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The Best Black Widow Storylines To Get To Know Natasha Romanoff

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The best Black Widow comics prove that Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow's real name) is one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Universe, and that only has a little to do with Scarlett Johansson's brilliant performance as the highly-trained Soviet assassin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite that amazing performance, the character has a long history in the Marvel Universe, and at times, she has been both a villain and a hero. Fans of the films already know a lot about Black Widow, but the fans who have been reading about her in comics for years know quite a bit more about the complex hero.

If you're new to the character or are simply looking for some amazing graphic novels, single issues, story arcs, or comic books to read about Black Widow, you've come to the right place! This list highlights the very best Black Widow stories from the pages of Marvel Comics. If you happen to see your favorite story arcs featuring this incredible character's greatest adventures, don't forget to vote it up and vote down the story arcs you don't love. Your votes will detemine the best of Black Widow's storylines ever told in comics!

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  • Story Found In: Black Widow #1-6

    To say Natasha has a dark past is the understatement of all comicdom, but when that past comes back to haunt her, she finds herself on the run from the entire organization of SHIELD as well as Iron Man!

    She finds herself completely on her own, running from pretty much everyone she ever called friend or foe, which takes her back to the place it all began: the Black Widow Red Room. Here, she must uncover her past so that she can preserve her future or she'll find herself running for the rest of her life.

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    • Story Found In: Black Widow (2010) #1-5

      After nearly being killed by a mysterious villain, Natasha is framed as a traitor to the rest of her superhero buddies. This puts Natasha on the run for the billionth time, but that's where she works best. Every trick and bit of training comes in handy as she employs all of her espionage skills to evade capture and prove herself innocent.

      At the same time, several of her friends work to also prove her innocence as they have become all too familiar with the "frame Natasha for a crime she didn't commit" gambit. Lady Bullseye also makes an appearance as a new adversary for Natasha, and it all unfolds rather nicely in this adventurous tale of deceit and deception!

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      • Story Found In: Black Widow #1-6 and All-New Marvel Now! Point One

        Early in the game, Black Widow left her life as an assassin behind to join forces with the Avengers, but every now and again, her past comes back to stir things up. In "The Finely Woven Thread," Natasha leaves the Avengers to take on a secret mission of her own, and it puts her up against a new and powerful enemy.

        This is easily one of the best stories to feature the character, and it was published as recently as 2014. Featuring the beautiful and captivating artwork of Phil Noto with writer Nathan Edmondson, this is one of those Black Widow stories that no fan should go without reading.

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        • Story Found In: Journey into Mystery #517–519 

          With her debut in Journey into Mystery, Black Widow finds herself in a story titled, "The Fire Next Time," which plays out across a three-issue arc written by Scott Lobdell with pencils by Randy Green.

          In the story, she finds herself standing up against a new terrorist organization called "Freedom's Light," but will she prevail against such a huge threat, or will she need to call in the big guns to help her out? She may have to go undercover to infiltrate the crazed organization so she could take it out from within in this amazing story of danger and espionage sure to entertain fans of the character!

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