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REVIEW: Black Widow #8 – Along Came a Soldier

By Cody Mudge

Written by: Nathan Edmondson

Art by: Phil Noto

Published by: Marvel Comics

$3.99

In “Black Widow #8” writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Phil Noto have perhaps the first missed opportunity of their fantastic run. A team-up between Winter Solider and Black Widow seemed like the ideal way to show off the amazing talents of the two masters of espionage. The issue doesn’t capitalize on that premise though, and instead, is an oddly paced installment whose main drama and suspense occur far away from Natasha and Bucky.

A few issues ago Edmondson planted the seeds that Natasha’s business associate, Isaiah, is more than meets the eye. He touches on this again in “Black Widow #8” giving us the best moments of the issue. The twist ending to Isaiah’s part of the story was exponentially more suspenseful than Widow and Bucky being attacked by an international gang.

The entire encounter between Winter Solider and Black Widow seems incredibly brief even though it takes up most of the screen time. Every time I flipped the page I waited for an unbelievable action scene to commence, something that would make Jason Bourne go: damn, pretty good. It just didn’t happen though. Bucky does leap from a window onto a Russian Hind helicopter but the scene isn’t done in a way that highlights Noto’s awesome art or the ridiculousness of such a maneuver. Before you know it you’ve flipped through the comic and haven’t been given anything more exciting than a wintery retreat for the two agents.

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Speaking of Noto, his work has been flawless on this series and this issue is one of the most impressive yet. There is no mistaking the distinctive style that Noto brings to the title and it’s what I look forward to most whenever a new issue comes out. It’s one of those books that makes you want to show the person in the room with you the coolest panels.

“Hey, babe, take a look at this,” I say, holding the book out for her to admire Widow using a glide suit to soar over picturesque, snow-covered Prague.

“Cool,” she says, admiring the art but secretly loathing my interruption.

There are a few books that when you talk comic art with someone get mentioned as part of the elite group, that upper echelon of truly fantastic series, and Black Widow continues to be one of them. This issue looks fantastic, but like the script, it would have been nice to see something a little bit flashier, something more becoming of a team-up between two of the coolest perimeter characters in the Marvel U.

Verdict:

Despite missing the mark this time, Black Widow is still a series worth picking up every month. Edmondson and Noto were a good pairing for this series and they’re easily forgiven if this issue wavers off the path of greatness to the shoulder of good. The way the two story-lines ended this issue tease what is sure to be some compelling developments next month.

7.5

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