Thursday 13 February 2014

Black Widow #3 Review

Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto

Is Widow doing the right thing? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

The Finely Woven Thread - PART 3: "FOLIAGE" She's the kind of woman you call when you need to escape from a South American prison. Don't miss the book everyone is talking about (and it isn't even out yet!)

I've really been enjoying Black Widow so far, as it's been a very exciting and energetic series, that shows the character at her full potential.

Nathan Edmondson continues to give a terrific espionage story, which is something that a Black Widow centred series needs. Edmondson also continues to develop Widow as a character, as although she's been around for a long time, we're still learning new things about this deadly spy, with this series showing a more questionable side to her. This adds a lot to the depth and tone, and at the end of the day her key characteristics are shown perfectly, which is what really counts. The most intriguing part of this issue was near the end, with a discussion between Widow and S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill showing promise of a proper story arc.

Phil Noto's art was once again wonderful, as despite the odd rough panels it was still amazing. Noto also continues to give a very smooth and energetic flow to the series, with his colours as usual adding the perfect final tone to the series (for the most part). Despite all this I was actually ever so slightly disappointed with Noto's art in this issue, due to the rough panels, and it's obvious that the short time frame between each issue has caught up with him. I do however not blame Noto for this, and now that the series is on a monthly schedule I'm sure he'll be back to his high standards throughout every panel.

Black Widow continues to be a exciting and explosive series, and although the art wasn't quite as good in this issue it was sill amazing. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10

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