Monday, April 3, 2017

Black Widow #12 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Because I Care

Written By: Chris Samnee, Mark Waid
Art By: Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well, we’ve finally come to a close on Chris Samnee and Mark Waid’s run on Black Widow. This team has really found something special in their work. They have been able to create stories that are not only entertaining and deep but also do it with incredible art to perfectly illustrate the scenes they lay out. They’ve been so consistent that many consider their run on Daredevil to be one of the best runs ever and this run with Black Widow will most likely be considered one of the best for years to come. (Then again, who knows when we will get another Black Widow book). However, we’ve got this final issue to wrap everything up so let’s just dive right in.

Our issue begins where we left off with Natasha struggling to hold the garrote wire that Recluse currently has around her neck. Recluse’s girls are set to initiate the self-destruct sequence at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters which would kill thousands of their agents around the world. Recluse tells Natasha that she can only stop her by killing one of her girls. If any of them are off by a second, the sequence will not commence and S.H.I.E.L.D. will survive. However, Natasha refuses to kill one of the girls and instead ams her weapon at the clock they are watching, destroying it. Recluse realizes that her plan has been foiled and Black Widow takes the opportunity to free herself and initiate the emergency flood system.

The water hits Recluse hard and she seems to be knocked out for the moment as Black Widow pulls herself out of the water. Waiting for her at the top are Recluse’s agents. Black Widow attempts to reason with the girls, saying that Recluse doesn’t care for them. She knew that her plan wouldn’t fail if Natasha had killed one of the girls because she could simply replace them but she still egged Natasha on to kill one. This is when Recluse jumps out from the water and slams her weapon into the platform, just missing Black Widow. She attempts to get the girls on her side as well. The girls decide that they have to figure it out on their own and they release the platform that both are standing on, dropping them into the water.

Black Widow and Recluse trade blows as the platform floats down the current. It isn’t long until Natasha has the upper hand and has stolen Recluse’s weapon. However, instead of using it to kill her, Natasha uses it as a handle and is able to leave the platform before it plummets into the drain. Despite her victory, Natasha is clearly losing her strength and is injured from combat as she makes her way out of the area. However, she loses what strength she still has just as she reaches the final door. Luckily, the Dark Room agents pull her out.

Somehow though, Recluse was able to survive the drop and she confronts Natasha once again.  This time they only argue though as it becomes clear to the Dark Room agents that Natasha is the one that is right in this situation. They turn their back on Recluse and leave her to be alone as they follow Black Widow out of building. They enter the frozen land to be greeted by Maria Hill. This is when I should tell you that this story takes place before the events of Civil War II. Maria Hill talks with Natasha and tells her that her name has been cleared of charges, which allows her to return to work at S.H.I.E.L.D. The two then receive a call from none other than Tony Stark. Tony has set up homes for all of the orphans that were working for the Dark Room. Without Recluse controlling them, they will be able to live normal lives with their new families. Natasha is reminded that while she is used to doing thing alone, she has people who look out for her always. This is where the issue leaves us.

It’s truly saddening that this series has come to a close but better to leave when you’re on top I guess. This book was something special and really showed an incredible understanding of this character. This issue really just saw the pay off for everything that this book set up. We see the final confrontation between Natasha and Recluse and we see Natasha able to save other children from the fate that she could not escape until she was older. The art was absolutely beautiful and the dialogue was so smooth. Granted, it wasn’t perfect. There were a couple convenient plot points and loop holes but overall I didn’t care about those problems when I was reading this book. If anyone considers themselves a Black Widow fan, this is a book that is required reading.

Bits and Pieces

We finally get a finale to this epic Black Widow story and once again Chris Samnee and Mark Waid hit it out of the park with this book. It was an incredibly satisfying ending and gave me nearly everything I could want from a comic book. Granted, there were a couple plot points that could have been done better but the book ultimately has been one of my favorites for the past year. I hope Chris Samnee and Mark Waid come up with a new project because when these two are together, incredible comics are made.


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