Natasha: I’m proud of you, Clint.
Natasha: This is a very hard road you have undertaken.
Clint: An’ we’ve been hittin’ a lot of potholes lately, too!
Natasha: Do you regret the endeavor?
Clint: Sure, ‘Tash, there’s days when it’s tough, but overall— this is the best thing I’ve ever done in my entire life!
Natasha: There’s something— someone— else, isn’t there?
Clint: You can tell?
Natasha: I know you. Even though she’s a bit young for you, Songbird seems like a good person…
Clint: Songbird? No— no—
Natasha: Uhm… Jolt is a teenager— and dead! Mach-2 and Atlas don’t seem your type… well, maybe Atlas.
Natasha: No. Oh please, Clint, tell me it’s not… *sigh* — if falling in love with that harridan weren’t clue enough— it’s obvious now where your sympathies lie.
So NYCC announced not one but two new Avengers lineups featuring Natasha and Clint, who have actually never really been on a team together!! (Ikr? Closest was the confused Avengers non-lineup circa the Crossing.) Since Bagley is drawing one of the books I am using this as an excuse to repost some Thunderbolts, which highlights her real and ongoing respect for him and how far he’s come, casual Clint semi-nudity, and also that Natasha thinks Atlas is maybe his type.
From Thunderbolts #43, by Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley.