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Black Widow #3: Review

Jan 2005
Richard K. Morgan, Bill Sienkiewicz

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Part 3: Now That’s What I Call a Woman

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4 stars

Black Widow #3 Review by (April 2, 2024)

Review: I hate that cover which makes the comic look like a “Girls Gone Wild” video. Anyway, the rest of the comic is better—it would have to be. Natasha does a lot of spy stuff, capturing and interrogating the people she needs—and the trail leads to a cosmetics firm and Russia. There’s a lot of conflict among Nat, Sally, and Phil concerning the differences between men and women, and how they are perceived by society, even with (especially with) Phil being unaware of these matters that every woman must navigate to survive. This runs through the entire series but is most obvious here. And the issue’s highlight is that multicolored hallucination experienced by Martin Ferris. Tres cool!

Comments: Rated PSR+ (Parental Supervision Recommended Plus).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Black Widow #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Natasha Romanova, the retired Black Widow, is in Alabama, trying to treat a gunshot wound to the abdomen with only a bottle of perfume to use as disinfectant. Meanwhile, the North Institute operatives, Max Hunter and Kestrel, are disappointed in the ATF for letting nine of their agents be killed while failing to capture the Black Widow….

Another former Black Widow arrives in a remote area somewhere southeast of the Urals and is instantly killed by a sniper working for Vassily Ilyich….

Natasha and Phil Dexter go to the safe house where Sally Anne Carter is residing. Phil has identified the ring worn by the hitman killed by Nat is issue #1: he is a Soviet assassin working out of the Red Room which supposedly no longer exists….

Late that night, Natasha climbs through the twentieth-story window of Jim Koenig, middle-aged, mid-level spook, and captures the man and his wife; with a dose of truth serum, he reveals that the Red Room is active, known as 2R in the business world and they have a US Government liaison named Martin Ferris. Nat also discovers his infatuation with a teenage girl named Krista. Nat, Phil, and Sally drive off and Koenig is pushed out of a window by his betrayed wife….

Hunter and Kestrel meet with Nick Fury at SHIELD HQ, asking for help in capturing Natasha as one government agent to another. Fury is disgusted with Hunter and North Institute and kicks them out….

Martin Ferris is in North Carolina, a military bigshot now a shady businessman. Natasha dresses as a sexy babe and links up with him, leads him back to a hotel room, and ties him up, questioning him about 2R. Because of his youth and strength, she must use a stronger truth serum, one that results in him hallucinating psychedelic images but he talks. He is liaison between 2R and Gynacon, a cosmetic firm, and he gives her a list of contacts in Russia. As Phil can’t discover what Medusagen is, Nat realizes she must go to Moscow. She insists on going alone….        

Bill Sienkiewicz
Bill Sienkiewicz
Dan Brown
Greg Land (Cover Penciler)
Matt Ryan (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Goran Parlov. Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.


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