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Black Widow #7: Review

May 2021
Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande

Story Name:

I Am the Black Widow Part 1 of 4

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Black Widow #7 Review by (August 31, 2021)

Review: And now we add some new stuff to the mix of the “Black Widow versus a new crime boss” plot introduced last issue. The Big Bad runs a cult for supervillains which adds a twist to the usual Black Widow plotline featuring spies. And there’s more of a sense that Natasha is building a team, including Arana/Spider-Girl who is rather cute when she gushes over being treated like a grown-up hero. And there’s our new acquisition, Lucy, introduced in issue #6 as a street rat but herein revealed to have powers she can’t control for some added drama in the team. Looks like this new direction for the character is off to a good start. More to come.

Comments: Anya Corazon was introduced as Arana (Spanish for “spider” but I can’t make a tilde) in AMAZING FANTASY (2004 series) #1-6 and changed her name to Spider-Girl in YOUNG ALLIES (2010 series) #5; she has had her own series under both names and appeared in most of the other Spider-titles. Elisabetta D’Amico contributed to the inking.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Black Widow #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Back at Black Widow’s apartment, called “The Web,” Natasha watches as White Widow spars with their guest Lucy, the young woman rescued from crime boss Apogee. Nat and Yelena argue over this, Yelena wants to train Lucy to be part of their organization while Nat just wants Lucy to recover from her trauma and decide what she wants to do with her life. Moving on, Yelena has discovered that Apogee owns multiple properties in the area and they need someone on the inside of the organization. Nat reveals she has already recruited Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon) to take a job at one of the shell companies to report on developments; Yelena is upset that she wasn’t consulted on this and Nat apologizes. Anya has discovered that Apogee’s cult-like followers are called the Olio. Nat talks to Lucy who has electric powers that manifest when she is disturbed and, once calm, she volunteers to stay and help fight the villain; she has one piece of information, the name “Voss.”

In disguise, Nat and Yelena attend a meeting of the Olio cult where the masked Apogee commands three followers to drink the contents of suspicious looking vials. Nat shoots the vials out of his hand and Apogee disappears while his super-powered worshipers take on the two Widows and lose badly. They capture one of the hoods, a guy with stretchy powers called Gumby. Back at The Web, they question Gumby but he has little to tell them—and then his body melts away, leaving a puddle on the floor. Lucy fears that the same thing will happen to her….



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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)

Plus: Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon), White Widow (Yelena Belova).

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