Black Widow #8

by Ryan.L on November 30, 2016

Writer: Chris Samnee, Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee
Colorist: Mathew Wilson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Black Widow has been on a journey to find the little assassin's the mistress of the Red Room unleashed before her demise. These little assassin's are working for the newly formed Dark Room and have Black Widow's hands full, especially when S.H.I.E.L.D. comes calling.

This issue we see Black Widow undercover at the White House trying to locate one of the new Dark Room assassin's. Working with the Weeping lion again these two seem like they are an unstoppable team.

I am continuously being blown away by this series. This issue just like the last is so fun and full of action, and adventure I just couldn't get enough. When you hear that a character is going to go on a journey to make up for the sins of their past, you kind of roll your eye because that is nothing new. Well Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have managed to deliver just that in a new and dynamic way. Natasha is still running from S.H.I.E.L.D. but while she is ducking them, she is trying to locate all these little girls who are new versions of her.

I love this idea so much. Waid and Samnee have really given Natasha a purpose. The stakes are so high with trying to locate and stop them all the while dodging S.H.I.E.L.D. and staying in the shadows.

I also really like Natasha and the Lion. They are such a great pair together. Yes he's still mostly a villain, and only helping Natasha because she isn't giving him a choice. But you can see that he actually is kinda enjoying it. Will we get to see more of those two together after this issue? We will have to wait to find out.

I have to give huge props to Smanee with this series. He has managed to show how diverse of an artist he is. Daredevil was so bright and fun, and was a great change up for the character. That though wouldn't work for Black Widow. Samnee manages to take his unique style and give it a darker gritty tone, but still keep some of the brightness he is so known for. There have been some incredible artists over the years that have drawn Black Widow, but I feel that Samnee has crafted the definitive look and style for the character.

This issue especially takes Natasha to a backdrop that is not in the shadows or a ghost town. It's the White House, all bright and open and Samnee still managed to give it that gritty tone he has developed for the series.

This issue and series is absolutely amazing. There is something for everyone here and definitely one that should not be missed.I highly recommend if you haven't been following this series, go pick up all the back issues and get caught up. With so many books out on the market they have to really stand out to draw us in and keep up. Black Widow is arguably the best series on the market period.


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