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Year of the Artist, Day 214: J. G. Jones, Part 3 – Black Widow #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is J. G. Jones, and the issue is Black Widow (volume 1?) #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1999. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 190: Matador #2

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Matador #2, which was published by Wildstorm (during the DC years) and is cover dated August 2005. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Black Widow: Required Reading

I mentioned a couple weeks ago, before I felt compelled to go on a massive rant, that I was working on a Black Widow “Required Reading” post…and as promised here we are!

I’ve been reading a bunch of Black Widow stuff in preparation for this, along with the material that I’ve already read and so these are the books that rose to the top for me. I’m sure I’ve missed some things (and I’m sure you’ll tell me) but I’ll just let you know right now I did NOT miss Black Widow: Deadly Origins, Black Widow & The Marvel Girls, and the current Black Widow Strikes mini-series, all of which I found to be quite terrible. Feel free to disagree in the comments, but please don’t assume I didn’t consider them. I did consider them and I found them disturbingly lacking. If you want something really great that Natasha is guest starring in that’s more current than the list below, I’d recommend the very good Winter Soldier ongoing by Ed Brubaker. It’s a great book with a really well written (and drawn) Natasha.

I read in the Marvel Solicits for August that apparently “Hawkeye is the breakout star of The Avengers” which I guess means he gets a shot at an ongoing title while Black Widow is relegated to that truly abysmal mini-series that’s almost over now. So Hawkeye gets Matt Fraction and the brilliant David Aja and Black Widow still gets the equivalent of bupkis. Now, I don’t know what movie the people responsible for these things saw but I have no idea how anyone would walk away with “Hawkeyes as breakout star” from the movie I saw. I like Renner very much as an actor and I have no problems with Hawkeye as a character, but there is just no damn way he outshined Natasha/Scarlett Johansson.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 65: Gotham Knights #5

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Gotham Knights #5, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 2000. Enjoy!
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