Lie #4, there is no freedom in Freedomslight!
You didn’t believe all the “I just want to help people” crap, did you? Because that’s the most obvious plot twist in the book. The one where the bad guy turns out to be bad. Anyway, Natasha destroys the plot device gizmo, flashback over.
To level up the meta just a little bit: Ebon’s trajectory touches on that inevitable danger of deep cover. If you wear a mask too long, it begins to wear you.
From Journey Into Mystery #519, by Scott Lobdell and Randy Green.
Lie #3: the American dream. (Also every government ever.)
Meet Ebon Flame, the leader of Freedomslight, a group of so-called “Urban Terrorists” who plot against the kyriarchy. Their plan is to end tyranny of the elected minority by stealing some SHIELD mind-wiping macguffin. Lottie, bless her sweet lil’ heart, is dragged into Ebon’s web of militant idealism, and begins to see that Natasha just might be more brutal than the people she’s fighting against. Here’s another conversation between Ebon and Natasha.
Ebon: Why do you fight on their side? Them. The American government! You were born in Russia! I would think…
Natasha: No, you don’t think. Or you would know it is not a government I seek to defend. Rather, the people that live here. People who should be free from living in the shadow of so-called revolutionaries such as yourself!
Ebon: Those are the very people we’re trying to help— to liberate!
Natasha: I don’t see it that way.
Ebon: Don’t you understand?! All we’re asking for is the right to be heard! We fight because we have to fight! But believe me when I say— we don’t want to hurt anyone.
You meet the strangest people on internet dating sites, I’ll tell you.