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Review – Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2 (Serial Box)

Black Widow: Bad Blood
Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2

Book Title: 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: Lindsay Smith & Taylor Stevens

Book Format: AudiobookFormat

Publisher - Orgnization: Serial Box

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Date published: 2020-04-28

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  • Narration - 8/10
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Summary

Narrator: Sarah Natochenny

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2 is appropriately titled “Something Stolen, Something Red” and is just as intense and dramatic as you might expect.

 

Something Stolen in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2

Natasha Romanoff’s story continues in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2. Her journey is already setting up to be a perilous one, but given who we’re talking about, that is hardly a surprise. No matter what happens next, we know that Black Widow will see it through to the end.

Last we saw, Natasha had concluded one investigation, but during the process had found herself out of sorts. Naturally, things only got worse from there. Now she’s facing the fallout of what happened, and she only has so many people to turn to for help.

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 the latest Marvel serial on Serial Box. A new episode will drop each and every week, on Tuesdays. Like the rest of the programs on this platform, you have the choice to either read or listen to the adventure. So be sure to enjoy it!

The Stakes Have Been Set

Natasha Romanoff has a talent for getting herself into sticky situations. Let’s be honest here: it’s basically part of her job. But the odds are good that she’s never faced anything quite like this. And no, I’m not just talking about this being her first time on Serial Box.

The second episode of this series was appropriately titled “Something Stolen, Something Red” and was written by Lindsay Smith and Taylor Stevens. It is every bit as dramatic as the first episode—if not more so. Though I might be a bit biased here, since I was thrilled about the surprise cameo that occurred.

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2 is an intense read, with a whole new side of Natasha being visible to readers. I won’t say that she appears vulnerable…but this is about as close as you’ll ever see her get to that description.

It’s fascinating. It also goes a long way in setting the stakes for what is bound to happen next. Whatever this is, it is major—and it’s hitting Natasha on an emotional level, to boot. It’s going to take everything she’s got to resolve whatever this mystery is.

Narration

Sarah Natochenny was once again at the helm for the narration of Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2. There is so much to love about her interpretation of Natasha’s character, from the level of expression she was able to portray, to the new character she had to lend a voice to.

All of these elements created a thrilling audio episode worth listening to. The added sound effects help to set the scene, while not overpowering the reading at all (something that is not always a given).

I’ll confess that it took me a moment to adjust to the voice for the cameo, but after a few lines it almost felt like second nature. Ultimately, it played off quite nicely against the situation that Natasha had found herself in.

Conclusion

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 2 was an intense and dramatic read (or listen, depending on what you chose). It did an excellent job of living up to the promise made in the first episode, all while leaving readers desperate for the third episode to drop. Thankfully, that third episode is now available, so feel free to dive on in!

The more I read the Marvel series coming out on Serial Box, the more I realize that I’m really enjoying this format. Black Widow was the ideal choice for this new format, as her story transitioned brilliantly. It makes me eager for the other series on the docket (especially Jessica Jones, as this series is already hinting at all of the potential hidden there).

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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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