Black Widow: Forever Red Book Review

Ever since Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha/Black Widow first appeared in Iron Man 2 I wanted to know more about her character. Of course with our awesome line ups in the Marvel Universe franchise, her character has become much more than just a kick as assassin. Black Widow is a superhero, and rightly so. When I heard she would be getting her own book, of course I was going to read it.


Natasha Romanoff has a past and that past is Ivan Somodorov. Ivan was Natasha’s “teacher” in the Red Room, Moscow’s  academy for operatives. He wanted to brake “his girls” and become something more, to always feel alone and see him as his father.

Although Natasha is a hero now who works along side; Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk, to name a few, her ways and methods of action are because of what Ivan and the Red Room did to her in her youth.

A mission leads Natasha to face Ivan again, only to discover a young red headed child held captive.

Ava Orlova was nine years old when Ivan took her from her parents and broke her and make her believe she could never be repaired. When Black Widow saved her she believe she would be safe, only she was wrong. Ava was sent to S.H.I.E.L.D. only to leave one captivity to another.

She was now in a foreign country, no family, Ivan who was always in her nightmares but one thing that made it some what manageable, her Tattoo boy. A boy she would have recurring dreams about. A boy that she held near and dear to her because to her everything is was destroyed and/or dead by the hands of Ivan Somodorov.

It was great getting into Natasha’s head and a bit more into her past then what I’ve seen in the movies. Although, this book and the movies are two different takes, her lack of emotion or sentiment threw me off. In Age of Ultron when the Avengers when to Clint’s home, Natasha had to problem showing affection and attention to his kids.

Which is my only real issue as a whole. I loved the story, the action, the twists, and Natasha’s back story, and of course two other characters that I was not expecting to appear.

Overall I really enjoyed it and wish it went into her back story a bit more, I can’t wait to read more of her and this book made me love her even more!


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