Black Widow is one of my favorite superheroes. I love the espionage/assassin background, the snarky comments, and the cool demeanor. And she can fight like nobody’s business. I know some of her background as Natasha Romanov from the Avenger’s films, but haven’t read any of her graphic novels. “The Finely Woven Thread” isn’t a bad place to start, although it’s not an origin story.
To really understand the plot of this volume, you need to know who Black Widow is. The first half of the volume Natasha narrates her journey jumping from one job to the next and we infer that she’s taking down criminal masterminds as a means to pay off her debts from not so nice jobs in the past. She ends up working for SHIELD in the second half and if you didn’t know that Black Widow was in the Avengers or even what SHIELD is, you’d be confused.
I did like the internal monologue that Natasha has with herself. I like my superheroes to be complex and she’s as complex as they come. She makes the right choice in the end but sometimes it can be a little messy on the journey there. All in all I’m looking forward to reading further volumes.