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Try leading with “That’s the thing, see, I’m involved in this new type of superhero project. Uh, women only, though, sorry. Would you like to hear about it?” ZBass Woman only? What about Rich! I can’t think of any reason why Pintsize wouldn’t be able to help out. Josh Jasper The superheroes seem to be women only. Rich isn’t a superhero. As for why – if you’re an abused woman, and a man shows up to rescue you, it’s not helpful, nor do you know he won’t be another abuser in disguise. Not that Pintsize can’t help. But not as part of the superhero team. Boojum Wow, that sucks for the women abused by their girlfriends. It makes sense statistically, but female same-sex partners are subject to pretty high rates of abuse. chaosvii That last part is possibly a misunderstanding of statistics. What is confirmed (last time I knew of this) is that women in same-sex partnerships are more likely to *report* abuse than women in an opposite-sex partnership. Boojum Going to have to see a solid citation on that “confirmation.” What I’ve found, just looking up the stats, is that they have the second-highest rate of reported abuse of any gender/orientation combination, while facing some of the largest discrimination in that reporting. That doesn’t seem to match up to a hypothesis that they are *more* likely to report at a higher rate. At all. Mujaki “Actuallllllly, a bunch of lawyers from the DBRD came down and took it. Something about you abandoning the rights to the name “Mega Girl,” several hundred pending litigation cases for property damage, and a bunch of other stuff that went over my head.” “Was that a short joke, Pintsize?” “Yeah, sorry. Old habits, you know? They left an itemized bill for you, it’s in warehouse B. And part of C.” ∫Clémens×ds Look at this, unbelievers. Look at his hopeful eyes “Did you just come to check up on me?”. Hector is the most genuinely vulnerable character in the whole webcomic and, for reference, that’s a webcomic wherein Alison is the main protagonist. Look at that change of background color in the last panel, hinting at a change of tone, the utter disappearance of warmth in Alison’s tone, mirorring her cold, lifeless grey eyes. This will not end well. (Disclaimer: joke) MrSing On all levels, even physical, he’s a wolf. [Barks] Daniel Vogelsong I’ll get you the check, sure… but since you’re here, can you help me move? Some of this stuff… is kinda heavy… Kris Dunlap Hector-“I spent it all to get Werewolf public speaking lessons in wolf, because even though one wolf is lame an entire pack of wolves fighting crime is awesome!” Allison-“I 100% agree with that decision! New Wolf Guardians forever!” Arthur Frayn Here it comes… GreatWyrmGold “Can he talk to other wolves?” “Yeah, but not, like, persuasively.” You know, I’ve always wondered why “talk-to-animals” usually equated to having animal minions. rpenner “That must be the smartest, most educated wolf opinion I heard on anything.” “But something about him doesn’t smell right. I heard he was secretly a man-lover.” “There’s no call for such language, but you are right, we can’t trust leadership to the over-thinkers.” “We’re looking for an alpha with a really glossy coat — that’s the essence of leadership.” RaeRae I don’t know if you ever read Fables, but they covered that pretty well. The big bad wolf was the “king” of wolves, and even then, it was very difficult managing them. GreatWyrmGold And you’d think wolves would be some of the easier animals to manage, seeing how they work in packs. Usually familial units, but still. Insanenoodlyguy That makes sense though. Centrailized leadership might be ultimately respected by each family because rules of story, but unless there’s some goal all wolves would independlty agree on (LETS GO TO WAR WITH THE CAT EMPIRE GUYS), they’d resent someone out of family telling them what to do quite a bit. Lots of grumbling and disagreement could be expected. Jerden You have to promise them doggie treats! Balthazar I think scooby-snacks only work on scruffy teenagers and dogs. GreatWyrmGold Even the cats? MrSing Animals can’t handle peer pressure. Santiago Tórtora If while walking down the street in heavy rain a cat said to you “give me your umbrella” in perfect English, would you not give the cat your umbrella? Dean Of course not. How would a cat use an umbrella? Abel Undercity I’d give the cat my umbrella and probably run for my life, because it’s likely to be Greebo and Granny Weatherwax is somewhere nearby. Scar Man!!! I thought he was Nanny Ogg’s cat. In which case, I would be running away from the inevitable hangover the next morning if I stayed to chat Tsapki Yeah, I am fairly sure Granny Weatherwax’s cat is just called You. I hear it’s a terrific mouser too. Just glares at the mouse until they realize they aren’t worth the time to catch and just leave the house. Scar Man!!! Yep. He’s an adorable little white kitten that is nevertheless the only cat that has ever beaten Greebo, singlehandly or otherwise Abel Undercity When Nanny travels, Granny is likely to come along as well. Scar Man!!! Good point. Those two don’t tend to travel unless there is a crisis big enough to need both of them GreatWyrmGold I would not. I don’t like cats, and I definitely don’t like entitled ones. Wait, that’s all cats. Balthazar Werewolf: “Heed my call comrades!” Wolf 1: “Dude I barely even know you.” Wolf 2: “Nope, not feeling it today.” Wolf 3: “Nice try, discount doolittle.” Werewolf: “I hate you guys.” Kris Dunlap The real conversation goes: Werewolf: “Obey me!” Other wolves: “Lets disembowel him for being different and intruding on our territory!” Scar Man!!! pretty much. Pol Subanajouy “Discount doolittle.” <3 Tsapki I blame Aquaman. lizasweetling and now for the awkwardness. oh well- Optimism! she can spin it as a cool human-rights improving thingy, right? right? Joshthulhu Here’s the point in the conversation where the bottom of your stomach descends very rapidly. Pol Subanajouy I for one think turning into a wolf sounds cool…but not against guys with guns. Tsapki More useful for recon than much else. Good tracking and less likely to get shot at so long as you don’t do anything suspicious. Scar Man!!! Just because he can smell stuff better doesn’t mean he doesn’t need to be trained in what each smell corresponds to. Tsapki Very true, though I can think that if I could turn into a dog I’d want to get a handle on some of my senses. He would likely need to train but chances are if he is getting in a government program he could get that training pretty easy, to say nothing of the speed of it since he can have a human understanding of what the objects and substances are before smelling them. “Block of cocaine…hmm, okay so that’s what that smells like. Tank of gasoline, okay got it. Blood, got it.” StClair I wonder how much of it is simple misdirection, ie, “watch the birdie…” I’m sure that the gov’t doesn’t have any under-the-radar dynamic “operatives”, as in JMS’ Supreme Power. (To say nothing of what the big-C Conspiracy might be up to.) ∫Clémens×ds “Can he talk to other wolves?” “Well, wolf conversational behavior involves a lot of butt sniffing. We’re telling him it’s to save the world, but he’s still not ready to commit to the cause. Dan Franklin I was hoping she’d do exactly what you’re describing – that’s a lot more graceful than what she did. (But at her age I would not have thought to do it that way.) Zinc I think public opinion of super-heroes is still pretty high. The anti-biodynamic crowd is probably a rather small minority – even if they are extremely vocal, and often violent and dangerous. Alison can barely get thorough an issue without running into someone who wants to thank her for saving their or their uncle’s lives. 3-I Plus just because we don’t see any supervillains around doesn’t mean there aren’t biodynamics running around wrecking stuff. Zmm hah. I hope this doesn’t go bad i would like him to show up more consistantly.. having a link to the past would be nice Arkone Axon Regarding the wolf thing… check Girl Genius sometime. Krosp, King of Cats, summed up why this is an issue. “I am the King of all cats, they do whatever I command them. But they’re CATS! They’re stupid! I tell them to go do something and they charge off… and forget what I told them, or they get bored, or hungry.” As for the check thing… I’m curious to see what he thinks of what she’s wanting – or more specifically, WHY she wants it. She’s been effecting major and positive changes in the world. Not huge ones – yet – but it’s a definite start. Is he going to be unhappy about the idea of heroes without costumes? Or is he going to want to join in and help out in this new way? Scar Man!!! As someone explained above, there is a different problem with wolves. They are a bit smarter than cats, about dog level. But there is there no way a pack is going to to listen to some random outsider with no pack status. Best case scenario, ignore or growl at him to stay off their turf. Worst case scenario, alpha assumes a challenge to his status and attacks. pendraco also… Cats are smarter than dogs. dog can’t bury their own feces. 😛 Cats’ve also been around a lot longer. Dogs have a pack mentality, Cats just don’t care what you think. not saying Dogs are stupid….but saying cats ARE is extremely stupid. MrSing Cats have been scientifically confirmed to be the dumbest animal alive though. You’d think it would be pandas or chickens or something, but no, it was cats. Caused a right uproar in the scientific community, but the evidence was indisputable. The president even made a speech about it. pendraco he never said cats were stupid, he said they have an attention span of about 3 seconds….. clearly you just hate cats. Arkone Axon Actually, I love cats. Clearly I just didn’t bother to look up the page directly in order to quote it… at the time. Since I have to prove that I’m not a cat-hater, then: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040317#.Vr55GLIrKUk So yeah. He called the IDEA moronic. He just called cats themselves animals and emphasized their inability to grasp complex ideas, or to maintain focus even if they do understand his instructions. Rather like AI for units in poorly made strategy games where you have to micromanage units that often struggle with concepts like going around obstacles or not spontaneously charging to wield their powerful projectile weapon as an improvised and mediocre melee weapon. I believe there’s a word for units like that, and I believe it starts with an “S.” Arkone Axon Actually, I just felt that I didn’t need to check Girl Genius’ archives for an exact quote… at the time. But yes, you’re right. Krosp didn’t say the cats were stupid. He said they were unable to grasp higher concepts or maintain an interest in what he was telling them to do. I actually am fond of cats. I was simply referencing another comic I happen to like. Devlerbat Whats wrong with shrinking? Shrinking is at worse a B-list power. Guy who turns into a wolf can’t really do anything that a trained hound can’t. Danygalw Clearly you haven’t read enough Animorphs. 😛 Hawthorne “I mean, his ESSAYS are hella persuasive, but the wolves don’t read.” Scar Man!!! hey, shrinking is a great power if you broaden your thoughts to non-combat applications. Lostman Pintsize… Your idiot: The government is send someone with better smelling to track a person who illusions, do the math. Jacob That’s a good question, how far do her illusions go, I know they aren’t tangible, but they appear audible, so couldn’t they create smells as well. Tsapki I instantly starting thinking maybe they should get someone with sonar, but then it occurred to me that a Bat theme hero just left the team Monica That’s not just a problem with my browser? *phew* But yeah, the alt-texts are fun! MrSokar I can’t exclude the possibility of both our browsers screwing things up. fairportfan “Oh, I see. You don’t REALLY want to talk to me … all you’re here for is MONEY.” Ah, the good ol’ Inferiority Complex. MrSing Well, that is kinda why she came there. zathura .. I wonder how he is going to react to hearing that she’s in the process of staryong her own specialized crime fighting team….. Ian Osmond Shrinking guy who is also an amazing tech-builder. His shrinking is less impressive than his apparently nearly-Tony Stark-like engineering chops. A plane that fits in a submarine that fits in a pocket?