Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's run on Daredevil is rightly regarded as one of the best superhero comic runs of recent years, but creative teams that strong and synergistic don't just fade away, and a reunion always seemed certain. The good news is, we won't have long to wait for it; Marvel announced this morning that Waid and Samnee, and colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna, are the new creative team on a Black Widow series launching early in 2016.

Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, has become one of Marvel's best-known and best-loved characters following her co-starring role across multiple Marvel movies, and while her own solo movie still inexplicably hasn't received a green light, the naming of this starry creative team to her solo book is a clear vote of confidence in the character by the comics publisher.

Entertainment Weekly broke the exclusive announcement with an interview with Waid, Samnee, and series editor Jake Thomas, where they hinted at a new arch-nemesis for the super-spy, and a first issue that was largely one long chase sequence. Samnee said of the book;

"It’s my love letter to Gerry Conway and Gene Colan in a way, but also we’re doing the absolute worst things possible to Widow. But I think that’s kind of what you have to do — kill your darlings. If I didn’t love her so much, I wouldn’t give her such a hard time. She gets beat down, but the great thing about Widow is that she always gets back up. And I think we’re going to see that for at least a year: getting beat down and getting back up on top. I’m looking forward to dragging Widow through the dirt."

 

 

The new Black Widow series brings the total number of Marvel books with a female solo lead to 13 --- All-New Wolverine; Angela: Queen of Hel; Captain Marvel; Mockingbird; Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur; Ms Marvel; Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat; Scarlet Witch; Silk; Spider-Gwen; Spider-Woman; and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. (We're going to count the Moon Girl book as a solo title; sorry Devil Dinosaur, but you're the sidekick.) Marvel also has the all-female team book A-Force relaunching after Secret Wars.

Of those fourteen titles, four have an all-male writer/artist team (All-New Wolverine, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman, and now Black Widow), while Scarlet Witch has a male writer and rotating artists. One book has an all-female team (Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat), with an artist yet to be named on Chelsea Cain's Mockingbird book.

 

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