Monday, 3 April 2017

Black Widow, Volume 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted Review (Mark Waid, Chris Samnee)

Black Widow’s stolen something from SHIELD – get her! 

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee reunite after their acclaimed Daredevil run to work their magic on Black Widow… and unfortunately it doesn’t take. 

The opening issue is full of slick, fast-moving action as Natasha busts out of a SHIELD Helicarrier in full pursuit by SHIELD agents and escapes them all – barely. And then we’re into a very generic spy thriller storyline: blackmail, secrets, double-crosses, heists. It’d be interesting if the writing didn’t render it in such an unmemorable way. 

And while there are other hi-octane action sequences, they end up feeling shallow and insubstantial against such a dreary story. Also, the blackmail reveal at the end was so unimpressive and esoteric – I couldn’t have cared less. 

Samnee’s art is good and the action is awesome in a mindless way but Black Widow, Volume 1: SHIELD’s Most Wanted is very bland and reads like any action spy thriller - instantly forgettable stuff. If you’re after an inspired female spy comic, check out Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting’s Velvet instead.

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