Collects Black Widow vol. VI issues 1-6.

Writers: Mark Waid and Chris Samnee
Artist: Chris Samnee

This collection starts with an explosive first issue when S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director Maria Hill declares the Black Widow an enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that she must be apprehended at all cost. Natasha is in the helicarrier and has to fight her way out. Quite a few agents are rather eager to kick her face in.

Next issue starts a week earlier, with Hill and an experienced S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Elder are on a secret cemetery. They’re attending the funeral of a young agent and Elder blames Natasha for her death. At the same time, ominous figures are trying to murder Hill and Elder but fortunately Natasha is there to keep Hill and Elder alive. But it all turns out to be a trap for Natasha. She’s knocked out and brought to a place where Platch Live or “Sleeping lion” blackmails her to work for him. Reluctantly Natasha agrees and in plunged back into her early years at the Russian Red Room.

First off, the art is gorgeous and it doesn’t have nearly as much cheesecake as Birds of Prey. Natasha is smart and tough and in full spy mode. Unfortunately, that also means that she’s keeping lots of secrets and betrays pretty much everyone. On the plus side, she makes daring escapes and shows off her other ninja-skills.