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  • Kid Chaos

    What a shocking turn of events!

    • CanuckAmuck

      Watt are you talking about?

      • Pol Subanajouy

        Took me a second, then I chuckled.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    This made me want to reread her exchange with Professor Cohen back when he decried her for criticizing Nietzsche, accusing her of being the Übermensch herself. It’s pretty much the same accusation, except I think Mary cuts Alison a little deeper oddly enough because she’s making it more prosaic. Yes, she is not invincible from uncertainty and doubt nor is she in complete control of her destiny. That’s one of the conceits of this comic. Super powers doesn’t mean all your life or emotional problems are solved. However, for the concerns of her own physical safety, heck yeah Al is a colossal Übermensch and in staggering control!

    Tactically, Al’s power of flight would become awfully valuable here. It’s the obvious thing to do in this situation. However, I worry about if her super durability will stick with her when she does. Remember when I looked to early pages for that conversation with Professor Cohen? I stumbled across this very early dream sequence and grew worried it was dreadful foreshadowing.

    http://sfp.nsch.co/issue-2/page-1-2/
    http://sfp.nsch.co/issue-2/page-2-2/

    • All she needs to do is jump. There’s plenty to hold on to, not that she’ll need to. The power will go out before she’s back in the water.

      • Pol Subanajouy

        Good point. The reveal of being able to fly is ~really~ tempting from a narrative perspective, but if Al could just jump to one of the rafters and hang or just get enough air time to miss the shock, that’d be most efficient.

        • lizasweetling

          but jumping, running, and leaving are all perilous with Mary stirring things up.
          also, she only has one hand right now, remember?

          • Pol Subanajouy

            I guess. But…I keep worrying about your invulnerability blinking out when she flies…I guess we’ll just have to see.

    • Wikimancer

      Looking back at those pages, it suddenly occurs to me that it’s a very bad idea for Alison to run around corners.

  • Elaine Lee

    Mary must’ve had some pretty nasty issues prior to her acquisition of her super powers! Because REALLY, being able to become invisible is a much more useful power than super strength, as it removes fear of punishment from the equation. If nobody ever sees you do the crime, you can usually get away with it. But it almost seems that Mary wanted to be caught… to be “seen” by Alison, or by the world at large. Alison, on the other hand, cannot act without putting herself on display for the world. And she is self-punishing, even if her strength makes her invulnerable in other ways. Great last line, by the way! But when a human woman says, “I felt invisible,” she is expressing a lack of power. “I felt invisible in that board meeting!” Having the power to actually make yourself invisible–say, when walking down a dangerous street at night–would make you as safe as Alison would be in that situation. And out of all possible super powers, controlled invisibility would be the one most likely to gradually draw you into a life of crime. What might any of us do with that power?

    • Lostman

      You have wonder if Alison, Mary or Pint-size life choices may of had a hand in which power they gotten?

      • Pol Subanajouy

        That was the Silver Age explanation for why the Fantastic Four got the powers they did. Sue apparently liked to fade into the background hence invisiblity, Reed like to stretch to fit the situation, so on and so forth.

      • Daniel Vogelsong

        Exactly SFP tends to err towards all characters’ personalities matching their powers. Alison is incorruptable & stoic, Menace is knows everything & nothing, Pint Size thinks little of himself, Feral is fast & loose, Furnace is impulsive and “hot-headed”, Templar’s character has a clear & quick march of progress.
        Of course You could also say that the tail was wagging the dog, and the reason they developed that way is BECAUSE they had those powers, as they started manifesting around puberty, when the personality develops.

        • Lostman

          That and think about when Alison power showed up, she was playing scooter.

    • Rod

      Much has been written about how the simple power to become invisible would make a monster out of any of us.

      • If by much, you mean Plato

        • Rod

          Plato’s the spark. Lots of analysis of his work, and in modern time, related writings, movies, etc. (Granted, the theme isn’t usually so in-your-face, and it irked me how the last Invisible Man movie tried to make it out that the experiment just made him go crazy–major cop-out–but… yeah.)

          • In the original, he was crazy even before the experiment

  • RobNiner

    It was so bad it blew my fuse.

  • Why would it?

  • Rod

    Well, obviously guys never feel that way, ever.

  • Rod

    That crossed my mind as well. She also seemed to have done it fairly quickly….

    • lizasweetling

      did she have a friber-glass saw stowed up that blouse of hers or something? HOW???????

      • Mechwarrior

        I’m starting to think that her “knife” is one of Cleaver’s fingers.

        • chaosvii

          It might have to be one of his duller ones, harvested from before he was able to wound himself. I say this because he can actually cut Alison with his current sharpness.
          Unless his ability to slash and Mary’s inability is a question of super strength.

      • Who says the real one isn’t carrying a utility belt?

        She could also be using a laser to cut it.

        EDIT: just saw the “saw saw” sound effects. So much for lasers.

  • Rod

    Mary might still be testing to see if Alison is still immune to it, given her condition and all. Or, she might just be betting that even if Al is safe, Furnace will still bite it.

  • motorfirebox

    So, I’ll put down your hostage, and you’ll put down your knife, and we’ll beat each other to death like civilized people?

    • Mechwarrior

      As you wish.

    • Pol Subanajouy

      I hope you realize what you’ve started and are justifiably proud of yourself.

      • motorfirebox

        I fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” But only slightly less well-known is this: “Never make a pun on the internet, WHEN DEATH IS ON THE LINE!”

        • Mechwarrior

          Inconceivable!

  • Rod

    Yeah, I’ve got to agree, the fact that she’s actually engaging in this dialogue is a bit disappointing. Good for the story of course, but at the expense of the character in this case.

    She saw right through Patrick’s BS, and that guy was someone who’d been manipulating folks the majority of his life. Granted, it got to her too, but this? An implication that she’s not really human, and questioning her womanhood, and she’s emotionally stirred enough to be driven to respond? I suspect it’s more that she has some serious guilt issues over her past with Mary, which makes me wonder if there’s more to the story there too.

    • she DOES have a bit of a savior complex. she doesn’t want to just save Furnace. she wants to “save” Mary–stop her, help her. but she has strong ties to her and sort of feels responsible. this isn’t just about getting the hostage and getting out. if it was, this would be over.

      Patrick was different, I think, because she’s used to him and his behavior. and his mind-reading lets him know exactly how to rile her up–he doesn’t HAVE to mean it, or even think about it. I think she’s less sure of Mary’s motivations and plans overall. and she and Mary used to be friends, of a fashion. I can see her insults carrying a lot more weight.
      either way, if Alison’s going to figure out how to stop her eventually, she’s got to be able to at least get a sense of her game plan a little, get in her head, and taking the hostage and leaving isn’t going to let her do that, and will just give Mary the chance to cause more harm and destruction which Al will ultimately feel responsible for.

      • Tdoodle

        I agree that Al probably still feels guilty. The difference between Al’s approach to Mary and Patrick has to do with their history (Al having hurt Mary vs. being hurt by Patrick), their power dynamics (Al always had Patrick on a pedestal while Mary was just… there), and what they’re fighting for. Mary, while still focusing on her brand of justice, is more than just a spectator watching from above and deciding that she’s a gift to mankind.

    • Patrick is intriguing to Alison but he’s a supervillain. Mary is a female and a former hero/ally.

      • Rod

        It strikes me as rather odd that Mary’s mutually shared gender would come into play here.

        But beyond that, Mary is acting rather supervillain-like herself here, and really, while I’m sure it can be explained away (guilt over not having been Mary’s BFF, etc.), Alison’s inconsistency in how she’s choosing to treat and react to the villains she’s running into–Cleaver and Mary versus Patrick–is what’s really a little grating here.

        • masterofbones

          People like saving girls. It’s pretty much hardwired into humanity.

    • deebles

      I think she also walked away from the discussion with Patrick so fast not just because it was tactically prudent / she saw through his bullshit, but because she was so upset. It seems like she got a lot closer to Patrick than she ever did to Mary, despite being on the same team once.

  • Classtoise

    How does Mary hold a knife with those ham hands.

    • Rod

      That’s just the form she’s projecting. She’s actually slimmed down quite a bit now, but getting others to underestimate her physically is always a card in play with her. 😉

      • Classtoise

        Well, despite your joke, I think whoever deleted my post LEGITIMATELY does not know what “ham handed” means.

        For the reference, Oh-So-Mysterious Moderator: It wasn’t a fat joke. It was a poor writing joke.

        • strongfemaleprotagonist

          hello, it’s me, Molly, the person who draws this free comic and also moderates it. If something looks like a fat joke I am going to delete it without pondering its double meanings, because misinterpretation is very easy online and I don’t want people to feel uncomfortable in the comments.

          • ruhrow

            But for future reference, ‘ham-handed’ is a common colloquialism that has nothing to do with weight. It generally means that someone is taking the least tactful/efficient approach to something, or is being very blundering/clumsy with their methods.

          • Nightsbridge

            I think what she’s saying is “I don’t care, and I would do it again even knowing that.” And like, if she thought people might feel not welcome cause of the joke, whatever its meaning . . . Good.

          • Wikimancer

            I always thought that it was “ham-fisted”.

          • Lostman

            In other words… DO NOT PROVOKE THE WRATH OF GOD!!! in over words: don’t make the mods mad… They must be lovely people in really life but they are still human and limits so… please don’t angry them. 🙁

      • motorfirebox

        Honestly, Mary’s body shape is pretty ideal for brawling. Ronda Rousey notwithstanding, it’s a good thing to have some meat on you if you expect to get hit a lot. And if you need to move somebody else’s arms out of the way so you can poke them with your knife, that’s going to be easier if your arm weighs eight or ten lbs than if it weighs six.

        • Rod

          I agree (and don’t get me started on Rousey.) Most people though, automatically assume “not slim” = “slow and physically inept”, especially when it comes to women.

  • Rod

    Different, but definitely not automatically worse or inferior.

    It’s one thing to have to put effort into dealing with a situation. Over and over and over again. Even if you can win, even if winning is the foregone conclusion, the trial itself still occurs. Being able to sidestep all that and pick and choose exactly when you want to engage, or when you want to disengage? Yeah, that has serious advantages.

  • Classtoise

    “You don’t know what it’s like to be a NORMAL person like ME! *shoots lasers out of eyes, kills highly trained mercenaries, is not even remotely challenged by law enforcement*YOU JUST DON’T GET OUR STRUGGLES!”

  • Classtoise

    Why, though? Doesn’t electricity ignore things that offer too much resistance because it always takes the easiest path? Wouldn’t Alison be a path of too much resistance? That said, if it DID travel, wouldn’t it just make a pitstop at her heart? Would it actually course through her hands and arms?

    • Some guy

      Alison may not be effected by the current, but she may still be a conductor. Her body doesn’t even block radiation except for her scar.

    • Furnace isn’t grounded. There is no “reason” for the electricity to go through him. For that matter, assuming Alison is standing on a concrete floor, she isn’t grounded either.

      Dropping a live wire into water is a great movie-moment “gotcha,” but in reality whether it does anything at all to the person or creature standing in the water is highly unpredictable.

      That being said, if Furnace acquires a serious potential, it’s not any more improbable than anything else that’s happening that it might set off the bomb that’s still strapped to him.

  • Classtoise

    Okay I’ll just post what bothers me on this page:
    Mary’s monologue. Seriously, Alison, there’s no reason to be standing there. She’s going to keep taunting you and insisting you don’t know what it’s like to be powerless because you only spent 14 of your 22 years of life as a normal powerless human, and not…also 14? And that you don’t know what it’s like being a powerless woman in a society, as told to you by a woman who can create realistic illusions, bend light to hide herself and still see, take down trained military mercenaries…

    Not to mention sawing through a giant cord of electrified cables completely unharmed and yet somehow they’re live when you need them to be.

    But no, tell us more about how you understand the powerlessness and vulnerability of women, despite being able to take on superhumans and military trained operatives with your bare hands (I’m pretty sure even if I was invisible, I would not be able to kill an entire SWAT team)

    And even then, the whole “All women always know what it feels like to be invisible and weak and powerless all the time except you” seems pretty patriarchal in nature. Not to mention she’s basically attacking Alison because of traits and abilities she quantifies as “masculine” and thus “bad”.

    Mary is basically a straw(wo)man feminist. “Men are literally all evil and I must kill them all and anyone who wants to stop me is a misogynist!” Like, it reads like some MRA tried to write a feminist supervillain.

    • Tdoodle

      To me, Mary reads as a bitter Utena Tenjou. She *thinks* what she’s doing is right, but she’s more self-serving than actually beneficial to the women she claims to protect. The patriarchy is still there, and once she’s discovered, it’s going to double-down on her, perhaps even put a target on the backs of other women who are biodynamics. MOC will also have huge targets on their backs (if they don’t already).

    • Lostman

      Question: have you ever meet a straw person who sounded sane?

      • Classtoise

        No no, I mean Mary sounds like the strawperson someone would come up with to mock feminism.

        Like “I just want to kill all men because all men are bad and women are awesome and women who help men are also bad!”

        Like it’s almost offensive in how straw she is, really.

        • MrSing

          Serial killers usually have offensive and idiotic view points.
          There are horrible women who hold these view points, just like there are terrible men who hold the reverse view points in regard to women.
          That’s equality for ya, buddy.

        • Lostman

          Look at it this way: she former child solider/ former child actor who wants to do good in the world while refusing to think beyond her powers. She wants to change the world while not making changes to herself, She have her cake and eat it.

        • Mechwarrior

          Given the comic’s focus on social justice, I think we can assume that that wasn’t the author’s intent.

    • motorfirebox

      Well… monologues are Alison’s kryptonite. As much as she’s there to save Furnace, she’s there to save Mary, and that means talking to her.

      As for Mary herself, I mean yeah, she’s all badass and powerful now. The discussion with Brad/Sonar made it clear, she hasn’t always been that way; she spent a lot of time in hospitals getting there. And at least at first, it seems like her power wasn’t even invisibility, it was just being hard to pay attention to. Especially when talking to Mega Girl—whose departure led directly to Mary ending up in those hospital beds so frequently—I think she has authority to talk about being or feeling powerless.

      I don’t see Mary as a strawman. Honestly, if I were in Alison’s shoes, there’s a pretty good chance I wouldn’t even be at the dam. Not that I’d really approve of what Mary’s doing… I’d just have other priorities.

    • Crysta Swarts

      Clearly, Mary’s had it tough. Something may have happened directly to her, or almost to her, or to someone she knew, or maybe it just got into her head. Plus, she got the crap beat out of her multiple times once MG left the Guardians. So even if her “rape=men=bad” thing doesn’t seem to effectively match up with her anger at Alison, those things may have gotten very twisted together in the time since these two last spoke. Mary sees power as a physical trait (as mentioned in comments above), one that Alison naturally has. And when Alison took off her mask, she took her power away from Mary, making Mary vulnerable to attacks (physical) that she hadn’t had to deal with before. SO much of rape and sexual violence is about power (physical or not); for Mary, she seems to hone right into that but not see all the ways power plays out, for herself or for Alison. So her anger to Alison sounds patriarchal, but it feels to me more like a mistaken understanding of what power is and what womanhood is. I think we can all agree that Alison has felt pretty weak and powerless lately.

  • Classtoise

    I am surprised Mary can hold a knife with those ham hands.

    NOTE: That’s not a fat joke. Look up the term “Ham-handed”.

    • UnsettlingIdeologies

      It seems to mean “awkward” or “clumsy”… which leaves me confused. She’s clearly an incredibly skilled athlete with great hand-eye coordination. How is she “ham-handed”?

      • Perlite

        I think they mean she’s a ham. Ridiculous, melodramatic, etc.

        • Nightsbridge

          Is that a PPPPPUUUUN

          • Perlite

            Would I ever do something like that? >:}
            That would be… pun-believable.

        • Classtoise

          This.

          She’s being very melodramatic and very awkward in her “I AM DOING THE WORLD A FAVOR” speech.

  • Tdoodle

    I hate the RadFem term (TERFs use it, as do MRAs), but letting your own ego get in the way of actually helping your cause? Oh yeah, definitely a thing. Mary doesn’t have white or male privilege, but she sure as hell has biodynamic privilege. She enacts vigilante justice because she can get away with it.

  • Mechwarrior

    Just wait until you see the next room, where there are conveyor belts without security railings or emergency shutoffs that lead to open vats of toxic chemicals. Also, rusty, broken catwalks that go through spinning fans and pipes that occasionally have flame eruptions.

    • dpolicar

      “What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn’t have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?”

    • Joon

      Reason #5446 to follow OSHA (or the equivalent in your region):

      Supervillains will not have a final duel with whoever came to stop them in your facility since it’s not a potential deathtrap.

    • Syncline

      Don’t even get me started about the hallway with the crushing, slamming door things or the unsecured omega 13 sphere.

      Also…a Psychopath’s beautiful, carefully planned deathtrap, ruined by unexpected power development and an annoying mindreader’s tampering.

  • Donald Simmons

    Nonconducting knife.

    • Would have arced and melted it. That’s a BIG cable.

  • lizasweetling

    heck of a pair of gloves

    • Kittenbot Doomypants

      Still wouldn’t have been able to saw through without sparking with her sword.

  • Perlite

    *Al floats up a couple feet*
    Mary: Well, shit.

  • Kid Chaos

    I RULE TEH INTERNETS! BOW DOWN BEFORE ME, PUNY MORTALS!

  • tiropat

    I’m pretty sure Ben had self image issues

    • chaosvii

      Strongly reinforced by his working class background in the context of being surrounded by a bunch of richer individuals.

  • Mechwarrior

    I like it when the writers remember that Ben was an astronaut and not just some guy who was tagging along on the ride.

  • Kid Chaos

    *Alison hovers a few feet above the water and sticks her tongue out at Mary.*

  • Eh, no big deal. Standing in a big puddle of electrified water is actually relatively safe until you touch (or get close to) something that allows electricity to flow through your heart to ground. The electricity will only go to ground, and if it’s fresh water it might even not do that very well. Pure water doesn’t conduct electricity, it needs salts or other ionic chemicals in it (such as some acids) to provide the positive and negative ions needed to allow it to conduct electricity. Even “fresh” water has *some* salts in it, but if the water has enough salt to pass a significant amount of current, the breakers will trip fairly quickly. If it doesn’t, Allison can easily walk to the puddle’s edge then jump (or fly!) to safety without worrying about arcing killing her because the water isn’t conducting enough electricity to be a big deal.

    The question is whether Mary knows this. Allison *may* know this, part of fire training is knowing how water and electricity interact…

  • zathura

    Fly you fool!

  • Huttj509

    I think I get what she’s getting at, though. My parents have put it to use, before, letting my mom check out a car without interference while my dad “distracted” the dealer by existing and looking at the sporty models, then my mom came in with a question about reliability, or mileage, or something. It’s gotten much less severe in the last 20 years, but there’s been salespeople who had so ingrained “the man is the buyer, talk to him,” that they were really thrown for a loop. Not just cars, either.

  • Mechwarrior

    I feel compelled to warn everyone: excessive quotation of The Princess Bride attracts ROUS.

    • motorfirebox

      I don’t think they exist.

      • Bandersnatch

        RRRAAAARRRGGGHH!!!!

      • Kid Chaos

        “RAWWWWRRR!!!” *motorfirebox is attacked by ROUS*

  • Except that Alison is like a bird on an electrical wire. As long as she doesn’t touch ground with her upper body, she’s fine. She can slosh around all she wants without getting electrocuted.

    • Then the solution is to trip her.

      Also, do we know if she has resistance to electricity?

  • Graeme Sutton

    So what she has audiokinesis (sonokinesis? whatever) as well? or is she just a ventriloquist?
    And some kind of innate insulation I guess? How is she sawing through that without zapping herself?

    • lasers. and ventriloquism

      EDIT: just saw the “saw saw” sound effects. So much for lasers.

      • MrSokar

        I don’t see why a world with giant robots couldn’t have a laser saw as well.

    • Graeme Sutton

      Huh, unless the cable is an illusion…

  • Lakstoties

    Yah, if there’s enough voltage and current going through the cable that’d it be dangerous to anyone from it just being in the water… Then Mary would have been electrocuted, if not via the cutting, then just the arcing trying to find a new path to ground/neutral. The arcing would have lit up the metal grating Mary is sawing the cable upon. Actually, her hacksaw would have probably gotten arc-welded onto the cable from the arcs. And OSHA and the Department of Energy would have fit knowing that a line carrying that dangerous of voltage and current wasn’t in a solid metal conduit anchored to supports every 3 to 6 feet. And the solid core wiring for a power cable of that size would have taken close to 10 minutes to hacksaw through and you would have heard it. And if it was holding really significant voltage and current… The arc flash would have flash fried her. Even at household 110-220v AC ranges, the arcing and sparking from her cutting would have tipped anyone off. Arcing is loud and smelly.

    So… given all that, it’s probably some old phone trunk line… That won’t do a damn thing to anyone, except take some old phones off-line.

    Sorry to be That Guy, but I hate when people do such trope misrepresentations of electricity… Especially, when the actual dangers are FAR, FAR scarier and nastier. Seriously look up arc flashes.

    As for Alison, I got to give her a lot of credit for trying to reach Mary… But Mary pretty much has gone past the point of no return, either capture her or put her down. There may be something that’ll reach her, but you probably aren’t going to find it any time soon. “You can’t save them all, Hasselhoff.”

    • My money is on her cutting it with her laser powers

      EDIT: just saw the “saw saw” sound effects. So much for lasers.

  • At this point, if Alison were a rationalist, she might decide to do something extreme and destroy the dam, even if it kills Furnace and some people downstream, to try to get Moonshadow. If she gets away, she’s likely to start spiraling into higher levels of supermurder.

    With her increased powers, she’s completely capable of stealing a nuclear warhead, say.

  • paksenarrion-reader

    Mary, you keep using feminism. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • masterofbones

      She hasn’t used feminism though…. All she has done is talk about women as if they are some coherent group that has all had the exact same experiences.

  • Ryan Thompson

    She’s already explained why she’s not leaving. She’s trying to save both of them, not just Furnace.

  • Ryan Thompson

    It should be fine as long as you use a rubber grip and are careful not to touch the metal part of the blade, and make sure the knife is dry. I think. Don’t actually go and test that.

  • Joon

    Maybe the line was not under voltage. The line will just fall in water and no shocking events happen. I mean the whole plant looks suspiciously abandoned despite the havoc they are creating, it would make sense if everything was disconnected.

    And Moonshadow did the BZAP effect herself.

  • Philip Bourque

    “What it felt like to be a woman.” What does that even mean? What stereotype is Moonshadow looking for Alison to recognize? Moonshadow can only understand what it is like to be Moonshadow, Alison can only understand what it is like to be Alison. Never in the history of humanity has there ever been an individual who has truly understood another.

    • Kid Chaos

      I don’t think Moonshadow understands that.

  • Mechwarrior

    I just had an unpleasant thought- assuming that Mary escapes this confrontation, Sonar might be in real danger. He’s got a power that could let him see through her illusions, and she just might decide that that makes him a liability she can no longer afford.

  • Rod

    *reads comment*
    *reads other comments it inspired*
    *slowly claps*

  • It was a laser
    EDIT: just saw the “saw saw” sound effects. So much for lasers.

  • lasers. She used lasers

    EDIT: just saw the “saw saw” sound effects. So much for lasers.

  • Moonshadow…just f#cks with your head man

  • Natsumeg

    “you barely understand what it means to be human”. You know what’s often a common feeling to have as a human? To feel not as as normal –To feel less than human, or if it’s not too much a stretch, to feel fainter, less visible than other humans, because you are less than human somehow. So to accuse Allison of that is just–it’s accusing her OF BEING human.

    This whole accusation just lacks self-awareness or empathy in a huge way. I can definitely see where she’s coming from. But at the same time, in a roomful of people, Mary has more potential than most to understand how Allison feels. In different circumstances, these two people should be able to make a strong connection.

    It makes me agree with Allison. That everything out of Mary’s mouth is justification for violent actions as a result of emotions Mary wasn’t well-equipped to deal with because of the way she’s raised. I don’t know–I’m generally conflicted by Allison’s morality as a character, but I think she’s completely right in this situation.

    This has nothing to do with protecting the vulnerable or justice. It’s the rejection of the vulnerable–rejection of being vulnerable. There’s a lot of anger towards the concept of peaceful solutions, as if she associates that idea entirely with excuses and negligence. Now I’m really sad 🙁

  • Graeme Sutton

    So what, does she just never leave home without a pair of super insulated rubber gloves that probably wreak havoc on her manual dexterity? Or did she somehow predict that exactly this situation would come up?

  • Graeme Sutton

    Okay, on reflection I’m going to call it and say the cable is an illusion

    • Mechwarrior

      How would it make noise, then? Mary’s powers don’t (as far as we know) allow her to create sounds.

      • MrSokar

        Seems plausible she could if she can project her voice from areas she isn’t in.

      • Loranna

        Actually, do we know she can’t manipulate sound? When she was speaking to Alison earlier, she simply said that she knew the potential for photokinesis even back in the day – not that her abilities were limited to photokinesis.

        Even if her powers are limited to manipulating light, she may have gotten a device to let her throw her voice – she’s a former superhero, she probably Knows People who could build her something.

        – Loranna

        • Mechwarrior

          From a narrative point, her ability to craft sight based illusions is already a game breaker. If she could fool two senses instead of one, it would just shove her into “boringly overpowered.”

      • Graeme Sutton

        She’s able to make Allison think that her voice is coming from the illusion in front of her when she’s apparently actually cutting the cord above her. (or not, she could be off eating popcorn for all we know)

  • deebles

    It’s possible Mary may have cut whatever was securing it earlier in the dialogue.

  • deebles

    1) Possibly she could have cut and restarted the power to the cable via some kind of remote. But that suggests a degree of tech competence not so far shown, not to mention extra prep time for a scenario that it’s unlikely she’d have needed.
    2) A knife/saw with a really long, thoroughly non-conducting handle?

  • Pol Subanajouy

    That is such a good point, I am a little embarrassed I didn’t think of that.

  • Crysta Swarts

    I think that says a lot about what Mary sees as power.

  • WUZLE .

    Cutting though a high current line is extraordinarily dangerous. Moonshadow is lucky she wasn’t fried by an arc flash.

  • MrSokar

    Now if only Al could fly out of the water....

  • Travis Staggs

    Oh, it gets worse. That line apparently wasn’t even -on- until she finished cutting through it. That or it’s got a lot less voltage than I expected.

  • fairportfan

    Is Mary telekinetic too?

  • masterofbones

    wait did some people not realize? There were no ripples in the water where mary stood, which was the whole point of the water in the first place.

  • masterofbones

    Allison is invulnerable in other ways as well. She pretty much is impossible to blackmail(World governments appear entirely unconcerned with any of her misdeeds, the people love her and are therefore willing to sweep stuff under the rug, etc.), impossible to intimidate(she has handled scarier things, guaranteed), drugs aren’t likely to work(and inhibiting her motor control is a good way to get killed)and is always in a position of power(NOBODY bosses her around)

    The only people who would potentially be able to rape her are mind readers/manipulators. Even then she has enough experience and force of will that they would probably have a hard time.

    To sum up: Possible, yes. Likely, no. And that tiny possibility would require either Patrick(who is uninterested in Allison sexually), or a hitherto unknown and insane person that uses godlike powers for extremely small-scale purposes.

  • strongfemaleprotagonist

    hey masterofbones, I’m still figuring things out about comment moderation and testing different ideas. aside from drawing and modding this comic I work full time and so I don’t have hours to devote to modding, I do it when I can. my main principle is that I’m very committed to this website being a safe space for women and minorities. if you ever have a question about a deletion you can hit me up at the email at the bottom of this page.

  • strongfemaleprotagonist

    and now that I’m thinking about it, another rough guideline – a free webcomic is a little bit like Brennan and I cooked a big meal and invited over to our house anyone who wants to eat it. People picking fights with each other or shouting about how terrible the food is will get kicked out. Sorry if that’s not how comments are done everywhere, but we’ve put a lot of time and energy into making this comic and keeping it updating, and that’s what I’m comfortable with on our site.

    • masterofbones

      Thanks for the info! I don’t envy the amount of work you have to do to keep this all moderated.

  • Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot were also trying to make the world better. Would she set off ALL the warheads, or even some significant number of them? Very unlikely, at least until she goes full Argus.* Would she set some up for blackmail/coercion purposes? Sure. Would she set one off if the coercion fails? She might, pour encourager les autres.

    *Reference to a fictional AI whose job it is to keep a large number of satellites on station. Eventually he almost comes to the conclusion that the easiest way to do this is to start destroying gravitational anomalies.

    Spaceships moving around are gravitational anomalies.

    Anyway, if you don’t like that, substitute “full Ultron.”

  • Silva

    If Mary is a misandrist, why did she take such pains going after her very specific targets? As Breivik knows, anybody can just kill tens of Westerners right now, and she could do it without being arrested.