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Fear Files

Fear Files: Misty Knight

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning analyze the controller of Heroes For Hire and what she is afraid to lose

By Ben Morse

In 2011, terror overtakes the Marvel Universe as Fear Itself envelops its heroes and villains.

To delve deeper into what lies at the root of this climactic event, each week in Fear Files we will speak with Marvel’s biggest creators about exactly what frightens the premiere heroes and villains whose lives they guide.

This week, HEROES FOR HIRE writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning—DnA—examine their leading lady, Misty Knight, and what she’s afraid of losing…

Misty Knight

What is Misty Knight most afraid of?

DnA: Misty is most afraid of losing control. That’s one of the reasons she created the new Heroes For Hire: she wants to be in charge of her life, her own destiny. She began to lose that when her relationship with Danny Rand hit the rocks and [their] baby turned out not to be a baby after all, then Puppet Master took it away entirely. H4H is her way of reclaiming ownership of her life.

Is this something you feel a lot of people know about Misty, or does she hide it well?

DnA: She probably hides it pretty well. Danny might suspect a little. Paladin also may have some idea, but part of her ‘control’ thing is keeping her own feelings contained so she doesn’t get hurt again. With Misty and the H4H it’s a need to know basis only.

Would you say Misty’s fear of losing control helps her be a more effective hero or makes her sloppy at times?

Misty Knight & Silver Sable

DnA: It makes her ultra effective! She always have every angle covered—except for the stuff no one can predict, in which case she relies on herself. She doesn’t expect any of her heroes to do anything she wouldn’t be prepared to take on herself. 

Given that she’s responsible for overseeing so many heroes, does Misty have any fear that she will lose an operative in the field? Does she fear the responsibility she has taken on?

DnA: Probably. But she knows her heroes are heroes. Calculated risk is part of the deal.  She’d feel a loss acutely, but her conscience would be clear.

Along the same lines, how does Misty work to manage the fears of her operatives?

DnA: She usually ‘hires’ people she knows—she’s got the best Marvel Universe address book this side of Rick Jones—so she knows how to handle them; how to encourage them or persuade them or reassure them. But she’s also not a nursemaid or a nanny to these heroes—she brings them in for specific jobs, and those jobs aren’t easy. 

Does overcompensating to maintain the control she fears compromise Misty in terms of her personal relationships or elsewhere?

The Heroes for Hire

DnA: Very likely. She’s a harder person to know than she ever used to be. Harder to be close to. She protects herself, and that means not letting anyone in.

What is Misty’s worst nightmare scenario?

DnA: To be in control of everything, of all her heroes, to have full info and overview—and still not be able to do a damn thing. 

Can Misty regain and maintain control over her life and exploits? Find out monthly in HEROES FOR HIRE!

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