In the latest issue of Iron Man, Hellcat relived the most hellish moment of her life in order to fully regain her long lost powers.
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Iron Man has gone into space with Hellcat, War Machine, and a spaceship full of B-list heroes. With Iron Man stuck on a mysterious planet, Hellcat had to go through some hell of her own, and it all took place in her mind.
This occurred because Korvac had invaded Hellcat’s mind and tried to use her against Iron Man. Afterwards, the Golden Avenger asked her to break into Korvac’s mind and help him fight back. This resulted in horror as Hellcat fell unconscious and Iron Man disappeared from the spaceship. The latest issue follows Hellcat in her recovery, which takes her back to her most hellish moment.
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Moondragon showed up and helped her former protege regain the psionic powers she once held when she started as a superhero. Hellcat lost those powers when Moondragon took her along with her team, the Defenders, to battle an alien attacking the Earth in Defenders #77 by Steven Grant and Herb Trimpe. Hellcat still had the powers deep inside, but with mental blocks keeping her from utilizing them. To get them back, Moondragon now helped Hellcat relive her past in order to defeat and embrace her fears.
The moment occurred first with Hellcat seeing her ex-husband Daimon asking her to come back to him and saying how much he loves her. She rejected him, saying she won’t go back there, and Daimon responded by saying she was breaking his heart. The next vision saw Hellcat comatose in a bed with her mother and a close friend next to her. In Patsy’s hand was a razor and her mother said she hopes she spares them of her “miserable suffering” and called her wretched filth. This led to her finally embracing her fears and coming back to the real world. That was important because it was her moment with Daimon and her stint in hell that haunted her entire life.
Hellcat and Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan, fell in love when they were both in the Defenders. It was a fun mismatch at the time, with Daimon being the spawn of evil and Hellcat, a bubbly and mostly innocent superhero, often joyful and happy. However, that relationship destroyed Patsy Walker. In Hellstorm: Prince of Lies #3 by Rafael Nieves and Michael Bair, Hellcat’s life fell apart. Daimon lost the Darksoul, which allowed the couple to fall in love and marry. However, as time passed, Daimon learned he would die to the loss of his Darksoul. Patsy called on Daimon’s father, and when he agreed to put the Darksoul in his son to save him, Hellcat saw her husband’s true face. It drove her to madness.
As Hellcat slowly withered away, a being known as Deathurge sought her out in Hellstorm: Prince of Lies #14 by Warren Ellis and Peter Gross, and took her life, allowing her to escape her pain through death. However, she went to Hell and ended up in Mephisto’s realm for years. She remained there until Hawkeye was tricked into rescuing her and bringing her back to Earth in Thunderbolts Annual 2000 #1 by Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley. Since her return, these moments haunted Hellcat, and Moondragon helped her to relive this moment and come to grips with her fears and pain. Once she embraced those fears, Hellcat regained her psionic powers, stronger than ever, no longer with the pain they once caused.
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