If you loved Daredevil as much as I did, then this is great news.
“It’s similar to way we approached Daredevil, in that we’re not picking up specifically from the end of the previous issue or specifically from any one moment. But we’re acknowledging that, and making use of the fact that what happened in the previous series happened, and using some of that stuff as a springboard. And it is, by Marvel time, at least eight months later. It’s not the next day, anyway. Especially in issue 2 in particular, we’re sort of spring boarding off of some of the previous events, but not so specifically that anyone should feel like they’re missing anything if they didn’t read the previous run.”
Not every fan loved the Edmonson and Noto run (myself included) but it’s nice to see comics honoring continuity!
Artist Chris Samnee says the team won’t be holding back for this story:
“I started work on Widow a week after I finished Daredevil. It’s my love letter to Gerry Conway and Gene Colan in a way, but also we’re doing the absolute worst things possible to Widow. But I think that’s kind of what you have to do — kill your darlings. If I didn’t love her so much, I wouldn’t give her such a hard time. She gets beat down, but the great thing about Widow is that she always gets back up. And I think we’re going to see that for at least a year: getting beat down and getting back up on top. I’m looking forward to dragging Widow through the dirt.”
Just as long as it’s respectful dragging. It’s true that Widow is a character who knows how to get back up, but she’s also one who deserves a compelling story.
Widow and Daredevil had a relationship in the past, but they are very different characters in a lot of ways. Waid went on to explain how the team is transitioning from the Man Without Fear to the Russian spy turned Avenger:
“It’s a much trickier situation, because Daredevil was a very internal book. Daredevil was narrated by Daredevil and we were very much inside Matt [Murdock]’s head the entire time. We’re very close to Daredevil as a person in this book, whereas with Natasha and the Black Widow book, it’s the opposite. We don’t want to get a running narration of what’s happening in her head at every moment. We need her to be a little more distant and a little more removed, because that’s just who she is. She’s not open with her thoughts and her feelings. So it’s a whole different challenge with us. How do you tell emotional really intimate stories with these characters, without having that tool in our toolbox?”
All of this boils down to the fact that Daredevil was a great, accomplished run and I can’t wait to see what the team does with a character like Black Widow, arguably one of the most popular right now (and best in general!).
Black Widow #1 is scheduled to debut early next year. Are you looking forward to it? Sound off in the comments!
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