New Black Widow Ongoing Series

Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna team up for an all-new ongoing series centering on Marvel’s deadly little spider

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By Kevin Mahadeo

Natasha Romanoff has been many things over her decades-long career: Soviet super spy, crime-fighting super hero and even a top ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, this April, the sexy spider weaves her web in brand new territory when she stars in her very own self-titled ongoing series written by Marjorie Liu.

"I'm intrigued that she has no powers beyond her own natural, human abilities and yet, she manages to hold her own against immensely powerful individuals, who are intimated by her, and who respect her," says Liu of her series' star. "She's incredibly confident, totally in control-ruthless, pragmatic, fiercely intelligent. And she can kill you with her pinky. What's not to like?"

Liu plans on immediately putting Natasha's countless skills to the test beginning with the very first issue, which sets the dark and gritty tone of the series. However, no matter how long and dangerous the road, Liu says Natasha always treks it through to the end due to her unbeatable will and relentless attitude.

BLACK WIDOW #1 cover by Daniel Acuna
"The measure of a dangerous character isn't the strength of the body but the mind," says the writer. "And she's one of the most dangerous women in the world."

Artist Daniel Acuna, who previously wowed with his work on ETERNALS and X-MEN: LEGACY, brings his uniquely beautiful visual style to the book. Liu describes Acuna's work as irresistible, rich and sleek, and cites the cover to issue #1 as a perfect example as to what makes him ideal for the title. That same cover also features the Widow alongside both Tony Stark and Wolverine, which Liu says gives only a small hint to the variety of characters that will be appearing throughout the series. But as with any great spy thriller, no one will be exactly as they seem.

"Natasha has a rich and varied history within the Marvel Universe, and an interesting life can make for interesting problems," Liu promises.

However, Liu does acknowledge that Natasha as the star of the title and doesn't want that point sidelined by focusing on too many guest appearances.

"I want to establish Black Widow as her own character, not as someone's girlfriend or the member of a team," she says. "Which isn't to say that Black Widow's relationships won't be explored, but she's a cunning, ruthless woman whose physical prowess would be nothing without her staggering intelligence. She's a force to be reckoned with, in every possible way."

The Widow's busy lifestyle parallel's Liu's own packed schedule for 2010. This year sees not only the release of a video game adaptation by PassionFruit games to her first novel "Tiger Eye," but also the third book

BLACK WIDOW #1 variant cover by Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
in the Hunter Kiss series, "A Wild Light," and the eleventh book in her Dirk & Steele line, "The Stars Below." Liu also lends her skill to two anthologies: "With Great Power"-featuring stories by fellow comic writers like Paul Cornell, Mike Carey and Bill Willingham-and "Songs of Love and Death," with Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle and many others.

Her ability to juggle so many projects and ease at writing one of the Marvel Universe's deadliest super spies brings into question just how much Liu has in common with her comic book counterpart. Confronted with the possibility of actually being the real life Black Widow, Liu chooses to play it close to the vest:

"I wouldn't be much of a secret agent if I told, would I?"

 

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BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

[quote:c67ef7d8ac="Nova#1"][quote@BlackSamurai I did not realize Ms. Marvel was going the way of the dodo too [need to check if that's true] [/quote] It is true. Issue #50 is the final issue. It even says that in the solit: http://marvel.com/catalog/?id=13959[/quote] Ooh, missed that one, thanks (though I am sad to see it go: yet I will admit right now it is not endearing me, but I think more can be done with it). Seems to be a whimper it'll be going out with though, I don't see Mystique's skill set as something a super strong, tough, flight-able, energy-wielding heroine should get book-ending their series, despite whatever history they have. Her biggest claim to fame is luring someone somewhere to get blown up, or threatening innocents and loved ones to get someone outclassing her to back off. No doubt the shapeshifting will make things challenging but 'we' want to see drag out brawls and property damage... where's a Kree-faction attempted kidnapping/repo when you need one? I think that could spin some good stories (especially with the teaser of Kree operatives on Earth via the guy she was involved with earlier on in her series)

Nova1
Nova1

[quote@BlackSamurai I did not realize Ms. Marvel was going the way of the dodo too [need to check if that's true] [/quote] It is true. Issue #50 is the final issue. It even says that in the solit: http://marvel.com/catalog/?id=13959

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

I did not realize Ms. Marvel was going the way of the dodo too [need to check if that's true], but it's interesting to see a reaction about Black Widow as a push character. Ms. Marvel was a push character true, but any character can get, and can deserve, the push if stories are out there for them, and I do not honestly believe the approach to Ms. Marvel was thought out far enough ahead (or revised enough as they went on) to sustain her hype. She's positioned as an answer to Wonder Woman, but WW was struggling a while back and benefited more from the JLAers' reverence of her, rather than what was going on in her own series. Ms. Marvel is almost a 'just-there' character sometimes, and may have been coming out of that and gaining some presence; until they completely took Danvers out of the equation for the Moonstone folly. And all for what? To pretend that readers wouldn't know if she was alive or not?Black Widow can suffer the same thing if this push isn't a long haul push, and not just thought as far as "popularity spike because of the movie, let's cash in on her on the comics side while it lasts." A marketing concern they have to consider is how interesting she will be in the movie, and how much her current characterization will mesh with any interest watchers/readers could have in her continuing story. I liked the character way more than I had ever liked Ms. Marvel, and I think the medium also needs more strong female characters, but I always believed they could do a lot more with Storm, Rogue and even Elektra than they have to give a Marvel heroine the type of runs [and presence] Witchblade and Catwoman have had.Stories need to be geared towards making her intricately interlaced to Marvel continuity first to make her essential, then they can do things with her the likes of Wolverine and people will still buy. And the cementing of Wolverine was all about how much he figured into X-Men existence to begin with.All that being said, good luck to Black Widow, but I will ask [the imaginary being that can't really answer] where and when is Storm going to get hers? And if/when they do bring it, will they treat her with the intricacy in mind from links to X-Men, Wakanda, Latveria and her own history to make her an essential property? I will say, if they approach the marketing right, they can achieve that for Black Widow as a spy series, once they don't risk associating her with ridicule by putting her in situations often with vastly powerful characters and have her inexplicably win all the time.

giovedi
giovedi

[quote@Miles_Warren [quote@squirrel Miles_warren: what ongoings are being cancelled?[/quote] Well the ones that I collect are Doctor Voodoo and Ghost Rider and both are been canned. So I have a few bucks to spare....unless this series ends up costing $4.[/quote] Don't forget Ms. Marvel being canceled as well

squirrel
squirrel

I actually picked up that title, and have been waiting for the first story arc to finish to read past the first issue. So, no big loss I guess. I'd probably prefer Natasha to Jericho. Remender is a good writer but the New Punisher book is less engaging than NYX was.

Miles_Warren
Miles_Warren

[quote@squirrel Miles_warren: what ongoings are being cancelled?[/quote] Well the ones that I collect are Doctor Voodoo and Ghost Rider and both are been canned. So I have a few bucks to spare....unless this series ends up costing $4.

Cuevo
Cuevo

It could be good, but I'm never going to know. There are far too many titles right now to try to keep up, the last thing I'm going to do is put another on-going in my pull file.

johnnysword
johnnysword

It's about time Black Widow got her own title. I know that a lot of her rise in popularity is due to her upcoming appearance in Iron Man 2, but she's a character that really does deserve an ongoing (unlike Dr. Voodoo).Lui's work on Dark Wolverine has been great so I expect compelling stories from this series. Usually I wait for the trade, but I'll pick this up in monthlies to support the title from the start.

Nova1
Nova1

I see this heading the way of Doctor Voodoo...

squirrel
squirrel

turns out she wrote the NYX books, which are great and is/was writing dark wolverine, which I haven't picked up cause I wasn't buying wolverine anyway. But she also has novels that are on their 9th sequel soooo... harlequin?

squirrel
squirrel

Sounds like she writes harlequins.Which actually could lend itself well to the comic medium. Okay I'll bite, for a story arc. Acuna's work is amazing either way. But I'll go for the (?)Djudjevic(?) cover.Miles_warren: what ongoings are being cancelled?

Miles_Warren
Miles_Warren

Might just pick this one up seeing as how a lot of my current ongoings are getting cancelled.

GreenGoblin28
GreenGoblin28

I'm looking forward to this but when will they let us start subscribing to this series?

LETHAL_JUSTICE
LETHAL_JUSTICE

grrrrr . shes being pushed not unlike ms marvel in the civil warblehh il pass

0000bled
0000bled

its about time she got her own series. the cover looks nice