The Widows are Back! Black Widow: Red Vengeance (Review)

When I read Black Widow: Forever Red last year, I thought it couldn't be topped. Of course, it wasn't until our Women of Marvel event that Margaret Stohl would announce a follow up book and I would learn how wrong I could be.

Hashtag: So Black Widow.

Red Vengeance is Black Widow for the YA audience, and I mean that in the best way. Natasha Romanoff is 100% the world's best spy and her protege Ava Orlova, aka Red Widow, is quickly picking up on the skills necessary to become an Avenger.

Widows aren't supposed to heal, Phil.

Red Vengeance picks up shortly after the events of Black Widow: Forever Red, where Ava has undergone SHIELD training and both Widows are missing Alexei - who we now know as Natasha's brother and Ava's partner. Black and Red are exploring their Quantum link and they've brought along even more Marvel friends to assist.

In Forever Red, we saw a bit of Tony Stark and Agent Coulson. In Red Vengeance, we get a whole lot more of those two plus Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) and Maria Hill and a few references to characters such as She-Hulk. For those of us who are Marvel Comics readers, it was basically a call back to all the best female characters not in the spotlight of the movies. Margaret Stohl has clearly done her homework and captured each of the character's best traits (and possibly a few of the worst ones with Tony!). 

Don't get to know me enough for opinions, kid. Everyone who does ends up dead.

Told in alternating chapters, we see the world through each of the Widow's eyes, Natasha with her slightly overprotective tendencies (aw, she does care!) and Ava with her insecurity in her new role. As you can imagine, these two things impact each other and you have to question how much the quantum link plays into that. There's definitely more Black Widow being Black Widow than in the first book.


Black Widow: Red Vengeance
by Margaret Stohl
Published: October 16th 2016
Publisher: Marvel Press
Source: NetGalley via Publisher

BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE is the action-packed sequel to the instant New York Times best-seller, BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED, penned by #1New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. This time, Stohl takes readers inside the minds of Marvel's most cunning and dangerous spies - Black Widow and Red Widow-delving deeper into their powers and will reveal more than ever before about the infamous assassin and her fledgling hero-in-training.


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