Natasha: Now I’m going to find the Punisher.
Logan: It’s a big world. Good luck with that.
Natasha: Logan… I don’t use luck.
For about a year now, Greg Rucka has been writing about the Punisher by not writing through the Punisher.
Interesting. And you orchestrated this yourself? Framing Romanov for your murder?
Why are you surprised? I’d hardly be worthy of the name Black Widow if I couldn’t do such a thing, General.
Sometimes, people ask me who I’d like to see write a Black Widow series. Sometimes I just tell people. “Greg Rucka.” “Oh yeah,” they say. “He’d be perfect.”
Rucka has done two Black Widow series. The first, Breakdown, he co-wrote with Devin Grayson, and it’s maybe the most challenging Black Widow story I’ve read. The second Pale Little Spider, is a MAX story starring Yelena Belova, the other Black Widow. Yelena is a character sometimes frustratingly dear to my heart, and the bulk of that is Rucka’s doing. He’s done a lot to add color and shadow to Natasha’s mythology, and he always keeps her smart.
Breakdown is collected in the Itsy-Bitsy Spider hardcover, which is a great introduction to Black Widow comics. It’s also available digitally. The Pale Little Spider mini is, unfortunately, much harder to find. I had to raid back-issue bins to find it. Greg Rucka says a lot of good things about women and comics and how that all goes so wrong so often, and I the sad but important but sadly important point of praise I can give is that he always writes Black Widow as a character, not a sexual punchline. And that means so so much to me, especially after the last Black Widow series Marvel published.