Friday, 1 August 2014

"Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread" | Book Review

Action. Intrigue. Interesting characters. Gorgeous artwork. That's just some of what you'll experience when you read Volume 1 of Black Widow's new standalone series, The Finely Woven Thread.

Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is a spy seeking atonement for her violent past. She takes dangerous and important jobs according to her own moral standards. You might know her by her work with S.H.I.E.L.D. - she helped save New York from aliens a couple of years ago, no big deal.

A lot of us tend to think of action- and super-heroes as these infallible beings who don't make many mistakes and have everything figured out, in terms of fighting evil. Natasha Romanoff is not like that. She's a human being and she makes a lot of mistakes, ones that have dire consequences - when Black Widow messes up, people die.

Natasha is very self-aware: she knows she's not a superhero and acknowledges her faults and errors. She takes all these things to heart and learns from her mistakes. The fact that she doesn't complete every job perfectly and that she feels such guilt makes her very accessible as a character and also makes the stories seem more realistic.

Another great thing about this incarnation of Black Widow is that she's such a bad-ass. At one point, she falls from a building onto a car and her only reaction is "Ow". How cool is that?

The general overtone in this series is quite serious and action-packed, but it can also be quite funny at times.

The artwork is absolutely beautiful. The backgrounds are always so well-done and you can usually guess which continent, if not which country, Black Widow is on. There are some moments in this volume when Natasha is in a dark room and you can hardly see anything, but her hair is still bright red and prominent in the frame. I love moments like that in the artwork and I think it's creative. The series is all-around stunning.

If you've seen Black Widow in any of the Marvel movies and want to see more of her, you're looking for a great female character, or you're in need of an action-packed read, then look no further.

Who's your favourite female comic book character?

I. Love. Marvel.

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