A/N: So Chie @daethberry finally got me losing my mind enough over an Anastasia royai au to actually put something down for it. In exchange, she’s giving me Mustang-pining angst <3 This is my artistic retelling of the infamous angsty boat scene from the animated movie Anastasia (you all know the one) but with Royai. Enjoy!
Riza stretched and turned in her bottom bunk bed, the swaying of the ship lulling her into a strange sleep. She couldn’t hear the raging storm rocking the boat and pelting the windows with rain, flashes of lightning illuminating the tumultuous seas. All she knew was the feel of the crisp sunshine of an afternoon day, and a young boy with golden hair beckoning her forward. She laughed and waved, and the boy joyfully ran off down a simple dirt path, giggling as he went.
The former orphan couldn’t see the strange mystical creatures coming to coax her out of bed, a deadly intent clouding their otherwise otherworldly simplicity. She couldn’t know the evil wishes of the man called Kimblee, the one intent on murdering the last of the Hawkeye royal line. All she could sense was a strange feeling of curiosity mixed with familiarity. The boy seemed like someone she remembered, from a far away place. A simpler time. A happier time.
Laura is a test-tube daughter of Wolverine. (I know the comics say she’s a “clone,” but… no. That’s not how cloning works. You can’t clone someone and have them not only change genders but not even have the same eyes and number of claws? But that’s a different rant.)
Now, after Marvel decided to kill off Wolverine, Laura has stepped into the “Wolverine” name. And I mean… listen, I don’t have a problem with people taking up mantles of fallen heroes. (I mean, Kate-Hawkeye is my favorite! C’mon!) But she did MUCH better when she was X-23 and not trying to BE Logan.
Her X-23 stories were her OWN. A lot of the Laura-as-Wolverine is writing her as a rehashed Logan. They even changed her speaking patterns. (She used to have trouble with contractions and now she’s all growly Wolvie?) I don’t have a problem with shared names, but I do have a problem with not letting your characters be their own people.
Laura was in the “Logan” movie and is very popular right now with moviegoers, but considering how much I love the original Wolverine, it’s really hard to ignore that Laura is getting the shaft because they’re trying to make her him instead of making her LAURA. (This is why Kate works so well. She’s not Clint. She’s NOT. They don’t try to write her as girl-Clint, which is what a lot of the writers for Laura do.)
Part of the problem is that there’s not much of a consensus between the writers on her actual personality? So a lot of her stuff either falls flat or could EASILY be written for Logan and swapped out, and you just don’t want to do that to a character. You CAN’T have your characters be interchangeable. They can’t survive that way and hope to stand up to a longtime comic staple like Wolverine.
Now, having read the issue with her in it, it DOES look like they’re addressing a lot of those issues and trying to give her a softer, funnier Wolverine, and they’ve introduced a little sister sort of dynamic with her fellow clone, Gabby, which I am SUPER digging.
But the truth of the matter is, I like Gabby more than I like Laura. I like Gabby-Laura sisterly affection, but that’s so far the only thing that Laura has going for her, at least from what I’ve seen. Admittedly, I haven’t read all of her stuff because I get so turned off by the lack of originality.
I WANT Laura to succeed, because I want more women in comics. But she needs to do that as her own person. And until we get people writing her that know how to give her a personality that isn’t Logan-lite, that’s not going to happen.
tldr: That’s who Laura is. As for if we like her… well. We don’t HATE her. We just wish she was being used to her full potential instead of as a stand-in for a well-loved Marvel staple.
fma meme: 2/3 favorite female characters ↳ Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye
My queen, Roy’s queen, everybody’s queen, let’s be real. The Hawk’s eye, as she’s not really creatively known, is a kind woman, loyal friend, more than competent at her job and a sharpshooter extraordinaire. It took me less than five seconds to know she was going to be one of my favorites and she didn’t let me down, not even once.
I feel like all of Shield has such as soft spot for their defrosted Capsicle, and they’re all trying to shepherd him into the modern era… Steve’s gotten used to it, you know? People are always willing to help him.