It looks like Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Matt Wilson couldn't get enough of each other. That's a good thing for readers. Coming off a successful run on Daredevil, the trio have moved over to take on our favorite spy/Avenger/butt-kicker Black Widow.
When it comes to a first issue in a new series, there's a few ways to handle things. We've seen the issues with a lot of set up or a recap as to what's been going on in the character's life. Black Widow doesn't go that route. It throws you right in the middle of some pretty insane action. We all know how tough of a fighter Natasha is. We've seen her in action often, and it's also been been implied time and time again. What we don't know is why she's kicking so much butt in this issue. Being thrown into the middle of the action means we're not quite sure what she's done. She's taken something from S.H.I.E.L.D. and they are not happy at all. In other words, this issue is pretty much Black Widow vs S.H.I.E.L.D. It's as great as you would hope and expect.
Samnee gives us some great action sequences. The action definitely carries the story in this issue. We may have to wait for answers or details as to what has caused this situation. Samnee gets to show just how a badass Avenger will take on numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and escape from a helicarrier. Sure, we saw Captain America do it before, but this instance is much more intense. After reading this issue over a few times, I don't even want to think of how another artist would have approached the story and action sequences.
Wilson's colors are great--just as you'd expect. You can almost feel the heat from all the action and explosions ripping across the page. Things get gritty at times and you won't be able to take your eyes off the page.
There is just a tiny problem with the issue. It does feel like it reads a little too quickly. Part of it may be because you don't want it to end. There is a lot of fast paced action. There is enough dialogue, but a lot of the scenes just don't really require it. It may go faster than you'd want, but I'd rather take an explosive intro to a new series like this over one with too much filler and set up. This gives us a great taste of what we can expect.
Black Widow is once again getting the series she deserves. Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Matt Wilson have shown us how well they work together, and that's carrying over into this new series. The storytellers waste no time in showing us just how much action and butt-kicking we can expect in this volume. Black Widow versus just about all of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a fantastic way to start a new series. You might read through the issue fairly quickly, but you'll find yourself going back to the beginning to read it again. This is exactly the Black Widow book you've been wanting. I figured with this creative team I'd be happy with this first issue. They've delivered more than I could have hoped for. It's not often I find myself on edge after reading an issue, ready to start counting how many days until the next one. If you want a crazy amount of action and butt-kicking with a looming mystery hanging overhead, you absolutely have to read this book.