Now, here’s the question:
Will she catch herself, with or without thinking, saving herself a fall but revealing at least one of those “new powers”?
Or will she force herself to fall (into something she can’t see), or be too startled to remember she can fly now, potentially putting herself at a disadvantage (that Mary has planned for) but keeping the nature of her new ability a surprise?
I think she’ll just fall a bit. It’s not like it will hurt her (SEE: Alison testing her super-strength earlier in this comic), and I don’t think that she’s got the flying thing down pat. Not exactly a knee-jerk reflex, y’know?
I am thinking that she reaches behind her with her left hand and grabs the bottom of the door, which turns her around to face the wall. Even if you are pretty tough, blindly falling into an unknown space is not usually good strategy.
I’d go with this. Alison’s had her strength and invulnerability for years, whereas the flight is new. This has probably happened to her before, and as adept as Alison has proven to be with her previously-used skills and powerset, she should grab for the ledge behind her out of simple habit/training… or really, just jamming her fist into the wall while falling would also work, if done quickly enough.
I wonder if she’s properly invulnerable to electricity shocks, and wether there are the barrage’s transformers somewhere below.
Hahaha, you just fell for my TRAP CARD !!
*Closes door behind me*
Heh. Many years ago, at Jimmy’s in New Orleans, i was heading backstage to hang with some friends who’d just played a set, and it was dark enough that i didn’t notice that the steps down next to the stage were only half the width of the space next to the stage.
I stepped on empty space where i thought the middle step was.
Luckily i was a lot younger and fitter than i am now…
But now you are wiser, or at least you should be.
The last panel also represents Alison’s emotional state when she hears they’re redesigning Chucks.
It’s pretty easy to justify whatever you want. We did see Alison kill a guy before (that hospital riot thing) and threaten a bunch of angry civilians. It would be very easy to say “Everyone is guilty of something.”
Or she might just figure it’s worth it to take out Alison so she can continue hunting down criminals.
Of course, that all presumes she’s actually trying to maintain some moral code, as opposed to simply acting on emotion… in which case, she likely wouldn’t care one whit about killing Alison anyway.
Stairs could have been broken or destroyed previously.
my gut reaction says that the false stairwell was there to catch a non-biodynamic individual who realized that a door was no longer there.
Mary’s not dumb.
You know, one thing my wife still gripes about is a tabletop RPG she was in years ago. It was a superhero game with random power generation; I can’t remember which one. Anyway, one of the other players rolled up a character with REALLY POWERFUL mental illusions — could 100% change the perceptions of people.
And the guy who got it just couldn’t figure out useful ways to use it, and got all upset because his character was useless in combat. This was so aggravating to my wife, who kept suggesting things like “slope the floor ten degrees. Move the staircase three feet to the left. Make the land outside the windows go up and down like waves and make the guy seasick. Come ON — at least BLOCK THE GUY’S LINE OF SIGHT.”
She offered to trade characters with the guy, but the GM wouldn’t let them. Mainly because he realized that my wife would have used the character so effectively that it would make the rest of the players superfluous.
Yep. This is why, even with fully intact invulnerability, Alison is really in serious trouble here. Let’s just hope Mary can’t attach her independent illusions to physical objects, only locations….
“clone” the party, 4 times, swords everywhere but the enemy doesn’t know which ones are real.
High pitched incredibly loud noise. At that point the only benefit of not really hearing it is hearing damage, but still has cringe effect.
If tactile senses, have their armor heat up red hot. No skin damage doesn’t help much when it feels like you’re on fire.
Even if it dissipates upon contact (because you can only trick the eyes, but the brain still says “We didn’t touch anything”), it’s STILL a super useful power.
There’s a reason why Mastermind is such a terrifying supervillain for the X-Men. It doesn’t matter if that tiger is ACTUALLY biting you. Your brain is still telling you “OH NO, A TIGER!”
Jeez, even with super basic illusion projection I’d be able to make one hell of a Crowd Control hero for a tabletop game.
I’ve seen similar things — catwalks that have rusted away and fallen down, for instance.
Could just be that this is one of several rooms modified to help deal with Alison (or whoever comes looking.)
I like how in the second to last panel there’s shading on Alison’s step but none on the illusion stairs. a subtle clue
And in panel three, Alison’s shadow falls on the floor in front of her but not on the stairs just beyond the doorway.
Just the jolt she needs to start thinking three-dimensionally. Useful for flying as well.
If you want to get down
I’m gonna show you the way
There it isn’t!
Mary’s always one step ahead of the opposition; or two or three.
So, they’re actually going to have to learn to willfully use their powers now, instead of them just subconsciously happening?
Or she was making small talk to distract her from the stairs.
Haha, this guy nailed it: http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-5/page-133/#comment-2148442791
Which guy? Could it be…me?
Ha, the one I was thinking of was dragon, but I think I remember you saying something similar.
Mary seems to have at least SOME resources. She could either have simple had a section of catwalk walled off to look like a “doorway” with nothing outside of it, or a section of stairs/catwalk taken out with the same effect.
She already hate’s Allison. And Clevin himself is a pretty good indicator of sliding morality, or at least a willingness to go outside the scope of her targets to continue her work. Not to mention Allison is clearly after her at this point, I mean this is twice she’s shown up and she’s clearly and deliberately looking for her this time.