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  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    ..Uuuuh.

  • Kid Chaos

    “Is everything O.K.?”
    “Do you have a few hours?”

  • chaosvii

    This is indeed the sort of thing I would do too. Not to show off, but to celebrate.

  • dbmag9

    One of my favourite things about SFP is how we keep reaching plot points where most stories would have the protagonist keep things secret from the world (her original powers, her hearing Moonshadow, flying) and that would be used to create tension and drive the plot along, but instead we keep getting Alison like a sensible human being AND a great plotline.

    • http://mistressdizzy.deviantart.com/ Mistress Dizzy

      We also have Alison making mistakes and acting her age. I love how real she is.

      • Ian Osmond

        Yeah. It’s the difference between “Carrying the idiot ball” and “making mistakes that are appropriate to the character’s personality and level of understanding.” Perfect people are boring, but people who are acting dumber than they ought to be are INFURIATING in fiction. (Real life, too.)

  • David Nuttall

    Yes, she is flying. All she had to do it was break up with the one man she considered a potential boyfriend, who turned out to be so telepathic that his mind is really just an amalgam of everybody around him.

    • Guilherme Carvalho

      I know, right? we’ve all been there.

  • Mystery girl

    I love how real and believable all the characters are. Calling my family first thing after learning I could fly is exactly what I would do, too.

  • Ian Osmond

    … I love Alison’s family. The fact that her father’s response to his daughter learning to fly is to tell her about the possum family in the doghouse is probably one of the reasons that Alison doesn’t leave a trail of corpses of people who annoy her.

    • ampg

      It’s funny how interesting a superhero with a well-adjusted family life turns out to be. Sort of disproves Tolstoy’s quote about all happy families being alike.

      • masterofbones

        I love it when people say that a story proves something wrong. “Once upon a time, there was a human that could flap their arms to fly”.

        This story proves that some humans can flap their arms to fly.

        • ampg

          You’ve missed my point. I’ve seen this quote used in the past to illustrate the idea that stories about happy families are boring, which is what I was trying to get at.

          • smurfton

            The trick seems to be that this story isn’t entirely about her family.

          • Markus

            This is a story about happy families in the same way Pulp Fiction is a story about cheeseburgers. Is there a happy family in the story? Sure, but it’s really not very central to it.

    • Kid Chaos

      They keep her grounded…er, so to speak.

  • Lostman

    Look at previous page top voted comment for this page.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    Might I add that I’m pleasantly surprised that her sister is so supportive and sweet about this development. Glad to see her and Al seem to be all cool now. This just seems terribly sweet. :)

    • Ian Osmond

      Personally, I read a little snark in there — but I think that EVERYBODY is allowed to snark at their sibling a little bit without it being a problem. The smile makes the difference.

    • Markus

      I kinda wish she was a bit more of a dick about it. The salt that kid channeled was a satisfying force of their relationship.

      • http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php/User:Jerden Jerden

        Nah, they discussed that and got over it.

  • Paradoxius

    I’ve kind of been thinking, since the beginning of this part of the story, that Patrick somehow figured that he was holding her back, and has been pushing her away intentionally. There’s really no other reason for him to have acted like he did, since he would have known how she felt about it.

    • http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php/User:Jerden Jerden

      I can think of another reason. He’s a dick. Let’s face it, his instinctive response to getting powers was to become a supervillain.

  • ∫Clémens×ds

    This is totally unrealistic. You expect me to believe you’d have a decent Facetime *anywhere in the world*? I would only accept that if that was one of the powers some kid have.
    “What can you do?”
    “I make Skype, like, really smooth. Everywhere.”

    • Rod

      He was one of the kids with “truly world-changing powers” who was taken out early.

    • http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php/User:Jerden Jerden

      To be honest, I’m unsure of how good phone signals would be that high up, and as they make you turn off phones in aeroplanes, I don’t really have any way to check.
      Logically I should invent a jetpack.

  • ZBass

    Wouldn’t that assume he’d also be able to somehow know that she had a flight ability that could be potentially unlocked? Not sure if we’ve had a hint of his abilities being able to detect that.

    • scottfree

      Well, the “big showdown” where she first confronted Menace, he had dossiers and information about how tons of undiscovered individual’s powers worked, and he knows that someone’s been eliminating them. Either the government killed off all of the world-changing powered people and Patrick hacked their files, or Patrick knows more about who had powers and how they would have worked than anyone else.

      • ZBass

        That’s true, but would there not be a difference between knowing people’s current powers, and having knowledge of what powers they could potentially develop in the future? I gues I assumed the dossiers were an example of the former.

  • ZBass

    Omnipontent? No.
    Omniscient? Yes. I could see him getting to the point where is he able to perfectly comprehend all human beings, but from what we’ve seen he might also become a puppet just made up of the minds of those around him.

    • Sage Catharsis

      oh, so you don’t know what I mean by Zero Point Energy.

      • ZBass

        Umm, not really. I only vaguelly know the concept in term of quantum physics. How were you imagining it to apply to telepathy?

  • Insanenoodlyguy

    Nope. Literally never. Our brains are too wired for violence, we need it in some form. Better fictional then real I’d say. and the day we lose that is the day aliens come and stomp our shit, take our lands, pillage our reasuorces etc.

    • David Nuttall

      Reminds me of the Twilight Zone story “A Small Talent for War”.

  • Rod

    Hmm. You know, that has me leaning more toward the idea that Patrick’s antagonism of Alison was deliberate (whether or not he got a legitimate emotional wake-up call in the midst of it,) and was geared toward having her “level up.” Who knows, his power increase might include being able to detect people’s true power potential.

    • Sage Catharsis

      Yes, that sounds right, being able to see the mind space around one does give one keen insight into what we call hidden potentials.

  • ampg

    So while Molly’s guest comic for Oh Joy Sex Toy may be safe for work, the sidebar ads on the site are most decidedly NOT. Just FYI.

    • ampg

      Should’ve added – I really enjoyed the comic, though!

  • scottfree

    She’s probably shadowing an airliner and mooching its wifi!

  • MrSing

    “No, I just swallowed a seagull.”

  • masterofbones

    To be fair, she was a superhero for years, and has kept a lot of the same mindset. Violence always was enough for her in the past, so she turns to it whenever she is particularly upset.

    It is still a horrible thing, but it makes complete sense from her backstory.

  • JeffH

    It seems to me that if Patrick’s goal was to antagonize her, he wouldn’t have started by giving her a nice present that he couldn’t be sure she wouldn’t open right away.

    I think everyone is giving Patrick too much credit for predicting how that interaction was going to go, when I believe the point of the interaction (from a storytelling perspective) was to show that it absolutely did _not_ go the way he expected it would.

  • Ryan

    Violence was hardly Allison’s “go-to” solution. Patrick had to spend about ten pages goading her into it, knowing full well what he was doing the whole time.

  • Ryan

    I thought they made people turn off their phones on airline flights because they would get a perfect signal on dozens of towers and overwhelm the cell network. (Obsolete now that airliners have onboard micro cells)

    • Kid Chaos

      Only during takeoff and landing.

  • Donald Simmons

    “Everyone knows power ups come from defeating bosses, especially those who hurt your feelings.“

    See: Scott Pilgrim

  • Perlite

    A nice little rest from all the harsh confrontations. But, I’m just waiting for someone to shoot her down, both literally and figuratively.

  • Verdant_Samuel

    Wait if her telepathy works on other things can’t she just make energy for everyone forever a la that one SMBC comic?

    • chaosvii

      Even if that was a plausible route, she wouldn’t do it for the same reason she can’t be at peace with what Feral is doing.

      • Verdant_Samuel

        Why is pushing a lever the same as having yourself cut open? Or am I not understanding your parallel?

  • Dean

    I thought that her eyes were watering from the wind.

    • Ian Osmond

      I thought both of the above, actually.

  • Eric

    Is this the kind of flying that let’s her hover or does she have to be moving at all times?

  • chaosvii

    “When that day comes, perhaps we will be a culture worth talking about.”
    Dude, way to call anthropology a worthless study of things that perpetually fall short of certain philosophical ideals.

    Grown adults grapple with frustration with such frequency that there are entire sub-genres of art in multiple mediums dedicated to expressing rage. The increased sophistication of human society hasn’t exactly excised billions of years of evolutionary pressures for humanity to be violent.
    This sort of thing cannot be meaningfully evaded throughout society without changing the very structure of our brains to physically experience emotions *after* our logic centers are activated. And because it cannot be escaped, there are next to no people on this planet that never feel what it is like to be one step away from being yet another commonplace, horrifying, childish bully.

    Alison does not have to be male nor have a masculine perspective (nor live in those comicbook universes that Pintsize treasures) to find herself in situations where she feels the impulse to wreck stuff as well as people. That is a human feeling, that is a human situation.
    Why would a strong female protagonist feel any other way than to both desire to give in to destructive emotions as well as desire to fulfill the productive emotions?
    What is it about this comic that implies that Alison has transcended these problems that led her to gleefully chain-choke Cleaver while inviting him to another fight?!
    Or to demolish a malfunctioning snack machine?!
    Or to brandish a light-pole to threaten mass-murder upon a peaceful protest of bigots due to a handful of murderous conspirators being among them?! (There was also a matter of reminding everyone that she is impervious to everything they could possibly attempt to do to her. Plus what might qualify as assaulting an officer whilst very clearly resisting arrest).
    At what point in the narrative did it become clear that Alison would have had a grip on all of her anger issues such as to prevent herself from both delivering a casual death threat & chuck a coffee mug at the face of a man that taunted her into levitating with rage?!

    When will we ever be a culture that finds momentary hurts & emotional issues to be devoid of drama and the associated flawed behavior that people engage in?!
    When will Loony Tunes be looked upon as a product of a bygone era made by emotion-addled humans that needed to laugh at the inherent absurdity of acting against our own interests due to a transient thing like being pissed off?!

  • http://opusthepoet.wordpress.com/ Opus the Poet

    Looking at the OJST comic it looks like Jack is the model for Patrick.

  • paksenarrion-reader

    Please, please tell me she’s not going to come crashing down as soon as the inital euphoria passes. Her family would have a collective heart attack. And think of the property damage!

  • http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php/User:Jerden Jerden

    He’s not dead. But ironically, he forgot everything he just learned about time travel physics.