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Review – Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8

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Summary

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8
Writers: Lindsay Smith
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: June 9th, 2020

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8 brings us back to the journey Natasha Romanoff is on. She’s going to find the person(s) who took her blood, and she’s going to make them pay. Now, she’s closer than ever to getting her answers – and her revenge.

 

The Vector Raid in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8

 

The Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, is continuing her quest in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8. Somebody has made the mistake of taking her blood, and they’re going to pay for that. As soon as she figures out who they are and tracks them down.

In the last episode, we saw Natasha turn a sticky situation into something positive. One of the many skills of the Black Widow, of course. Now she’s got a new target, one that will hopefully start providing answers to all the questions she has.

Black Widow: Bad Blood is one of three Marvel series currently on Serial Box (the other two being Jessica Jones and Thor). This series has done an excellent job highlight the intensity and drama that comes with Widow’s work, while simultaneously reminding us that she is human.

 

Old Friends, New Enemies

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 Episode 8 is every bit as fascinating and tense as the rest of the series thus far. Perhaps that is the reason it shocked me so much when it had me laughing out loud – but that is exactly what happened.

Natasha Romanoff is a woman of many skills, so getting into a secure facility is not a challenge for her. Yet Lindsey Smith creates a series of scenes that varied from spectacular to surprisingly humorous and everything between. Proof that the series can be just as multifaceted as the heroine herself.

There was something highly satisfying about this episode. That’s probably largely because it feels like Natasha is closing in on her target. Though it’s hard to believe that we’re now officially more than halfway through the series.

Alongside the other tones and elements I’ve already mentioned, this episode is full of details that make the scenes and characters come alive. The secondary characters feel so human, despite our limited exposure. Likewise, the trials that Nat has gone through…feel so vibrant and full of determination.

 

Narration

As with the rest of the series so far, Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8 was narrated by Sarah Natochenny. Once again she knocked it out of the park, though at this point maybe you could say that I’m biased. I certainly have quickly become fond of her portrayal of one of my favorite Marvel characters.

Natasha’s sass and wit ring true and stronger than ever in some of the scenes within this episode. They were surprisingly funny and almost felt like the calm before the storm. They would have been great scenes on their own, but the narration did bring it to a whole new level.

There were a few new voices this time around, and while they’re unlikely to make an appearance after this episode, I have to say I enjoyed them. It’s amazing what one person can do. Though it certainly proves the importance of a talented narrator.

 

Conclusion

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8 may very well be my favorite episode of the season. Well, so far at least. I do not doubt that the tale is going to get even more exciting now that we’re that much closer to the end (of the season).

Black Widow’s series proves that the Serial Box format is a brilliant match for Marvel. This is a chance to see Natasha in a new light (and medium) and they ran with it. There’s a different focus than you would find in the comics, one that I’m personally really enjoying. Here’s hoping that there will be more than one season on this journey.

 

 

 


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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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