Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her

Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her by Richard Morgan

  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (US)
  • Publication Date: June 2006 (US)

Synopsis:

Some say she’s a traitor, some say she’s a murderer… and what most say about her isn’t even printable. But nobody denies that the former Cold War spy is a force to be reckoned with. The last man foolish enough to send killers after her paid the highest price, but his friends on Capitol Hill will ensure that Natasha doesn’t get off easy… and not even Col. Nick Fury can protect her this time. Meanwhile, the survivors of Natasha’s last tirade start coming back to haunt her… and they’re beginning to join forces.

Author’s Notes:

A brief foray into sequential art, feminist subtext and overt political anger – welcome to a twenty first century reinterpretation of one of Marvel’s iffiest ‘heroes’. Just how does a superannuated Soviet female super-spy feel about life in the era of corporate power, glossy marketing and lad mag sexuality? Find out, but be warned – in terms of comic sales, this one flew like a brick.

It’s evidently not quite what the mainstream comic-book audience want from their female icons. Oh well…