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Black Widow: Homecoming Morgan can write, hands down And even though his unmistakable prose was exchanged, in this case, for pictures, the dialogue, themes, and storytelling style bore his totally unique and absolutely stellar fingerprints In this story, Morgan takes on lots of big issues that hit a little closer to home it reads thematically very much like Market Forces There s the corporation, the lack of respect for the consumer that pays for that corporation s livelihood, and the mystery behind something It s l Morgan can write, hands down And even though his unmistakable prose was exchanged, in this case, for pictures, the dialogue, themes, and storytelling style bore his totally unique and absolutely stellar fingerprints In this story, Morgan takes on lots of big issues that hit a little closer to home it reads thematically very much like Market Forces There s the corporation, the lack of respect for the consumer that pays for that corporation s livelihood, and the mystery behind something It s like post socialist spy aftermath noir, and not cyberpunk noir, but it s still noir in the flavor that only Morgan can manufacture Natasha is a really cool and strong female lead, and I liked the fact that Phil sort of filled in as a stereotypical male sidekick I can totally understand why this novel didn t sell well in stores it makes a farily pointed attack on the comics industry and in the general portrayal of women overall It lacks the fantasy element and offers in its stead sharp observations about the motives behind corporate gladiatorship, a econo humanist ideal that tragically caused a people to whore themselves to those who came to claim their way of life corrupt though it may have beem , and does both behind a pretty interesting backstory of sabatoge, conditioning and there s your Takeshi and science fiction elements I really enjoyed reading something different that Morgan wrote, outside the form of prose, and even though it s a graphic novel, I really felt I learned some cool stuff about post 1989 Russia and the way the people must have felt after the Berlin Wall came down Only Morgan could pull that off in a comic book that s supposed to be about a super sexy Russian spy Only Morgan, God bless him.Second Reading Richard K Morgan writes about three things expatriates on the run from the organizations that used to employ and or embrace them, corporate and government interests being evil at heart, and violence What impresses me most about these six issues of BLACK WIDOW is how even with the predictable Richard K elements, this story is unique for comics It doesn t contain anything too epic no huge clash of juggernauts, and no giant, impossibly huge overarching story Rather, it is comprised of a series of conversations between a half a dozen key characters and a handful of peripherals And while one of those characters is the fabled Nick Fury of Avengers fame, he, like the Widow herself, is simply a voice for discussion He does not get involved in the violence, of which there is very little He simply plays the part that Morgan has written for him the estranged handler, out to do the good thing, but whose hands are tied by the Powers That Be.Natalya is voiced with the perfect blend of power, decisiveness, and depth to keep her from being the woman object spy To offset that archetype or stereotype, perhaps , he introduces Sally Anne, whose abduction wends to way into THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER Phil latches onto her and not the Widow, leaving Romanov free to explore the KGB turned corporate plot which drives the characters forward, and which provides the context for Morgan s dialogue, which, as always, is nearly flawless The climax contains the right blend of theme and violence, as well as the teaser for part two, bookending with the asssassination of the three other discharged Black Widow agents from the beginning of the book to contain one of the best written stories that comics has seen in recent years, and certainly the perfect new direction for the Black Widow characters and storylines Collects Black Widow The deadliest agent in the Marvel Universe has finally gotten out of the spy game, and she s not asking for much, just a life of her own When a sudden assassination attempt provides a harsh reality check, the former Soviet agent tracks a string of international killings that will lead her back to a Russia she can barely recognize ❰Reading❯ ➿ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Lavons.co.uk and she s not asking for much [EPUB] ✷ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – Lavons.co.uk just a life of her own When a sudden assassination attempt provides a harsh reality check ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Lavons.co.uk the former Soviet agent tracks a string of international killings that will lead her back to a Russia she can barely recognize 5 Nice to see Natasha again Sad that the other Black Widows died Enjoyed seeing Natasha in action Glad Nat was able to stop Vassily Hope Phil and the girl will be okay Can t wait to readBlack Widow comics Thanks to Comixology Unlimited I have been catching up on several Black Widow collections When I saw that this one was written by Richard Morgan Altered Carbon I figured it had to be good And it was Already downloaded his next collection The Things They Say About Her Black Widow being the Black Widow Retired No way I am finding out so many things about her past And I was around when she first appeared in 1964 only 10. Not a fan of the art style Story wise, boring for the most part. I have a recurring nightmare where men try to explain feminism to me.This is the fourth or fifth time I ve read this trade You notice little things after that many read throughs There s a scene early on where the narration is intended to read there are friends and there are friends, but because comics love to overuse italics, both friends are italicized Another scene has Natasha breaking into a house She should be wearing gloves, but at first, she isn t Then, out of nowhere, gloves appear I have a recurring nightmare where men try to explain feminism to me.This is the fourth or fifth time I ve read this trade You notice little things after that many read throughs There s a scene early on where the narration is intended to read there are friends and there are friends, but because comics love to overuse italics, both friends are italicized Another scene has Natasha breaking into a house She should be wearing gloves, but at first, she isn t Then, out of nowhere, gloves appear on her hands The villains plan is evenridiculous on re read view spoiler He wants to kill her in order to protect his stock prices because her DNA is a threat to his patent Except that she doesn t know her DNA is a threat to his patent and the act of trying to remember causes her enormous pain It doesn t seem like anyone else who knows would tell How would killing her and the other Widows solve this problem if they aren t even aware of this and the people who are are left alive None of this makes any sense hide spoiler Another thing I noticed is that Morgan loves to start scenes in media res, often in the middle of a conversation or even a sentence, and then have clunky expository dialogue explain what s going on He relies on this device too much, and that may be why the book is hard to follow on first read Well, that and the overabundance of characters There are too many new players for a six issue series He would have been better off cutting several people As it is, we re left wondering, Who is this white guy Why are they talking to him far too often Some diversity might have helped differentiate them Everyone in this series is white, except for one black character who delivers exposition and dies.I kept coming back to this story because my feelings never coalesced It was getting some kind of reaction, but not one I could explain I ve finally sorted out my thoughts The star rating is a mark of ambivalencethan a true assessment of quality This is a mixed bag, and the good and bad are intertwined Homecoming tells the story of Natalya Romanova, a spy turned rock climbing enthusiast After an unknown man tries to kill her, she leaves her Arizona home to track down who sent the would be assassin She is joined by another former spy Phil Dexter and a teenage runaway named, for some reason, Sally Anne She follows a trail of clues to unravel a mystery about her past Along the way, there are many conversations about the USA vs the USSR and why men are awful.This all seems fine for a Black Widow story The main problem is I don t think this is a Black Widow story The Natalya Romanova here is an original character wearing Black Widow s skin Maybe she s a Skrull That would explain a lot.The Natasha in Homecoming is an unrepentant killer with only the mildest concern for human life You, as a filthy casual, may think that s normal She s Black Widow, after all But the Natasha of the best Black Widow stories has an underlying humanity that Morgan exorcised It s clear that Morgan s belief is that too many feelings, too much niceness, would make Widow a lesser character She needs to be cold and ruthless to the core.There s a contempt for femininity and for any woman who doesn t fit Morgan s narrow version of empowerment running through this book It s there in the idea that Natasha needs to be stripped of her softer side, in the evil cosmetics company subplot stolen from the movie Catwoman, and in the characters conversations about feminism It s most obvious, though, in the condescending, condemnatory mentions of sex workers and other women Morgan views as interchangeable with sex workers This was written in the mid 2000s, the era of Stupid Girls Its attitude towards women hasn t aged well Morgan brings up the Madonna Whore Complex in one scene it s pole dancers and hard faced harridans now, he says , only to fall face first into it There are good women and bad women, he posits Bad women are sluts who love makeup Good women are free of all femininity Free to do what Free to be men, I guess.Which is funny since his view of gender is one where women are under constant assault from men and, uh, that s about it Morgan only sees women in relation to men, the landscape of our lives an empty field full of wild dogs ready to tear us apart but not much else.The core of this book, what makes it work and not work, is that Morgan writes Black Widow like she is his own character He views Natasha as written by others as unworthy, marred by girly things like ballet, bullet bracelets, and feelings So he set out to fix her He ignored her place in the greater Marvel Universe, opting for a story where is retired However, the dialogue tells us this takes place in the early mid 2000 s when it was released How time works in the Marvel Universe makes my head hurt, so I ll ignore that I m still confused about how this fits into her personal timeline.It must fit into her personal timeline in the main universe because its back half is all about changing that history Suddenly, Black Widow s ballet experience was a dream Ballet is girl shit, and Morgan won t stand for it Instead, he ll use Widow s longstanding backstory as a way to be condescending about things associated with women Ballet You thought she did BALLET You rube, you utter fool, this is Richard K Morgan s waifu, and she will not be weighed down by feminine pursuits This is total waifu ery, by the way A classic case of a man writing an empowered woman who is, conveniently, exactly the kind of woman he wants to have sex with Then there is the nonsense about view spoiler Nick Fury engineering Natasha s defection by using magic cologne Her decision to leave her country and her life behind to follow her conscience has been erased hide spoiler Everything was because a man made her do it Her bravery wasn t her own It was a trick by a man who wanted to use her Her happy memories were invented She is the product of men controlling every aspect of her life A puppet who can t remember her own childhood.Remind me again why this book is supposed to be feminist.If Morgan had created a new character with this backstory, it would have been one thing Instead, he took a pre existing character with decades of history and erased her agency and history He treated her struggles and past as disposable because he didn t think she was fuckable feminist enough.The fact that she s a new character who happens to have Natasha s name and backstory until she doesn t is also the strength of this series There is a feeling you get when a writer is making a character their own They may be going off script, but by leaning into their specialities and interests, they re imbuing the work with a confidence it wouldn t have if they were trying to recreate someone else s Spider man or someone else s Captain America This is a common occurrence when a novelist writes Big Two characters It has advantages and disadvantages.Books like this where a writer is doing whatever they want have an appeal for new or casual readers They don t know or don t care what is in character They don t have a clear idea of what a character should be, but they pick up on the passion and energy.I don t think reinvention is an inherently bad thing I love Fraction and Aja s Hawkeye, even though, like all Matt Fraction series, its hero is Matt Fraction Or Matt Fraction s idea of himself, anyway When you re reinventing a character in a sexist way, it s different Morgan can t see what is good about the actual Black Widow He holds her in contempt, and he created a different character with her name to remedy the things he saw as wrong.When men can t see the value in long standing female characters, I m suspicious More often than not, their confusion is rooted in not seeing women s stories as important When something has endured for decades, it shouldn t be dismissed out of hand There is a reason people are drawn to it There is always a reason, good or bad If you can t see it because it has a female face, that s your problem.Unless you become a comic book writer, and then it s my problem too Why not make a new character if you like the idea of Black Widow but hate everything about her File the serial numbers off and make something new Even if people noticed, they probably wouldn t care As someone who has never read a Black Widow comic well technically that s not true because i read Black Widow Deadly Origin a long time ago But I don t remember it that much, maybe I should read it again in the near future anyway.I thought Homecoming would be a good start to read about the character and after finishing it What did I think about the book I thought it was good, engaging, well written story with interesting twists If there is one thing I would nitpick about Richard K Morgan s wr As someone who has never read a Black Widow comic well technically that s not true because i read Black Widow Deadly Origin a long time ago But I don t remember it that much, maybe I should read it again in the near future anyway.I thought Homecoming would be a good start to read about the character and after finishing it What did I think about the book I thought it was good, engaging, well written story with interesting twists If there is one thing I would nitpick about Richard K Morgan s writing is that there were a couple of scenes where the dialogue could have been written a little better andelegantly To sound less, like a middle finger to the male gender.Other things I didn t like about this comic, is the two different art styles There were panels where it looked decent, and there were other ones, where it looked like shit.Overall I enjoyed it, not great or amazing but a good comic to keep you interested from start to finish If you re into the Jason Bourne film series, you would love this Never judge a book by its cover clearly true in this case The stories present inside have absolutely nothing to do with the cover art The art inside is gritty, messy, the artist of the book majors on depicting reality as it is alley ways, derelict buildings within soviet Russia, street scenes as it is, which is a far cry from the airbrushed reality of the cover art Altogether disconcerting the oppositeness of the art on t If you re into the Jason Bourne film series, you would love this Never judge a book by its cover clearly true in this case The stories present inside have absolutely nothing to do with the cover art The art inside is gritty, messy, the artist of the book majors on depicting reality as it is alley ways, derelict buildings within soviet Russia, street scenes as it is, which is a far cry from the airbrushed reality of the cover art Altogether disconcerting the oppositeness of the art on the cover and the art inside.The series is intelligent, layered, and the narrative takes its time to slow burn to its conclusions Ie not a writing style you see which sells comics today.You have none of the comic book cliches which fill the standard series and sells books which ironically is present on the cover art It surprises with the themes which it chooses to explore The story interweaves well several diverse and district themes it is a realistic lens exploring the themes of present day prevailing capitalism, Soviet History, the role of soldiers and the military government security agencies including the KGB and CIA, the commodification treatment and portrayal of women It is united by the strong voice of the central character.The writer takes his time to throw out its secrets and twists at its own pace, it rewards the patience of the reader The rewards are definitely worth the read.This would be the definitive origin story of the Black Widow exploring the Red Room soviet program which created her, I see that the modern Avengers films the most recent Ultron one borrowed content from this series.I liked the way the series slowly peeled away at the motivations of the character and her inner psychological workings, while making it a pretty competent spy thriller, comparable to the Bourne film series One of those books which keeps you pondering over the content well after the read Excellent read A really good Black Widow story by Richard Morgan, with great art as always by Sienkiewicz The characters are great, the plot is tight and well told The feminism themes are a little heavy handed, but it works overall I thought the ending was quite abrupt, but since then I have found that there s a sequel to this one, The Things They Say About Her Overall, recommended A really good Black Widow story by Richard Morgan, with great art as always by Sienkiewicz The characters are great, the plot is tight and well told The feminism themes are a little heavy handed, but it works overall I thought the ending was quite abrupt, but since then I have found that there s a sequel to this one, The Things They Say About Her Overall, recommended I found this story to be too over the top strawman y It s page after page of all men are bad, all men are predators, all men are manipulative, etc.Maybe I m not familiar enough with the characters to really get the dynamic between Natasha and Nick Fury, but I was under the impression that they were equals not in rank, but in respect view spoiler I didn t like how this story retconned that into her having been his pawn all these years hide spoiler I found this story to be too over the top strawman y It s page after page of all men are bad, all men are predators, all men are manipulative, etc.Maybe I m not familiar enough with the characters to really get the dynamic between Natasha and Nick Fury, but I was under the impression that they were equals not in rank, but in respect view spoiler I didn t like how this story retconned that into her having been his pawn all these years hide spoiler


About the Author: Richard K. Morgan

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation Richard K Morgan sometimes credited as Richard Morgan is a science fiction and fantasy writer.


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