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  • Ryan

    I don’t think Alison convinced either of them with that last line.

    • http://www.apl2bits.net/ Ken Gagne

      Even the alt tag was left speechless.

      • Ryan

        Each new page generally doesn’t get a hover text for some hours after being posted.

  • Michael Corley

    That’s not a fine face. Not at all.

  • Elaine Lee

    The Guardians’ headquarters was recently shut down. Perhaps Moonshadow had lived there before.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    One thing I’ve learned about adults by being an adult. We say one thing and mean another because we don’t know how else to act like adults.

  • Markus

    The doctor really pisses me off with her last little monologue. She’s all “Let’s make it as emotionally damaging as possible when you inevitably confront moonshadow/the slasher, so now that I’ve already firmly implied that you’re betraying women everywhere by catching a serial killer, I’m going to leave you with the persistent idea that the only reason you’re trying to do legitimate social good is so you can maintain an illusion of control that you lack in your school and family life.”

    • Sabriel

      I know! She’s giving this evil, manipulative advice but it’s framed as “concern.”

      That is next-level villainy. Between the doc and Patrick, if he turns out to be playing Alison, Alison is so fucked.

      • John

        “if”? More like, “when he turns out to be playing Allison”.

        • Sabriel

          Yeah. Most likely.

          She is surrounded by so many manipulative people. See also: Violet.

  • Samael76

    Wow, I really don’t like this doctor. So much emotional manipulation.

    • Mechwarrior

      And so blatant about it.

  • http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php/User:Jerden Jerden

    Probably. But we don’t KNOW that yet.

  • http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php/User:Jerden Jerden

    I think it is going to be a bit of a murder mystery. I mean, that’s not Alison’s “I’ll just go home now, this really doesn’t concern me” face that we see in that last panel.

  • Anthony Jackson

    From a reader perspective, it certainly looks like the doc may be actively involved in supporting or even guiding Moonshadow. Not sure if it would be as suspicious in real life. One of the problems with presenting mysteries in any literary form is that the reader knows that most completely irrelevant stuff has been taken out and is thus immediately more suspicious of those scenes that are left in.

  • S.I. Rosenbaum

    Yeah, why is she so interested in these murders? I mean she only stumbled on the not-yet-cold body of someone she knew. Yeesh, Doc

  • MrSing

    Interesting thing about this conversation: the doctor is in complete control of the situation.
    Even thought Alison could kill her and get away with it quite easily, the doctor is the one in power here.
    Alison is one of the most powerful humans in the world and invincible in a straight up fight, but she has lost many, many times.
    Menace convinced her to stop being a hero, Feral convinced her to let her go through with her life long torture, and here the doctor manages to quite easily brush her off when she comes asking for information. And we don’t even know how many times she has lost beyond that.
    All because people are charming, manipulative, or plead to her emotions.
    Alison’s weakness is that she is just as easily manipulated as an ordinary person and it keeps blindsiding her every time.
    Alison wants to change the world, but maybe she should join a debate club before doing anything like that.

    • Mechwarrior

      For someone who can punch her way through a brick wall, Alison’s kind of a pushover.

      But then, superheroes with phenomenal physical abilities have traditionally been vulnerable to mental effects.

      • Paradoxius

        Oh boy. I really hope that it doesn’t turn out that Patrick, Lisa, and the doctor are all evil and manipulating Alison. That seems a little too normative for this webcomic, though.

    • Stephanie Gertsch

      A debate club sounds like it would be exactly the kind of thing she’s into!

      However, I don’t see her tendency to be persuaded as a weakness necessarily. Only if she were to betray her own moral compass to do so. (For example, she didn’t agree with the “But he’s a nice guy!” arguments at the roof party.) Listening to reasonable arguments and being able to change one’s mind is the mark of a very mature, very strong person.

      Alison’s still got a way to go as far as finding a balance, but I think she’ll get there.

    • Classtoise

      Her biggest weakness is being afraid to stand up to others. It’s not COMPLETELY unreasonable. Standing up to someone has a much different connotation when literally no one can stop you if you decide to do things your way. But this is being used against her by people who know her insecurities. People like the doctor here are using it to push her around and make her feel small so she won’t interfere in their agendas.

  • Perlite

    Yo, doc. I following you until you pulled that emotional manipulation crap. “Worried about your level of interest in these murders” Yeah, it’s not like she stumbled upon the fresh corpse of someone she had a VERY public confrontation wi- OH WAIT.

  • Ryan

    Do you know where all your former co-workers live? I don’t, and they’re not even working under false identities.

    • Lostman

      Yes but this doesn’t change the fact that Alison was fight along theses’ people for how long and didn’t one thing about them? I am if I sound a little aggressive but think about it; you have fought along with theses’ people and you don’t know that one has parents split up or the other possibly being mental unstable ,and what makes this worse is that all the others look at Alison as a leader figure, the strongest among them. So when she left on live TV people (even ones with super powers) do what natural; they followed.

      At this point I wouldn’t call Alison a superhero or even a hero, how can expressed someone to fundamentally change the world when she couldn’t fundamentally save her friends. So in a way this is all Alison fault.

      • Dean

        Remember, Alison was a teenager when she was active as Mega-Girl. It’s not reasonable to expect a group of teenagers to think and react like a group of adults would. This is one of the reasons that I think that whoever decided to kit the Guardians out as superheroes and tell them that they should go out and fight crime did therm a severe disservice.

      • Ryan

        Even if Alison did know where Mary lived as a Guardian, it’s almost certain that Mary would have moved after quitting.

  • Ryan

    “Wait, Alison, I almost forgot! They just added a new psychological test they want me to administer to everyone. It’s real quick. Now come and look at this picture and tell me what you see.”
    “Um, a gold and white dress?”
    *Doc sighs and walks away*

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      • Ryan

        This exchange is going to look really weird to future readers.

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      …why would you do that ?

      • Ryan

        I am endlessly amused that this is a meme.

        • Darkoneko Hellsing

          Y’know, I saw it gold and blue and felt so alone ;_;

  • forksclovetofu

    I’m starting to wonder if the doc IS the killer… who better to hide her own superhuman capabilities than the person whose job it is to monitor the superhero community?

    • MrSing

      Well, we’re going on the assumption that the only superhumans in the world are the ones born during that world covering storm. Unless there are somehow older superheroes, for which we have seen no evidence yet, we can assume that the doctor is just an average human.

  • Kid Chaos

    Your insight serves you well. :)