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Black Widow vol 1: Finely Woven Thread s/c


Black Widow vol 1: Finely Woven Thread s/c Black Widow vol 1: Finely Woven Thread s/c

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Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto

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13.50

Page 45 Review by Stephen

"This is what I am now. And you'll never know who I was before."

The light here is fabulous. Phil Noto is on full art duties from pencils to inks where present and colours which come with lovely tonal and fade effects. His forms are suitably lithe and action fans will see Natasha - the titular former Russian spy, now Avenger and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. - perform some serious gymnastics and not just on the parallel bars. Freefalling from a helicopter into crocodile-infested waters isn't an internationally recognised Olympic sport as yet, but Ms Romanov was never one for convention or rules.

The Black Widow has her own set of rules and here strives to follow them. Between S.H.I.E.L.D. assignments, and to atone for her past, she's hired a lawyer to find her private contracts to fund certain trusts, but she's very choosy about whom she's prepared to help or hinder (euphemism). If she discovers halfway through a gig that the person she's protecting is guilty of more than she knew she's likely to drop them halfway through, even that means forgoing her fee.

Heavy on action, light on words, I have to concede there is not a lot of spying or infiltration involved at all. You certainly won't enjoy all the covert qualities of Brubaker and Epting's VELVET which I recommend with all my well hidden heart.

Also, waaaaay too many allusions to webs and threads. One may look clever, two like lapsed memory, but come three, four and five then the symbol becomes a cymbal bashing your bloody ear in.

Collects BLACK WIDOW (2014) #1-6 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

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