Black Widow #10 - Total Recall (Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto)
Now if you spend as much as five minutes on this blog, you’ll know that I’m a die hard Clintasha shipper, at least in the MCU. With what I know about the comics, they don’t seem like the best match there, but I do like their romantic past in the 616 and cartoons very much as well.
With Edmondson’s and Noto’s perfect current Black Widow-run that focuses solely on Natasha and her story, especially in the issues where her exes show up, I didn’t expect and didn’t ask for anything romantic to happen. This is Natasha’s story and it should be. And it’s perfect. Her and Clint make a perfect team in every constellation, no matter if friends, partners, with flying sparks between them or like in this issue, when they’re caught up in yet another bicker.
With an author and an artist who respect the characters so much and use them neither as clichés and bland love interests nor as the butt of the joke - as Clint faces it so often lately - that’s what I was looking forward to.
I wasn’t disappointed.
They solved the issue of the fans wishing for more Hawkeye in Natasha’s book perfectly, messing with no continuity, respecting their common past and spinning on all of current of Natasha’s threads at the same time. The art is breathtaking as usual and the focus on both the current problems and the past encounter shown. The worry for Isaiah goes on and we see Natasha more emotional than in all the issues before. It leaves the reader anxious, sad and excited for the next issue all at once.
I can just repeat that I would happily die and petition with blood for an Fraction/Edmondson/Noto Black Widow/Hawkeye mini series. I had the chance to ask Nathan about exactly this in an interview for Corona Magazine lately, and this is what he has to say about it… (Full interview coming on October 2nd)
"That’s not up to me, but I think
it would probably sell.
That opportunity will of course depend
somewhat on what Fraction is doing
with his series especially as he nears his finale.
Who knows what will come in the future."
If you’re dying for more of this fascinating kind of storytelling about our favorite gorgeous Master assassins, be sure to let Marvel know!