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Black Widow ongoing kicks off in April

Black Widow #1

Black Widow #1

Just in time for her appearance in this summer’s Iron Man 2, everyone’s favorite Russian spy is getting her own series, courtesy of writer Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna. Marvel announced yesterday that a new Black Widow ongoing series will kick off in April.

“I want to establish Black Widow as her own character, not as someone’s girlfriend or the member of a team,” Liu told Marvel.com. “Which isn’t to say that Black Widow’s relationships won’t be explored, but she’s a cunning, ruthless woman whose physical prowess would be nothing without her staggering intelligence. She’s a force to be reckoned with, in every possible way.”

IGN.com also has an interview up with Liu about the book. Unless I’m forgetting something from the 1990s, I believe this is the first time the Black Widow has had her own ongoing, thought she has appeared in several mini-series, graphic novels, team books and of course countless guest appearances.

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Good news. I’ve been enjoying both BW miniseries on right now, and Marjorie’s done some fun stuff.

That cover oughtta help bring in the young female readership that Marvel has been ineffectively courting over the past 5 decades.

Yeah, I’m wondering about the “staggering intelligence” that somehow can’t pick out a catsuit with enough room in the chest for her to actually get the zipper past her breasts.

“Yeah, I’m wondering about the “staggering intelligence” that somehow can’t pick out a catsuit with enough room in the chest for her to actually get the zipper past her breasts.”

Smarter than someone who doesn’t realize or acknowledge that breasts distract dudes in a fight.

Why does she need a “distraction” in the first place? Isn’t Widow a smart enough fighter as it is? The cleavage is unnecessary.

Oh boy, is it time for the bi-monthly cleavage/anti-cleavage, depiction of women in comics, etc. bitchfest, where we hear the same boring and tired arguments from both sides? I was hoping I missed that while I was on my vacation over seas.
Oh well, here’s to hoping the series is good.

Goddamnit. I really don’t want to talk about this on Monday. SIGH.

Liu is a good writer and Acuña is a great artist, and now that Ms Marvel is ending, Marvel needs a comic with a strong female as a leading character, so I’m giving this a chance.

Peace.

As long as they make her look European, I hope they have success with this series. Unfortunately, what exactly making her look European means…I don’t know.

“As long as they make her look European, I hope they have success with this series. Unfortunately, what exactly making her look European means…I don’t know.”

She’ll smoke constantly and not shave her arm pits. And bitch about Americans.

@ Jorell: No fighter complains about an easier fight.

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to see what Marjorie Liu’s work was like for awhile, but the projects didn’t appeal to me. Since this one does, I’ll give it a try.

“She’ll smoke constantly and not shave her arm pits…”

Saw that one comin’.

Wow, Acuna’s tenure on X-Men: Legacy was short-lived. Did he even do three issues?

Nice, it only took three posts before some toolshed started complaining about her breasts. Plenty of ugly ass Adrian Tomine books with flat-chested broads, guy, Go find some.

Normally I wouldn’t care for a title like this, but Majorie Liu and Daniel Acuna? I’ll at least pick up the first issue for sure.

You know an obvious crotch bulge would be distracting too, so why don’t male supes just forgo the spandex and go full banana hammock then, for strategy’s sake.

Technically, this will be her second ongoing series. While not a whole book, circa 1969 her ongoing series was half of Amazing Adventures with the Inhumans in the other half. Lasted about 10 issues, with it and Astonishing Tales (which Ka-Zar and Dr. Doom initially shared) the last gasp of Marvel’s two features in a single book format (i.e. the later issues of Tales of Suspense, Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish).

“Smarter than someone who doesn’t realize or acknowledge that breasts distract dudes in a fight.

Yeah, ’cause I’m sure your average supervillian, mob hitman, or ninja assassin is such a fanboy nerd at heart that they sight of real live boobies throws him wickedly off his game.

If cleavage is what it takes to make this book sell better than my faves she-hulk and ms. marvel – so let there be cleavage!

“Yeah, ’cause I’m sure your average supervillian, mob hitman, or ninja assassin is such a fanboy nerd at heart that they sight of real live boobies throws him wickedly off his game.”

Yeah, because what I was talking about was “wickedly off their game” a split second, which is all she would need if she’s skilled.

Ehn. Good for her fans, I guess. As for me, I don’t really find Black Widow a very interesting, compelling character. I’ve read her minis, and I’ve read her appearances in the Avengers and the Champions, but I never really warmed up to the character. I say this while giving Black Widow and the Marvel Girls (and really, what the hell is up with that title?) and Black Widow: Deadly Origin a try.

“Smarter than someone who doesn’t realize or acknowledge that breasts distract dudes in a fight.”

Lost a lot of fights with topless women, have you?

Wow, another Marvel comic with Wolverine in it.

The House of Ideas………………………………………………………………………………………..

“Lost a lot of fights with topless women, have you?”

By a large group of topless women.

Never try to take change from a stripper’s g-string. Damn, all I had was a five, I just wanted some singles!

Black Widow has one more of the most convoluted origins and histories in the Marvel Universe which is saying a lot. In the worst juryrigged fashion, she has been connected and linked to character after character as if proximity will lead to popularity.

She’s like the last descendant of the Romanov dynasty who was trained as ballerina for the Bolshoi only to be recruited by the KGB [as opposed to GRU i.e. Soviet military intelligence which was in charge of foreign operations] to be an assassin and a spy, but not before going on the run in Asia from the Hand who had seeked to make her the first ultimate ninja assassin [a pre-Elektra] only to be saved by Captain America and a pre-Wolverine Logan.

And seriously, who hasn’t the Black Widow has a relationship with? Let’s see …the first Red Guardian, the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Daredevil, and the offensive line of the Detroit Redwings.

As for the Daniel Acuna image, while I have nothing against a little cheesecake, but imho I find that depiction of the Black Widow overtly sexual, probably gratuitious and potentially exploitative. I just understand why an editor would approve that. Can’t the Black Widow be a strong and sexy female character without the revealing cleavage shot?

The only reason I can see for it is because it stirs debate and controversy which might lead to more publicity and thus higher sales. Or it appeals to the male or female buyer [no judgements there] who has alternative sexual fantasies about fictional comic book characters, as opposed to real people, thus generating higher sales. And what does that say about Marvel’s opinion of the comic buying audience?

covers like this make me embarrassed to be a comic book reader.

you never see her depicted like that elsewhere; she’s got a few different costumes — skintight sure, but always covered to the neck. lame. But I’ll give this a shot with that creator talent, and I always kind of liked BW. kind of.

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