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  • Oakreef

    Um Al I think your arm is fine.

    • Kid Chaos

      Better; not perfect, but better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Markus

    I really hope when Alison decides to blame herself for Mary’s sociopathy somebody tells her she’s full of shit. Preferably Feral, because it’d be hilarious of that self flagellator told Alison to stop beating herself up.

    • Think she’s too busy either getting harvested round-the-clock.

      • Arkone Axon

        First they have to find new doctors to perform the surgeries. Seriously, those killers took things to an unbelievable low – killing all those people whose only crime was wanting to save lives with the aid of someone they felt deserved to die. (Especially since, if they really wanted Feral to suffer, they just had to sit back and watch Feral submit to her chosen “lifestyle” as an organ bush).

    • RobNiner

      Feral may be the most moral person in the story, and that worries me.

  • JordanTH

    Looks like Furnace…

    [sunglasses]

    …is all burnt out.

    …damn, ok, that was actually kind of dark.

    (like Furnace’s flames ok sorry I’ll stop)

  • Abe

    …what’s Alison doing with that tree?

    • Charles Dickson

      Keeping it from taking out a bridge, I think.

    • All I got is that she put it across the opening to try to catch stuff (like, you know, people) that might go over the new falls. My first thought is that she was improvising a patch but one tree isn’t gonna do much. Maybe that implies she did more off-camera.

      • thebombzen

        Notice the sky color. Several hours pass during these pages.

  • Anna Kรคrrstrand

    This has been one rough day ๐Ÿ™

  • Huh, looks like furnace drowned. That was not something I expected.

  • โˆซClรฉmensร—ds

    He’s fiiiine, hardly bruised. Plus as an elemental of fire his only true weakness would be an overlong stay in watโ€” oh. Oooooh.

  • Dafydd Carmichael

    …even Rocky had a montage

  • Amber

    I don’t get the tree?

    • Some guy

      It was probably stuck on the bridge.

    • Sergio Le Roux

      Maybe she was making a beaver dam to replace the broken one?

    • lizasweetling

      I believe she was helping those guys get off the rock. Also I think they are the ones the alt-text was talking about.

    • fairportfan

      A tree that big, floating downstream on a flood, could seriously damage structures like a bridge.

  • Matthew McMahon

    Poor Alison. Too many feels. ๐Ÿ™

  • Catherine Kehl

    That last frame says so much.

    Al wasn’t a bystander in this – but her role was pretty peripheral, in a lot of ways.

    I’d really like to know just what’s going on with her shoulder and the flying – does it mess with her invulnerability? Am I missing something here?

    • Insanenoodlyguy

      Nothing confirmed, but a theory floated here is that the same forces that protect her from harm (likely very thin forcefields) are the same ones that allow her to fly: It’s not a NEW power, but a different use of the one she’s already got. Thing is, you can’t have the full protection configuration and the flying one working at the same time, so when she moved fast enough the drag on her body was enough to cause harm.

      • I was assuming that invulnerability doesn’t protect you from dislocations.

      • Catherine Kehl

        Cool. I hadn’t seen that discussed, but I was wondering if there was something like that – or if flying just messed up her proprioception so much that she kind of allowed her shoulder to dislocate because she lost track of where it was supposed to be.*

        * Ah… okay, that seemed totally reasonable in my head. I have lax joints (relatively benign familial thing, as long as I keep my muscle tone up) which might add to the subjective plausibility.

  • BB

    I know we already knew he was dead, and he’s a huge jerk, but I’m sad to see Chris in the sixth panel. You guys revealed just enough of his character before his death to make him slightly sympathetic/set up for a possible redemption, that I was actually hoping he made it out somehow.

    • Some guy

      He’s in pretty good condition for what happened, so maybe there will be a big dramatic reveal that he was just looking for cool rocks later.

      • Geary

        It’s been at least several hours and he’s face-down in a river.

        • Graeme Sutton

          His power may give him his own inherent oxygen supply. He doesn’t seem to suffocate himself when he does his flame-on thing.

    • masterofbones

      I didn’t know he was dead. He had the power to make concrete explode. Nothing should have been able to come within ten feet of him unless he immediately ran out of power afterwards.

      • Insanenoodlyguy

        Explode, but not atomize. All those chunks of concrete on him, too much to burn through, water everywhere to boot, he could have drowned, died via impact/crushing, maybe both. It was far too much for him to survive. In fairness to the man, he was probably woozy as hell and confused and that would be expected of anybody before they were drugged with inhibition lowering chemicals. But he definitely exploded in a bad place to do that.

        • masterofbones

          Eh, its possible. If he kept his heat consistent it would have easily been enough(concrete goes a lot slower than bullets, so it has more time to be vaporized). If the heat was just a single burst, then yeah he didn’t stand a chance. If anything ever hit him without the immolation aura he was screwed.

    • I was assuming he’d live, because that would cause the most problems for everyone. And he was getting kind of interesting as a character, although not much more likable. Oh well.

  • Murder: Try YOUR problem solution today!

    • Kid Chaos

      “When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Daniel Vogelsong

    Dammit Mary, there really were hikers out there. You had to make a big dam mess.
    Also, I’m suprised that she still needs a sling after the last 5 pages.

    • Kid Chaos

      Dam you for starting up all these dam puns again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RobNiner

    Not the best re-union, then.

  • AnnatarLotW

    I love that last panel. I imagine the notes say something like, “and this is where the shock hits.”

  • SpoonyViking

    So Furnace really died? And just as he was becoming an interesting character! Shame.

    • Tsapki

      We might still get some story on Furnace. Not direct story but encounters with people he knew, public outcry, etc.

      • SpoonyViking

        I hope we do, but I doubt it will be as interesting as seeing where his character development (or lack of it, as the case might have been) would have taken him.

  • Charles Dickson

    Am I the only one who sees panel 7 and thinks “Nooooo! Don’t hand over the camera to anybody!”

    • thebombzen

      Mary fled after the incident and Alison stayed behind. Mary gave the camera to Alison as a “Thank you” because otherwise, Alison would be a suspect, but the camera’s evidence exonerates her. Keep in mind that other forensic evidence was destroyed when the dam exploded so it’d be very hard for Alison to convince a jury that she didn’t do it, especially since everyone knows she dislikes furnace.

      • Geary

        But, like Mary said, they’d just believe her ‘cuz the alternative would be trying to capture or kill somebody who’s power is being indestructible, and the closest person to harming her couldn’t get through her bones and is currently dying in prison.

        • thebombzen

          There’s a difference between everyone thinking Alison did it and not daring to try her, versus everyone knowing she didn’t do it and being on her side.

      • Mechwarrior

        Alison wouldn’t have to convince the jury of anything. It’s the prosecution’s job to convince the jury that she did do it, and if forensic evidence is lacking, that’s hard to do.

    • Paradoxius

      I hope she at least watched the footage first.

    • Not before watching / copying the SD card, at least.

      • Kid Chaos

        With what? She lost her cellphone, and I highly doubt any other electronics survived the deluge. ๐Ÿ™

  • Sabriel

    Well, now everybody definitely knows she can fly.

  • Welp, she let Mary go. Time to institute a new fan page: “Allison’s Avoidable Body Count,” and keep track of who dies at Moonshadow’s hand.

    • Happyroach

      Could she have kept Mary from going? My impression is that by the time Allison finished looking for Furnace, Mary was long gone.

      And short of killing Mary in cold blood, it would be in Allison’s character to look for Furnace before coming back to deal with Mary- especially if Mary was pretending that she was worse off than she was.

      And after that, does Allison try track Mary down? Or does she try to secure the area and save anyone that needs help?

  • Zerilan

    Well looks like the strawman is dead, but hey, at least the serial murderer got away.

    • Rumble in the Tumble

      It’s good to know that the bad guys got their comeuppance and everything is back to normal!

  • Abel Savard

    Does anyone have a Faceless Man vibe comming form Mary? I can see her becoming more or less permanently invisible with various people who have been betrayed by the system seeking her out.

    • Mechwarrior

      Possibly. But he’s definitely not cool enough to be the Laughing Man, even if she can hack peoples’ eyes in real-time.

  • Psile

    A lot of people are wondering how someone as powerful as furnace could have been killed when anything near him should have vaporized. I think it would actually be impossible for him to survive a situation like this. If he was surrounded by water, even if he was vaporizing everything within 10 feet of him, he would burn up all the available oxygen in about a second, since he is essentially in an airtight bubble with a 20 foot diameter. After that comes unconsciousness, his powers turn off, and drowning.

    It is a shame, because I would have liked him to become an actual character and I never really understood why Mary kidnapped him to start with since he was, at the end of the day, just a loud mouth.

    • kwerboom

      Why did Moonshadow kidnap Furnace? Obvious. She was on a witch-hunt for evidence of guilt so she could justify killing him for being a loudmouth that threatened to kill her. He would have killed her outright, but she could try and claim moral superiority by saying she found evidence of guilt before she killed him.

      • Happyroach

        She was about as much on a witch hunt as Batman or Punisher would be. the difference is, in this comic universe, suspected villains don’t come conveniently labelled so that we always know that the target is worthy of killing.

        Given that Mary was trying to determine whether or not Furnace was a rapist, I think “inquisition” might work better than “witch-hunt”. Which is frankly, more than what Furnace did, or was prepared to do, when he killed a bunch of people.

  • Mechwarrior

    I’m sure Furnace is only mostly dead.

  • Lostman

    HE ALIVE!!!

  • dragon

    why is she only wearing a sling in the last panel?

  • dragonus45

    Yea I’m fairly sure Moonshadow still carries more than a little of that.

  • Rod

    Aaaaand apparently, she did NOT watch the footage before handing it over. Oh, Alison….

  • Rod

    Its comics, thats what it takes.

    • Catherine Kehl

      Well maybe it will take, in this universe. We shall ignore the long history of arbitrary resurrections.

  • Imagine if they never found the body…

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    He’s dead ๐Ÿ™

  • JohnTomato

    I like that the Ranger is a lady.

  • Rumble in the Tumble

    >inb4 people spin Furnace’s death as martyrdom and create a weird cult of burning down rape victims

    Hey, anything may happen.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    Whoa, whoa. I’m not relieving any burden of guilt or wrongdoing from Mary or saying that it was entirely his own fault. I’m making observations on the narrative. What I am saying though is that his immediate cause of death (crushing water pressure) was from his own action (blowing up the structure of the dam he was in), effectively snuffing out his own flame. From a story structure perspective, a character like Chris struck me as the type who would usually have gone down swinging in a blaze of glory. Probably against some super impressive master super villain to boot if normal superhero genre conventions were being observed here. But they’re not. He died striking no one with his flames and no one was striking him at his moment of death. I’m just noting how it’s wryly (at least I think) quite the opposite of genre expectation.

    We cool?

  • Mechwarrior

    Given how famous she is, Alison could easily get a crack legal team that could shred the prosecution if that was all they had on her. And they’d probably do it for free just to get the publicity, too.

  • Mechwarrior

    That’s enough to charge her, maybe. But without forensic evidence showing that she was the one who destroyed the dam, any competent legal team would get her acquitted.

  • Thomas Jones

    Poor Furnace, he was one of my favourite characters ๐Ÿ™

    I hope he was just looking for cool rocks or a progression of his power makes him more durable or something.

  • masterofbones

    Eh, backstory isnt enough for me. It doesn’t change that his personality was still just “angry”, with nothing else to flesh out his character. We know nothing about who/what he loves, we know nothing about who he is kind to or what he treats well. Why did he become a superhero? Does he have hobbies? Does he have any positive traits whatsoever?

    THOSE are the things that flesh out a character and make them truly sympathetic, because they tell you things about HIM.

  • masterofbones

    Kill or capture works. Following the justice system is an acceptable excuse, allowing them to walk away because “reasons” is not.

    So far she has done this with Patrick and Mary. She clearly understands that they are villains, but she has allowed them to go free of her own will.

    However, he actions regarding Patrick are the bigger problem, because she hasn’t told anybody about him. She has alerted the authorities that Mary had turned to the dark side, which is the most she should be expected to do as a civilian. But with Patrick she has entirely failed to tell anyone that a supervillain has been running around while everyone thinks he is dead.