Following the conclusion of her previous ongoing series and a noticeable absence from the initial lineup of Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” initiative, Entertainment Weekly has announced that “Black Widow” will return with an all-new ongoing series — this time from the “Daredevil” creative team of writer Mark Waid, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna.
When asked if the series would be a fresh start or pick up directly from where the previous run (from writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Phil Noto) left off, Waid responded that their “Black Widow” would do “a little bit of both.”
“It’s similar to the way we approached Daredevil, in that we’re not picking up specifically from the end of the previous issue or specifically from any one moment. But we’re acknowledging that, and making use of the fact that what happened in the previous series happened, and using some of that stuff as a springboard,” said Waid. “And it is, by Marvel time, at least eight months later. It’s not the next day, anyway. Especially in issue 2 in particular, we’re sort of spring boarding off of some of the previous events, but not so specifically that anyone should feel like they’re missing anything if they didn’t read the previous run.”
Waid and Samnee also discussed their collaboration as storytellers, something that grew over the course of their “Daredevil” run once Samnee came aboard, and will grow even more now that the artist is involved with the launch of this series.
“Chris and I are going back and forth on story, and Chris is doing a lot of the heavy lifting,” said Waid. “With ‘Daredevil,’ he came on after we were already running for a year. Being able to launch something from the ground zero with Chris means that he gets even more of a chance to put his vision into it.”
“I try to think of it as how we would do a creator-owned book, but we’re just doing it at Marvel with an established character,” added Samnee. “I’m just having a ton of fun playing with an established character in a world we all know, but without any constraints. We can kind of do whatever. We’ve started coming up with a new Big Bad for Widow — she’s had a few big opponents over the years, but I think this is the biggest threat to her.”
In terms of tone, Waid said that this series will not feature the internal monologue he used in “Daredevil,” as Natasha Romanoff is by her nature not as open about her internal life — and the book will reflect that, along with old-fashioned spy action.
“I think what we can say, without giving anything really away, is that it’s one of the approaches that we’re taking — and one of the things you’re going to be seeing in the first arc — is a lot more old school spy,” said Waid. “We have a reason why Natasha isn’t able in those first few issues to go super high tech. She can’t just call Tony Stark and say, ‘Give me the most recent stuff.’ She can’t just call Maria Hill at S.H.I.E.L.D. and say, ‘What’s new with the world of spy business?’ In fact, she has to turn to a lot of people, some of who we’ve never seen before but we’ll be introducing, who taught her spy craft at an early age. And in a weird way, that gives her a strange advantage over some of the people she’s facing because that’s the problem when you’re too reliant on technology: sometimes you miss the basics.”
“Black Widow” arrives in 2016.