Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1
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Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Tom Raney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 4, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
6.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Before she steals the world's heart in Iron Man II, get caught in the wicked web of Marvel's sexiest and deadliest super-spy! She's been everything from a Russian espionage agent to a Champion to an Avenger, now a skeleton from Natalia Romanova's past is reaching out for those she's loved and lost...and the Black Widow has many victims to choose from! From the frozen streets of Moscow to the upper stratosphere, writer Paul Cornell (CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI3) and artists Tom Raney (DARK REIGN: HAWKEYE) and John Paul Leon (The Winter Men) deliver a globe-hopping, bone-breaking, high-tech thriller that reveals how Natalia's shadowy past threatens al more

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Nov 3, 2009

    When I first heard about this miniseries, I expected it to be more of a tie-in to the upcoming Iron Man 2 film as anything else: a slightly more in-depth version of the Black Widow's origin story for those who had enjoyed her appearance in the movie. Whilst it does appear that Deadly Origin might serve that function, it turns out that there's a lot more to it than that. In addition to shedding light on the Black Widow's early years, this first chapter creates a compelling mystery, adds some detail to a relatively unexplored corner of the Marvel Universe, and provides a little food for thought concerning the politics of World War II and the Cold War. Anyone looking for a good superhero-spy thriller could do a lot worse than to check this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Nov 4, 2009

    More present day than actual origin story, which disappointed me, but the six or so pages of origin were fantastic, especially in terms of art. I like Black Widow, but have never really read her origin before, so was looking forward to that aspect. Wish it had been played up more than it was. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Nov 5, 2009

    While I'm very harsh on the specifics of this issue, I will say that it was still pretty enjoyable in the long run. The framing device and mystery surrounding Ivan's death is a good choice for revisiting Black Widow's origins and makes the character all the more intriguing. Unfortunately, the pacing is almost too brisk to be effective and the haphazard nature of the art keeps this issue from fulfilling its potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 10, 2009

    Black Widow Deadly Origins #1 was a disappointing read. This isn't really a required read in order to understand the character. Unless you are a fan of Natasha this is hard mini-series to recommend to. There is just not much to the story and nothing new to learn about the character. So unless you have the extra $3.99 and are a fan of Black Widow you can pick this issue up but if your not than save your money as this is not worth the cover price, but maybe in trade format. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 10, 2009

    While some of Widow's potential is getting tapped here, this adventure seems slightly misguided. If someone truly wanted to wipe out the people Widow cared for, why telegraph it? With a character as crafty, connected, and resourceful as Black Widow, the mystery presented here seems very thin, the challenge more minimal and elusive than daunting. The thin veil of the present day story is a distraction to the more interesting details of Natasha's past. Hopefully Cornell can punch up the present day tale in the issues to come. Read Full Review

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