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Quote1.png You're slippery, smart, a born survivor. You're the only one who can do this. Quote2.png
-- Captain America


Appearing in "Queen in Black: Part One"

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Synopsis for "Queen in Black: Part One"

Narrating, Black Cat exposits that crime is an expensive business - requiring snitches, bribes, equipment, and intel, among other things - and that a successful heist can cost more than it pays to pull off. Black Cat notes that S.H.I.E.L.D. used to hand out laundered "black money" like candy to finance its black-ops espionage missions, and that half-forgotten caches of it are hidden all throughout the city in dead drops. Lacking knowledge of where any of these drops are located, Felicia decided to take advantage of the city-wide evacuation order to pull a toecutter job - staking out the network of underground tunnels waiting for another crew to steal one of the drops and then stealing it from them. "Borrowing" the Spider-Mobile, Felicia's plan initially goes off without a hitch... until a symbiote dragon is blasted through the roof of the tunnel by a bolt of Storm's lightning.

Regaining consciousness to find Bruno Grainger and Dr. Korpse standing over her, she asks what happened and is told that the symbiote dragon killed their marks before taking off. As Bruno grumbles that they should have listened to the evac order, Felicia tells him and Dr. Korpse to fall back to Jersey while she heads topside to see what's going on. Dr. Korpse incredulously asks if she's insane or brain-damaged, Felicia ignoring him and using her grappling hook to make her way through the debris to the street above. In her narration, Felicia stats she ignored the evacuation order because they happen so frequently nobody thinks they actually matter anymore, since the Avengers or some other superhero team will show up and defeat whatever the threat is, and life carries on as usual with nobody thinking to ask what would happen if the Avengers couldn't stop it.

Reaching the street level, Felicia sees the skies are full of symbiote dragons and the ground and buildings are covered in tendrils of living abyss. Hearing Captain America mention symbiotes, Felicia lands next to him and wonders in horror what Venom has done this time. As she starts to introduce herself, Captain America remarks that Spider-Man has mentioned her - assuming she's showed up to help. In her narration, Felicia sneers that America is a country of hypocrisies built on a foundation of lies, theft, and genocide... but meeting Captain America in person almost made her a believer. Joining the fight, Black Cat hopefully asks if the Avengers are winning the day once again, and is dismayed when Captain America replies that they're on the back foot - though he remarks that they've brought the heaviest hitters they can field - among them Storm, Doctor Strange, and Magneto - while the street-level heroes focus on evacuating civilians. Glancing up at Dr. Strange, Black Cat hopes he doesn't notice her given that she recently robbed him twice. As she is awestruck by the Sorcerer Supreme's power, a horde of symbiote dragons swarm Dr. Strange and overwhelm him, engulfing him in a coccoon of living abyss. Shocked and horrified, Felicia can only watch as the dark god Knull arrives, effortlessly kills the Sentry, and engulfs the Avengers and X-Men with living abyss.

A few hours later, at Alchemax's astrobiology lab, Felicia finishes by saying she barely escaped. Surmising that this whole situation is hilariously above her and her crew's pay-grade it isn't even funny, Felicia angrily declares her intent to nevertheless do whatever it takes to give the dark god attacking Earth a bloody nose. Dr. Steve interrupts to inform Felica that the dark god's name is Knull, Felicia snidely quipping that Alchemax's security protocols need an upgrade before introducing him to her crew. Maneuvering his wheelchair around his desk, Dr. Steve says Eddie Brock already warned him of the impending threat, sarcastically asking if she's still a supervillain crime-lord or if she's gone back to being a vigilante antihero. Felicia sneers that that's rich coming from Venom's self-proclaimed best friend, Dr. Steve snapping that Eddie is a misunderstood hero beset by cosmic forces beyond their comprehension. Cutting him off, Felicia retorts that as far as she's concerned Eddie is still the dangerous and unstable loser who beat her half-to-death when they first met, irritably asking if he's joining her crew or not. Dr. Steve incredulously asks why he would ever want to join her crew, and Felicia states that he is the only one who can help her get payback on Knull by stealing something from him.

As Dr. Steve asks what she could possibly hope to steal from Knull, Felicia has a flashback to the Avengers' last stand. As Captain America is engulfed by a symbiote, he orders Black Cat to fall back and find a way to escape to safety and regroup with the survivors; saying he knows from Spider-Man that she's smart and a born survivor. In the present, Felicia confidently states that she and her crew aren't god-like cosmic entities, so they're going to steal one by rescuing Dr. Strange.

Solicit Synopsis

THE CAT IN BLACK IS BACK!

Feeling lucky? Knull’s attack on Earth interrupts the Black Cat’s latest heist, and if you know Felicia, you know that’s a problem. So the Cat and her crew aim to steal something of greatest value to both Knull and Earth’s hope of survival. You’ll have to pick up this issue to find out what! This issue guest-stars the X-Men! Captain America! And Doctor Strange! DO NOT MISS IT!!!

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