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COVER BY GREG HORN GREG RUCKA (W)/IGOR KORDEY (P & I) ? THE SCOOP: Master crime writer Greg Rucka and CABLE’s Igor Kordey present a gritty, uncompromising tale of Russian international espionage agent Yelena Belova ? the new Black Widow! ? THE STORY: When her former mentor is found brutally murdered in a Moscow bondage club, Belova must go deep undercover to find the killer. Torn by self-doubt and divided loyalties, she descends into a world of deadly games and deadlier predators! With sensual covers by Greg Horn (ELEKTRA), BLACK WIDOW: PALE LITTLE SPIDER is a smart and sexy adventure that could only be told under the freedom of the MAX imprint! ? GREG RUCKA SPEAKS: “Yelena has pretty much been dominated ever since she began her training to be the Black Widow. That’s the nature of that sort of training: ‘You will learn these things, you will go this way ? you did it well, you will be rewarded. You did it bad, you will be punished.’ Now, she’s in the bondage scene where all of her skills are applicable, but not readily so.You can’t walk into a bondage club, grab somebody around the throat, throw them to the floor and say, ‘Tell me what I want to know!’ and expect them to cough it up. If they don’t what are you going to do? What if they don’t tell you just so you do hit them again, but harder, because they’re getting turned on? When that does happen, Yelena is going to give an ‘Ewww!’ that will be a combination of her being repulsed and perhaps a little turned on herself.” ? THE FORMAT: Each issue of this three-issue, monthly series is 32 pages, with ads. 7-59606-05152-6-00111 2.99 Cover price $2.99.

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Dynamic Forces Signed Edition with certificate of authenticity. Signed & numbered by Greg Horn and limited to 299 copies. COVER BY GREG HORN GREG RUCKA (W)/IGOR KORDEY (P & I) ? THE SCOOP: Master crime writer Greg Rucka and CABLE’s Igor Kordey present a gritty, uncompromising tale of Russian international espionage agent Yelena Belova ? the new Black Widow! ? THE STORY: When her former mentor is found brutally murdered in a Moscow bondage club, Belova must go deep undercover to find the killer. Torn by self-doubt and divided loyalties, she descends into a world of deadly games and deadlier predators! With sensual covers by Greg Horn (ELEKTRA), BLACK WIDOW: PALE LITTLE SPIDER is a smart and sexy adventure that could only be told under the freedom of the MAX imprint! ? GREG RUCKA SPEAKS: “Yelena has pretty much been dominated ever since she began her training to be the Black Widow. That’s the nature of that sort of training: ‘You will learn these things, you will go this way ? you did it well, you will be rewarded. You did it bad, you will be punished.’ Now, she’s in the bondage scene where all of her skills are applicable, but not readily so.You can’t walk into a bondage club, grab somebody around the throat, throw them to the floor and say, ‘Tell me what I want to know!’ and expect them to cough it up. If they don’t what are you going to do? What if they don’t tell you just so you do hit them again, but harder, because they’re getting turned on? When that does happen, Yelena is going to give an ‘Ewww!’ that will be a combination of her being repulsed and perhaps a little turned on herself.” ? THE FORMAT: Each issue of this three-issue, monthly series is 32 pages, with ads. 7-59606-05152-6-00111 2.99

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cover by greg horn greg rucka (w)/igor kordey (p & i) ? THE SCOOP: The spotlight turns to the new Widow ? in this gritty tale of intrigue in the sex clubs of modern-day Russia! ? THE SET-UP: Master crime writer Greg Rucka (Whiteout) and CABLE’s Igor Kordey present a tough, uncompromising tale of international espionage agent Yelena Belova ? the new Black Widow! With sensual covers by Greg Horn (ELEKTRA), BLACK WIDOW: PALE LITTLE SPIDER is a startling adventure that could only be told under the freedom of the MAX imprint! ? THE STORY: How do you interrogate someone who’s turned on by pain, excited by conflict, and attracted to her interrogator? The new Black Widow must find the answer if she’s to catch her mentor’s killer. But is she the predator or the prey? ? THE FORMAT: A three-part, monthly series. This issue is 40 pages, with ads. 7-59606-05152-6-00111 2.99 Cover price $2.99.

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cover by greg horn GREG RUCKA (W)/IGOR KORDEY (P & I) ? THE SCOOP: The hard-hitting climax to the new Black Widow’s darkest case! ? THE SET-UP: Master crime writer Greg Rucka (Whiteout) and Igor Kordey (CABLE) present a tough tale of international espionage agent Yelena Belova ? the new Black Widow! ? THE STORY: Deep in Moscow’s sexual underground, the young Black Widow must chase down a stone-cold killer. But is this just another game to the killer — or something deeper? ? THE BUZZ: “What could have been a sordid piece of exploitive genre junk is instead haunting and emotionally honest.” – Comics Buyer’s Guide ? THE FORMAT: A three-part, monthly series. This issue is 32 pages, with ads. 7-59606-05152-6-00311 2.99 Cover price $2.99.

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Black Widow: Pale Little Spider #1

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An underrated book, at least on this platform. You can’t go into this book without having read the previous two Black Widow mini-series examining Yelena Belova (which have both been collected in a single volume, “Itsy-Bitsy Spider”). Contrary to some readers’ assumptions, Yelena Belova was intended as a villain for Natasha Romanova, not her replacement. Well, villain might not be the right term reading the past miniseries shows you the complex and somewhat pitiful relationship between the two An underrated book, at least on this platform. You can’t go into this book without having read the previous two Black Widow mini-series examining Yelena Belova (which have both been collected in a single volume, “Itsy-Bitsy Spider”). Contrary to some readers’ assumptions, Yelena Belova was intended as a villain for Natasha Romanova, not her replacement. Well, villain might not be the right term — reading the past miniseries shows you the complex and somewhat pitiful relationship between the two of them.

In any case, “Pale Little Spider”, a series long out-of-print and somewhat impossible to track down, is the story of Yelena’s origin, and is meant to dovetail with themes about identity, freedom, and replaceability that were examined in past books involving Yelena.

These books are unfortunately cursed with terrible cheesecake Greg Horn covers that misrepresent these books as some nonstop thrill-ride of fetishistic superspy eroticism. The interior artist is Igor Kordey, who uniformly depicts all characters, regardless of gender, age, or state of dress with a sort of bloated, monstrous quality. I imagine it would be hard to get excited at the the actual content of the comic book because the nudity is sparing-to-nonexistent, and the entire story has an uneasy, somewhat repulsive air. It’s a decision that works incredibly well for this book because it lets the reader empathize with the main character who is fairly repulsed by the entire affair herself.

The conflict itself is a bit sluggish and heavily telegraphed — you’ll remember this book much more for the character moments.

All-in-all, Pale Little Spider does a good job of fleshing out an already unique villain, although the metaphors and theming might feel a little heavy-handed to some. Yelena Belova is given a unique, unmistakable personality and motivations, which is a rarity for a supporting character in a C-list superhero franchise.

Unfortunately, all appearances of Yelena afterwards are entirely inconsistent with how she acts in this origin story and the two miniseries that led up to it, so if this book manages to interest you in this character, you’re out of luck. . more

Black Widow book. Read 7 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. When her former mentor is found brutally murdered in a Moscow bondage cl…