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Black Widow: Deadly Origin (Black Widow #4)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  668 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Before she steals the world's heart in Iron Man 2, get caught in the wicked web of Marvel's sexiest and deadliest super-spy! She's been everything from a Russian espionage agent to a Champion to an Avenger, now a skeleton from Natalia Romanova's past is reaching out for those she's loved and lost...and the Black Widow has many victims to choose from! From the frozen street ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 20th 2010 by Marvel (first published March 17th 2010)
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Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix

Two and a half stars rounded up.

This mini-series was written to coincide with the release of Iron Man 2, when the Black Widow, as played by Scarlett Johansson, was introduced into the Marvel cinematic universe. This volume functions as a get-to-know-you for fans not familiar with the character. There’s even a Marvel Universe entry at the end of the book if the reader is really, really interested.

In a nutshell, the Black Widow’s old Soviet guardian/mentor turns up dead, which sets in motion a plo
Why does it all have to be about sex? Jesus christ, is that the breadth of imagination male comic writers have when it comes to female characters? She's gotta sex everyone to death! That's the plot! WTF.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I could not read this graphic novel without the "Black Widow" song running through my head.

She's a redhead! That alone gives her 3 stars.

I knew nothing about this superhero when I picked up this book, other than the name.

It wasn't bad. I was a bit confused until I read the end notes about the history of Black Widow. That helped explain the comic to me. Apparently, she got around - she seems to have had a relationship with most of the other superheroes in the Marvel universe - Daredevil, Hawkeye
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could say I loved this book, as I'm a huge fan of Black Widow - her cunning, her mythological level of prowess as a spy and fighter, and not least of which her red hair. Somehow though the book's story felt cheapened, rushed by the constant revolving door of old characters and conflicts that were instantly resolved with no real dilemma or challenge. It felt like we were just drifting along a play-by-play without learning anything new about the woman (even if we were supposedly seeing a ...more
Lo estuve releyendo un poco y me gustó mucho más que antes.
La cosa es así: la historia en mucho no me gusta, pero está bueno para saber un poco más sobre Nat. Además, aparece James varias veces y para mí eso suma bastante (pero esa soy yo - Buckynat es una de mis parejas favoritas).
So brief history of Black Widow = history of past lovers and creepy uncle Ivan?
Joshua Buhs
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
It was okay.

I think that the Black Widow could be a very interesting character, but she is too hemmed in by her past, and too curtailed by Marvel's focus on superheroes. She needs a Frank Miller to redo her entire history, a la the dark knight returns, while keeping the outlines the same. Without, ya know, the fascist elements.

The story tells about operation icepick, in which people with whom Natasha has become close suddenly turn into vengeful attackers. Interweaved with this is her backstory,
Ricky Ganci
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
A dissapointing follow-up to Richard K. Morgan's work with the Black Widow. The story made little or no sense, the action was blase, cliche, and uninspired, and Cornell's dialogue, which would be a loser in any comparison to Mr. Morgan, did nothing to advance the plot of the great reboot that Morgan successfully pulled off in 2005. It's a shame that, in this case, the torch passed to an unworthy successor, especially with a character whose history and complexity offer much potential for good, re ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Black Widow: Deadly Origin drove me crazy. It constantly switches between past and present, and changes scenes and characters so quickly. Actually, the story didn't really make sense until I read the story pitch that's an extra at the back of the book. Something went wrong converting the pitch into a comic, but it was a nice crash course in Black Widow's relationships, I suppose.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The art for the present time was horrendous, the art for the past was beautiful. The storyline was terrible for both.
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
half of it was great and the other half was so sexist. ivan was such a creep.
❈ laura ❈
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, comics

La historia en sí me ha dejado indiferente, pero conocer más cosas del pasado de Nat siempre me gusta así que sólo por eso le subo un punto.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was painfully stupid and poorly structured and the art was bad.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for making it clear so early just how bad this book was. (view spoiler) ...more
Terry Collins
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Another wholesale savaging of a past supporting character given creepy and "present day" motivations to drive a so-called modern gritty comic book story-line. No spoilers, but if you enjoyed the stories of the Black Widow from the 1970s, you will find this "Deadly Origin" distasteful and formulaic.
Sanvi Mitra
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was hoping for more of Red Room references and flashbacks since the comic is titled Deadly Origin. The comic is mostly about what the actions of Ivan Petrovich Bezukhov led her to do.
Dave Brown
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
The Black Widow has long been one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe. Before the world at large was introduced to her in Iron Man 2, I was reading her adventures. I was thrilled to have her introduced into the cinematic canon because she's a strong female character, a hero of tragic origin with a darkness that brings an enormous amount of depth to her stories. Natasha Romanoff has been involved in many adventures within Marvel comics through the decades, playing an important part i ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is getting two stars because it's the Black Widow, and I love the Black Widow (as should be obvious); if it were a random volume I'd pulled off the shelf, well. To be honest, I might not have finished it. And it definitely would not be getting as high a rating as two stars. (ETA: Screw it. It's only worth one star.)

The writing here isn't that great---it's an origin story done as a series of flashbacks, leading ultimately to betrayal. That's great, but there's just too much background for fo
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
It has to be said, that as long as you draw the Black Widow well, the story isn't going to be a main concern.
Problem there, of course, is that if you get the art wrong the story really needs to be top draw.
With that in mind, there are only two things wrong with Deadly Origin...
Let's actually start with the story - telling her tale from the old days of pre-communist Russia, we go through her various escapades and attachments as she attempts to solve a modern-day problem that threatens everything
Aidan Mcdermott
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I rented Black Widow: Secret Origin from my local library because I knew next to nothing about black widow and figured that it would be a modern retelling of her origin story. Well, it is, but it goes beyond just telling her origin and focuses on every petty detail of her career as a crime fighter. Its a hasty recap of everything (and every man) she's ever done in the marvel universe, with very little effort put into telling an enjoyable story. There was just too much history to fit into four is ...more
Nancy O'Toole
After recently finishing Edmonson and Noto's really solid run on Black Widow, I decided to go into the past and check out some of the older comics. And well... reading this has made me appreciate the Edmonson/Noto run even more.

In Deadly Origin Black Widow discovers that she has been infected with nanites, that have then infected everyone she's ever hooked up with, and is causing them serious problems. Not only does this storyline have a weird, almost slut shame-y vibe to it, but it has the side
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Origen Letal está escrito por Paul Cornell y dibujado por Tom Raney y John Paul Leon. El cómic está ambientado a partes casi iguales entre la actualidad y el pasado de la protagonista.Raney se encarga, acertádamente por su estilo, del dibujo de la parte actual, mientras que León lo hace del pasado. Ambos son correctos en su trabajo, con un estilo completamente diferente uno de otro, que hace diferenciar perfectamente la historia nueva de las referencias al pasado.

Sobre Cornell, en relación a est
Not having read any Black Widow stories before I was intrigued to discover a bit more about this attractive super spy. I browsed the shelves of my public library and a couple of Black Widow titles were in stock and I chose this one. I found it a hard read because there were too many flashbacks that interrupted the current day story. The story became incoherent for me and I wasn't sure why all the men in her life had to be brought in, I have no idea why Daredevil appeared for example. I liked som ...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
Strong writing by Paul Cornell saves this book from some questionable art decisions by the main guy. He draws Nat looking very young in some sections, and it just doesn't work.

The story, though, should have been titled "Black Widow: Natasha is competent, smart, and badass, and every dude she's ever known respects the hell out of her except for that one asshole who she totally schools, and it's great."

It's a great primer for fans who may not know Widow's background. Cornell circles through a lot
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion slightly rushed story-line. There is no tension here because it is more than obvious that Black Widow will defeat all of her enemies.

Where this volume delivers is personal history of Black Widow - how she became super-spy and assassin. Everything else seems to be just a background story to keep the page-count at regular level. I think that they could have done much better - for example imagine story in the likes of Wolverine Origins or X-Weapon, that would be awesome :) - but I gue
Oliver Hodson
I thought this was an interesting origin to Black Widow. The first exchanges in the plane between her and another agent are awesome. In terms of the complex sexual politics of female super heroes, I thought she had the same internal power that Johannson's interpretation on the screen does, but yeah, I didn't love the sexual harassment arc. Not saying this isn't a problem, but it felt yuck to read. Couldn't she just have kicked spy ass for 5 issues while neatly retconning as much continuity as po ...more
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2011
I wanted to like this a lot, because Paul Cornell is awesome and I really appreciate his characterization for Natalia. And then the plot went off the rails and annoyed the hell out of me. My comic guru tells me that the original pitch didn't have the annoying element, but Cornell's editor made him put that in, so I won't hold it against him. I also appreciated the changing art for the present-day stuff and the flashbacks. Because of the timey-wimeyness of the story, I'm still not entirely clear ...more
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Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out fr ...more
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