"She's the kind of woman you call when you need to escape from a South American prison."
This issue of Black Widow was, again, largely introspective. We're learning more and more things about her and the personal decisions she makes, and how it affects her work. In previous issues, she's mentioned that she has standards for the jobs she takes, and her agent is supposed to make sure they all meet her specifications. In this case, it turns out she took a job without realizing who she was saving, and had to make a personal call. What makes this even better is she suffers no immediate repercussions from changing the plan, and her agent even commends her on the decision. Maybe it'll come back to bite her later.
Most of this issue was really a great discussion about what home means, and where it is. It resounded with me a bit, since I personally consider home to be wherever I live or am at at the moment, though most folks refer to "home" as the place they grew up at, or where their family is. Natasha's view is that home is wherever she's at, but there's always that "special" home that she describes as "where the hurt is." What followed that statement was awesome.
Phil Noto's artwork continues to delight me beyond words. This book is so easy to read and all the lines are easy to follow, the words are positioned splendidly (letters by VC's Clayton Cowles) and the writing is tight, as if every letter made a difference. I love that I'm having a great time reading this book as a first timer with this character, and I'm also happy to hear, according to the fan mail responses at the back of the issue, that Phil Noto is going to remain as this book's artist for the foreseeable future.
I'm excited for the next issue, which is a S.H.I.E.L.D. job.