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  • Uh… you all should be running. Like, for real. Why aren’t they running?

    I’m almost sure that rolly- case is a bomb or something.

    Also, good job on making Moonshadow sound like she’s gone over the edge.

    • Axel_Celosar

      I don’t think she’s crazy. She just clearly finds it hypocritical how people are seeing her between before and now about how he treats criminals

      • adamsbja

        She’s not crazy, she’s broken.

      • Insanenoodlyguy

        Nope, she’s monologuing. She’s gone full deep end.

  • Markus

    What’s in the box? WHAT’S IN THE BOX??

    • Anthony Grubbs

      Damnit you beat me to it.

  • Zac Caslar

    Hello severely dehumanized.
    But that’s kinda the problem: when we empower an individual or group to do violence on our behalf we own their actions.
    Too bad we tend to not want to; yesterday’s noble guardian of freedom is tomorrow’s war criminal, and all that.

  • Moldawgz

    Moonshadow you crazy bish.
    Of course there is a point, she does have it.
    But it’s still not right.

    I like her.

  • kaberett

    I laughed, and also I winced. Very nicely done. (And as ever the art is beautiful!)

  • Timothy Craig

    …Why would you ever become a PMC if you have a moral compass? Like legit, these guys are silly as hell if they think they have a leg to stand on.

    • adamsbja

      Even monsters draw the line somewhere. This guy’s response would probably be “I had my orders” “collateral damage” or “that got out of control and you know it” depending on the actual situation of what happened. If interrupting someone’s monologue werren’t the peak of bad manners, of course.

      • Timothy Craig

        He’s still a tool.

    • That family of five had it coming!

    • Markus

      There’s a pretty marked difference between killing a desperate kid with an assault rifle or an improvised explosive who’s going to kill you back if you let him and killing an unarmed stranger who is probably a pretty fucked up person and a persistent, low-level threat to society in some ideological sense but who isn’t actively about to go around ending human lives. If these guys did anything, they did the former.

      Also, for all we know these guys are defense contractors specifically tied to dealing with Bios. It seems like a pretty lucrative industry to be able to put an angry teenager with a god complex and the firepower to back it up in the ground. Jumping to the conclusion that these guys are war criminals who melted strangers faces in Fallujah or something like that is a pretty big jump to make.

      • S.I. Rosenbaum

        Not all PMCs

        • Markus

          Naw but that’s literally the point. Moonshadow’s ethics boil down to all cops are killers, all judges are corrupt, and any criminal that gets off on a technicality is fair game to murder.

  • Jonas

    She has a point. Although she’s being unfairly generalizing regarding the police.

    • CanuckAmuck

      Yeah! Cops only do that to visible minorities!

      • John Smith

        Sad but apparently true, to judge from the headlines. 🙁

    • Timothy Craig

      She’s not meant to be logical, mate. She’s doing the whole “good point, but obviously completely insane” character thing

  • William Sked

    I’m curious to see how this attitude will be resolved. Because it does kind of mesh with Alison’s “Real problems” ideas, but it also has the whole “killing people” problem. I’m hoping for some comment from Alison about how Moonshadow’s taking a cheaper (or is it easier? I’m not good at articulating this) path.

  • Peter G

    This is not going to end well for the men she’s talking to. She just demonstrated that she knows personal details about each of them and, to paraphrase Frozone from a different fiction, she’s monologuing.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    Like has been said earlier, this is either going to end with her slaughtering them all or her hiring them, and I for one am on the edge of my seat seeing how it all shakes out.

  • Jeremy

    “Mowed down a family of five.” Well, there is one point squarely in the “About to kill all of these guys” column.

    • Timothy Craig

      Unless they also raped them, or abused the women, they’re going to be okay. She’s a very specific kind of vigilante thus far.

      • D

        They’re in a secluded location and it sounds like these people don’t tell others about their whereabouts when on jobs. I think they’re about to die.

  • spriteless

    The ramifications for raising super children as soldiers is a major theme in this comic. Feral wants to save the whole world at whatever the cost to herself. Contrast with everywhere else where supers don’t bear the weight of the world, and Alison saying she wishes she could punch the world better. Moonshadow wants to apply the problem solving she learned to the outside world. Contrast Alison who wants to learn new lessons and Pintsized who want the govt to keep telling him what to do.

  • S.I. Rosenbaum

    She’s gone full Rorschach!

    • Pat

      And you know what they say…


      • Markus

        The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Never go full Rorschach!”… and I’ll look down and whisper “No.”

  • TheGonzoMD .

    I’m starting to see what she’s doing. She’s specifically going after criminals who are not regularly dehumanized like gangbangers and brown people to highlight the hypocrisy of how society views lethal force.

    Now, whether she’s actually building up to make a point to someone or this is just her choice of targets is another question.

    • motorfirebox

      Yeah, to put it another way, she’s going after criminals of privilege. It’s less about criminals that the system hasn’t caught than about criminals the system doesn’t catch.

      • Markus

        This seems bassackwards though. I know the US likes to think that criminals who do messed up things deserve to at least get put in a metal box forever, if not getting their throats slit, but murdering criminals who ‘get away with it,’ regardless of reason, doesn’t fix crime.

        If you want to fix crime, you do it by making the infrastructure of prison lead to better life outcomes for the criminals who *do* get caught, sentenced, and put through the system.

        • DanteHicks

          True, but her only skill is violence. When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. She doesn’t have the skill set to get elected in order to improve criminal justice procedure. Also, who says she wants to “fix crime”? Maybe she’s just a violent person looking for excuses to hurt people by dressing it up as philosophy and social justice.

          • TheGonzoMD .

            God I hope not. “You don’t care about x, you’re just a bad person!” feels like such a cop-out to me.

        • motorfirebox

          Yeah, I’m not necessarily cheering her on, just pointing out what she’s doing. Like I said elsewhere, she’s basically Nega-Mega-Girl, looking for new ways to apply superpowered violence as opposed for looking for ways to fix violence altogether.

          • Markus

            I don’t think that’s true at all. Her choice of targets might be a thinly veiled justification for her personal bloodlust, but it’s a justification she’s making for herself, not for us. Evil people don’t think they’re doing evil, they either don’t care what they’re doing or they think they’re doing good. So far Moonshadow has shown us that she has a pretty darn hard time not caring about what she’s doing.

          • motorfirebox

            I could have worded it better, but I’m comparing their methodologies, not their goals. I think their goals are, roughly speaking, probably pretty similar. Alison’s method is to try to move away from violence, Mary’s is to focus the violence towards what she believes are the appropriate targets.

  • motorfirebox

    She’s kinda like Nega-Mega-Girl. Superpowered violence isn’t solving problems? Must not be using enough of it.

  • Nom De Plume

    “You sly dog! You got me monologuing! I can’t believe it!”

  • Oh man, I meant to stop by your table at SPX and say hi. Also, yikes.

  • Hang Bernie Madoff

    I’ve heard this type of argument before. Why is excessive force considered ok in the punishment of some crimes but not others. But there’s actually a very important reason why some are. Rapists and Domestic Abusers, as horrible as their crimes are, harm individual people. Gang violence, terrorism, and the drug trade harm society.

    From a purely utilitarian perspective they cause more “bad” in the world than the Rapists and Domestic Abusers do because their actions affect so many more people.

    Of course by this same logic, Embezzlers, Inside Traders, and Pyramid Scam Men are the absolute worst of all.

    • llennhoff

      Rapists and domestic abusers set up and benefit from rape culture. It isn’t only individuals they harm, it is every woman whose freedom is limited because unlike getting mugged, getting rape immediately raises the question of whether you deserved it.

      • Hang Bernie Madoff

        I agree that rape culture is a serious problem, and I am in no way trying to marginalize their crimes. But while both rapists and abusers may benefit from rape culture I think you’re putting the effect before the cause.
        Rape culture has been a problem since before ancient Greece and it’s only lately (relatively speaking) that society has recognized both rape and abuse for the disgusting crimes that they are.

        Even if the actions of rapists and abusers increased public acceptance of rape culture (which I doubt), it’s still a matter of personal choice for each individual criminal as to whether they commit the crime or not.
        It’s not really fair to blame anyone for crimes committed by someone else, even if they committed it first. Drug Dealers, terrorists, and gang violence harm large groups of people directly with only their decisions, rather than by inspiring others to take similar actions (although they do that too).

    • yodecat

      i disagree. No offence, but all crime harms us all. Depending of course upon what ‘crime’ is. I wouldn’t think, for example, that the possession of a ‘controlled drug’ shouldn’t be a crime, What a person, whether using the drug or not, *did* could be a crime but, really what would a drug have to do with it?

      Domestic abusers hurt society as damaged people usually result. Rapists hurt us all; who knows what the victims could produce and no longer can?

      Should ‘bad’ be graded from it’s immediate effects?


  • Adrienne Herbst

    How specialized were Pintsize’s missions exactly? If Hector’s been watching all of this “ultraviolence” go down and is still standing in superhero comic panels and crying because being a scientist won’t make him special enough, he’s a more frightening sociopath than Mary.

  • I just want the author to know that it’s about 1:30 am where I am and I keep hitting the refresh button as if I can will Friday’s page on screen by the force of my anxiety.

  • Mystery girl

    Her personality just scares me more…