Marvel’s Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set by Sherry Ginn 

30688615“Marvel’s Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set”
by Sherry Ginn
188 pages
Publisher: McFarland & Company (March 14, 2017)

This book proves that comic book nerds exist on a deeper more analytical level of knowledge than expected.  We fans, male and female alike, have been screaming for a Black Widow movie.  We see that Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff is a strong female lead, and before Captain Marvel hit the theaters, was the only one in a movie, but never as a lead.

First we get a brief history of Black Widow in comics.  This is great for any Comic Book fan, the history covers quite a bit of the the origin of Black Widow.  I had either forgotten or simply never knew many of the tidbits of info on how the world was introduced to the character.  On thing does seem to be missing from this is that the history only covers the printed versions of Black Widow, the animated manifestations of her seem to have been skipped over.  We then explore the presence of Black Widow in the MCU movies in depth.

Any comic book fan should pick this up and enjoy the history of a Marvel Character that also shows how Marvel treats all its characters. Any Human should pick this up and see how the battle of the sexes continues.

Publisher’s Summary
“Ginn’s collection of nine excellent essays explores the comic book and cinema portrayal of Black Widow of the Avengers franchise by showcasing a superheroine who uses her language as a weapon, inverts gender roles, and combines both masculine and feminine character traits in order to exemplify a woman who is brave, brazen, and ‘badass.'” –Richard J. Gray II, Associate Professor of French, Ashland University

“Until Marvel finally makes a Black Widow movie, Sherry Ginn gives fans the next best thing: compelling, historically grounded essays that examine the character over 50 years of comics, film, merchandise, and fandom.” –Tara Prescott, editor of Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century

“Ginn has made Black Widow central to the entire Marvel project and has done so in an insightful and readable fashion. Black Widow has long been among the more important superheroes, and Ginn brings together essays that assess the character’s significance that all popular culture scholars will relish. Marvel has been guilty of underplaying the character of Black Widow…one can only hope they read this book as Ginn brings together essays that convince the reader of her importance.” –Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 1970s American Myth and History