Review – Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 1

Black Widow: Bad Blood
  • Writing - 9/10
  • Narration - 8/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
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Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 1

Writers: Lindsay Smith & Taylor Stevens
Narrator: Sarah Natochenny
Series Description:
Someone has stolen the Black Widow’s blood. Now she must find them before it’s too late.

As Natasha Romanoff follows the trail across the globe, she discovers she wasn’t the only target. Whoever is responsible stole Bucky Barnes’ blood, too. And one thing is certain: anyone who wants the blood of the Widow and the Winter Soldier needs to be taken down, and fast. Despite a tangled web of shared history stretching back to their Red Room days, Barnes and Romanoff must join forces, confronting the demons of their past as they race to protect their future. A single drop of blood could be all it takes to save the world—or destroy it.”
Released: April 28

Serial Box’s latest Marvel adventure, Black Widow: Bad Blood begins with a bang. Natasha Romanoff is not exactly the sort of woman who only gets into a little bit of trouble.


A Tense Beginning in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 1

Black Widow: Bad Blood is the second Marvel series to launch on Serial Box, and it is off to a dramatic start. Natasha Romanoff is getting the series she deserves here, as it is one full of action, espionage, and so much more.

As always, Natasha, aka Black Widow, is an extremely talented character. Do you need intel collected in a discreet and professional manner? Natasha is your girl. All of this leads to the latest series of events for our heroine. Somebody is stealing the blood of heroes, including Natasha’s. Now it’s personal, and she’s on the hunt.

Like the rest of Serial Box series, Black Widow: Bad Blood releases an episode each week (on Tuesdays) for us to happily dive into. The first episode of the series, ‘Blackout Protocol‘ was written by Lindsay Smith and Taylor Stevens. Meanwhile, the whole series (well, season) will be narrated by Sarah Natochenny (Ash in the English dub of Pokemon).

Black Widow makes the second series that Serial Box has produced for Marvel. If we’re lucky, it won’t be the last. Jessica Jones and Black Panther are also on the lineup, and ideally, we’ll be seeing more heroes get added with time as well.

The Story Begins

Black Widow - Bad Blood
Written by Lindsay Smith, Margaret Dunlap, Mikki Kendall, L.L. McKinney, and Taylor Stevens. Edited by Taylor Stevens. Art by Jamie McKelvie. Narrated by Sarah Natochenny.

As with Thor: Metal Gods, Black Widow: Bad Blood is a direct reference to one of the key components in the series. I know that seems obvious, but it’s actually refreshing to see such a strong connection between title and plot.

There’s a lot to love about this first episode of Black Widow. Natasha is given a voice in this story, with her abilities on full display. There are details that could never be included in a comic series, for sake of practicality. There’s also so much that makes her feel real and human. It’s wonderfully done.

Lindsay Smith and Taylor Stevens did a brilliant job of capturing Black Widow’s perspective and voice. She feels like the character from the comics – but with a new twist. As any media transitions to a new platform, you’ll find changes. Some better than others. Serial Box is showing us a new side of the characters we’ve come to love.

This series wasted no time in throwing into the thick of things. Natasha is quickly targeted by the events of the main plot, and while we don’t know how far down the rabbit hole things are going to go, we know that she’s going to be along for the ride.


As with any Serial Box series, you have two choices. You can read it, or you can listen to it. Technically, you actually have three choices, as you can also simply do both (that’s what I choose to do).

Black Widow: Bad Blood is narrated by Sarah Natochenny, and she really got into the character over the course of this single episode. The thriller and more dramatic elements really shone through with her reading. It made the world feel tense, even during the setup phase.

Meanwhile, there is a constant yet subtle element to contend with. The series included background sounds – things that reflect what is happening in the story itself. It’s a careful balance, but one that worked out well in this episode. Especially in the earliest part of the story, as it really set the tone.


Black Widow: Bad Blood was an intense start to Natasha Romanoff’s story. To be fair, I didn’t expect anything less from this character. Her dynamic personality and choice of the profession all but guaranteed that.

It is refreshing to see a series that is fully embracing the details that makeup Natasha’s life. I’m really looking forward to seeing how her character and the plot progress over the rest of this season.




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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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