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Black Widow #5: Review

Feb 2021
Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande

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The Ties That Bind Finale

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4 stars

Black Widow #5 Review by (May 26, 2021)

Review: Huge sigh of relief! They didn’t kill the kid after all. So…Nat escapes her enemies and loses her family in what is still the most absolute way and needs a change of life. Very nice action scenes but, even more impressive, very nice portrayal of Nat’s mourning a life she never really had. Clint and Bucky also have nice moments of expressing their love for Natasha. So I’m really psyched to see what happens next.

Comments: Rafael de Latorre drew pages 5-7. Arcade is part of the attack but her never actually appears on panel.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Black Widow #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Black Widow Natasha Romanoff recalls the good times she had with James and son Stevie; now she looks into the room where they had been which is now in flames and cries. Hawkeye and Winter Soldier try to get her to come along but Yelena Belova, the second Black Widow, slaps her to snap her out of her bitter reverie. Nat comes back to her senses and makes sure everyone is in position for what happens next….

Weeping Lion is stationed on a roof opposite with a high-powered rifle; Viper and her Hydra henchmen lead the attack; Arcade cuts the power to Nat’s building, and Snapdragon and Red Guardian drop through the skylight on ropes—and then Hawkeye fires an explosive arrow and Nat takes out Snapdragon. Belova clobbers Viper. Clint fires an arrow through the rifle scope which pierces Weeping Lion’s eye; Red Guardian takes a bullet for Natasha, claiming he joined the villains to protect her and didn’t know how far they would go to hurt her. Nat lets him go but promises that she’ll catch up to him later. The two Widows take down all of the Hydra goons while Hawkeye picks others off from the rafters. The three escape then blow up the building. Belova offers Nat her sympathy then leaves them; Clint expresses disappointment that he wasn’t part of her imaginary “perfect life” and offers to stay with her but Nat declines….

Later, Bucky comes to tell her that James and Stevie are safe, the hologram projector which convinced the villains (and her allies) that they are dead has been destroyed, and even Nat is not allowed to know where they are. Bucky also wants to remain part of her life but she assures him of her love while insisting she must go off alone. Emotionally she falls apart, knowing that her husband and child ware forever dead to her and in some way feeling that Bucky is responsible for their loss. He comforts her….

Natasha returns to the home she shared with James and finds the cat Logan and takes him away while in the Pacific Northwest, James and Stevie look to their new life together….

Weeks later, the two Black Widows meet. Belova updates Nat on how the wounded villains fared: they all survived but with various injuries. Nat tells her she has given up on revenge and will be doing something different, something James and Stevie—and Nat—would be proud of. She invites Belova along for help and company as she remakes herself in a way she never has before….

Elena Casagrande
Elena Casagrande
Jordie Bellaire
Adam Hughes (Cover Penciler)
Adam Hughes (Cover Inker)
Adam Hughes (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Yelena Belova)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)

(Clint Barton)
Red Guardian
Red Guardian

(Alexi Shostakov)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Snapdragon (Sheoke Sanada), Viper (Madame Hydra), Weeping Lion (Platch Liev).

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