Black Widow’s long-awaited solo movie is now available to all Disney Plus subscribers, following a limited streaming release earlier this year. It was released at the same time as the movie’s theater run.
Black Widow is one of the most popular comic book characters in the world, and for those who want more, Newsarama has come up with a list of the best Black Widow stories. This is a lot of ground to cover, since Natasha Romanoff first appeared in a comic book in 1964.
Whether you’re ready to celebrate Black Widow or not, we’ve got all the comic goodies you need right here as we count down the best Black Widow stories ever.
1. Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
Makes you wish that Devin Grayson had been able to write more than two short limited series with the Itsy-Bitsy Spider.
There is a lot to like about this arc, besides the effective but not overbearing art by JG Jones. Grayson has a very good grasp on what is going on with this character and with her home town.
Trying to figure out who she is in the present and in the past, Natasha Romanoff can’t seem to figure out who she is. Another Red Room graduate is trying to take the Black Widow title for herself.
Who is Natasha Romanoff if there is no Black Widow in her life, then? He wants to know that at the intersection of existential crisis and unreality, Grayson wants to find out how to move forward.
And she does so with ease. This is what she does. As long as Natasha isn’t a woman who talks a lot, “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” takes a lot of time to think about her in meaningful ways, even though she doesn’t speak a lot.
This movie was a big influence on the new one because of its dark reflections and real-world setting. Natasha’s fight with Yelena Belova and the dark reflections in the movie show how this would last for a long time and be a big influence on the new one.
2. Black Widow: The Name of the Rose
In this case, how do you stand up to gods and monsters when you have no power? How does Natasha Romanoff answer that exact question in the book The Name of the Rose?
The first arc of Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna’s 2010 series, “Black Widow,” will likely make you wonder why she needs the Avengers at all. In Liu’s film, the character’s life turns upside down when she learns that she has been spying on all of her friends and enemies. This makes Liu an enemy of the state.
Despite being a Black Widow story, this one fits right in with the Marvel Universe. It shows where Natasha stands with not just Bucky Barnes, Logan, and Tony Stark, but also with characters like Elektra, so it’s a great story.
3. Black Widow: Homecoming
In Homecoming, Black Widow comes back to action for one last job. There aren’t many stories like this one.
It’s written by Richard Morgan, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Goran Parlov. They write a story that leads Natasha into a search of her past to find out who is killing graduates of the Red Room program that made her, and who is behind the deaths. Morgan, for what it’s worth, tries to figure out what it means for Natasha to be a woman in a world where espionage and superheroes are mostly done by men.
As Bill Sienkiewicz and Goran Parlov share the spotlight, Sienkiewicz’s moody style is a little restrained, but it’s still a lot of fun to look at. Still, the two work well together to make for a good read.
4. Black Widow: Breakdown
‘Breakdown’ is a follow-up to another story on this list. It follows Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova in a kind of Face/Off situation that the writers Greg Rucka and Devin Grayson wisely don’t reveal until the end.
Scott Hampton’s art adds to the dreamy feel of the story, which helps the writers keep the plot from readers for as long as possible. The web that the two Black Widows make is interesting, and the whole creative team makes good use of it.
5. Black Widow: Web of Intrigue
List: “Web of Intrigue” might be the strangest thing on this list, but not every character has been given a four-issue arc drawn by George Perez, which is found in the Marvel Fanfare anthology book.
The story itself isn’t very different from what we’ve seen in superhero comic books before. Ivan Petrovic was Natasha’s father figure when she was younger. Black Widow has to find him.
Ralph Macchio’s captions are a little over the top, especially when he’s blocking out Perez’s great work. But it’s not hard to see a good blueprint for Black Widow stories in the future. Perez, on the other hand, is almost always right. One of Macchio’s captions perfectly describes his linework when he says that Widow moves “with a grace that betrays her deadly intent.”
6. Black Widow: Encircle
At her core, Black Widow is a problem solver. In “Encircle,” her friends on the Secret Avengers have just died, and all she has to do is try to get them back in a time travel device.
In this issue, Natasha is paired up with the Marvel Universe’s most prolific time traveler, Beast, at the start to lay out her best chance for success. This is mostly a joke issue. As it turns out, she does well. The fun of the issue is watching Natasha use both her wits and strength to solve a complicated time heist.
7. Black Widow Epic Collection: Beware The Black Widow
The Black Widow’s history for the first time! TALES OF SUSPENSE is where Natasha Romanoff first appears as a Russian spy. She became one of the most famous Marvel characters right away because of this. In this amazing set, we get to see her early days with Hawkeye, as well as her first adventures with the Avengers and her first solo series. The Black Widow goes from being a bad person to being a good person in a complicated and fascinating story. She becomes one of the best comic book characters. This Epic Collection has stories and art by some of the best Silver Age artists. It’s the best place for every Black Widow fan to start.
8. Taskmaster: The Right Price
Taskmaster can do any job, and no one can do it better than him. First, Sunset Bain, Iron Man’s on-again, off-again enemy, is going to try to sabotage Stark Industries. But soon, the Taskmaster comes face-to-face with Tony Stark and a SWAT team that’s ready to fight. But the multitalented merc won’t let anything stop him from getting his million-dollar payout in Las Vegas. Then, are you ready to learn the Taskmaster’s secret origin? He has trained henchmen for every terrorist group and crime syndicate in the Marvel Universe. There is a million-dollar bounty on the head of the Taskmaster when word spreads that he’s turned against the people who worked for him. As a way of protecting himself, the Taskmaster must figure out who he really is. This is the hardest thing he has ever had to do!