REVIEW: ‘Black Widow,’ Issue #4

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Black Widow #4 

Black Widow #4 is published by Marvel Comics, written by Kelly Thompson, art by Elena Casagrande and Carlos Gómez, with colors by Jordie Bellaire and Frederick Blee, with letters by Cory Petit. With the attack on her family jogging Natasha’s memories, the Black Widow is back in play. But can she keep her family safe? And what will she have to sacrifice in the process?

How does the old saying go? Oh right. The truth will set you free. But when the lie is a sweet as the one Natasha has been living, I wonder if she would disagree. As her world shatters or takes its true form, I cannot help but believe the truth comes as more of enslavement, than liberation. But, regardless of her feelings, Natasha is a pro. And now, she has a mission. And may heaven have mercy on any who try to stop her now. For she most assuredly will have not.

Black Widow #4 picks up right where the last issue left off. With Natasha unconscious in her husband’s arms as their home is invaded by her enemies. The attempt to kill her through the use of a sub-dermal implant has failed, and the Black Widow is back. Instantly sizing up the situation, she begins to formulate a way to get her family out of their current predicament. Luckily, she has back up in the form of Yelena to help expedite the situation.

Thompson’s writing during this opening sequence is pitch-perfect. She does a fantastic job of blending the concern that Natasha feels for her family with a stern tone of command she must bring if her family will survive.

Natasha’s duel existence in Black Widow #4’s opening sequence receives further elevation through Casagrande’s continuing magnificence with this book’s art. The loving compassion present in her form while comforting her family vanishes instantly as she faces her foes. Her wrath is cold and calculating. She goes from the warmth and loving woman of the first three issues into the machine of war built by the Red Room. It’s terrifying, it is imposing, but above all else, it is heartbreaking.

Once safely out of danger, the group heads to all old safe house of Natasha’s as they wait for reinforcements and plan their next move. During this slow down, Natasha takes a minute to explain what’s happened to her husband.

With her memories back, Natasha can recollect everything that has brought them to this point. From the moment she has jumped on that rooftop all those months ago, to the present. This flashback sequence delivers a good catch up for the reader. The explanation is clear and fits the sort of plot one would expect from the genre.

The art for this flashback sequence is also well implemented. As artist Gómez takes on duties for this sequence, his work brings a look that leans more into the traditional superhero comic style. This fits the Sci-Fi elements of the plot well and helps contrast the past from the present. This general design change, combined with colorist Blee’s color choices, which are much brighter than series regular Bellaire’s, really makes the sequence stand out.

As Black Widow #4 closes Natasha sits down to have an extremely difficult talk with her husband, their options in the future, and what must be done to protect their child. This sequence lands with all the devastating force Thompson and Casagrande’s considerable talents could possibly muster.

As the issue wraps, the story takes a turn I never saw coming. Wherever the story goes from here, it will not end well for those who seek to kill the Black Widow. This series keeps raising the bar for itself, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Black Widow #4 is available December 2nd wherever comics are sold.

Black Widow Issue #4
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TL;DR

As the issue wraps, the story takes a turn I never saw coming. Wherever the story goes from here, it will not end well for those who seek to kill the Black Widow. This series keeps raising the bar for itself, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.