Black Widow #1

Writer: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska Artist: Flaviano Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 16, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 24
7.0Critic Rating
5.9User Rating

Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill. For years now she's tried to overcome that programming, to side with the be a hero. And where'd that get her? Killed. By one of the few true friends she allowed herself to have. Now she's back from the dead, angry as hell and finding those better angels harder and harder to hear. Jen and Sylvia Soska - the Twisted Twins of horror - join rising artist Flaviano to weave a web of vice, violence and vengeance that will net Natasha the biggest bad men she's ever faced...or put her back in the ground for good.
Rated T+

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 16, 2019

    The art by Flaviano is vibrant and beautifully detailed. Widow is given a power and grace in her movements especially in the fight scenes. A visually stunning first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jan 16, 2019

    BLACK WIDOW #1 provides readers with the introduction to an engaging spy thriller as it gives us a fierce characterization of Natasha Romanoff. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Jan 18, 2019

    Black Widow wasnt a book on my radaruntil I read this first issue. The Soska Sisters show they know the character and have convinced me I want to know more about her as well. Flavianos art keeps things quick and cool looking and I can easily recommend this issue to anyone with even a passing interest in Natasha Romanoff and her seedy lifestyle. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Jan 16, 2019

    This is a great first issue to what appears to be a great mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 15, 2019

    Black Widow has an edge that's action-packed and sure footed.   Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 18, 2019

    This book was a fun read that had its dark vibe to counter the lighter moments. As a Marvel book, there is a rick of this book turning into another Domino books; high on the hi-jinks and humour. Now if that's your bag,, that's fine, but surely not every Marvel book has to fit that model? Hopefully, with the Twisted Sisters involvement, Natasha Romanoff will continue her danse macabre of Madripoor! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 16, 2019

    The Soskas and company have a really resonant dynamic that feels quite unlike anything else being brought to the racks so far this year. The Soskas vision for Black Widow feels uniquely fresh while remaining true to the type of story that works best for Marvels redheaded Russian spy. An opening as satisfying as this shows great potential for the remaining four issues in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 22, 2019

    Taking Natasha and sticking her in Madripoor is a stroke of genius, and I'm hoping this book will be the Black Widow what Wolverine's solo series was for him in 1988. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    On Comics Ground - Joanna Robinson Jan 19, 2019

    The Twisted Twins of Horror are here with a Black Widow who is dark, angry and back from the dead. She is ready to chew bubble gum and take names. . . and she's all out of bubble gum. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Jan 16, 2019

    Black Widow (2019-) #1 is a good start to the miniseries. The story is fun, but doesn't pick up until the second half of the issue. The art is good, but the style doesn't exactly match up with the tone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Jan 16, 2019

    Black Widow #1 launches Natasha Romanoff - eventually - into a solo adventure on the streets of Madripoor. The script has an unsure grasp on Natasha's character. The course laid out for the plot has promise, but this first taste is not particularly compelling on its own. Tour de force art hauls this issue up out of the ordinary. This volume has a long way to go before it becomes a must-read for Widow fans, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Jan 15, 2019

    Black Widow is a comic with a lot of potential but hasn't quite found it's voice yet. There is a good creative team who can hopefully find their feet before the mini-series comes to an end. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jan 20, 2019

    The book does a good job at never letting Steve Rogers overshadow Natasha's solo series too, and always finds a way to be entertaining despite a few flaws that are quickly brushed aside. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Jan 24, 2019

    It's a mixed bag issue one with things to recommend it but also things that do not seem to fit. Overall a middling start to a series for a character who's previous two series I enjoyed immensely. I need to be sold a lot more on this creative team though and hopefully, the next issue will do that. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Jan 18, 2019

    "Black Widow" #1's bite doesn't feel all that deadly. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 24, 2019

    The new setting along with the return of Natasha's more brutal assassin instincts makes her something of a commodity in Madripoor. The forshadowing of some truly heinous actions in the near-lawless country continue to foreshadow a darker turn for the character that while different, may not necessarily be better. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 15, 2019

    In an all too familiar trend with recent post-event debuts, Black Widow aims to introduce a hard-drinking killing machine to readers, and for the moment doesn't seem to have much of plan of where to go from here. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Megan Peters Jan 16, 2019

    Brought back from the dead, this new series promises to expose the most unapologetic pieces of Natasha Romanoff, but its debut issue is slow to start. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 18, 2019

    There was so much built-in potential for a new Black Widow comic book. Unfortunately it all goes to waste with how it begins in Black Widow #1. The story's tone and pacing never seems to be connected well enough to set-up a compelling narrative. Even when the opportunity is there to tell a meaningful story it all goes to waste due to the decisions made with how to present Black Widow's character. Add in artwork that is a bad mix with the presented story, this comic turns out to be a disappointing start to a mini-series with so much potential. Read Full Review

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