Daredevil creative team taking over high-profile Black Widow comic for Marvel

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Oct 5, 2015, 1:24 PM EDT (Updated)

Though she’s an A-lister on the big screen, Marvel is still trying to turn Black Widow into a massive hit in the comic realm. Now they might finally pull it off with the All New, All Different reboot.

Sure, there have been some good runs here and there (including the recently concluded series by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto), but nothing to really put her on top. To give the character a boost, Marvel has booked the acclaimed Daredevil creative team of writer Mark Waid, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna. They’re responsible for one of the greatest Daredevil runs in recent years, and look to bring that same creativity to Black Widow.

Waid chatted with Entertainment Weekly about taking over the series and had this to say about his interpretation:

“It’s similar to way we approached Daredevil, in that we’re not picking up specifically from the end of the previous issue or specifically from any one moment. But we’re acknowledging that, and making use of the fact that what happened in the previous series happened, and using some of that stuff as a springboard. And it is, by Marvel time, at least eight months later. It’s not the next day, anyway. Especially in issue 2 in particular, we’re sort of spring boarding off of some of the previous events, but not so specifically that anyone should feel like they’re missing anything if they didn’t read the previous run…

I think what we can say, without giving anything really away, is that it’s one of the approaches that we’re taking — and one of the things you’re going to be seeing in the first arc — is a lot more old school spy. We have a reason why Natasha isn’t able in those first few issues to go super high tech. She can’t just call Tony Stark and say, “Give me the most recent stuff.” She can’t just call Maria Hill at S.H.I.E.L.D. and say, “What’s new with the world of spy business?” In fact, she has to turn to a lot of people, some of who we’ve never seen before but we’ll be introducing, who taught her spy craft at an early age. And in a weird way, that gives her a strange advantage over some of the people she’s facing because that’s the problem when you’re too reliant on technology: sometimes you miss the basics.”

The new-look version of Black Widow is set to hit shelves in early 2016.

Are you glad to see Waid & Co. take on the series?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)