Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

The New Era continues as Andrew and Sammy take a look at one of the best current Marvel titles, Black Widow by Chris Samnee and Mark Waid. Now with seven issues out on the stands, Black Widow delivers a thrilling adventure where the action is fast and furious. Samnee has done some of his best work to date on this title, with Waid letting the art tell most of the story. In a visual medium, it’s great to see a book that illustrates the power of the illustrations. Andrew and Sammy take a look at this art driven book and break down the current take on Natasha Romanoff that Waid and Samnee are exploring.

For the past few years, in both the comics and film properties, the Black Widow has been traveling on the path to redemption, trying to remove the “red” from her “ledger”. This book decides to step back from this concept and focus more on the “living weapon” aspect of the Widow’s makeup to show why she’s got the skills to hang with Gods and Super Soldiers and Millionaire Geniuses. The result is one of the best spy comics of the past decade. Take a listen to find out why this is one of the best books of the year on an ALL New Back Issue Bloodbath.

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Chris Samnee's strong visual storytelling is the backbone of this extremely compelling Black Widow series.

Chris Samnee’s strong visual storytelling is the backbone of this extremely compelling Black Widow series.

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Andrew Young

Host/Producer at Geek Hard
Andrew Young has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 15 years as a writer, comedian and director. Andrew is one half of the hosting duo that makes up Geek Hard. He occasionally sleeps but doesn't endorse this behaviour.