Issue 3 - Page 20

28th Oct 2016, 6:00 PM in Birthright - Part 3
Issue 3 - Page 20
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Steven-Vincent 28th Oct 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Steven-Vincent
Who thinks this is gonna be trouble...?
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Gilrandir 28th Oct 2016, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
Secret identity? What secret identity? ^_^
jamie59 28th Oct 2016, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
jamie59
That's a huge little land mine that ran into her room. Guess she doesn't have supper hearing or isn't using it.
Steven-Vincent 28th Oct 2016, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Liberty Lass has no enhanced senses. Her powers are super-strength, flight, and damage resistance.

And yeah, land mine is a good way to describe it.
Gilrandir 29th Oct 2016, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
What's her number? (Obligatory reference to Aaron Williams' PS238. ^_^) Seeing as she is a F.I.S.S. hero.
Steven-Vincent 29th Oct 2016, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
You mean her school number? She goes to Elbridge Preparatory Academy, a private school in Colonial City.

TJ goes to Patrick Henry elementary school, which is public -- because it's an excellent school and is walking distance, and Abby went there, mom and dad see no reason to send him to private school until he hits middle school.
Gilrandir 29th Oct 2016, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Not what I was referring to. PS238 is set in a world with many supers. Of these, so many have the same power template (Flight, Invulnerability, Super Strength) that this power set has become ... deprecated through commonality. F.I.S.S. Heroes (as they are now known) have even gotten to the point where many of them don't even try to create a brand for themselves, they are just registered and assigned a number (in increasing sequence). They are the 'spear carriers' or 'grunts' of the super world, and many look down on them -- although the first examples of this type were among the legends of their kind by virtue of being the first.

There's one character, a little girl attending PS238, who has decided she is not going to let other people devalue her heroism just because her power set isn't as flashy or uncommon as some. "Number 84" went so far as to take her number and make it her superhero name. She's proud of what she is, what she can do, and has, in fact, galvanized and invigorated the FISS community to stand up for themselves and not let the other super types label them. I think it's a great little storyline, if you're not familiar with it, although Number 84 is not the principal protagonist of the overall webcomic.

Anyway, I didn't know if you had read the webcomic or not. If you had, since Abby is a FISS, I was wondering what her number was. ^_^
Steven-Vincent 29th Oct 2016, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Ah. No, I have not read the comic.

In this world, those powers are no more common than any other set. So far of the heroes we have seen on-screen, she is the only one with those powers. Liberty Man had two of the three (he couldn't fly). Miss Vector is force fields. Dr. Synapse is psionics. Wind Reader is arrows/martial arts. Luminaire is light.

One other hero has been mentioned but not shown - Titanos, of Gamma Force. His main power is growth (he can become ~30 feet tall). With that comes strength and some damage resistance, though based on what was said by Homewrecker in #2, he is not as strong nor as tough as Abby.

Titanos is a member of Gamma Force (actually a Champions hero group my friends and I played). None of the others have been mentioned yet but one is a gadgeteer, one is a martial artist, one has powered armor, one has mind powers, and one has sonic powers.

So of all the heroes mentioned in this world, Abby is the only one with 'FISS'.

I also want to point out that her power technically isn't really Invulnerability, but Damage Resistance. She's highly resistant to damage (Dr. Synapse, who scanned her, reported this exact term to Liberty Man in issue 2) not completely invulnerable to all forms of harm.

In fact we're going to see some of the limits of her powers in the next story arc.
Gilrandir 29th Oct 2016, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Understood. It was meant to be a humorous reference, not a straight comparison of your respective webcomics. ^_^
Centcomm 28th Oct 2016, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm
oh this is going to be funny! .. for us!
Steven-Vincent 29th Oct 2016, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Heheh... I hope it is.

This was one of my favorite scenes to write in the 1st story arc.
Comic Fan 29th Oct 2016, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
If she's a fast-change artist, she could get out of this with the kid brother none the wiser. His facial expressions thus far tell me he may not really be very observant.

But then again, girls who can change and redo their hair very quickly may be pretty rare creatures. Don't forget to take off the glasses and hide the boots, young lady!

If for nothing else, this'll teach her to not get sucked into the trap of dialoging with badguys; it just wastes time, which only helps the badguy and gives people a chance to figure out your secret identity. :O
Steven-Vincent 29th Oct 2016, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Abby does not have super-speed or instant change. She isn't any faster at changing clothes than you or I would be.
Drake 30th Oct 2016, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
How fast is she at coming up with explanations? :)
Steven-Vincent 31st Oct 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
We're about to find out... ;)
Number 6 31st Oct 2016, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
Fortunately for her, if her universe is anything at all like that of Batman/Superman/etc. all non-supers are extremely gullible, and will believe absolutely any explanation you give them to cover your secret id, no matter how contrived or implausible it is, and no matter how many times you've had to give these odd explanations previously! Amazingly, this works just as well even if the person hearing the implausible explanation is a professional detective, cop, or investigative reporter who you would normally expect to be rather a skeptic. Convincing a kid should be no problem at all! ;)
Steven-Vincent 31st Oct 2016, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
LOL.

Well, the LL universe is Bronze Age not Silver, so although you're right, people are apt to believe the secret ID cover-ups, it's not quite *that* extreme.

Also as I hope the next scene will show, TJ is nobody's fool.
Ed8 4th Nov 2016, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
I actually suspect it would be more difficult, rather than less, for her to convince her kid brother than to convince anyone else: TJ probably *wants* to believe his sister is LL. Having an older sibling, particularly one you already look up to, who is a superhero - how cool is that?!
Steven-Vincent 4th Nov 2016, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Definitely cool.

I tried to imagine how my nephew would react to this, and that's how TJ is going to react.
syddent 31st Oct 2016, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
syddent
Uh...It's my Halloween costume! Yeah... that's it...Halloween.

But I have this funny feeling Abby doesn't really fib well
Steven-Vincent 31st Oct 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Heheh. No she is not a very good liar. We have already seen how guilty she is about hiding the truth from her friends.

She can only wish it was Halloween in her timeline. Sadly for her, it's April.
Number 6 31st Oct 2016, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
That's easy then: It's an April Fools trick!
If it's not the 1st, then it's a LATE April Fools trick!
(Nobody falls for them any more if you do them on the 1st anyway)
Steven-Vincent 31st Oct 2016, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Actually I'm mistaken. It's 3/31. So I guess it could be an April Fool joke. I've been so deep in writing and laying out issues 5-7, which take place in April, I forgot it was still March in issue 3. :)
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