Incredible Hercules #112
Hydra agent design for Secret Warriors.
Not sure if Daisy is in this issue or not but I will buy it anyways because she is apparently Maria Hill’s #1 Priority and I am HIGHLY AMUSED BY THIS.
Let me tell you about this moment.
So Black Widow takes Rikki on a mission to retrieve data and an undercover field agent (Agent Fowler). It goes more than slightly awry and Rikki gets injected with a chemical that increases your metabolism to the point where you explode. To counteract it they deep freeze Rikki (there is something magnetic between the Amerifam and ice apparently), and she passes out. We see her at school a few days later, then in bed. She monologues about how she’s failed, and about how Black Widow now hates her more than ever.
Then Agent Fowler (who unbeknownst to Rikki had been lectured by Widow for not telling her the extent of the risks involved, specifically because it endangered Rikki) wakes her up, leading to, well- this.
Up till now Natasha’s been an elusive, cold figure. Rikki thinks she’s amazing, she admires her, but she’s sure that she’s hated in return. We’ve known differently since the end of the Nomad mini series, but that hasn’t done anything to help Rikki.
That one moment- the dancer line- changes everything for her.
It’s pretty obvious that Natasha sees a lot of herself in Rikki- more than just a past love of ballet. She’s tough, loyal, paranoid, prickly, self-reliant and isolated - caught somewhere she definitely doesn’t belong around people who just wouldn’t understand. Nat’s a spy who came in from the cold, she’s an outsider by default, and she had to fight to establish herself in the life she has now. She gets Rikki. Her mentorship is distant, because that’s how she is, but also because she knows that Rikki needs to make herself adjust, because that’s how she did it.
Of course she pushes it too hard and makes her think she hates her, but that’s not her fault. It’s who she is.
Now look at it from Rikki’s perspective: so far she’s met Sam (Falcon, who doesn’t remember her but who she knew on her own world), Bucky, Anya and even Steve. She’s building a life for herself. But this moment of Black Widow- who she admires, who knows everything, who can do anything, who amazes her- showing her affection and acceptance, kindness and kinship and believing in her- this is what makes her think she can do this.
There were so many more stories that could have been told with Rikki, and for all that I wish we’d see her and Steve, her and Anya and her alone a hundred times more- it’s always going to be this that gets me. This wonderful, quiet, mentorship that could have filled a series by itself, and never got the chance.
Cassandra Cain by Gene Gonzales
Figured out this morning that I wanna try drawing something, something that would involve drawing buff librarian super soldiers
so yeah, practice practice practice.
Ares knocked Osborn’s ass out of the sky despite having zero ability to fly himself, kills me every time.
hickman’s avengers more like carol danvers is perfect and i guess some other stuff happens too