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  • Kid Chaos

    Believe it or not, I’m walking on air,
    I never thought I could feel so free
    Flying away on a wing and a prayer
    Who could it be?
    Believe it or not, it’s just me
    –Theme from “The Greatest American Hero”

    • Mystery girl

      Oh. I guess I should have scrolled down before I posted my latest comment. Whoops!

  • Subbak

    Fourth panel had me worried that she somehow had lost her flight power after calming down, and was going to crash in a busy street and possibly kill people.

  • Perlite

    So it seems like she was planning to jump around until she realized that she wasn’t dropping back down. So glad she takes these things in stride, though.

  • Skylar Green

    This page proves my theory that self-propelled flight, like ice cream, is impossible to stay sad while you’re partaking in it.

  • joecrouse

    i believe i can fly

  • Background Character

    Well she oddly completely unconcerned about the sudden new powers.

  • Thomas Woods

    and not concentrating on the fact your or flying or worse thinking you cant be flying because suddenly you will be right

    – Douglas Adams (heavily paraphrased)

  • Catnik

    Maybe she has a telekinetic aura/bubble around her? That, plus force of her “wake” could blast a hole. Otherwise, imagine the bugs in teeth effect….

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Rather, she never realised she could.

    But… yeah, the cloud thing…
    hmm.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    Heh, I agree.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    I needed this after the last couple pages.

  • chaosvii

    You’re still you Alison, and all that this entails.
    Change is inevitable, but growth is up to you.

  • David

    In a lot of comics…especially the X-Men comics…emotional stress is always the trigger for new found abilities.

  • Ryan

    Her life has had a lot of ups and downs lately.

  • Nathaniel Stalberg

    Wow, the alt text on this comic: http://sfp.nsch.co/issue-4/page-33-2/
    Well played.

    • Kid Chaos

      “Don’t be greedy. It wouldn’t be fair if you had invulnerablity, super-strength, AND flight. No one would want to read that story. Right?”

  • Mystery girl

    Believe it or not, I’m walkin’ on air! Never thought I could feel so free-ee-ee! Flyin’ away ooon a wing and a prayer, who could it be? Believe it or not, it’s just meeeee!

    • Kid Chaos

      We’re flying, not walking, on featherless wings
      We can hold on to love, like invisible things
      –“I’m Going To Go Back There Someday” (from “The Muppet Movie”)

  • Mystery girl

    Unless they evacuate out of Earth’s atmosphere.

    • Rich McGee

      Again, the assumption that she requires air is probably incorrect. If she was vulnerable to gas or suffocation it would have come up during her superhero career. You can’t do burning building rescues without supplementary oxygen if you need to breathe, and some supervillain (most likely one of Menace’s people or robots) would surely have tried gas on her at some point.

      • Mystery girl

        Superman did that sort of thing all the time, and he still needs air. He can just hold his breath for a phenomenal amount of time.

        • masterofbones

          Which essentially means that he doesn’t need air unless the plot demands it.

        • fairportfan

          At one time (the Mort Weisenger/Wayne Boring days and later) that was something they Just Didn’t Talk About. And there was the time he flew inside the Sun and moved it by pushing against its semi-solid core…

          (Yes, i’m old enough to have read those when they were first published.)

  • Some guy

    You see why Alison is terrible? She gets all emotional, and then starts damaging clouds. She truly is the villain in this comic.

  • Lostman

    All hail Kid Chaos

  • Rich McGee

    Unknown, but unlikely. If she was vulnerable to gas attacks and suffocation it probably would have come up during her Mega-Girl career. She fought a lot of supervillains, and she must have done some blazing inferno rescues as well.

  • Rich McGee

    Her eyes should be nearly as invulnerable as the rest of her. Tears from wind resistance those aren’t – and she was crying just before she took off.

  • Oren Leifer

    Don’t worry, this isn’t “Worm”. We won’t have the problem of people hitting each others’ triggers to devolve super-human abilities into conflict.

    • Rod

      *shudder*

      (I’m nearing the end of that web serial, and all I’ll say is… holy crap!)

    • Meghan

      I just started Worm. How bad does it get? I don’t mind some darkness to my stories, but not too much. I have a hard time reading Game of Thrones or the Walking Dead.

      • Insanenoodlyguy

        It’s not GOT tier with rape and torture everywhere, but not everybody’s going to survive this no.

      • Oren Leifer

        It’s got more of “a million is a statistic” than “everyone dies”. And it manages to get lighter for the main characters over time/a much less personal darkness than it begins with.

      • Taulsn

        I’d say not too bad but I’m biased as I love Worm. I haven’t read Walking Dead, and it’s darkness is very much different from GoT. I still recommend reading all of it it’s awesome. (I am also biased in that I’m friends with Wildbow, and he’s pretty cool too.)

      • Rod

        Well… if you prefer happy endings full of closure, you’re going to be disappointed. That said, this is one of those stories where, despite the taste it sometimes leaves, it’s still intriguing just for the actual action and plot resolutions. Very well written.

  • Kid Chaos

    Just what I always wanted!

  • Jace911

    I can’t help but notice how Alison learns how to fly…right after escaping from what was shaping up to be a very bad (Possibly abusive?) relationship.

    seewhatyoudidthere.jpg

  • Ryan

    So you think Patrick was just grinding for EXP?

    • He certainly levelled up in asshole.

  • Ryan

    No, they’re disappointed at the loss of business.

  • Ryan

    Does your clothing get drenched on foggy days?

    • Rich McGee

      I’ve flown through a cloudbank in a light aircraft with an open cockpit. Her clothes and hair should be soaking wet in short order – but judging by her superfights, I think we can assume her invulnerability extends at least in part to her outfits and she just sheds water better than a duck, probably aided by the bow wave of compressed air in front of her. She looks like she’s going quite a bit faster than the beat up old cropduster I was riding in.

      • Ryan

        From random googling, it seems that whether or not you get wet is largely dependent on how big the water droplets in the cloud are. You can get wet running through dense fog, and you can fly through a thin cloud and stay dry, and vice versa. (I wasn’t able to find an authoritative source for this, just a bunch of anecdotes from skydivers and glider pilots on random Q&A sites.)

        • Rich McGee

          Sounds reasonable. I’ve gotten kind of damp just walking through fog in the past, but it certainly doesn’t always happen. Maybe some meteorologist can chime in on the subject? Seems like their field.

  • Ryan

    If Batman Can Breathe in Space, I’m sure Alison can too. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BatmanCanBreatheInSpace

  • Gryphonic

    Huh. If reading this right, she isn’t free-flying the way modern Supes does. She’s still propelling herself off the ground like she did when merely super-jumping, but now it looks to work by using her new TK-radius to push against earth’s surface. Panel 3 was her suddenly exceeding the range she can continue exerting upward force, and lost momentum and dropped some distance in 4 and 5. Then she was low enough to ‘push off’ again, and realized she can angle her momentum to vault over that boundary the way dolphins can leap over waves again and again.

    I’d be cheering too at that sensation!

    Alt version: This is Peter Pan mechanics. She stopped flying because she started crying. Then she remembered flying feels awesome and everything was fine again. 😛

    • Rich McGee

      Maybe. She might also just have lost her concentration for a moment out of the sheer novelty of it all, then caught herself after a momentary drop. Certainly still new at this.

    • Rod

      Perhaps, but that seems to really be reading a lot into it. I’d wager she just lost her concentration or “slipped” for a second, then resumed her flight.

    • Mechwarrior

      She has a telekinetic pogo stick?

  • Rich McGee

    Missed that. Does seem like it’s talking about Cleaver, but it might apply to Alison as well. If so she’s got a pretty huge vulnerability, and it’s surprising that a genius supervillain didn’t find a way to exploit it. Gas attacks don’t have to be toxins or germs – there are fire suppression agents that could easily leave her with no oxygen to breathe, especially in a confined area (ie indoors). Some of them (CO2, for ex) are colorless and odorless to boot, so they can really sneak up on you.
    If she is reliant on a more or less normal metabolism, holding her breath for even a few minutes while exerting herself is pretty much the upper limit. That’s not much time in a crisis.

  • Kid Chaos

    “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s…Frosty the Snowman?

  • Ryan

    I’m pretty sure Patrick’s office just now was the first time she flew. She didn’t seem surprised because she was busy being pissed off at Patrick. And her pure enjoyment on this page is indicative of a first time flying.

  • Kid Chaos

    “Hey, Mom & Dad, check this out!!!”

  • Johan

    … Is she really flying or just jumping very high?
    Either way, it looks fun 🙂

    • Kid Chaos

      Up, up, and awayyy! 🙂

      • Johan

        It’s not a plane, it’s not a bird !!! It’s the goddamn MegaGirl !!!!!

        • Kid Chaos

          The Goddamn Batman: Hey, that’s my line!

    • Mechwarrior

      She’s falling… with style.

      • Johan

        She’s awesome that way ^^

  • MrSing

    This is the happiest I’ve ever seen someone after they just had a fight and are on their way to confront a serial killer.
    And I’ve seen that happen a lot.

  • Jonathon Side

    Psssh. She’s not Batman.

  • Jack Lostthenames Warren

    gosh. gorgeous, gorgeous work. go Molly!!

  • Kid Chaos

    I think it’s #1; Patrick is good, but he’s not *that* good.

  • fairportfan

    Wish I could fly like Superman (Originally, Superman jumped, too – that’s the “leap tall buildings in a single bound” bit, but when the Fleischer Brothers began animating him, it looked silly {like a Big Blue Kangaroo}. so they changed it to flying. At least one of the early Fleischer cartoons show him “leaping a tall building” as part of the intro…)

    https://youtu.be/mnrq0wzO5Hw