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Marvel's The Avengers: Black Widow Strikes Paperback – 12 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (12 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165682
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Condition of the book was very good. And I would recommend the seller.
The story in the book itself I found lacking and wasn't very long or good
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HASH(0x932930f0) out of 5 stars Black Widow's Backstory... 8 Sept. 2012
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"Black Widow Strikes" is a nicely produced and packaged Marvel Comics reissue of a promotional item for "The Avengers" movie in the summer of 2012. Marvel Comics released three special comics on S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, to fill in a little of the backstory on a complex character first introduced to movie audiences in "Iron Man 2" without much explanation.

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.
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HASH(0x93295b88) out of 5 stars Great tie-in material. 29 Nov. 2015
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Love the MCU especially because of it's consistent continuity and canon material across multiple media.
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HASH(0x93295b40) out of 5 stars Stand-alone mission tied into the MCU 12 Mar. 2013
By J'aime - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been busily buying and enjoying Marvel comics since the Avengers film was released. I loved the characters and wanted more. I started with Marvel's The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, which tied directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by linking the various Phase 1 films together through Fury. It was good, and I subsequently branched out to the traditional Marvel Universe with Journey into Mystery and Thor. Black Widow Strikes is something of a blending of the two.

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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HASH(0x93298144) out of 5 stars Interesting story 31 May 2013
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Not a direct movie tie-in, this instead happens simply in the MCU world, a stand-alone story that brings a great deal of both humanity and healthy respect for Natasha Romanov's character.
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HASH(0x93295edc) out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Sept. 2014
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Very happy with the story that linked her from Iron Man 2 to where she began in the Avengers.
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