Synopsis for “Fathers and Daughters”
Patsy Walker, the Hellcat, travels to Greentown, Ohio, in search of her father, Josh Walker. She meets an old friend of his named Eddie Felder, who worked with Josh for several years. Felder says that Josh never talked about his past, but he was a good man who just quit his job and left town one day. Felder claims that he hasn’t seen Josh since then. Patsy later runs into a man calling himself Nicholas Eblis, who invites her to stay at a boarding house where he lives. But Eblis turns out to be Satan in disguise, who tells Patsy that if she is seeking her father, she has found him. Hellcat fights off some demons and confronts Eblis, punching him repeatedly until she finds herself becoming the demonic Hellcat that Satan had previously transformed her into.
Hellcat fights off her rage and rejects her darker self, proving that she is not Satan’s daughter. Satan explains that he and his other forms of Mephisto, Thog, Asmodeus, and Satannish are all manifestations of the evil that lurks within the hearts of all mankind. Satan also explains that all men have their own “personal devil.” It was this personal devil that Satan transformed Hellcat into, and it was this devil that she overcame today. Satan also tells Hellcat that she has the potential to transcend normal perception and see life as it truly is on every level. Hellcat asks why an entity of evil like Satan would tell her all this, and he responds that he is one with mankind’s collective subconscious—including their good—and that the darkness and the light are intertwined.
Satan then points out that Hellcat’s journey through the darkness has made her a better person. When Patsy asks why Satan singled her out, he reveals that it is because she was essential to his plan to recapture and then liberate his son’s soul—because she was the only one who taught the Son of Satan how to love. On a hunch, Hellcat returns to Felder’s apartment, where she finds him with her father. Removing her mask, Patsy reveals her true identity and reunites with her father. Josh explains that he walked out on Patsy because her mother was too domineering. Without his wife’s money, Josh had little to offer his daughter when he left, but he has since remarried and has a farm along with a new wife and family, whom Patsy looks forward to meeting.
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