Black Widow & Hawkeye #1

Writer: Stephanie Phillips Artist: Paolo Villanelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 13, 2024 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 12
6.7Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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Even when Black Widow and Hawkeye had no one to trust, they still had each other - even though their paths sometimes diverged. So when Clint Barton is accused of a rogue assassination attempt that puts the U.S. and Madripoor at odds, a symbiote-equipped Natasha Romanoff thinks nothing of coming to his aid. But as echoes of their past ripple into the present, it will take all their faith in each other - and the lessons learned along the way - to protect their futures.
Join fan-favorite creators Stephanie Phillips (ROGUE & GAMBIT, CAPWOLF & THE HOWLING COMMANDOS) and Paolo Villanelli (CAPTA more

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 13, 2024

    Black Widow & Hawkeye has all the makings of an all-timer espionage book mixed with an action team-up book. Above all else, Phillips isn't just writing a story that involves the usual tropes but building the characters' pasts and evolving them for a new era. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Mar 15, 2024

    A great way to kick off the comic, filled with action and intrigue that will appeal to fans of Clint and Natasha. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 13, 2024

    Black Widow & Hawkeye #1 pushes an old friendship to its limits. This partnership is built out of tension and difficulty. Natasha and Clint will always search for each other in their worst moments, even if they don’t recognise the person they find. The start of the plot is unorthodox and complicated, but when the comic straightens out, it excels. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Mar 14, 2024

    Black Widow and Hawkeye #1 had an excellent premise but did not focus on what I wanted as a reader. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 13, 2024

    Black Widow & Hawkeye is bound to please devoted readers of either character as they lean into their most familiar traits, but there's not much present to hook those who may not already be dedicated to collecting their comics. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Mar 13, 2024

    Black Widow/Hawkeye #1 is a disappointing, bland freshman issue that gets bogged down in continuity while feeling disjointed from the larger Marvel line. The writing on display reads sloppy and oddly paced, undercutting any sense of tension or stakes. Paired with art that is flat yet consistent, the book is not egregious but leaves little to latch onto. Rounded out by bland coloring that harkens to the flat concrete tones of the MCU, Black Widow/Hawkeye #1 becomes a series that finds itself unable to justify its existence or price tag. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    thecimmerian Mar 17, 2024

    I'm not a Stephanie Phillips fan so I wasn't really expecting much but I was really surprised at how good this was. By the time I had started to enjoy it I began worrying that something would happen to make me go "of course, she just had to f**k it up", but that never happened. She stuck the landing. I don't know much about current Widow/Hawkeye happenings. I had no idea Natasha had a symbiote or what either of them had been doing recently but it didn't hurt my reading experience and in fact made me happy to see a writer following continuity. If I really wanted to know any back info it's not that hard to find. It ain't like we don't have the internet, so Marvel should take like consistency in their stories!!! Overall I w more

  • 8.0
    Screaming Enigma Mar 20, 2024

    I thought this was a pretty interesting start. It's nothing particularly amazing, but I found it engaging throughout. I like the way Phillips writes Clint especially. I also really enjoyed the subversion in the ending twist. Of course you'd think Clint isn't guilty of whatever crime he's being accused of. That said, though, I'm sure we'll end up getting some added context as to why Clint did it to begin with.

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Mar 15, 2024

    This is a solid start. Nothing that'll blow your mind, but solid all around.

  • 6.5
    AmericanHealthcare Mar 23, 2024

    The story seems fine, but the melodramatic, going through the motions, AO3-level dialogue with a truly irresponsible amount of "..."s in every sentence made it kind of a slog, particularly toward the back end. The old "Ribs broken" inner monologue box is a little worn out in 2024, and that lazy/generic vibe is present in a lot of the issue. Waiting until issue 2 to reveal important information is a time-honored tradition, yet it feels especially contrived in this issue with the superfluous dialogue padding out the last few pages as these people say everything they possibly can to avoid getting to the point. These aren't the worst comic book sins, but they're irksome for 4.99.

  • 9.0
    ComicSlugger87 Mar 23, 2024

  • 8.5
    jmprados Apr 4, 2024

  • 8.0
    wesshamu Apr 7, 2024

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Mar 16, 2024

  • 7.5
    Adsun22 Mar 17, 2024

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Mar 18, 2024

  • 6.5
    red_brush Mar 18, 2024

  • 1.0
    Mathew Rosenberg's Mom Mar 31, 2024

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