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Yelena Belova

After Natasha Romanoff, the first Black Widow, cut loyalties to her native Russia, a new Red Room recruit sought to replace her role. Teenage Yelena Belova trained for nearly a decade in all espionage and combat tactics, dedicating herself to being the best, and only, Black Widow.

WHO IS YELENA BELOVA?

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Rise of Yelena

in Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova (2020) #1

Yelena has spent years trying to figure out who she is. Once she thought the Black Widow mantle was her destiny, but fate had other plans. Now the past is catching up with her—and with Alexi Shostakov, AKA the Red Guardian! Alexi has worn many titles, but while the Widow played her avenging games, the Red Guardian waited in the shadows. A new day is dawning—and no one will stand in his way.

The Web of Black Widow

in The Web of Black Widow (2019) #3

When her secretive enemy gets the best of her, Natasha calls the one person who understands just how tangled a widow's web can get: Yelena Belova. But a fellow Black Widow can't save Natasha from the chains of her past…

To Rescue "Natalie"

in Black Widow (2020) #4

Start at issue #1! "Helen," AKA Yelena, is the Black Widow's best hope at escaping a mental mind trap created by Hydra. Imprisoned in a "perfect" fantasy, Natasha Romanoff's world implodes once her closest allies attempt to pull her out.

First Appearance

in Inhumans (1998) #5

Endorsed by the same Soviet agency behind the Black Widow program, Yelena Belova is deployed by her head operative Yuri Stalyenko to deliver a dire warning to the American feds—Russia has declared war on the Inhuman island-state of Attilan.

Backup Black Widows

in Tales of Suspense (2017) #101

Read through #104! Natasha Romanoff is dead. We saw her fall by the hands of a fascist Captain America, (SECRET EMPIRE #7), and the premiere spy and Avenger is no more. In this twisted limited series, two of Widow’s former loves, Hawkeye and Winter Soldier, follow a trail of clues that may lead to Nat’s resurrection. But how can they be sure that the Widow who’s returned is the same Widow who’s died?

Shadowing Natasha

in Black Widow (1999) #1

In an extraordinary game of cat-and-mouse, Yelena trails Natasha on a Middle Eastern mission to get a drop on her greatest competition. Here, we learn that Belova has been the only Red Room alum who has surpassed Romanoff’s marks. What begins as an antagonizing showdown becomes a willing team-up, as Yelena learns she still has much to learn about hot war zones…

Face Swap

in Black Widow (2001) #1

In one of their weirdest ploys, Widows Natasha and Yelena surgically swap appearances and identities to infiltrate the other’s lives. An obsession with Romanoff pushes Belova towards an unhealthy brink though, and it isn’t long before she’s convinced that she is, actually, the first Black Widow.

Havana Nights

in Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her (2005) #1

Natasha Romanoff escapes to Cuba, seeking out a former rival: Yelena Belova. Try this stylish spy caper today!

Savage Land Burn

in New Avengers (2004) #5

Read through #6! While working freelance for S.H.I.E.L.D. on a vibranium mining expedition, Yelena sustains devastating injuries at the hands of Sauron. Burnt to a crisp and badly disfigured, Black Widow’s entire career threatens to go up in flames…

The Super-Adaptoid

in New Avengers Annual (2006) #1

Restored to her former glory, (but not her former face), Yelena is unleashed as a bio weapon to seek her revenge against the New Avengers who saw her toasted in the Savage Land. Enter: the all-new SUPER ADAPTOID!