Vanessa Fisk (Marvel)
Real Name: Vanessa Marianna Fisk
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She is the wife of Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. She loves him deeply, but disagrees with his ways of crime. Vanessa split up with Wilson Fisk, although she returned to New York when she found out her son, Richard Fisk had tried to kill her husband. Furious, she killed Richard and took Kingpin away to recuperate.
In the pages of Daredevil, with Kingpin in prison, Vanessa was revealed as Daredevil's mysterious manipulator since writer Ed Brubaker took over. Slowly dying from the effects of killing her own son, Vanessa had constructed an elaborate revenge plot on Daredevil, who, along with Kingpin, she blamed for the death of Richard. She offered to clear Matt Murdock of the allegations that he was Daredevil, as long as he would fight in court to free Kingpin, so the next life Kingpin ended would be upon Matt's head. Daredevil declined the offer, but Vanessa had the FBI director who outed Matt killed, faking suicide with a note left confessing to framing Matt, and has set the second stage of the plan in motion, the object of which was Daredevil's death.
Vanessa Fisk was the wife of New York's most powerful crime lord, Wilson Fisk. They had a child, Richard. The Kingpin's family usually took a back seat to whatever Wilson was doing. Richard, embittered by this neglect, made several attempts on his father's empire and his life as both the Schemer and as the original Rose.
In spite of extramarital affairs, most notably with Typhoid Mary, Wilson Fisk's Achilles heel seems to have been his wife. Vanessa's mental health deteriorated as a result of the conflict within her family, and at one point, she disappeared into the underground community belonging to the King, a brutal man who resembled her husband in stature. Daredevil rescued Vanessa and returned her to her husband.
Richard failed again and again to destroy his father's underground empire. However, an attack by Echo left the senior Fisk blinded. A gangster named Sammy Silke convinced Richard, as well as Wilson's most trusted employees, to assassinate the Kingpin. Thought to be dead by many, Wilson was in the care of his personal doctor and a man named Dini. Vanessa learned that her son took part in his assassination and shot him in cold blood after telling him he was a endless disappointment to her.
Wilson Fisk recovered and had Silke killed. Sometime later, he was incarcerated and sentenced to serve time at Ryker's Island Prison. Humiliated, Vanessa disappeared. She reappeared some time later, after arranging for Matt Murdock to escape from Ryker's using the blind hero, Tombstone, and a new version of the Matador, as if it were a game of chess, as she later explained. Confronting Daredevil, Vanessa told Matt he had two choices: he could get Wilson out of jail as the Kingpin's attorney, or she would reveal to the media that he was Daredevil, and will release photos of Daredevil in Europe while Danny Rand was currently impersonating Daredevil back in New York. Murdock choose to not participate in Vanessa's games. She cleared thing up with Matt's Daredevil situation a, knowing he will set Kingpin free. She committed suicide shortly after, and though Wilson Fisk was unable to attend her funeral, he mourned her nonetheless.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #70
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Captain America (1968)
#147 Crossover Classics (1991)
- 'And Behind The Hordes Of Hydra...'
#170 Daredevil (1998)
- 'The Kingpin Must Die!'#171
- 'In The Kingpin's Clutches'#172
- 'The Damned'#186
- 'Grease Is The Word'#500
- 'The Return of the King, Conclusion'#595
#29 Daredevil by Ed Brubaker Saga (2008)
- 'Underboss: Part 4'#30
- 'Underboss: Part 5'#31
- 'Underboss: Part 6'#32
- 'Out: Part 1'#36
- 'Out: Part 5'#89
- 'The Devil Takes a Ride, Part 1'#92
- 'The Devil Takes a Ride, Part 4'#93
- 'The Devil Takes a Ride, Conclusion'#116
- 'Return of the King: Prologue: On the Costa da Morte'
Daredevil/Elektra: Love and War (2003)
HC DC/Marvel (1996)
- 'Daredevil/Elektra: Love and War'
#16 Free Comic Book Day 2016 (Captain America) (2016)
- 'Batman & Spider-Man'
John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (2011)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
#24 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Daredevil: Love and War'
HC vol. 04 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Daredevil 2004 (2004)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'TPB vol. 04
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
Savage Wolverine (2013)
#63 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'If This Be My Destiny!'
#70 The Amazing Spider-Man (2015)
- 'Spider-Man: Wanted!'#83
- 'The Coming Of ... The Schemer!'#84
- 'The Kingpin Strikes Back!'#85
- 'And Now... The Secret Of The Schemer!'#164
- 'The Kingpin's Midnight Massacre!'#285
- 'The Arranger Must Die!'#286
- 'Thy Father's Son'#288
- 'Gang War Rages On!'
#19 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Before Dead No More Part Four: "Change of Heart"'
#82 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Crime & Punishment!'#95
- 'The Dagger at the End of the Tunnel!'#96
- 'The Final Answer!'#100
- 'The Wages of Sin'
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