So much for taking it easy.
Aaaand now we discover that the independent illusions can be active (“Mary” is lying down now instead of sitting.)
This is getting worse and worse.
I have a feeling that this will make the confrontation very difficult. For example, Furnace get thrown off the dam by Moonshadow. Alison reluctantly swoops down to save the asshole, superman style, because that’s what heroes do.
BUT IT’S AN ILLUSION! The twist!
Aaah, flying is so pratical !
Good job Alison has a sat-nav on her phone. Before they were invented, I guess flying heroes would have to whip out a map and a compass and a long piece of string from their utility belts, and work out how many degrees from north to fly in, and hope that they don’t miss it.
Nice touch for the search results to include a headline showing Furnace has done some actual sperheroic things (rescuing the marines).
Photo in the bottom right of the big panel shows Moonshadow has some issues with Allison.
FYI, the Tyson Dam is in southwestern Idaho.
I’m gonna make a series of called shots so people can make fun of me when I’m wrong:
Moonshadow is going to try and firebomb the dam apart, while using a Furnace illusion to make it look like he did it. She’s doing this to defame him, because in spite of being a shitburglar he’s squeaky clean in the eyes of the law.
Moonshadows knife has some way of getting past Alison’s invulnerability. She also tries some sort of psychological torture on Alison because she spent sixty bucks on a bulk container of illusions at costco and god dammit if she isn’t getting her monies worth.
Alison’s going to successfully stop Moonshadow in a way that makes it very public and very obvious that she’s the slasher. MS is going to be publicly tried and the case is either going to end with her getting a Martha Stewart sentence or with her getting the book thrown at her. Either way, her reputation is shot and her cause is publicly sullied, to the detriment of victims of sexual assault everywhere.
Assuming the bridge isn’t destroyed in the confrontation, Alison and Furnace are both going to receive a pretty positive PR bump from the whole thing, but the news spin on the situation is going to lead to one of them having their opinions overwritten by the other in the public eye.
Pat never turns himself in, and if need be vanishes back into the underworld, both because he’s a very psychoemotionally weak person and because Alison heaped verbal and physical abuse on him. Shockingly, a man who has lived the majority of life with extreme disparity in his relationships doesn’t believe in quid pro quo.
Hector isn’t seen or heard from again for at least another chapter and a half, because he has the narrative complexity of moldy wood.
I object to the last point… mouldy wood is quite complex, if disgusting.
Never understatement crazy or stupid.
First guess: I don’t feel like Moonshadow would destroy a dam to defame Furnace. She has been pretty precise about who she targets in the past.
Second guess: I don’t think that will happen. Moonshadow doesn’t want to fight Alison, she wants to murder dudes. If confronted by Alison I think she’ll go invisible and walk away.
Third guess: Maybe? Several subguesses in this one. I’d say Yes, Alison will successfully stop Moonshadow. I’d say No, the way she’s stopped doesn’t make it obvious that she’s the slasher. I’m thinking No to Moonshadow being publicly tried. If she goes to jail the guards will murder her. Yes to her reputation being shot, mass murder will do that. Yes to it being to the detriment of those she’s trying to help, no one is ever happy when someone else commits mass murder on their behalf.
Fourth guess: I doubt Alison and Furance receive positive PR from this. I think Alison stops Moonshadow, either killing her or turning her in (whereupon she’d be killed), Furnace is probably dead before she shows up.
Fifth guess: I don’t think Pat turns himself in, but I think events overtake the situation before Alison can get angry with him about it. My guess is that the remainder of the story takes place in the time before his time limit.
Sixth guess: I don’t know if we’ll see Hector again for a while.
Well I hope Alison kept her phone charged this time around, she’s got quite a ways to fly!
When Alison logs into Google Navigation, she has icons for Car, Walk, Bike, Public Transport, and Flying like a Damn Eagle.
Alison is probably the only person who actually gets use out of the compass app.
I put the numbers into Google Maps. Not entirely sure what the significance of it is, though.
Furnace’s mother’s grave, perhaps?
Also, she kinda has a good relationship with gov higher-ups. She could probably get some sort of exemption.
I like the various predictions here, but I feel like they’re not entirely in keeping with Moonshadow’s usual approach. Doesn’t she tend to just move in invisibly and kill people quickly? Rather than trying to ruin their reputations?
Yes, but most of the people we know she’s killed have had tarnished reputations already. Here, she’s apparently taking on someone who’s still widely viewed as a hero and we know she took him alive so naturally there’s speculation about what her motive must be.
The wiki article says above 60,000 feet, so I think she’s okay.
Nah, Mary’s gone way off the deep end. What we have here is a Chekov’s dam – its purpose is to collapse. Unless Allison can stop it, of course.
Allison did take pictures before jetting off into the distance, yeah? Would illusions even show up on cameras?
Given that Mary has apparently fooled the government surveillance on her apartment, it seems that they do.
Especially since her handler ordered her not to fly until the risks were better understood.
Thank you! I’m surprised more people haven’t pointed that out.
It almost makes me wonder if we haven’t misread this situation. Assuming Moonshadow isn’t trying to kill Furnace, she could be trying to save him. A Google search for “Furnace missing” makes more sense in the context of a rescue.
It would be an interesting twist.
The alt text of the page where Furnace got captured said “Mary’s taser only works in moments of dramatic irony.” Not much chance that he was kidnapped by someone other than her.
Now, wait just a dam minute!