Published July 7, 2021

Start Here with Black Widow

Read up on the super-spy Avenger with our top comic picks on Marvel Unlimited!

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Underground agent. Trained assassin. Legendary Avenger.

Natasha kicks up some conflict in Black Widow (2020) #1.
BLACK WIDOW (2020) #1

When it comes to comic book origin stories, few have a had a wilder ride than Natasha Romanoff, AKA the Black Widow. From a first appearance alongside Iron Man in TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #52, to her shadowy beginnings in the Red Room and her present-day standing as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Romanoff has followed her own Super Hero code. Revisit Black Widow’s pivotal comic history with these Marvel Unlimited picks, all ideal comic stories for new readers and fans that will get you primed for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow!


A favorite of our Marvel Unlimited Creator Spotlights, this oft-recommended series is a breakneck thriller with retro sheen! Artist Phil Noto kicks into high gear with writer Nathan Edmondson’s scripts, elevating the story to something befitting big screen cinema.

Black Widow outruns a plan on the cover to BLACK WIDOW (2014) #5.
Cover to BLACK WIDOW (2014) #5.

Nat’s hitting the ground running (and jumping and swimming and stabbing) in this brisk 20-issue run, all grounded by Widow’s atonement quests in an effort to erase her KGB past. In reality, she’s lone ranging from the Avengers, and only takes contracts that protect the collateral or neutralize the source.

And, the second volume is a parade of high-profile guest stars. Everyone from the Avengers, X-23, to the Punisher and Crossbones, are caught in Nat’s taut web. Even past flame Daredevil encroaches in San Francisco once Natasha’s playing in his sand box!

While this series is an international spy thriller complete with the gadgets and explosions and intrigue, at its core is a fully-fledged portrayal of an agent whose first priority is duty—and who’s as capable of the very best as they are the… not best.


They wowed you with DAREDEVIL (2014), then the Eisner Award-winning team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee took Black Widow to new heights—by forcing her to go on the lam!

Black Widow escapes an explosion in BLACK WIDOW (2016) #1.
BLACK WIDOW (2016) #1

Natasha has a lifetime of secrets, and when some of the darkest ones were made public, nobody was safe. As S.H.I.E.L.D. turned on its once-greatest asset, Black Widow sought out her own answers in a knock-down, drag-out tale of action and espionage. But the Widow’s hunt for the Weeping Lion sent her back to the one place she never wanted to go. With a little help from old friends—and old enemies lying in wait—she faced the new incarnation of the Red Room: the Dark Room! But as S.H.I.E.L.D. closed in, Natasha found herself on a collision course with none other than the Invincible Iron Man...


When a mysterious figure starts exploiting Black Widow’s murky past, Natasha must go underground and off the grid! Who can she trust in this web of deceit? And more important, can her friends trust her anymore? Natasha must run down all the names from her past—starting with Tony Stark and Bucky Barnes...

Black Widow and her ally crew assemble in THE WEB OF BLACK WIDOW (2019) #5.

The Widow and the Winter Soldier have quite a history—but when they reunite, they may wind up without a future. Fellow Black Widow Yelena Belova comes calling, but can she help Natasha rise above her past? And when the Widow targets Hawkeye: Clint Barton, she might find herself shot through the heart! It’s a tale of connections past, present, and future in this spy story of the decade.


While not a Black Widow-centric story, this limited series starring Marvel’s Master of Mimicry is a globe-spanning murder mystery that culminates in an epic showdown between Taskmaster and would-be student Natasha Romanoff!

Black Widow versus Taskmaster in TASKMASTER (2020) #5.
TASKMASTER (2020) #5

Here’s the setup: Taskmaster has murdered S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Maria Hill. Or at least that's what the whole world thinks. Now the greatest spies in the business are hunting him down and they won't stop until the Taskmaster is dead—or can clear his own name. So begins an adventure that will send ripples through the Marvel Universe's espionage community, drawing in South Korea’s White Fox, Wakanda’s Okoye, and yes, Black Widow. Can the Taskmaster find the doomsday device that Maria Hill died to protect? Or will he be played by the true mastermind behind it all? Read the complete run now on Marvel Unlimited, or grab more Taskmaster tales here.


Natasha Romanoff has earned a reputation as a consummate professional, coldly efficient and as deadly as her namesake. But back in 1999, her time as the Black Widow was on its last thread. Yelena Belova, a new Black Widow, sought to claim the mantle she felt was stolen from her Motherland. Anxious to prove herself by eliminating her counterpart, Belova stopped at nothing to achieve her goal. This battle of the two Widows raged from the deserts of the Middle East to New York's Upper West Side. But when the smoke cleared, both Widows were not the same women who had entered the fight...

Natasha confronts Yelena Belova in BLACK WIDOW (1999) #2.
BLACK WIDOW (1999) #2

Want to continue Yelena Belova’s rise to the top of the Red Room? Follow up your reading with BLACK WIDOW (2001), a face-swapping mission co-starring Daredevil.

Looking for more comic picks featuring the Avengers’ resident spy? Continue your reading here, or learn more about Natasha Romanoff’s connections with our Yelena Belova and Red Guardian reading guides!


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Super-Spy. Trained Assassin. Legendary Avenger. No character has had a wilder history than Black Widow, from her beginnings as a trained spy for the Red Room up to her present day standing as one of the most respected Avengers. Read some of Black Widow's most historic moments.


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