Black Widow #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Elena Casagrande Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 2, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 63
8.7Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Best-selling, Eisner-nominated writer Kelly Thompson (CAPTAIN MARVEL, STAR) and rising star artist Elena Casagrande (Catwoman) launch a new BLACK WIDOW series that changes everything! Natasha Romanoff has been a spy almost as long as she's been alive. And she's never stopped running, whether she was working for the good guys...or the bad. But Natasha's world is about to be upended. Beyond San Francisco's Golden Gate lies a mystery that only the Marvel Universe's greatest spy can solve. Don't miss the heartbreaking thrill ride of 2020!
Rated T+

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Sep 1, 2020

    When all is said and done Black Widow #1delivers an awesome start to this story. Thompson has given the narrative a great beginning, and with the backing of an amazing art team I have high hopes for the issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 2, 2020

    Rejoice, Black Widow fans! This new series has bite! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Sep 2, 2020

    The disconnect between the first half and the second half of the first issue is potent. There's a real balance between Black Widow and Natasha's lives that makes for an interesting contrast. If Thompson and Casagrande can maintain that balance while keeping the mystery of the composite character solidly present, this could be a strikingly well-composed series. Arcade's addition as a villain could make this a very existentially trippy journey into espionage--particularly if the adventure somehow finds itself into the potentially surreal territory of Murderworld.   Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Sep 4, 2020

    This book was an incredible start to a new and exciting Black Widow story, and ranks quite high on my list of #1s of 2020. Kelly Thompson is off to the races, and it doesn't look like a dam thing will be slowing her down.Black Widow hits all the right notes in its inaugural issue and is setting up an enjoyable journey back to world of heroism for the Red Room survivor. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Weird Science Jim Sep 1, 2020

    I loved this opening issue and can't wait to read more! Kelly Thompson starts her story without bogging it down with over narration and recap, making it feel fresh for new readers and seasoned Black Widow fans alike. It also keeps things moving fast, and when I got to the cliffhanger, I couldn't believe it was over! Elena Casagrande's art was excellent, and this one immediately jumped to the top of my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geek'd Out - Cameron Kieffer Sep 4, 2020

    Overall, it's a gorgeous book from start-to-finish and is definitely worthy of the Black Widow legacy, as well as your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 2, 2020

    Elena Casagrande has some beautiful art in this issue. The characters look great. The world looks big and detailed. There are some great shots throughout and the contrast between Widow's spy life and its aftermath are brilliantly done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Sep 1, 2020

    Overall ‘Black Widow’ delivers a fresh new direction that couldn’t be more welcome. This book is such a fun and exciting read with some unexpected turns and probably even more to come. Read this book. Seriously, it is so much fun! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Sep 1, 2020

    It can be difficult for a monthly ongoing to sustain tension through continuing mystery, but Kelly Thompson avoids the early pitfalls and establishes a solid base to build from. There's enough here that you won't feel cheated out of plot and character, even if you're left with more questions than when you started. Black Widow #1 is a visual treat and a compelling start for Marvel's favorite Russian. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Sep 2, 2020

    Black Widow #1 is slick, beautifully-crafted first issue that plunges us into the latest mystery that Natasha Romanov finds herself in. It's a beautiful package that leaves us wanting to know more... Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 1, 2020

    Black Widow #1 is an exciting thriller with a delectable twist. Witness Black Widow's magnetic charm in a first issue with explosive immediacy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Sep 4, 2020

    A strong introduction to a promising series, filled with a good combination of action, story, and artwork that will keep you engaged the whole way through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Sep 11, 2020

    I wouldn't say this is an essential pick up unless you have a love of the character or the creators, but if you do pick it up you won't be disappointed. It's a good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Sep 2, 2020

    When coupled with some truly breathtaking art and color work, this is a debut issue that Marvel fans"and comics fans in general"definitely don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Sep 5, 2020

    Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande, and Jordie Bellaire kick off Natasha Romanoff's newest adventure with a strong debut issue. A strong tone is set as Black Widow #1 is inviting to new readers that want to get into Black Widow's character while respecting Natasha's recent history to peak long-time readers interest. If you are a Black Widow fan or someone that enjoys spy stories this is a comic book you should pick up Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Sep 1, 2020

    Black Widow #1 is full of creative writing, character development, surprising twists, and absolutely perfect artwork. Altogether, it does the character (and her fans) justice. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Sep 10, 2020

    Black Widow #1 kicks off the new Thompson & Casagrade run with a high concept that sees Natasha leave the mantle for a unique reason. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 8, 2020

    The rest of the issue is where problems arise as the comic looks back several months to Natasha's relationship issues and the world's greatest spy getting caught on camera by a local news reporter (something which seems near impossible and also likely leading to events in the present). Oh, and there's a mysterious new boyfriend. Exactly what's going on with Black Widow? Read Full Review

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