Written by Gerry Conway
Art by George Freeman, Ernie Colon, Mark Farmer, Mike Harris, Val Mayerick, Joe Rubenstein
Once again, I find myself wondering about the decision process that went into approving these Marvel graphic novels. The Black Widow: The Coldest War was published in 1990, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, but tells a story from three years prior.
Natasha is contacted by a pair of KGB agents, who convince her that her former husband, the first Red Guardian, is still alive. The promise to reunite them so long as Natasha does a job for them, and steals a microchip that runs SHIELD's Life Model Decoys.
This book shows us a very capable Natasha, who is working her own angle the entire time she is dealing with the Russians. The story is steeped in Avengers history, and has a good Daredevil cameo, but in the short space that Conway has, never really becomes all that gripping.
George Freeman's art is very nice, although with so many inkers on this book, it often looks very different from one chapter to the next. I feel like Klaus Janson would have been perfect for this book, as the art often reminds me of his work.