Marvel will release a three issue lead-in comic book miniseries for Marvel's The Avengers titled Black Widow Strikes that revolves around Scarlett Johansson's S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Natasha Romanov, timed to the May release of the movie in theaters. The story finds Black Widow heading to Russia to deal with an international crisis. The cover of the first issue has been released, which you can check out below.

Black Widow Strikes

Says comic writer Fred Van Lente.

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"Black Widow is running down some loose ends from Iron Man 2, namely some bootleg Stark technology that Justin Hammer made. It's her and Agent Coulson going into Russia, but you'll also probably see Nick Fury and the other heroes as necessary... I've [also] given Black Widow a kind of fan/stalker--a freelance espionage operator who has modeled herself on Black Widow. She's attempting to usurp the Black Widow title from Natasha, so these two are in competition with one another."

This comic will first be released in Maxim Russia before hitting shelves here in the states.