Natasha: Shuri, I understand the hell you’re going through. Violence has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. All manner of violence. The clash of armies and the political ideologies… all the way down to the knife in the dark. Living in that life tends to warp your thinking so that killing becomes a natural go-to solution for everything. It’s easy… and it gets easier, and therein lies the real danger.
Shuri: Wolverine… Logan… talked to me about this. About the addictive nature of bloodlust. And I get it, I do understand… but I made a judgement call based on restraint, on compassion… and because of it Klaw got away. It’s like the universe is trying to convince me that killing is the only clear path for me to walk. I’m afraid I’m going to lose myself in it. That the person I want to be will be subsumed and only the killer will remain.
Natasha: I know I don’t look much older than you, Shuri… but believe me… I’ve been around for a long, long time. Long enough to see every weapon of destruction ever built. Long enough to see nations fall and millions die. And do you know what secret I’ve discovered? Of all weapons ever made, the most powerful by far is compassion. But you have to have compassion for yourself before you can have it for anyone else.
One more for the “intriguing relationship teases” file. Holy expository dialogue, Batman, but yes yes yes I love it when Natasha’s compassion is described as a weapon, and when her confidence is revealed as the root of her strengths.
From Klaws of the Panther #4, by Jonathan Maberry and Gianluca Gugliotta.