Bobbi: Nat, what the hell?!
— ZAAAP —
Frank: What’s Fury’s play here?
Natahsa: That was my play. Now pick up that armor. We’ve got men to kill.
So here’s the follow up to Tales of Suspense: Bucky and Natasha teaming up with Frank Castle to presumably kill a bunch of HYDRA agents to revenge Secret Empire. This is the last arc before the book relaunches with a more back-to-basics approach, so we’ll see where it actually goes. I’m not super in love with this even more brutal direction for Natasha— especially since that’s been, like, the last four directions for Natasha— but Tales of Suspense at least did the storytelling groundwork to make it believable.
Sidenote: even more unsure about the white gloves and knee-high boots.
From Punisher #226 by Matthew Rosenberg and Stefano Landini.
I don’t pick characters to like based on what “list” they’re on, and you’d have a hard time convincing me Natasha is really a-list, unless you’re grading on a curve for female heroes. (Which is what people seem to do, sometimes: only evaluate women against each other, like they exist in a discrete category.)
Anyway, I’m a fan of street-level heroes and Marvel espionage stuff in general. This isn’t like, a secret. Of course I like Bobbi Morse, one-woman Birds of Prey. Bobbi’s inital arc in West Coast Avengers, where she had to balance her SHIELD agent instincts with her new superheroic role, hit a lot of my favorite tropes. I also love Bobbi’s surreal, only-in-comics backstory: not just SHIELD and the skrulls, but her science, her first appearances in the Savage Land. There’s this nifty baseline pulpiness with Bobbi that separates her from the archetypical spy mode, and so many stories Marvel could tell with her that they haven’t.
It goes without saying that I’m really excited for this week’s Mockingbird one-shot.