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Comic Book Reviews: Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread (vol. 1)

Cover art for Black Widow: The Finely Woven ThreadMy stack of graphic novels is currently at least a foot tall. Probably closer to two feet tall, because there are actually two stacks right now. So before they gain sentience and become a monster in our hallway, I decided I should read some of them. So I threw a couple in my bag to read at the laundromat.

I was looking forward to¬†Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread, which collects the beginning of this run of comics, because I really like the character of Black Widow as I’ve seen her in the MCU. Unfortunately, that Natasha is not this Natasha. She’s solo in this comic, which means that a lot of the “dialogue” is internal for her. And frankly, this comic makes her out to be incompetent, as she misses several important pieces of information that cause her all sorts of problems.

From a writer’s perspective, I can understand why the writer had to throw these sort of roadblocks in Natasha’s way–otherwise, there wouldn’t be much in the way of conflict. But at the same time, I feel like the conflict could have been written differently, rather than having Natasha just mess things up and wind up in over her head time and again.

While I didn’t love the plot of this comic, the artwork was lovely. I probably won’t pick up any more of this title, but if you don’t mind your Black Widow a little different from the way she’s portrayed in the MCU, you may be able to overlook some of the issues I had with this arc.

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