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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 11:51 am:   

Richard:
Congratulations on the Black Widow gig for Marvel! With Bill Sienkiewicz on art, no less!
Natasha has always been one of my favourite Marvel characters, and, combined with your politics and BS's artwork, this should be a great new series.
I'm very eager for it!
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Mastadge
Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2004 - 01:44 pm:   

Did I miss something? More details, please.
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 10:37 am:   

Ah, I see now. I see Greg Rucka's done the most recent Black Widow books. He's a kick-ass novelist and comic writer; I certainly hope you can make the leap from novels to comics as well. Looking forward to seeing your take on the character.
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richard
Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 04:20 pm:   

Claude - thanks for the vote of confidence. Hope you'll like the end result.

Mastadge - yeah, it's been a steep learning curve writing this stuff - a lot like the screenwriting I did back in the nineties in fact - except with this one, I *know* it's going to get made!
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 05:37 pm:   

Are your stories following the continuity of Pale Little Spider, by any chance, or are they pretty much starting fresh?
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richard
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 04:00 pm:   

Pretty much starting afresh, I think. I mean, the past history is all there, in place, so I've got something to push off against - that's one of the pleasures of taking on an existing character rather than creating from scratch. But I think it's safe to say I'll be taking Natasha places she's never been before
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 04:46 pm:   

That's good. I've no local comic shop, so I haven't decided yet whether I'll pick up individual issues or wait for the (almost) inevitable trade editions, but one way or another, I look forward to reading them.
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Mastadge
Posted on Friday, July 16, 2004 - 01:44 pm:   

Well, I've ordered issue one. Should come in with my monthly shipment of Star Wars comics, end of September.

Any idea how the interior art's shaping up?
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richard
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 01:17 am:   

Shaping up superbly - I'm only very slowly coming to understand how lucky I've been to get Bill Sienkiewicz for this gig. We're aiming for dark, very dark and what he's doing with the stuff is phenomenal
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Lou Anders
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 08:06 am:   

Hey,
will there be anything on Black Widow at Comic Con this year?
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richard
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 04:03 pm:   

that's a very good question.....

....to which I don't have the answer. :-)

I guess that someone at Marvel would know?
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Lou Anders
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 08:28 pm:   

Ah, was hoping maybe you were coming over!
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richard
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 10:42 am:   

Man, I wish.

With a bit of luck I'll be back in the US next Spring when Market Forces comes out...maybe see you then...
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Lou Anders
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 08:46 pm:   

Well, too bad.
About Comic Con.
Not Market Forces, which sounds good.
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Mastadge
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 12:21 pm:   

Well, the first issue should be out on Tuesday, but I won't be able to pick it up until the end of October sometime.
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Jörn Grote
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 03:13 am:   

Some positive reviews.

Review on Comixtreme
Review on TheFourthRail 1
Review on TheFourthRail 2
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Chris Roberson
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 01:54 pm:   

Richard, just finished reading the first issue of your Black Widow, and I really dug it! Strong stuff, and a powerful comics scripting debut. Your Natasha doesn't fool around much, does she?
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 04:50 pm:   

Any word yet on whether this book will be ongoing or end with the mini, or is it too early to tell?

Anyway, I've preordered the TPB.
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richard
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 12:17 pm:   

To early to tell, Mas...I'm currently talking to Jenny Lee at Marvel about this very issue. But suffice it to say I'm having a lot of fun with the project, and would love to carry on with it
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 05:45 pm:   

And the great review continue to roll in. . .

http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/reviews/110161199467895.htm
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, December 20, 2004 - 01:39 pm:   

Richard, you mention on your website that the title of the collected edition of Black Widow will be Homecoming. Why not Right to a Life since that seems to be, y'know, the title of the miniseries. . .?
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richard
Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 03:19 pm:   

Hi Mas. "Right to a Life" was an original working title, suggested by the peripheral glance at Right to Life fanatics in the first two issues, and the way it chimed with the Widow's immediate concerns. Also, I originally wrote the whole of #1 and #2 as a single issue (back before I had any real idea what I was doing as far as comic scripts were concerned), so it made sense to keep the same title for both and call it part 1 and 2. But later issues moved on and dealt with other issues, so the titles changed as well - Issue 3 is titled "Now That's What I Call a Woman", Issue 4 "No Place Like Home" and so on...

"Homecoming" is an umbrella title that seemed to me to cover the broader implications of the whole six issue spread (that, and Marvel wanted something short and snappy...) Can't really tell you any more than that without ruining some up-coming surprises, I'm afraid.
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 04:13 pm:   

Ah. That's cool. I only have the first two -- I only get comic shipments monthly, and they seem to ship the week before the new issue of Black Widow comes out, so #3 should be in the mail on the way to me now that it's been out for a month, and #4 will have just missed that shipment. Or something.

By the way, I'm amused that every time I look at your new "Read and Rec'd" page (not that there have been that many of them), there are at least one or two books on there I've just picked up, and one or two others I've already read. But then, I'm easily amused.
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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 04:57 pm:   

Just finished the final(?) issue of Black Widow, and wanted to say I very much enjoyed it. I don't get enough of Siekevich's work, which I think complemented the story very nicely. And it is fun to see some of the themes and conerns of your fiction make their way into the context of the Marvel Universe.

I was very interested to see the last panal state there would be a "Black Widow Volume 2" written by you? OUT-STANDING!!!
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richard
Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 06:56 pm:   

Thanks Jeremy - yes, the cat is out of the bag - I've agreed with Jenny Lee to do a second series picking up where this one leaves off. And with a bit of luck we'll still have Bill on board for visuals too.

If I'm honest, I was angling for this all along - I really enjoyed radically rewiring Natasha and her world, and I deliberately brought things to a screeching dead halt with lots of unresolved stuff hanging off in the hope that Marvel would be up for a continuation. And lo and behold, they were

Though of course it was all those people who went out and bought the damn thing that really made that happen. So thanks guys.
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Anon
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 04:25 pm:   

EW reviewed Black Widow this week (issue #813):

"BLACK WIDOW (Marvel, $14.99) The most refreshing part of writer Richard K. Morgan's take on ex-spy Natasha Romanova isn't the terrific art by comics titan Bill Siekiewics (Elektra: Assassin). No, it's that there's not a costume in sight. This is a book about a very deadly girl on the run, hunting for the reason why she's on a hitman's list and evading a past she thought she left behind. Smarter, funnier, and sexier than it has any right to be--the folks at Marvel would do well to stretch themselves like this more often. B+
-- Marc Bernardin"
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richard
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 09:34 am:   

Yes - very kind of them, I thought. And yes, they spotted my marked aversion to skintight spandex, masks and capes. (on the capes at least, I note that no lesser authority than Incredibles designer Edna E Mode agrees with me here - can't say fairer than that!)
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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 08:29 am:   

Richard,
I read the collected edition this past week. Good stuff! Love your take on the superspy genre and on Natasha. Looking forward to more.
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richard
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 02:46 pm:   

thanks Claude - yeah, I just got my comp copies - it's beautifully sleek all bound together like that, isn't it. Gave me a real kick sliding it onto my GN shelf along with all my favourites
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Mastadge
Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 05:21 pm:   

Yes, it is a pretty book.

Any idea when we can expect the next series to start?
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richard
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - 10:59 am:   

I think "this Autumn" is a more or less safe bet, but I wouldn't like to hazard more of a guess than that. Work is on-going, but definitely going on!

oh yeah, Mastadge, big thanks for the Amazon review - you did me proud, sir
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mastadge
Posted on Friday, July 01, 2005 - 11:43 am:   

No problem. Issue #1 of the next mini is being solicited:

Written by RICHARD K. MORGAN
Layouts by SEAN PHILLIPS
Finishes by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Painted cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
'THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER'

You asked for it! Hot on the tail of Richard K. Morgan's searing comics debut comes the further dark exploits of Natasha Romanova, the original Black Widow. Some say she's a traitor, some say she's a murderer…and what most say about her isn't even printable. But nobody denies that the former Cold War spy is a force to be reckoned with. The last man foolish enough to send killers after her paid the highest price, but his friends on Capitol Hill will ensure that Natasha doesn't get off easy…and not even Col. Nick Fury can protect her this time. Meanwhile, the survivors of Natasha's last tirade start coming back to haunt her…and they're starting to join forces. Also featuring a guest appearance by Daredevil! Richard K. Morgan is the Phillip K. Dick Award-winning sci-fi author of Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Market Forces. Returning to BLACK WIDOW is comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN), joined by Eisner Award-nominated artist Sean Phillips (Sleeper). Read the red-hot sequel to the limited series praised by Entertainment Weekly, Ain't It Cool News, SFX Magazine and more!

cover

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m
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 05:27 pm:   

The Things They Say About Her, Part 2

Nobody denies that the former Cold War spy Natasha Romanova is a force to be reckoned with. The last man foolish enough to send killers after her paid the highest price, but his friends on Capitol Hill will ensure that Natasha doesn't get off easy and not even Col. Nick Fury can protect her this time.
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fur
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 08:31 am:   

whoa . . . . I'm going to need some kind of disguise to buy *that* cover with a straight face. lol . . . could you get a little more skin-tight black pvc in there?

Does sound like it's going to be another superb series tho
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simon spanton
Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - 08:53 am:   

whoa Part 2.

Blimey Richard. Now let's see; Dodgy Sexual Imagery 101.

A naked man or possibly one wearing skin tight red pvc (I'm not sure which is more frightening) with a big stick in his hand stands, legs apart. Between his legs a woman in tight black pvc presents her rear to him while waving a large ahem penile gun at his possibly ahem gunile penis.

Still can't wait to read it mind.

Simon
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m
Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - 09:57 am:   

Issue 2 cover:

cover
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richard
Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - 02:09 pm:   

alright, alright...>moans<.....leave me alone, my head still hurts. Worldcon, eh....

Yeah, Natasha's porn arse is a bit irritating - the original brief for this was to reverse the usual imagery and have tight male buttocks on sexual display, and a male crotch coming under serious threat from the gun. Seems to have got mangled a bit in the works in the absence of my kick-ass female editor.

fur, I'm saying nothing...no-thing...to you about skin tight costumes.....
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fur
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 01:14 am:   

lol - very sensible :-) Otherwise I might come back to Glasgow and make you drink more horrible pimms . . .

(pimms?? I had you pegged as a whiskey-man, especially up there in the frozen north!)
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richard
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 02:47 am:   

Hey - I'm in touch with my feminine side, okay...
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fur
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 03:57 am:   

oh that's what it was . . . well ok then. Just so long as your feminine side *isn't* plastic-clad that's cool . . .
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simON
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 04:45 am:   

I don't think a Pimms Panel at the next Worldcon would have quite the same impact.

A PVC one on the other hand . . . SHUDDER.
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fur
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 07:18 am:   

pvc and audience participation . . . *gags* . . . no, the convention was quite scary enough to be going on with, thanks.
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Scott Ryan
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 10:29 am:   

Happened across this site while looking for news on Richard Morgan's work on Black Widow after _Homecoming_.

Mr. Morgan -- I got hooked on your stuff as of _Altered Carbon_ and I've tremendously enjoyed all of it. Just yesterday I finally picked up _Homecoming_ and was impressed all over again. Frank Miller would be proud.

Can't wait until _The Things They Say About Her_ is available as a standalone publication (I don't subscribe to the monthlies).
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richard
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 07:07 pm:   

Hi Scott, thanks for the kind words.

Yeah, Miller's Dark Knight was a big influence on me when I sat down to write Black Widow - hence the little cameo homage to DK in the knife fight at the beginning.....

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