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Do diamonds regularly cut people when they stroke them?! Can you imagine the sorts of questions about facial hair would pop up if Alison had the hormones for invincible beard growth? phantomreader42 Now I want to see a superhero with an invincible beard. Maybe a Scottish Bobobo-bo-bo-bobo? Iarei No. She’s not preternaturally hard or anything, just durable. Distinct mechanical qualities. Opus the Poet Not unless she’s using product, then her hair becomes an unbreakable composite. Tylikcat Except for that to really work, the product would have to be made of her. This is left as an exercise for the reader. Weatherheight So we need something either liquid or foamy for ease of application and maximum styling flexibility, that dries and thereby provides sufficient stiffness for lasting hold… Nope, nothing comes to mind. There’s something about Ali… Darkoneko Hellsing Yeeeeeesssss. Well, unless he found someone else since, in which case, “woops”. Iarei That brief, strange moment you thought Alison straight up face-planted into the sidewalk. TimK Of course, if Alison does that it probably makes a dent in the sidewalk… Iarei Sure, that’s why I said ‘into’ not ‘onto’. Werdna73 Oh my gosh, I see that now! That is amazing! Thewizardguy YESSSSSSS. Give in to the pants-man. chaosvii Uhhuhuhuh. Come to Butthead. Shjade “Alison? Do you know what time it is?” “I know, I know, I’m sorry it’s so late, I wa-” “No, seriously, what time is it? I lost my watch in the fire.” “It’s, um…it’s about 2 AM, I guess wait doesn’t your phone have a clock on it?” “Oh, this isn’t my phone. It’s a landline at my friend John’s place. I knew he’d let me crash on his couch.” “Oh shit! Did I wake him up?” “Nah, he’s watching some movie about samurai cowboys.” *distant* “Hey Alison!” “He says hi.” “Uh…hi?” *distant* “Dude, Mega-Girl said hi to me!” “Yeah. Yeah, John. She sure did.” OoO! THE ROCKET EQUATION! (Hi everybody, I’ve been lurking since Guwara and feel like I know all you commenters. You’re awesome!) OoO! BTW: Alison should totally work for NASA tugging around stuff in space or simply pulling stuff into orbit. Due to the rocket equation there is know place on Earth where her power is worth more. If she brought an asteroid into geostationary orbit the colonisation of the solar system could begin! (mostly I just want to see Al flying about in space) Also, where are the paparazzi? Kid Chaos Can Alison get into orbit? How much weight can she carry while flying? Will she have to get a pilot’s license or something from the FAA? Inquiring minds want to know! 😎 Dean Most importantly, how long can she hold her breath? Kid Chaos They’ll have to get her a spacesuit; unlike Batman, Mega-Girl can’t breathe in space. 😜 phantomreader42 Without flight speed data, there’s no way to know if she can reach escape velocity. She’d probably need a flightplan and a comlink to Air Traffic Control if she were flying at the usual cruising altitude for airplanes, but at the altitudes she’s been shown flying there isn’t much risk of a collision. Going to orbit would require passing through that range, but if she launched from the vicinity of an existing spacecraft Launchpad there’s probably a clear window to avoid that kind of thing already. Arthur Frayn Finally! Now what we need is for Max to not be a jerk or an agent of “Them.” ZBass ‘Hi Max. I’m having a minor life crisis and could really do with a hug right now’ ‘Uhhh…didn’t we only meet for a couple minutes?’ ‘You mean those minutes when I saved your life?’ ‘Fair point. Here’s my address. I’ll grab some ice cream for when you get here.’ Tylikcat I am pretty dubious about Max. That all being said… I think it’s better to go out and have mindless sex* than stressing about whether or not one is going to have sex. Take reasonable precautions, make mistakes, have fun, learn something. Yo. …though I wonder if Lisa can make anything that will fuck with nearby cameras. * Not that I’m at all convinced Alison can manage mindless sex. chaosvii Max seems like a underwear gentleman that knows how to keep it together even when most would be feeling hot under the collar. I don’t find that dubious. What would be dubious for me is if he introduced himself as fully as possible and apologized for not having his business card handy (and the irony is that he works for a clothing retailer). DGillon My mind went to entirely the wrong place over “fuck with nearby cameras” Tylikcat Apparently you aren’t the only one. phantomreader42 …and now that you posted that my mind went to “there is probably a fanfic of that already” zarawesome bae come over my arch-nemeses aren’t home Pol Subanajouy Heh, Al, no need for the first call with a potentially date to be so urgent. But kudos to you for finally making the call. It’s good. Good things should happen to you. chaosvii “I need a date right now Max! Do you have a distribution center where I can pick one up?” “Haha! Sure, [address]. I’ll be sure to have a representative on-hand to help you with the selection we have in stock.” “Great!” Arthur Frayn Finally! Now all we need is Max to not be a jerk or an agent of “Them.” David Stieber That is the best pacing-around late-night nervous booty-call-maybe face. Holy cow, you captured that feel! Weatherheight Finally! Alison interacts in a normal way with a normal person! It’s been forever! Say, what’s with the ominous background music…? Markus Can somebody give some over/under odds on her talking to a voicemail machine right now? MrSing “Is your fridge running?” “My fridge burned down.” “O-oh.” chaosvii Nothin to see here folks, just the world’s greatest tyrant lookin for some love ♫ Aiun Damn, straight to calling and no mucking about with hard-to-interpret texts? Alison really is unusual. Haven Good thing her strength is at least subconsciously under her control, or else she would have WHUMPED right through the bed, through the floor, and probably into a big vat of capecake batter. “Now with real superhero flavor!” it’d say the next day. Hawthorne “I just…I need your white stones.” Rumble in the Tumble Inb4 he gave her a fake number :v David Any chance this site can go back to letting comments be posted as they happen? It would be nice to actually discuss this comic with each other…instead of having to wait three days to see someone’s reply. strongfemaleprotagonist things got out of hand when we had automatic approval on comments! keep in mind we’re making this comic and approving comments, etc, as a labor of love around our other jobs 🙂 -Molly David Thanks for the reply. I had a feeling it might have something to do with comments getting out of hand, but I wasn’t sure. That’s unfortunate, but very understandable. chaosvii Do tell. I didn’t see any dick moves, [obvious underwear joke here] just a guy that’s not on fire saying what comes to mind. MrSing In the end, aren’t we all just guys that are not on fire saying what comes to mind? No? Just me? Okay. Tylikcat Just the what I’ve said elsewhere. 1) The getting touched on the butt comment. I’d even excuse this if he hadn’t said this while they were flying but seriously? This is absolutely going to make Al super uncomfortable, when it’s not like she had a lot of options for holding him, and it’s not like she can put distance between them without dropping him. Way to turn necessary closeness into a sexually charged event (while implying she’s doing something wrong.) And, okay, accidents happen (though he seems pretty confident and unflappable, all things considered.) But, then he asks for her number, and Al decides the flip the script and ask for his number insteand and 2) He does the bit with his shirt. And seriously, this is the flirting equivalent of a martial arts throw, because it turns her attempt to set a boundary into him doing something extravagant (literally giving her the shirt off his back when he’s lost all his possessions and holy fuck, they’ve just met and that’s creepy) and now her attempt to set a boundary has been turned into a pretty showy and extravagant obligation. Because he just gave her the shirt off his back. Way not to respect boundaries dude. In my experience, that kind of stuff – both of them – isn’t cool and romantic, it’s game playing and creepy shit. (It might be mildly creepy. It might be majorly creepy. It does seem to project “I can more about the impression I’m making than what’s going on with you.”) But our sample size is small, and hey, he might turn out to be fine. In real life, I’d want to collect more data. But this isn’t real life. This is a story, and so all the events are shown can be assumed to be in support of the story. I might not be on the same page as the authors, but if the story is about getting involved with someone who pulls shit, that shit should be foreshadowed, but not so heavily that Al wouldn’t call him back. Santiago Tórtora Maybe things that would be creepy and mildly threatening for a normal person just aren’t that important for Allison. Without the implied threat of physical violence, creepy behavior loses most of its threat value. chaosvii I’ve only experienced it as a sign of being sexually overt or an anxious deflection of his vulnerability. Yes the disrobing it is showy, but I saw it as him letting her do what she wants, i.e. respecting her wishes, while being showy. If he’s got a career in entertainment, then clearly he lives it every time something dramatic happens to him. Giving the shirt off your back is a thing you can rationally do when you can afford to do it, you’ve got fire insurance, you’ve got friends, your family is well off enough that this is just a setback, you’ve got reasons to not think of yourself as a victim & can get back on your feet quickly, and nearby people give you blankets to stay warm/stave off the physiological effects of shock. That sort of stuff. The butt stuff is a bad joke no matter how you slice it. Obviously it highlights the differences between them with regards to sexual humor and bashfulness regardless of whether things are going to work out between them or if he’s a dubious dude. However, it’s the sort of purposefully tasteless joke i would make in a relaxed environment. The obvious difference being that I would *never* do it while somebody is doing their job (which is my actual beef with Max). And if I flustered the guy (or swelled any heads) then I’d make it clear that the joke was making fun of the situation, not commenting on the people involved. Something like “Hey whoa, sorry! I know the joke was bad but I didn’t mean to hurt ya!” or opposingly “Alright, calm down, you got a free sample but the rest is earned, not taken.” It can indeed look desperate & excessive in the ambiguous context we’re given, but we also don’t know whether or not he sees it as just another part of his life where he’s taking the opportunities he’s been given. Even upon considering your alternate interpretation, I still see him as a showman that follows the sorts of sexual mores I follow, not as a man who is concerned primarily with leaving an impression on every attractive lady that shows up. He’s not in a bar, so I figure he’s not trying to act like he’s in a bar. chaosvii Clearly this comment section is too bashful to ask the real hard-hitting questions about how superhero pants aren’t already torn to shreds via daily activity. Tylikcat As long as the thrusting mechanism penetrates the sensor, it sounds like it will get the job done. …but I’m not against other solutions that would disrupt the sensor. Balthazar Nothing says “powerful” then the soundtrack for jaws. Dundun dundun dundundundundundundundundun dadada… Lance Allen Am I the only one who thinks she missed their date, and she’s calling to apologize? All the other comments I’m reading seem to suggest that this is a booty call, or something, but that last panel is “OMG I’m so sorry!” Mechwarrior After her conversation with Daniel, she might be calling to say that she’s sorry but she’s not comfortable going out on a date with him. chaosvii Looking back on http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-6/page-29-4/ here, it kinda looks like she’s been putting off the call entirely, so the way I interpreted what she said to Daniel was “I’m getting ready to even ask him out on a date in the first place but I don’t want to sound like a superloser right now so I’ll imply that it’s already set up.” phantomreader42 I don’t think they actually MADE a date, this looks like the first time she’s called, so apologizing for taking so long to call makes sense. David That would be sweet. I’ve been saying all along, dude was way too nonchalant during the meeting to be a regular guy. Though I can’t shake a “Kilgrave” type vibe from him, myself. Mechwarrior No, I doubt that he’s one of The Revenant’s alter-egos. Zintlions That is definitely how I interpreted this too… 😛 phantomreader42 Considering the randomness of their meeting, that seems unlikely. A random jerk is plausible, or an agent of a conspiracy ending up in a seemingly-random burning building, but random creepy super-fetishist bumping into Mega-Girl by sheer chance and not saying anything that indicates he’s a random creepy super-fetishist? Even if it turned out he’d set the fire to get a chance to meet her (which seems more “conspiracy” than “fetishist”), it seems unlikely that someone who would do such a thing would be able to control himself enough to avoid tripping any obvious red flags. chaosvii Oh I’m all about the hesitation when it comes to how grey zone his asking for her number while she was on the job is. The general assumption is that the worker cannot simply leave the situation politely and is generally discouraged from anything that might be considered displeasing to a customer or client. Add to the mix that people are generally encouraged to not call out rude behavior in an accusatory fashion but rather a very unintuitive “let’s discuss what is expected of everyone here before we move on” which tends to be far more time consuming and conversation-halting than making no comment on the rude behavior up to three additional times. The stuff that makes it less of an apparent encroachment is that he said why he’s breaking convention, and Alison treats that reasoning as sufficient. Had she expressed any criticism of his approach, then we would know how he deals with clear boundaries. We would know if he pushes against them for his own wants, or if he goes with the flow as soon as anyone puts a leash on the situation. I’m all about that life. If I know I’m breaking convention, I have a need to justify to myself first, then overtly express my actions & rationale behind it so that people know that I don’t just do shit because I want to so much as I do things because I think it’s the best option.