Tales of Suspense featuring Hawkeye and the Winter Soldier #102
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Travel Foreman
Cover: Yasmine Putri
Finally tracking down who they feel is ultimately responsible, our very confused heroes attempt to get information out of the other Black Widow. What transpires next is a chain reaction of events leading to the biggest plot twist of this fast-paced arc…
The heroes attempt to question Yelena Bolova, the other Black Widow, on her involvement in the ongoing conspiracy. Unfortunately for them, and her, her memory is apparently compromised so she is of no use to Hawkeye and Bucky. They leave and wait for her to follow suit per Bucky’s latest idea. They track Yelena who seems to be moving with purpose and then starts running into a crowded subway. Clint and Bucky give chase before being separated and Bucky losing his weapon in the ensuing chaos. Once they reunite, they try to find Yelena, only to find she’s been murdered by a gunshot to the head. With the cops on the way, the heroes decide to leave the subway and rethink their approach to this situation.
Now it’s Clint with the idea and he goes to see an old contact who might have some information in jail as well. Upon meeting him, they talk and Clint plays a trick on him by allowing the Winter Soldier into the room with the contact who is frightened due to his reputation. He gives them information they follow up on at the earliest opportunity. They stake out the house of the latest person of interest which appears to be empty. Once they get in, they notice he has been shot in the head too. They also find the calling card for Bucky has been left at the scene, cluing them into the fact that the killer is familiar with both the Winter Solider and Black Widow. After grabbing intel and leaving, they come face-to-face with another assassin that Bucky knows. She says a new Red Room has emerged and before she can tell who created it, gets killed herself, not being allowed to finish the sentence. It appears they finally meet who is behind everything.
This book was pretty good as this story has been good to me. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m big into spy stories and thrillers and this one has delivered for the most part. Every time, like our heroes, I think they’re about to make a big break but they’re foiled by our as-of-then mystery antagonist. This was one of the better issues due to the plot twist at the very end. I’m expecting some damn answers in the next issue.