Black Widow #2

Black Widow #2

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Phil Noto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 22, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 14
8.5Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

• 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!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 24, 2014

    I never cared for Black Widow before, but these two creators have single-handedly changed my mind over the course of these first two issues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Jan 26, 2014

    Edmondson has written a fantastic issue full of emotions and character development. He has shown us that Black Widow is more than an avenger and assassin. She is still normal within her own right like us folks. Noto just owns this issue with the colorful art work and the panel layouts. Noto was born for this book and I am glad to see him on it. If you are not reading this book yet then you are missing out on possibly one of the best series of 2014! I strongly recommend reading Black Widow. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jan 23, 2014

    Black Widow #2 is another great issue for the series and should cement this comic as a must read for any comic fan. The story, the characters, the writing, and the artwork all come together to make another great read. Still recommended to anybody who likes the character, spy fans, or anybody who likes well written comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jan 23, 2014

    Needless to say, this was pretty much a perfect issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth Jan 23, 2014

    This issue delivers quite the punch in 22 pages. There's a connection to this character that you've never quite experienced before. She isn't arm candy for another male hero. Her feminine sexuality isn't exploited to the point of vulgarity. There's an admiration in her willingness to try and do the right thing. There's also a pity that we feel when she is unable to properly accomplish it. At the end of the issue, we are ultimately reminded of the Black Widow's humanity. Edmondson and Noto are building a great foundation for Natasha Romanov to boastfully stand upon, and one which can only lead to better stories for the Black Widow. This is the most genuine version of Black Widow that I've ever read and I can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Jan 24, 2014

    Slick and exciting, Black Widow #2 lives up to the reputation of the first issue. Edmondsons solid scripting and Notos stellar art work in concert to bring something truly remarkable to the page. This is a book you should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jan 24, 2014

    Overall, this was a grand step up from an already strong opening. Edmondson managed to side-step the quibbles of the first issue's story (not enough focus on one job, not enough danger to Natasha as a character) by focusing solely on one job, from beginning to end, and presenting enough complications in the job that allowed for rather excellent action scenes. Those action scenes, and the issue as whole, were drawn beautifully by Phil Noto, whose complete artistic control over the issue gives it one of the most visually cohesive styles seen in comic recently. While the one-and-done nature of the story means we've only managed to get a short glimpse into the life of Natasha, Edmondson and Noto have proved what they can do with the series and now will be able to delve deeper into the life of the Black Widow further down the line. This series might have been a long time coming, but it thankfully has not disappointed now that it's here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jacob Bryant Jan 22, 2014

    Black Widowissue #2 is a successful issue in the new series. With some excellent and good looking espionage, the creative team is making the book a fun pick up and go title that will leave you with a smile on your face. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jan 22, 2014

    Visually, the book doesn't quite live up to what we know Noto is capable of. The art is designed to be simple in an unencumbered sense -- one would assume -- but the end result feels a bit plain. There are a few places where the art feels, if not rushed, then incomplete. It's still well drawn, but it isn't Noto's finest work. That being said, it could simply be a stylistic choice that's simply falling flat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 25, 2014

    Everything about the new Black Widow works. I can't wait to see Edmondson really dig into some of his ideas. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Feb 6, 2014

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

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 4, 2015

    With some small hints of something larger to come, Black Widow mostly plays it safe here and gives us a story that lets Natasha do her work, but show that she's not infallible. She has a solid effort put in here, but there's a kind of weariness to her in a way that makes her susceptible to a lot of mistakes being made, which just turns the whole job into a disaster that doesn't pay out quite as it should. Her narration is solid and the result of it all is what paints her back into that lonely corner, but there's only so far that you can give us a morose and lonely character before it becomes completely uninteresting. Though she's great at what she does, there's no spark to her here that really makes you connect with her, which is what I'm curious to see if it gets developed. The intriguing part is Isaiah, and a lot of that is simply because he's an unknown to me at the moment and the chance to learn new twisty things is enticing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jan 24, 2014

    The suspense and characterization are cookie-cutter at times, but overall, "Black Widow" #2 is a good read. It follows up smoothly on the events of the debut issue, and promises plenty of action and more development of the supporting cast in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary Jan 27, 2014

    While there's a lot to like here,Black Widowstill just isn't coming together. The second issue was stronger than the series' debut, which was fine but largely uninspired, but I'm still having trouble getting too excited for more. While I tend to like Nathan Edmondson's work, Phil Noto's art is currently the series' biggest draw, and there are times when it feels like Noto and Edmondson are working at cross purposes. I still think this can be a very solid title, and seeing the improvement in Black Widow #2 gives me hope that it's moving in that direction, but it still has plenty of hurdles to clear. Read Full Review

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