thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2010 Series No. 77 - Victoria Hand

TRDL 2010 Series No. 77 - Victoria Hand

TRDL 2010 Series No. 77 - Victoria Hand

This illustration was done for the TRDL Art Jam. The subject this time: S.H.I.E.L.D. / H.A.M.M.E.R./ Avengers agent Victoria Hand.

Victoria Hand remains one of the few characters in mainstream comics that maintains a non-supered state. For awhile, we had a number of these well-designed, complex characters floating around in the books by the big guys: normal humans dealing with powers in a superhero world, but it didn’t last: Crispus and Renee in GCPD became superheroes. Lois Lane of course jumps in costume every few years, as does Jimmy. Lex Luthor pilots a purple and green armored suit, against his own character concept. They threaten to give Barbara Gordon a way to jump around in tights again, and frankly, at Marvel, we’re down to Foggy, Dakota and a few Daily Bugle staffers… but Victoria has spent most of her time as a SHIELD/HAMMER agent in a business suit. Sure, it’s a sexy business suit, and she does have that neat hair striping, and sure, she carries a big gun when necessary, but for the most part, she’s fun because she’s the normal human unafraid to stand up to the powerhouses of the Marvel Universe. For my pic, I’ve given her the Third Rail Thrills pin-up treatment, but I threw the Goblin Glider in there to acknowledge the business relationship that put her on the map.

Please enjoy.

Update: Of course, it's been a few years now since this was done, and her role, and fate, both in the comics and on Agents of SHIELD, ended a bit differently than it started. Still love the character though. 

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