“A black widow dangling on a single thread is a dangerous thing.” (probably the only dialogue in the whole volume that was worth mentioning.)
From the comic book cover:
The black widow may be an avenger and an agent of SHIELD but she has her own mission. (which I couldn’t fathom even after reading the whole volume.) to atone for her past as a KGB assassin. (well you may think you are going to get an origin story but you are not.) Her methods are dirty. Her heart is cold. (which they tried to warm up by showing a budding relationship with a street cat, such a cliché) But her work is flawless. On an undercover assignment in Russia, she finds that the hand of god is reaching for her. Outmatched by the brute force of this powerful new villain (more like nonsensical villain) Natasha discovers a deadly globe spanning (by globe spanning they mean taking unnecessary detours to different parts of the world) plot. The trail of blood and destruction will test her strength and cunning – but it may also test her faith. (well it certainly has shaken my faith in this series.)
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, Russian Avenger, Slavic Shadow, The Red Death, is a lesser known, but much-loved Marvel Character. The Finely Woven Thread spans six issues #1-6. It is not an origin story but it is a story about her, working alone, away from the star-studded performance of other gifted avengers.
The artwork is clean but ordinary. The story lacks punch. The one thing that was blatantly missing was humor. I never expected a laugh out loud humor, but there is always a cheeky, sarcastic, read between the lines humor that was absent, which made the whole affair, a complete drag. The dialogues are casual and unmemorable. The whole volume was a one woman show. There are no memorable side characters, except maybe for the black street cat.
Matt Fraction and David Aja did a remarkable job in Hawkeye; an avenger, a SHIELD agent, a non-super hero, much like The Black Widow. But where they succeeded, Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto failed miserably.