REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow,’ Issue #1

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Marvel's Avengers: Black Widow #1

Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow #1 is written by Christos Gage, with art by Michele Bandini, coloring by Rachelle Rosenberg, lettering by Joe Caramagna, and cover art by Stonehouse. The issue is published by Marvel. This is a prelude story about Agent Romanoff as she will appear in the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers videogame. Black Widow is a former Russian spy who has recently joined up with S.H.I.E.L.D. Upon doing so she finds herself in a rather precarious situation where her name could possibly be dragged through the mud because of the actions of a potential ally.

Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow #1 has some rather cheesy sounding dialogue as even at the beginning of the story Agent Romanoff addresses herself in the third person. It’s a bit cliched and also a tad bit funny to read because if anyone has followed the Avengers’ movies or even their comics would know exactly who she is, especially being that the comic is titled with her name. Other than that one gripe, the dialogue does flow quite smoothly and fits into place. I believe that the way that Black Widow and Nick Fury interact is genuine and realistic, and hopefully, this will continue into the Avengers video game that is slated to release later this year.

The characters in Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow #1 seem very believable as SHIELD agents. They all have some respect for Nick Fury, but also have no issues speaking their mind, which gives them a more humanistic feel than them feeling like cogs in a machine. When they speak of Black Widow you can feel the distrust that they have for her and she in return replies with a sense of overt independence and confidence because of who she is and her upbringing. You can feel that when a character does something in this issue, they really mean it, whether it’s deploying a Sonic Cannon or simply speaking their mind, you can understand where they’re coming from.

Marvel's Avengers: Black Widow #1

The overall plot of the issue works pretty well. The main theme that is addressed in Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow #1 is betrayal and second chances. The thing that will draw curiosity will be how this will play into the game, being that this is a prelude to that. That being said, the pacing feels a bit rushed as this has to have a lot of information crammed into however many issues to set her up, but it would be better if it was paced just a bit slower.

Bandini did an amazing job on the artwork in this issue. As you go through the panels, you can see the emotion on people’s faces and feel the intensity of their actions. The coloring, which is handled by Rosenberg, is also really good. The colors are saturated and don’t look drowned out. The usage of outlining to help further bring out more detail is an ingenious touch.

The lettering for Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow #1is handled by Stonehouse and it’s also done very well. However, it would’ve been more engaging to younger readers if there was more usage of sound effects. Still, the usage of bold letters and other fonts helps to bring out the dialogue much more. The dialogue is rather easy to follow and doesn’t feel like it’s clustered together. The speech bubbles are able to breathe and flow naturally.

Overall, Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow #1 was a decent read, not many complaints to be had, but for an introduction issue to a possible main character to a game, it feels a bit weak.

Black Widow #1 is available now in comic book stores.


Marvel's Avengers: Black Widow #1
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TL;DR

Overall, Marvel’s Avengers: Black Widow #1 was a decent read, not many complaints to be had, but for an introduction issue to a possible main character to a game, it feels a bit weak.