Superhero Hype’s Guide to the Best Black Widow Comics on Amazon
Everybody reading this has doubtless seen every movie so far featuring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. And with the newest one looking like the last, unless her onscreen fate in Endgame gets reversed somehow, Natasha’s live-action journey is done. So what’s a Black Widow fan to do? Read the comics, of course. Many years worth of them. Including multiple story arcs that are even better than any adventure of hers in the MCU. So after seeing the movie this weekend, anyone looking for more can hit the books. Curious where to start? Here’s a selection of the best Black Widow comics on Amazon.
Back in the ’70s, Black Widow was more of a supporting character than a leading lady. In this collection, Natasha guest stars in stories with Spider-Man several times, including a memorable incident in which she forgot who and what she really was. Fortunately Shang-Chi and Nick Fury came along to help Black Widow remember herself, just when Peter Parker started having romantic feelings for her.
Roll back the clock four decades as Ralph Macchio and artist George Pérez put Black Widow in the spotlight where she belongs. It’s an ’80s Bond story, Marvel style, and this tale went a long way towards redefining Natasha Romanoff. And there’s a lot more in this collection, including Jo Chiodo’s Daredevil/Black Widow: Abattoir graphic novel.
Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto send Black Widow home to Russia as she tries to atone for her past. But Natasha is going to defeat her latest enemy, she’s going to have to get her hands dirty again.
Think of this as Black Widow: Year One. Jody Houser and artist Stephen Mooney revisit the past and present as Natasha’s heroic allies are forced to question whether they can trust the Black Widow when new information comes to light.
Devin Grayson and J.G. Jones brought Natasha back to prominence in the first Marvel Knights Black Widow story. This is also the first major storyline with Yelena Belova, the second Black Widow. And unlike in the movies, Yelena isn’t Natasha’s sister or friend here. Instead, she’s a bitter rival who wants to eliminate Natasha so she can be the only Black Widow.
Who killed the Black Widow’s closest friend? Trust us, Natasha is not going to like the answer. The Black Widow’s origin is revisited as a blast from the past targets her. Fortunately, she has some friends to help her out of a jam.
If you want to get all of the early Black Widow stories in place, the Black Widow Strikes Omnibus is the way to go. There is some overlap between this hardcover collection and the Black Widow: The Coldest War and Black Widow: Marvel Team-Up trade paperbacks. But it all comes together in a beautiful package.
Richard Morgan teamed with artists Bill Sienkiewicz, Goran Parlov, and Sean Phillips for a tale that found Natasha trying to live a life beyond her identity as Black Widow. However, Natasha can’t be kept out of the game for long, especially when her enemies come gunning for her.
Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, the superstar creative team behind Daredevil, reunited on this Black Widow series. For their first story, they pit Natasha Romanoff against S.H.I.E.L.D. as a new enemy tried to blackmail and control the Black Widow. And that’s always a mistake.
“The Ties That Bind” is the first storyline from the current Black Widow comic by Kelly Thompson and artist Elena Casagrande. Natasha’s greatest enemies have united to destroy her. Frst, they’ll give Natasha the husband and child of her dreams, and the happy life she never thought she could have. But when the Black Widow has something to lose, her true nature reemerges.
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