Iron Man and Black Widow investigate a UFO landing in the waters of Portugal. Meanwhile, fun and games at Avengers HQ may expose the Widow’s secret spy mission.
Since Paul Tobin introduced the Black Widow into his revamped Avengers, he suggested that she harbored an ulterior motive for joining the team. Subsequent issues revealed that Reed Richards hired her to spy on Sue. This opened up a number of possibilities that I discussed in my reviews.
At the end of this story, Tobin brings in an element that I didn’t foresee. It’s very rare when a writer really surprises me. Writers have shocked me into a WTF state, but this is more of a, “What the hell?” I’m willing to accept this proposal, and I’m actually looking forward to the answers.
The rest of the tale is a fairly enjoyable spotlight on Natasha’s resourcefulness. Tobin introduces a new villain in the story and although you may wonder exactly what a spider might be doing underwater, Natasha’s sheer clockwork dismantling of the network makes you dismiss such questions.
I don’t recall Scott Koblish penciling much in comic books. Judging by his solo work in Super Heroes that dearth of examples is criminal. Koblish first impresses with a superb rendition of Iron Man and the somewhat eerie imagery where Iron Man walks into the water.
On the next page Sotocolor’s presence becomes notable. In addition to the undersea hues, the lighting effect from Iron Man’s chest plate imbues verisimilitude. Koblish and Sotocolor combine to accent Natasha’s sex appeal. She’s essentially a beautiful, sinewy woman clad in a black wetsuit and in action, every one of her moves is cunning, violent, and graceful. Koblish and Sotocolor furthermore design an aesthetically appealing outfit and do for the White Spider.
Koblish’s renditions of expression are just as stellar as his illustrations of adventure. Natasha goes through a gamut of subtle smiles, brow wrinkles, frowns, and twitches. Sue’s face screws tight as she attempts the impossible. Nova looks absolutely disgusted, and the White Spider just oozes over-the-top villainy.
Without Tobin’s jaw-dropping cliffhanger, I probably would have given Super Heroes four bullets. With the implication, it’s a five bullet comic book that promises more interesting twists.