Black Widow Vol. 1 #5

Writer: Richard K. Morgan Artist: Goran Pavlov, Bill Sienkiewicz Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Feb 4, 2005

    On one hand I'm glad to see Bill Sienkiewicz's work in any form, and part of me is convinced that it's probably for the best that the more visually dramatic elements of his work have been toned down, as it does result in an easier to follow story. On the other hand one of the reasons while I'm a big fan of Bill Sienkiewicz's art is because it stood apart from the crowd, and even his more fantastic visuals managed to impress if one took the time to study the image. Still, the art on this miniseries manages to tell the story in a visually exciting manner, as how can one not be impressed by the sheer intensity of the scene where the wild dogs close in on the injured man, or the raw emotion when Natasha is demanding answers from one of her creators. Plus, the flashback material during this scene is probably the closest we come to seeing Bill Sienkiewicz's true art. The sense of urgency in the final moments of the issue is also well handled, and the final panel is a great image to carry rea Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Feb 1, 2005

    Also interesting: Not that Ive really got their process figured out, but this issue Sienkiewicz seems to have asserted his style more fully over Parlovs breakdowns. While the result is not quite a full-on sequel to the crazed Elektra miniseries he completed with Frank Miller, its probably as close as were going to get. Parlov has offered a solid basis in sturdy anatomy to the visionary Sienkiewicz in this series. A good example of Sienkiewicz genius is how he manages to make Lyudmila a wicked witch without sacrificing her humanity to do it. You can still see hints of her beautiful youth in her decay; a remnant of grace remains, fitting for a misguided star scientist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jan 29, 2005

    Artistically, Goran Pavlov, Bill Sienkiewicz and Dan Brown haven't as much to do when compared to previous issues. This is a more loquacious issue than the previous action oriented episodes, but their design for Black Widow as an older, taller, redheaded Jennifer Garner-influenced agent more than enough keeps the reader vested in the panels. Read Full Review

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