Real Name: Petra
Identity/Class: Human; Russian citizen
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Nikki (Captain Lubyev)
formerly Colonel Vasilievich Pyotr Starkovsky
Enemies: Black Widow (Yelena Belova), Detective Val Dobrova, Detective Maksim Kushikov Golitsyn, Colonel Vasilievich Pyotr Starkovsky
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Fabrika, near Staroprivoskiy Prospekt, Moscow
First Appearance: Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#1 (June 2002)
Powers/Abilities: Petra has no superhuman powers, but she is exceptionally strong and savage. She strikes with lethal force before most of her opponents expect any sort of assault. She uses knives and guns, both of which she refers to as her Widow's Bite.
She has deviant sexual habits which I'm not going to get into here.
Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair: Brown, dyed Blond
(Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#2 (fb) - BTS / #3 (fb) - BTS) - Colonel Starkovsky, mentor to Yelena Belova, the future Black Widow, grew increasingly attracted to his student as she matured. He was also frustrated that she continued to be unwilling to accept the role of the Black Widow, believing herself to be inadequate and inferior to her predecessor. Unwilling to allow himself to show his attraction to his loyal student, Starkovsky instead began to attend the Fabrika fetish sex club. Starkovsky eventually had the mistress of Fabrika, Nikki (secretly G.R.U. Captain Lubyev), arrange for a lookalike of Yelena to wear the Black Widow costume and satisfy his lusts, both masochistic and sexual. Nikki picked Petra, and Starkovsky shared every detail about Yelena to Petra, including government secrets.
Eventually Petra came to use the Black Widow costume and persona with other clients.
(Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#1 (fb) - BTS / 3(fb) - BTS) - Petra eventually became psychotic and came to believe that she was the real Black Widow. Petra killed Starkovsky during one of their...sessions.
(Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#1) - Petra was in mid-dominatrix session with another client when Nikki interrupted, revealing Petra's existence to Belova.
(Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#2) - Belova kicked Petra aside, initially believing her client to be Starkovsky. Later, Petra slew Detective Golitsyn when he came to Fabrika to try to continue the investigation.
(Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#3) - Petra slew Detective Dobrova when she followed up on Golitsyn, and Yelena and Nikki discovered the dead Golitsyn upon investigating Petra's quarters. Petra knocked out Nikki and savagely attacked Yelena, trying to force her to admit that Petra was the true Black Widow. However, Yelena was strengthened by her desire to avenge Starkovsky and she fought back, breaking Petra's neck.
Comments: Created by Greg Rucka and Igor Kordey.
Mom and Dad, don't let your kids read Pale Little Spider. It is a MAX title, and there are plenty of things in there I'm not going to mention in the relatively PG site.
I'm not 100% certain about the ending of Pale Little Spider. How much of the whole scenario was planned by Lubyev and Tischenko is unclear.
Profile by Snood.
She should be distinguished from:
Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#1, last page
Black Widow: Pale Little Spider#2-3 (July - August 2002) - Greg Rucka (writer), Igor Kordey (artist), Stuart Moore (editor)
Last updated: 08/30/04
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