Marvel Team-Up #98
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #98
Stroud is an interesting but plausible partner for the Widow.
He mainly appeared as a special investigator chasing the Man-Wolf and later Morbius, and there's no reason he wouldn't later get reassigned to the type of missions Natasha does (it's not actually said who Stroud and the Widow are working for, if anyone). But not much is done with Stroud. If there's one thing to say for this story, it's good at doing a reversal of the old gender roles, so Stroud is the hostage for most of the issue and the Black Widow hyper-competent without beating us over the head with it (although bear in mind again that Will Meugniot, who previously at Marvel drew a few Tigra stories in Marvel Chillders, has a kind of exaggerated style that gives the art a silly feel).
The Owl is crippled in this story, and so not much of a direct threat, although he does seem to have pulled Professor Xavier's floating wheelchair out of the timestream...
...and weaponized it.
Anyone looking for any real connection between this Spider-Man/Black Widow team-up and Claremont's earlier acclaimed one from Marvel Team-Up #82-85 won't find much, other than Spider-Man calling the Widow "Red" as he did in that story and an acknowledgement that they are "friends".
In this scene, the Widow seems to have less faith in Spider-Man than you'd think she would have after that story.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this before Amazing Spider-Man #209.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBlack Widow, Owl, Simon Stroud, Spider-Man
Denny O'Neil was the originally announced scripter for this issue.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 3, 2013 2:13 PM
Fnord, Maybe along with the "So big, so fast" alerts you should have a "Murder Chair" alert.
Posted by: kveto | March 22, 2015 5:01 PM
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