Talk about a big finish! When we last left The Black Widow, she was in New York trying to run interference against General Ross to stop him from taking Bruce Banner aka The Hulk into custody. When this issue opens, we get Agent Romanoff assessing Dr. Samuel Sterns’ lab before finding him under some rubble. The three pages involved in this scene were great for two reasons: 1.) We finally got to see shades of The Leader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 2.) We see the Widow being badass again. Poor Dr. Sterns. I’m sure that hurt a bit.
Although this issue was shorter than the others, it had a lot of awesome stuff in it. Probably more than the first issue. Director Fury got to tell off the World Security Council because everything that he was doing involving Tony Stark, Thor, Steve Rogers, and the Hulk was all integral steps necessary to gain pieces to solve the puzzle of the Tesseract. Natasha Romanoff got to show off her badassness. Clint Barton got a few comedic jabs in. And finally, we got some vintage Coulson moments, especially when Fury tells him that they found Captain America.
Overall, the series was a great tool to tie together all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Without making a whole other movie to follow Fury, Romanoff, Barton, and Coulson, the audience was treated to better glimpses into their characters, which we did not get from their short appearances on screen. The whole series, but the last page of this issue especially, set up for ‘The Avengers’ very nicely.
As if I wasn’t stoked enough already, I think that I got even more excited after reading this series. For you fans who want to be fully prepared for the most epic superhero movie ever made, be sure to give this series a read after you marathon all the Marvel Studios films. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
THE AVENGERS PRELUDE: FURY’S BIG WEEK #4
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST & ERIC PEARSON
Art by AGUSTIN PADILLA, DON HO, WELLINTON ALVES, RICK KETCHAM & CHRIS SOTOMAYOR