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Black Widow: “No More Secrets” (Marvel Comics, 2016; #7-12)

Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Matthew Wilson’s Black Widow was one of the first comics I wrote about for Clearing the Backlog.  I liked it a lot; it was intentional, took its time, and had stunning art.  Well, if “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted” was a burning fuse, the fireworks are “No More Secrets.”

  • These issues are just as controlled as the first six, but events escalate much more quickly.
  • Those events take Natasha TO THE MOON.
  • They also continue Waid and Samnee’s mission to resolve the Black Widow’s need to run from her past, growing the character and making it easy for future stories to do the same.
  • As I write this, I keep coming back to the word seamless in my mind; Black Widow is the rare book where there’s no daylight between words and art—it’s the kind of collaboration that only comes from creators working at their best, as a team.
  • Its art is beautiful and evocative; it isn’t afraid to rely on art instead of dialogue.
  • Samnee’s visual pacing and ability to craft dynamic action sequences that tell story stand out among the best in contemporary comics.

Read Black Widow.  Do it.  Both trades.

Collected in

  • Black Widow, Vol. 2: No More Secrets (#7-12)


Writers: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee | Artist: Chris Samnee | Colorist: Matthew Wilson | Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna | Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski | Editor: Jake Thomas

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