Realm Review: Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 12

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 is part of a series actively updating on Serial Box (now Realm). 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 puzzle pieces have come into place, and it is a satisfying feeling.

Once again, they were able to 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. 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.


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 had to voice several characters throughout 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. Thanks in part to the actual sounds of impact in the background, there was a sense of real impact. It was highly effective, to say the least.


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.

It’s hard to believe that there are only two episodes left to 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.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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