

    This is an excellent Black Widow mini series that deserved so many more issues. The first issue is an exhilarating ride which features and almost wordless story wherein the art and the action do the talking. The story evolves hard and fast from there and the 12 issues are easy to devour. Mark Waid proves ever reliable with a tight story and Chris Samnee has never been better with his art. The biggest letdown of this run is that it’s so short, whilst it mostly wraps up it feels cut and I’ll alway This is an excellent Black Widow mini series that deserved so many more issues. The first issue is an exhilarating ride which features and almost wordless story wherein the art and the action do the talking. The story evolves hard and fast from there and the 12 issues are easy to devour. Mark Waid proves ever reliable with a tight story and Chris Samnee has never been better with his art. The biggest letdown of this run is that it’s so short, whilst it mostly wraps up it feels cut and I’ll always pine for more from this team.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aron

    Pretty fun, a couple of the issues in this trade were very good, but all in all a solid 3 star read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    François Vigneault

    This book starts off with quite the bang, as Natasha Romanoff, AKA the Black Widow, finds herself hunted by the full force and fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. The entire first chapter is a nearly wordless chase sequence full of visual grace notes and surprising twists and turns. It's probably one of the best first chapters/issues/sequences I've read in a long time, perhaps one of the best of all time: A perfect example of the old "show don't tell" adage, and leaves the reader wanting to know what the hell This book starts off with quite the bang, as Natasha Romanoff, AKA the Black Widow, finds herself hunted by the full force and fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. The entire first chapter is a nearly wordless chase sequence full of visual grace notes and surprising twists and turns. It's probably one of the best first chapters/issues/sequences I've read in a long time, perhaps one of the best of all time: A perfect example of the old "show don't tell" adage, and leaves the reader wanting to know what the hell is going on. Unfortunately, I don't think that this series as a whole ever delivers on that promise. Don't get me wrong, there is a whole hell of a lot to love here: Chris Samnee (who not only draws the hell out of this series but also shares story credit with Mark Waid here for the first time) has crafted a master class in how to depict action on the page and allow the visual language of comics create a propulsive narrative. Being grounded far more in in the spy/action/thriller genre than super heroic adventures, "Black Widow" is full of beautifully realized settings, and the characters moving through that world feel incredibly physical and real, even when they are doing insane and impossible things. But on the narrative side of things, I felt like this series was a bit of a let down. The comic seems invested in building out Natasha Romanoff's history and universe, introducing a batch of top-secret files detailing the Black Widow's worst misdeeds, a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with an axe to grind, a manipulative new villain called the Weeping Lion, and most noticeably a new nemesis for our hero: A mirror-image fellow graduate of the Red Room named Recluse (get it?), who is leading a new set of young assassins. All this is intriguing, but in point of fact little pays off... Without getting into spoiler territory I think it is safe to say that almost as soon as new characters and ideas are introduced they end up being variously sidelined, revealed to be unimportant (remember those top-secret files? Not such a big deal after all), or killed off rather prematurely (suffice it to say this book has a rather high body count). The book seems to want to create a big, epic tale that will cement Black Widow as a central figure in the Marvel Universe, but ultimately nothing really sticks. The back half of the book in particular feels rushed as Waid and Samnee tie up loose ends left and right in anticipation of the final issue. This series ended after just 12 issues, and one wonders what these creators could have done if they had had more time to stretch these beats out and experiment; this series was the follow up to their fantastic "Daredevil" run that feels like a sort of recent high water mark for fun superhero fare, and which really benefitted by slowly and surely ratcheting up the tension in Matt Murdock's life over the course of many issues. Here Waid and Samnee try to do a lot of the same stuff as they did in "Daredevil" (the introduction of Recluse in particular seems very much like a retread of the introduction of Akari in their "Daredevil" run, an attempt to create a "dark mirror" version of an established hero who hasn't historically had one), but the truncated run strips a lot of the pleasure and power out of it. Two more quick, positive notes worth mentioning: I really appreciate that the reader definitely doesn't have the be familiar with every element of the Marvel universe to dive into this story, other than a couple guest appearances there's very little convoluted lore to get into. Second, I found this book to be very refreshingly feminist: There's no gratuitous T&A to be found, no blatant misogyny-for-misogyny's-sake, Natasha and the other female characters are not only strong but also allowed to have a wide range of very human foibles and emotions, and the book certainly passes the Bechdel Test as well. I read these comics as they were coming out monthly, and I found myself referencing my dog-earred copies so often to look at Samnee's masterful pacing and action that I decided to pick up this "complete collection." This is seriously one of the best drawn books out there, and even with the occasional bumps in the narrative, this is well worth a read for any cartoonist or comics lover who wants to do a deep dive in visual storytelling... Or even just the casual fan who wants to have fun reading a gorgeously-drawn, one-and-done spy thriller that's equal parts brutal and beautiful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ronan The Librarian

    This was really good! Chris Samnee’s Art is amazing consistently throughout, and Mathew Wilson’s coloring is a match made in heaven. The pacing of the story, the story itself, and the writing was great...for issues #1-9. The last 3 issues of the series fell off noticeably. They were still good, and wrap the story up cleanly, but it just didn’t have the same kick or smoothness as the first 3 quarters of the story. My main knock on this was that the villains were built up smartly with good backsto This was really good! Chris Samnee’s Art is amazing consistently throughout, and Mathew Wilson’s coloring is a match made in heaven. The pacing of the story, the story itself, and the writing was great...for issues #1-9. The last 3 issues of the series fell off noticeably. They were still good, and wrap the story up cleanly, but it just didn’t have the same kick or smoothness as the first 3 quarters of the story. My main knock on this was that the villains were built up smartly with good backstory and motivations, made interesting, only for the truth/resolution to be kinda disappointing. For both of the main villains introduced I was like “oh, cool!”, only for it to play out with more fizzle then bang. Specifics Spoilers:(view spoiler)[ Specifically, the backstory of the Weeping Lion was great! But they made the older cousin into a dumb oaf, and the younger, brainy cousin behind the operation way more immature or naive than the story would suggest. And the smart one’s “plan” to kill the person who traumatized him as a child by killing his uncle and slitting his cousin’s throat in front of him, was to......leave her on the moon. The way he and the brawny Lion were killed off felt disrespectful to how they were built up. And the part where Recluse was built to be the counter-Widow alongside the Red Room’s “mother”, but Natasha was basically like “you ain’t shit”, and she was like “damn, you right” and gave up, felt kinda jarring. And her return to form a few (weeks?) later, and here complete lack of control of the mini-Widows was also jarring. (hide spoiler)] Still, although the ending feels rushed and too “clean”, Waid put together a really good action series here, and used Natasha to full potential for most of it. And the art, as always with this team, is fantastic. In a world of few great Black Widow stories, this one I definitely recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Siena

    This was an engaging graphic novel that showed an interesting Black Widow. I enjoyed how captivating this novel was. There are many unexpected twists and turns that kept me interested throughout the book. I loved how the story starts, it throws you into the story without any introduction, and it quickly captivated me. This sort of style might not be for everyone, but it’s not a confusing start, rather it explains what’s going on progressively. The plot was fast-paced and unpredictable. There wer This was an engaging graphic novel that showed an interesting Black Widow. I enjoyed how captivating this novel was. There are many unexpected twists and turns that kept me interested throughout the book. I loved how the story starts, it throws you into the story without any introduction, and it quickly captivated me. This sort of style might not be for everyone, but it’s not a confusing start, rather it explains what’s going on progressively. The plot was fast-paced and unpredictable. There were quite a few interesting plot twists, and the book is very action-focused. I liked this portrayal of Natasha, it felt similar to the way she was characterized in Black Widow (2014), which is my favorite comic book on Black Widow. Natasha’s character is more fleshed out in the last two-thirds of the novels, as the first third is mostly action. I liked her down-to-earth personality and how developed her character is. There were also many interesting secondary characters in this novel, and I liked how this book included characters from the Red Room. The Red Room is a part of Natasha’s backstory that is a bit overused, but remains interesting. Some of these characters are entertaining and added to my enjoyment of the novel. I really enjoyed the art in this book, I liked the colors it used and I loved the different hues it had. I also liked its portrayal of Natasha, I thought that she was particularly well-drawn. All of the other characters and scenes are well-drawn as well, and overall the art was good. Overall, I would recommend this graphic novel if you like Black Widow and want to read an engaging and action-filled comic!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Somunachi Okee-Aguguo

    *4.5. I’m really surprised that I really enjoyed this as much as I did. I’ve always found Black widow in the movies to be an interesting character that was sadly underused and underdeveloped. I was never drawn to pick up a black widow comic and I had heard good things about this run so I decided to give it a try. I liked the main plot, it seems like a very Natasha type of plot. I also liked the character moments I got with Natasha and people like Bucky and Tony. I also liked how I got to see Nat *4.5. I’m really surprised that I really enjoyed this as much as I did. I’ve always found Black widow in the movies to be an interesting character that was sadly underused and underdeveloped. I was never drawn to pick up a black widow comic and I had heard good things about this run so I decided to give it a try. I liked the main plot, it seems like a very Natasha type of plot. I also liked the character moments I got with Natasha and people like Bucky and Tony. I also liked how I got to see Natashas past and see why she turned out like this. I liked how her past wasn’t used as an excuse. Yes she had a troubling past but she also knows it doesn’t excuse the terrible things she’s done and she’s upfront about it. Only reason it’s not a complete 5 stars is because I started to skip a little past the halfway point, those pages didn’t seem interesting or important to the story. Asides from that a very enjoyable read and I’d recommend you pick this up if you’re looking for a black widow comic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    I enjoyed this. It was a well plotted story, with great, kinetic art from Samnee. It's not a long read though, despite being 12 issues. I read issue 1 in around 3 minutes as it's essentially one long chase sequence with only a smattering of dialogue. If I'd bought issue 1 when it came out I'd have been pissed. It's a beautifully illustrated sequence though, but I would just expect more story from a first issue. Thankfully the amount of story per issue does improve with the second issue and from he I enjoyed this. It was a well plotted story, with great, kinetic art from Samnee. It's not a long read though, despite being 12 issues. I read issue 1 in around 3 minutes as it's essentially one long chase sequence with only a smattering of dialogue. If I'd bought issue 1 when it came out I'd have been pissed. It's a beautifully illustrated sequence though, but I would just expect more story from a first issue. Thankfully the amount of story per issue does improve with the second issue and from here to the conclusion you generally get more value for money. It's a fun tale that with just a small amount of tweaking could have been adapted straight up as a Black Widow movie. In fact, if I have a complaint it's that it feels like that's what this is; A movie that's been turned into a comic. Rather than the other way around.

  8. 5 out of 5

    eric garza

    Fun and quick Black Widow espionage story from the stellar Daredevil creative team of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Matt Wilson. This was a breezy and stylish read that sends our favorite super-spy globetrotting and is full of beautiful action and page layouts by Samnee. Fun read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Aylott

    Natasha goes on the run in a non-stop 12-issue spy action epic. There are quite a few neat bits and charming moments (Nat’s run-in with Tony Stark is a highlight), but this was an artist-driven book and I don’t much like the art. Lots of fight scenes, not so much coherent plot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adsun22

    Najlepszy komiks o Czarnej Wdowie jaki czytałem i w ogóle jeden z najlepszych komiksów Marvela. Dużo się dzieje, dużo emocji, uczuć, odrobina humoru (zwłaszcza ze strony Płaczącego Lwa), a klimatyczne, dynamiczne rysunki Samnee to poezja. Natasza jest super.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lalith

    To be fair, I'll read anything Waid writes whilst Samnee's art is sublime so I'm probably biased before I even start. Their Daredevil run is still better but then they had a lot more time to develop that. To be fair, I'll read anything Waid writes whilst Samnee's art is sublime so I'm probably biased before I even start. Their Daredevil run is still better but then they had a lot more time to develop that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    No one choreographs movement in comics like Samnee, who is such a master of the form that movement renders itself between panels in his wake. Waid and Samnee’s opus is certainly Daredevil, but their 12-issue run is a wild, espionage banger.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marek Michalak

    Pretty entertaining.

  14. 5 out of 5

    strawberry!

    not as great as edmondson’s but still wildly entertaining. loved the buckynat relationship, and natasha’s dynamic with the red room girls.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra Cook

    Black widow off on her own trying to fight her past.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I overall liked this much better than the 2014 series before it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    bri .

    Nat always been a favorite of mine. Over the few years, she became number one in my eyes, and this series is one of the many books that proves it

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Brophy

    Excellent collection - some of the best action pieces I've seen in a comic book. It's a shame the last few issues don't land the emotional punch. Excellent collection - some of the best action pieces I've seen in a comic book. It's a shame the last few issues don't land the emotional punch.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Naf

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Took a star off because I had to watch her kiss a man.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pati

    uma história da viuva negra desenhada pelo chris samnee?? sim, muito obrigada!!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maisie Dickson(SleepyWiredStudios)

    - Just what I needed - loved the art style - Bucky appeared - Ironman cameo - Natasha is deliciously snarky and I love her.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carey Nelson

    I had such high hopes for this book. I adore Mr. Samnee's art, and it is immaculate here as well, but the story itself is just not exciting despite hints at greatness. I had such high hopes for this book. I adore Mr. Samnee's art, and it is immaculate here as well, but the story itself is just not exciting despite hints at greatness.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hayden English

  24. 5 out of 5

    the goatest

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josh Miller

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Conrad

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ben Milette

  28. 4 out of 5

    zmanierowanie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bluesman

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tarrant

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