Funnybook Babylon

May 4, 2010

FBBP Slimcast #1 – Joseph & Jamaal talk Black Widow

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamaal Thomas @ 10:41 pm


In an effort to present more unsolicited opinions on comics, Funnybook Babylon proudly presents THE SLIMCAST: shorter shows featuring our regular panel and guests briefly discussing the issues of the day. The stars have not been aligning for our traditional full-crew sprawling podcasts in recent weeks, but rest assured they will return soon.

ON THIS SLIMCAST: Joseph and Jamaal convene on the eve of the summer blockbuster Iron Man 2 to look at Marvel’s recent attempts to boost IM2 co-star Black Widow’s place on the stands.  The Widow was introduced the same month as Daredevil and Doctor Octopus (and to be fair, The Rabble Rouser and El Toro) but has never received the attention many of her contemporaries have enjoyed.

To combat this, Marvel’s put out several Widow-centric books recently. Joe and Jamaal review last year’s Black Widow: Deadly Origin mini-series by Paul Cornell, Tom Raney and John Paul Leon. They also sample the first issue of the new Black Widow ongoing series by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuña. Is Marvel building up the Widow as comic character befitting her movie star status, or is this Blade all over again? Listen and learn!

Plus: Jamaal makes his 2010 Supreme Court Justice Fantasy Draft Picks!

And check back later this week as Chris and David survey the wreckage of New Krypton and the Superman family of comics!


  1. Thanks for the Slimcast guys. I’m all for shorter discussions with a reduced lineup if it means more frequent updates. This monthly-ish schedule ain’t cuttin’ it. :)

    I definitely thought Black Widow felt overshadowed in the first issue of her new ongoing. Maybe it was because she’s unconscious/being operated on for the whole second half of the issue. I just flipped through it again and she is conscious more than I remembered, but I definitely want more of her (in costume and doing spy stuff) and less Wolverine in future issues.

    Also, for people interested in the character I would definitely recommend the various Marvel Knights mini-series of hers, especially the two by Richard K. Morgan and Bill Sienkiewicz (he inks over Sean Phillips in the 2nd mini). Those are almost completely spy-centric rather than superhero-centric, and even though it’s been a while since I read them they are what made me a fan of the character.

    The Devin Grayson one isn’t a great read but has gorgeous art by JG Jones, and the Greg Rucka one with Scott Hampton art is an interesting take on identity. I actually think these were all better than the recent Deadly Origin mini, for what that’s worth.

    Comment by Justin B. — May 6, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  2. stop all the podfading

    Comment by Mike (from Columbus) — May 10, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

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