Marvel's Black Widow Prelude #1: Review

Jan 2020
Peter David, C. F. Villa

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Marvel's Black Widow Prelude #1 Review by (July 27, 2020)

Review: Designed to get movie fans up to speed on who the Black Widow is in advance of her solo film set for release in November 2020, postponed by the coronavirus. Okay comic is a bit more creative than they could have gotten away with, which earns them half a star for ambition.

Comments: Part one of two parts. Follows the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continuity rather than the regular 616 Marvel chronology. Appearing in flashbacks: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Vision, Hawkeye, Captain America, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, War Machine, Ant-Man, Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel's Black Widow Prelude #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At SHIELD headquarters, Alexander Pierce springs his plot to assassinate the World Council but Councilwoman Hawley takes him down before revealing she is the Black Widow in disguise….

General Thunderbolt Ross goes to the real Councilwoman Hawley, wanting the Council’s help in finding Black Widow. Hawley considers her a hero but Ross denies that she works for them. Hawley points out that the Widow was certainly working for him during the superhero Civil War, wherein she fought Hawkeye, a longtime friend and ally. Ross suspects her of helping Captain America escape but Hawley demands proof, so Ross gives her the full info….

Natasha Romanova, the Black Widow, was the star pupil of the Russian Red Room where she rose quickly in the ranks up to her tragic “ceremony” where she had a tubal ligation, preventing her from ever having children. Soon after, she defected to America and joined SHIELD, though no one really knows why. An early assignment went wrong when she was caught by the Winter Soldier and shot. After that, she was assigned to monitor Tony Stark. Using the alias Natalie Rushman from Stark’s legal department, she surprised Stark and Pepper Potts by easily clobbering Happy Hogan in a friendly boxing match. Things soon went off the rails….

C. F. Villa
C. F. Villa
Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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