In this episode, Natasha goes to an ally for help to figure out what was done to her – but naturally, the answer only leaves more questions… Let’s discuss Bad Blood. NOTE: This review will contain spoilers for the story/episode being discussed.
The serial reviews have returned! This time out, I am diving into the world of serialised Marvel universe fiction, and I jumped at the opportunity to read a standalone story about Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow. I mean, come on. She was the coolest Avenger (barring, perhaps, Steve Rogers) in the MCU – but I always wanted to know more about her, and the volume of comics/graphic novel material out there was always intimidatingly dense to me. But this? Bitesize …
The new year is here, and I wish everything felt shiny and new. On a personal level, I do have a refreshed outlook, and a newly-tapped sense of determination not to let the bastards grind me down. Pardon the language if you will, but I suspect it’s understandable. Anyway! This is about good things that got done, isn’t it? So let’s talk about the joy I found in January.
So I’m starting to see a grisly theme with these episodes? In this episode, Miyako and Emma are on the hunt for whoever has attacked and mutilated a secure courier, presumably for the data sleeve they were carrying. Though of course, the case is not nearly so simple. And when she’s not on the clock, Emma is getting flirty with Kensuke, one of Miyako’s fellow detectives – and her ex. Oh, boy. Let’s discuss Ninth Step Station.
New year, new serial review! First up for the weekly review feature (#serialgeekery) is Ninth Step Station, created for Serial Box Publishing by Malka Older. This is a science fiction/cyberpunk/neo-noir serial written by Malka Older, Curtis C. Chen, Jacqueline Koyanagi and Fran Wilde. It sounded all kinds of interesting as soon as I heard about it, and I am very excited to finally be diving in. So! Let’s begin discussing Ninth Step Station!
In this episode, Asala and Niko are heading for Hypatia as they follow the trail of the eponymous missing ship – but they’ve got an unexpected third party aboard their cruiser. Cue much awkwardness, and some very tense situations. Let’s discuss The Vela. Spoilers follow for this episode.
Hooray hooray, it’s a new serial day! The Vela is one of the latest new releases from Serial Box Publishing and has been on my 2019 watch list for a while, because the lineup of writers associated with it knocked my geeky socks off: SL Huang, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon and Yoon Ha Lee. I mean. It’s like rock star levels of writer collaboration, if you’re a modern sci-fi nerd. And I love me some modern sci-fi. So let’s dive …
In this episode, everyone is saying goodbye. But not everyone’s business is done. Let’s discuss Tremontaine.
In this episode, Halliday’s political progress gathers steam – while Tremontaine’s machinations might just have suffered a setback. And I (finally) got what I’d hoped for with Rafe and Reza – and more besides… Let’s discuss Tremontaine.
In this episode, some goodbyes are finally, properly said, while everyone’s looking to their future – or at least just their present, for now. And I am not OK. Let’s discuss Tremontaine.