Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Reader's Diary #1441- Nathan Edmondson (writer), Phil Noto (artist): Black Widow Volume 1 The Finely Woven Thread
For source material, the script writers would have to look no further than The Finely Woven Thread. It's an action-packed, globe-trotting tale with just enough character-building. It's clear that Natasha has a dark past that she's atoning for, but she's far, far from broken. And to be fair, Scarlet Johansson has the chops to pull off such a delicate balance.
As a comic, I was blown away. Noto's art is spectacular. Watercolours give Natasha complexity and he has real knack for pacing; detailed, almost breath-taking scenes slow down the story when necessary but he still manages to give action scenes the gravitas and urgency they need. Stylistically, I was reminded of a more lucid version of David Mack (which is not an insult to either artist) and when I rant against generic looking superhero art, theirs is the kind of stuff I long for.
One small complaint: the spider puns. They'd all been done in Spider-Man comics before and were wholly unnecessary and distracting here.