Black Widow: Deadly Origin #2

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Tom Raney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 9, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 2
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Dec 8, 2009

    However, the issue's most notable achievement is its deft and elegant reconciliation of the many different (and often contradictory) Black Widow origin stories, acknowledging all of them and somehow managing to combine them into a single origin without invalidating any of these past stories by simply ruling them out of continuity. Instead, Cornell adopts a more ambiguous approach that's a little reminiscent of Alan Moore's Joker origin in Killing Joke (I couldn't help but think of the Joker's "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another... if I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!" when I realised how Cornell was choosing to handle the Widow's mysterious past). It's the perfect way to treat a complicated character like this one, allowing all of the previous stories to stand whilst offering a possible explanation that simplifies their apparent contradictions considerably. Combined with the reasonably compelling present-day plotline, it makes for an intrig Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 10, 2009

    "Black Widow: Deadly Origin" is a fun comic, more than I'd expected. While I'm especially thankful for Leon's contributions to the book, Cornell, Raney, and company do a fine job in their own right. Together? Well, don't blame me if you miss out on all the fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Dec 9, 2009

    The strengths of the flashback sequences aside, nothing changes the fact that these two entirely different threads fail to jibe together on any level. Even as this issue begins to push the two plot lines together as the present reflects the past, there's still the striking disparity between Raney and Leon's work to pull you right out of the story. I don't see that changing anytime soon. Read Full Review

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