Our Top 5 Graphic Novels to Read Before You See BLACK WIDOW

Published July 12th, 2021

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The wait is nearly over, and Third Eye Faithful, we are so stoked for BLACK WIDOW!

An original MCU Avenger, Black Widow finally gets the chance to show her first family on the big screen. It’s been a long time coming that we get to see a little more of Natasha Romanoff, and we’ve been so excited about this movie since it’s first announcement. With new characters, and villains to introduce to the MCU audience, we know there’s a lot to take in, and a lot of us are excited to dive deep into the world of BLACK WIDOW.

So before you settle into theatre seats, or fire up your Disney+, here’s a few of our favorite graphic novels all about Marvel’s mysterious spider – BLACK WIDOW.

1. BLACK WIDOW VOL 1 TP FINELY WOVEN THREAD

Black Widow is an Avenger and an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. But on her own time, she searches for atonement for her past as a KGB assassin – in ways those teams just wouldn’t approve of. The Widow goes undercover in Russia – but from its cold streets, the Hand of God reaches out to crush her…and it is as merciless as its name. Outmatched by the brute force of this powerful new villain, Natasha discovers a deadly plot that spans the entire globe. Paris, London, Montenegro – Natasha is in a race against time, with nowhere to turn for answers. Black Widow’s strength and cunning will be put to the test as she follows the trail of blood and destruction to the beginning, but can she locate the entity behind the attacks? Collecting BLACK WIDOW (2014) #1-6 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

2. BLACK WIDOW BY KELLY THOMPSON TP VOL 01 TIES THAT BIND

Something is very wrong with Natasha: She’s…happy?! Kelly Thompson. Black Widow. ‘Nuff said! The best-selling, Eisner Award-nominated writer of CAPTAIN MARVEL joins rising-star artist Elena Casagrande to change everything for Natasha Romanoff! The Widow has been a spy almost as long as she’s been alive. And she’s never stopped running, whether she was working for the good guys or the bad. But retirement definitely agrees with the world’s deadliest woman as she revels in the perfect life she never dreamed she could have. But scratch the surface of that perfect life and you’ll find something very wrong lurking beneath it – and a woman like Nat just can’t help but scratch. Beyond San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge lies a mystery only the Marvel Universe’s greatest spy can solve! Prepare for a can’t-miss thrill ride! Collecting BLACK WIDOW (2020) #1-5.

3. WEB OF BLACK WIDOW TP

The spy tale of the century! Natasha Romanoff is the deadliest spy in the Marvel Universe and the beating heart of the Avengers. But when a mysterious figure starts exploiting her murky past, the Widow must go underground and off the grid! Who can she trust in this web of deceit? And more important, can her friends trust her anymore? Natasha must run down all the names from her past – starting with Tony Stark and Bucky Barnes! The Widow and the Winter Soldier have quite a history – but when they reunite, they may wind up without a future. Fellow Black Widow Yelena Belova comes calling, but can she help Natasha rise above her past? And when the Widow targets Hawkeye, she might find herself shot through the heart! Collecting THE WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #1-5.

4. BLACK WIDOW EPIC COLLECTION TP COLDEST WAR

The Black Widow goes solo in adventures that defined her as one of Marvel’s greatest heroes! In one of the most beloved Black Widow stories of all time, enter a web of intrigue as Natasha navigates a complex maze of international espionage orchestrated by an old foe! Then, a revelation regarding the Red Guardian draws Black Widow back into a Russian spymaster’s crosshairs. Plus: Natasha teams with the Punisher to take down a rogue former government agent, reunites with Daredevil to investigate the murder of S.H.I.E.L.D. psychics and returns to post-Soviet Russia with Nick Fury! Collecting BLACK WIDOW: THE COLDEST WAR, PUNISHER/BLACK WIDOW: SPINNING DOOMSDAY’S WEB, DAREDEVIL/BLACK WIDOW: ABATTOIR, FURY/BLACK WIDOW: DEATH DUTY and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #517-519 – and material from BIZARRE ADVENTURES #25, MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #10-13, SOLO AVENGERS #7, MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #135 and DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #10.

5. MARVEL KNIGHTS BLACK WIDOW BY GRAYSON & RUCKA TP

Natasha Romanoff has always led a life of adventure. A former Soviet spy, she defected to the West and became a super hero and Avenger. Natasha has earned a reputation as a consummate professional, coldly efficient and deadly as her namesake. But now, her time as Black Widow may be running out! Yelena Belova is the first student in the history of the Red Room to exceed Natasha’s skills – and now she’s gunning for the mantle she feels was stolen from her. And she’s determined to put Natasha in the grave! Prepare for a war of the Widows that will rage from the Middle East’s deserts to New York’s Upper West Side. And explore the history of the “pale little spider” in a never-before-collected tale! Collecting BLACK WIDOW (1999) #1-3, BLACK WIDOW (2001) #1-3 and BLACK WIDOW: PALE LITTLE SPIDER #1-3.

Alright, Third Eye Faithful, there’s some awesome reading to get you started on some Black Widow goodness just in time for the long-awaited movie! All of these graphic novels are available at your local Third Eye location!