28, 29, 30. The Rustinova Sisters

Three separate drawings of women in different styles: one in a pantsuit for a special event, one in a green suit and fedora brandishing a semiautomatic rifle and one looking cute in mori kei style

28, 29, 30. The Rustinova Sisters

Maddy, Betty and Dani Rustinov (officially Magdalena, Elizabet and Daniila Rustinova, but being American-born, they do not use Russian stylings for their names) are insane, amoral and hazardous to even be acquainted with. They are, however, people you want on your side and not on your enemy’s side. As freelance enforcers, they will lend their muscle, firepower and ingenuity in inflicting pain and injury to whoever offers the most interesting project. While large sums of money are necessarily involved in contracting them, they do not care about it; what they want is jobs that don’t bore them and that they haven’t done before. Please do note that in the pursuit of those jobs, they are ruthless and frequently leave a trail of carnage and destruction. And if the other side of a proposed project is more interesting to them, you may want to consider abandoning the project before it’s too late.

Speaking of abandoning a project, I considered doing that here over the past few days but decided instead to wrap it up early with this threefer. My comics work has started to demand more of me.

I’ve had these three in my head for a while as potential characters for Tess Durban in case Tess and friends ever needed backup. A range of influences go into these three, from the Dutch humorous spy comic Agent 327, through Terry Pratchett’s Agony Aunts, to The Blacklist. Until now, though, I did not know what they were supposed to look like – young, old, sexy, inconspicuous, gangster-like, and so on. For a brief moment I considered basing their appearance on The Golden Girls, and they may yet turn up in the comic looking like that. But these versions could also work: three sisters who look nothing like one another in face, body and dress style.