Marvel's The Avengers: Black Widow Strikes Paperback – 12 Sep 2012
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The story in the book itself I found lacking and wasn't very long or good
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The premise of the three part story is a S.H.I.E.L.D. undercover sting operation targeting an illicit arms dealer, featuring Natasha as bait. The mission goes badly wrong; Natasha is framed for the murder of the arms dealer. She goes on the run, pursued by the police and by a shadowy conspiracy. When Natasha is offered the chance to meet the head of the conspiracy, she breaks contact with her S.H.I.E.L.D. controller Agent Coulson, with dangerous results. A series of violent fights will leave a trail of friendly and enemy bodies, and lead the Black Widow to a fateful confrontation with an opponent who knows her every move. Romanoff will be reminded, again, of her own bloody legacy, and with the help of Nick Fury, will attempt to balance the books.
The cover art features Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in "The Avengers", while the comic book portrayal seems to morph into a similar image over the course of the three part story. A bonus feature has a Cold War-era Black Widow teaming with the Crimson Dynamo against Iron Man. "Black Widow Strikes" is highly recommended to her fans.
The obvious tie-ins to the MCU are Agent Coulson and the Samuel L. Jackson-inspired Nick Fury. However, the mission reads as if it could be any Black Widow adventure. She's a spy after all. She is sent to kidnap a target, but an assassin kills him first. An assassin who wants to be Black Widow - by replacing Natasha. The artwork is excellent, showcasing a very sexy Black Widow, and kicks it up a notch. Backgrounds were filled out and there was plenty of detail to pull a reader in.
Overall, this was an enjoyable stand-alone story without much meat. It is very short, so the book is filled out with a random, really old, Iron Man adventure. This was very disappointing - if you need to pad the book, why not an early Black Widow adventure in keeping with the protagonist? Yes, this was probably just a chance to grab some non-comic readers by cashing in the on the film's popularity. Still, the price point (especially after a discount) is reasonable for such an effort. Recommended, particularly to fans of the film.
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