Marvel has announced that a new Black Widow series will begin in January.
During the Women of Marvel panel during New York Comic Comic Con, Women of Marvel podcast co-host Judy Stephens announced there will be a new Black Widow comic starting in early 2019. The comic will be written by the sister duo of Jen and Sylvia Soska with art by Flaviano. This is one of the first comic projects by the filmmakers, who have previously worked on movies like American Mary and ABCs of Death 2.
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The Soska sisters spoke to Bustle about the upcoming series, their take on Natasha, and the revealed plot details. The series will see Black Widow heading to the island nation of Madripoor. It turns out a criminal ring has been abducting children and posting their deaths on the dark web. In response, Black Widow decides to bring down the entire organization, by any means necessary.
The book will also deal with the fallout from 2017’s Secret Empire story. The event ended with Black Widow killed during a fight with the Hydra-warped version of Steve Rogers. It was revealed in the buildup to Infinity Wars that when Natasha Romanov died, her consciousness was transferred into a clone body.
Jen Soska revealed the circumstances of her death has left Natasha a bit more outwardly angry than the more reserved takes on her in the past. “Our Natasha will be true to the Natasha we all love,” she said, “but she is not in a good mood. You won’t see her feeling bad for putting more red on her ledger. She enjoys what she does. She’s damn good at it. She’s fearless. She’s lethal. She’s unstoppable. She’s the last person you want coming for you. Our Natasha isn’t following anyone’s rules so she’s completely unleashed.”
Sylvia elaborated, explaining how exploring Natasha’s more complicated feelings on going all out shade the character in an interesting (and even frightening) way. “There’s a trend with female characters in entertainment to make them softer, more gentle, have guilt over their actions, be remorseful,” she explained. “And I think it can be damaging to the more complex feelings of a character. This story gets into Nat’s roots, what kind of damage, and I mean real damage, a Black Widow can do and especially when she’s doing things on her own terms. Fans of Widow will be happy to see her be scarier than we’re used to.”
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Black Widow #1 by Jen and Sylvia Soska and Flaviano is scheduled to be released in January.