Thursday 6 February 2014

Black Widow #2 Review

Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto

What will Black Widow get up to in Shanghai? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

In fact, it's so good, that you won't want to wait another month for the next issue. And you won't have to!

Black Widow opened with a bang last issue, and despite not being quite as good as the first issue it still manages to be exciting and entertaining. It also continues to allow Black Widow to shine on her own, being the kind of solo series that she's needed for a while.

Nathan Edmondson takes the Black Widow to Shanghai in this issue, with her doing business with someone she already knows, making three mistakes along the way. Now I said that this issue wasn't quite as good as the first, but still Edmondson managed to show the espionage throughout this issue perfectly, whilst also projecting Widow's thoughts and emotions brilliantly as well. It is however ever so slightly too fast paced in my opinion, and although this doesn't hurt the issue much, it does slightly. Edmondson does however also continue to create some amazing narration and along with the suspenseful and mysterious build-up this looks to be a series that will continue to produce astonishing material time and time again.

Phil Noto yet again produced some phenomenal artwork in this issue, with it continuing to be some of the best art that I've ever seen from him. Noto's layouts were also once again superb, helping the flow of the issue perfectly, but it'd be Noto's outstanding colours that I'd continue to like the most. They add the perfect gritty tone that this series needs, and despite Noto always producing marvellous colours for his art these are by far some of his best. Noto didn't stop here though, as the breathtaking action simply leaped off the page, giving the kind of excitement that you expect from a Black Widow comic.

Black Widow continues to be an amazing espionage series, showing that some of Marvels best work come from their secondary characters. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10

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