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Review – Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12 (Serial Box)

Black Widow: Bad Blood
Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12

Book Title: Marvel's Black Widow: Bad Blood

Book 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.”

Book Author: Mikki Kendall and L.L. McKinney

Book Format: AudiobookFormat

Publisher - Orgnization: Serial Box

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Date published: 2020-07-07

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Summary

Narrator: Sarah Natochenny

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12 brings readers ever closer to the season conclusion, as Natasha finally finds out the who and why of this entire mystery.

 

A Twisted Plot Revealed in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12

Natasha’s quest for answers and vengeance is almost complete in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12. Now she knows who took her blood—she merely needs to find out why, and then put an end to the entire mess.

The last we saw of her, Black Widow (along with Winter Soldier) was heading into a potential trap, all with the intent of getting answers, and knowing the Widow, so much more than that as well.

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.

Black Widow: Bad Blood is part of a series actively updating on Serial Box. Each Tuesday a new episode drops, allowing the Black Widow’s hunt to continue. There are currently only two episodes left in the series, meaning her hunt is almost finished.

A Rock and a Hard Place

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12 was written by Mikki Kendall and L.L. McKinney, and it is an intense reading (or listening) experience from start to finish. Finally, all the pieces of the puzzle have come into place, and it is a satisfying feeling.

That they were able to once again up the ante in such a short period of time is impressive, as is the way the two authors explained everything that has happened until this point—and why. It is not the answer the Black Widow hoped to hear, but it certainly made for a thrilling experience for the fans.

There’s so much to love about this episode. The climactic fights, the full revelation of a plan, the way our leading characters reacted. All of it. Every bit of it felt larger than life, while simultaneously still reading as very human.

It’s hard to predict what our two heroes will do now, in response to everything that has happened. No, that isn’t quite true. They’re going to finish the job. The question is, how? One this is certain: the wait until next week is going to be a long one.

Narration

Sarah Natochenny is, thankfully, still the narrator in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12. Once again, she did an excellent job of getting into character and portraying the confident heroine we love so much.

Natochenny actually had to voice several characters over the course of this episode. It’s always impressive, seeing one person essentially hold a conversation with themselves, and still have it read clearly. That is what happened here, and it was done perfectly.

Likewise, the fight scenes that occurred within this episode were elegantly supported. Well, perhaps elegant isn’t quite the word. The was a sense of real impact, thanks in part to the actual sounds of impact in the background. It was highly effective, to say the least.

Conclusion

With the season nearing conclusion, Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12 was destined to be a thrilling experience from start to finish. Yet, even so, it managed to surpass expectations and create something really outstanding.

I’m not going to lie—that revelation and motivation are going to haunt me. It’s one of those things that carried so much more impact thanks to what is happening in real life. I don’t know if that was a coincidence, or carefully planned out. But either way, it packs quite the punch.

There is something sad about the fact that there are only two episodes left in the season. It’s been a fun ride, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all concludes. And hey, if we’re really lucky, this won’t be the end to the adventure.

 


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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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