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Black Widow 2 cover Noto

If you’re still waiting to see who is going to pick up the reins and turn Gentle Giant’s Honey Trap Army into a comic book series, the next best thing may be at your local comic book store right now.  It’s Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto’s new Black Widow biweekly series from Marvel Comics.  What does it have to do with the Honey Trap Army?  Nothing really, except that Natasha Romanoff as realized by the 1960s style art of Phil Noto would fit right in with the mod-inspired team of high-end assassin action figures.

You’ll get the feeling you’re reading something with plenty of potential, storytelling on par with Jason Aaron’s Thor, God of Thunder.  In a similar way as Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye created a story of a second-level Avenger apart from the world of the Avengers, Edmondson’s Black Widow is on her own and carving out her own life in this new series.  She’s still working with the Avengers, but this story is about how she spends the rest of her time.  And like Hawkeye has his pal Lucky Dog, Natasha almost has her own pet cat.  Almost.

Black Widow Honey Trap Army look

She’s an assassin turned paid killer, a distinction that has real meaning for Natasha, who is taking on her own mercenary projects for good pay but not for personal gain.  It’s all part of her atonement for past sins, a process she is both forging ahead and wrestling with.  She has an able if not seemingly foppish aide in this endeavor, a buttoned-shirt lawyer named Mr. Ross, who selects assignments to take any subjective influences away from what projects are selected for Natasha to pursue.  At her request.  And we learn even he is full of surprises.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

One of the first new books out in the Marvel Now! line-up is Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, and Dean White’s new series Thor, God of Thunder, a smartly written and drawn saga taking place over three time periods that moves with the feel of a classic fantasy Marvel comic book series.

Beginning with Ribic’s stunning cover art, we meet this updated version of Thor–confident, arrogant, and cocky as you’d expect, humorous in his observations, and sporting the look of any number of long, blonde haired rock stars from the 1980s.  Requiring no prior knowledge of Thor or his backstory, readers will be pulled in as Jason Aaron begins in the year 893 on the western coast of Iceland, where Thor, son of Odin, has destroyed a frost giant, and almost as if coming off some kind of a high, he’s revelling in his successes with wine and women, when a murdered god washes ashore.

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