I love The Black Widow. She's one of those great characters that's been around for ages, but that people rarely, if ever, get right. For the life of me I don't know why. A good Black Widow story is easy; You only need three things. 1) Set the story in the real world, so no guest spots from any other characters from the Marvel Universe. Except, obviously, Nick Fury. 2) Make it ridiculously complicated & confusing, as if John Le Carre & Len Deighton had collaborated on a comic script. 3) Get Paul Gulacy to draw it.
That's just how it went in Bizarre Adventures 25: Lethal Ladies:
Script there by Ralph Macchio, by the way. Gulacy did return to The Widow once more, with this beautiful folio in 1998, but that was it I think. A shame, 'cos if ever artist and character were made for each other!
Finally, I know the internet is rife with rumours and gossip, and this may not even be true, BUT. According to the excellent Funny Book Fanatic site, The Widow is due to make an appearance in the next Iron Man movie. The producers wanted Emily Blunt, currently starring in Young Victoria:
Now, I don't know much about this girl, but I do know one thing. She is clearly Natasha Romanoff made flesh. Unfortunately for us all, she can't do the movie, so guess who they went for instead?
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