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Agent #4: Natasha Romanoff

It can be said that some of the world’s greatest spies are not exclusive to SHIELD…or the United States. While SHIELD is known for its intensive training and population of super-powered agents, it does not hold the entire market. Instead, they come from other corners of the planet, usually bent of destroying the nation or, at least, harming it in some way.

And that’s how Natalia Romanoff, later known as “Natasha”, becomes associated with SHIELD. Her story stems from Soviet training, being part of their “black ops” units skilled in espionage, subterfuge, and assassination. Codenamed “Black Widow” because of two energy blasters on her wrists, she originally was a great nemesis to the United States and The Avengers.

We can thank Tony Stark for her change in allegiance... Read More

Recommended Reading: Black Widow: Kiss or Kill

Plot: A senator is seduced and assassinated, and his journalist son follows the trail to a fatally sexy Soviet agent. This deadly "woman in black" moonlights as a high-class escort to lure powerful men into her web of blackmail and death. But Nick Crane believes he's finally found his father's murderer, and he's about to expose...the Black Widow! Plus: Tony Stark gets his spy on, and the Black Widow proves she's an Iron Man's best friend, when the Armored Avenger goes undercover to take down a foe using his own decommissioned tech!

This TPB collections Black Widow (2010) #6-8 and Iron Man: Kiss And Kill.

If you like political intrigue, you'll enjoy this compilation on Russia's premiere spy. It starts off with her being framed for a series of assassinations; her only recourse is to hunt down the culprit and clear herself.

Natasha Romanoff is #4 in The Top 10 Greatest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a countdown provided by The Superheroes List. If you enjoy spies and superheroes caught in mysterious intrique, Check out the List!

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