blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Widowmaker (2011) #1


So for some reason, while everyone else gets drawn young and beautiful, the Lopezes draw Black Widow aged and weathered. She’s got more lines around her eyes than Rob Liefeld draws on a bicep. I know this book is a continuation of Hawkeye and Mockingbird, maybe making Widow unappealing is to bolster Mockingbird.

Actually, of all the characters–Black Widow, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Dominic Fortune–Mockingbird makes the least impression. McCann establishes a solid espionage story here and he’s so busy working through the details, there’s not a lot of time for characters without personality. Mockingbird doesn’t have much personality, especially when she’s not bickering with Clint.

The cliffhanger is somewhat weak, but so much of the issue is strong–McCann’s plot is good–it doesn’t really matter.

The Lopezes art, besides the Widow stuff, is decent. It’s bright for spy stuff. Widowmaker is a Bond movie in the Marvel Universe.

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