Sidekick Girl

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We have decided to move to an every other week schedule from now until the end of the year. We’ve been struggling to get back to once a week on time comics with everything that’s been going on, between one or both of us on overtime, the season for our nonprofit ramping up, and general brain fatigue.  Because, you know, 2020.

There will be a comic this coming Wednesday (9/30) and then every other week after that, with filler during November as per usual.

Ok, kinda lied last week. THIS is the big reveal.

Hey, look, you guys get TWO comics this week!  Aren’t you excited?  You should be.  Surprise!

Also, hey, check out who’s underneath the shadows.  Betcha nobody saw THAT coming.

31 responses to “Another World XXI and XXII”

  • DramaKing on September 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Why am I getting the feeling that every known character is going to die horribly very soon?

  • xero on September 30, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    wait… WHAT!? her name was on the memorial

  • S34h0rs3pl4y on September 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Soooo… does this mean that Sidekick Girl is the vigilante… and secretly has been the whole time (maybe a split personality caused by dying over and over and over), so Sidekick Girl, despite wishing desperately to be a full hero, really has always been one (albeit one with no regard for the useless conventions of heroism in this universe, but still an interest in the preservation of life, as she showed when confronting Ricochet)? Or are the dark blue flames just a coincidence or a process of the restoration?

  • Mike on September 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    More likely that the vigilante’s powers can be transferred.

  • Mike on September 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    The Original Vigilante had blonde hair.

  • Kaci on September 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    You have entered the lair of the boss.

    A strange glow emits…

  • Kaci on September 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    You’re not sure why, but it seems you had a reservation…

  • Dark Rose on September 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Is this an evil version of Val?

  • David Johnston on September 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Nah. Just a bitter version who saw everyone she cared about die and ended up locked in her own tomb.

  • Frodyne on September 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Why does she have a bunch of names tattooed?
    Kyoko, George, Kathryn, Hazel, Jasper, Chris, Javi(er?), ??, Val?, M?, Em?
    Names of (dead?) friends.

  • Mike on September 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    And Isauro on the other side with the big Day of the Dead style skull.

    I’m guessing friends she’s outlived.

  • Syncline on September 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Yup.
    I’m assuming this is the ‘super-pissed off, I take no prisoners’ Val.

    And now the million-bitcoin question:

    This is current, apparently powered up Val… so why did they need old Val?

    The buck-fifty question:

    Why was her name on the memorial?

    And the two cents question:

    How do you get a tattoo to stick in someone who regenerates everything, has no (or nearly no) scars and whose body surely treats minor internal foreign bodies like ink or soot as a casual threat that it eliminates daily?

  • EmuOfAges on September 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I suppose for the tattoo, you’d somehow have to get her body/powers to recognize it as a part of her. Perhaps the ink was specially made by or for her?

    Also, first thought in my head: if Val is the Dark, is Illumina the Light?
    Second thought: oh wait, this is the fuuuuture. Keep up, brain!

  • TheGeek on September 19, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Creepy thought of the week. The base of the tattoo ink is Val’s own blood.

  • Syncline on September 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    It’s a creepy thought, but it could be made to work. I had no idea that those armbands were tattoos and saw no reference to them being tattoos- It’s still a tough question to answer.
    Something made from her own tissue would work I suppose.
    One way I thought of doing it is similar to the old soot and thread method sailors and convicts used long ago.
    Take a needle and a piece of her hair and draw it under her skin as thread. The antibodies, melanin proteins and DNA would match and likely would remain.

  • Zodo on September 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    It’s been established that Tattoos stick for her. those armbands are tattoos, not accessories. I was guessing those are names of friends she’s lost as well, and the passing of time has made hard-hearted and cynical.

    I do wonder as well why her name was on the memorial… well, her hero name was. Perhaps someone else took up the mantle of Sidekick Girl at some point.

  • David Johnston on September 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    They probably needed old Val to convince powered-up Val to actually help.

  • Shatterclaw on September 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    high power lazers that are fired around the tattoo needel mirco seconds before the ink is then injected under the skin. My guess is that it would had to be deeper in the skin. The Ink would have to be some thing special as well other wise it would have faded.

    I always assumed that the black armbands where tattoos as well. The quastion is how did she get those?

  • sidekickgirl on September 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    The armbands are indeed tattoos, and she has had them since before her first day at hero college. You can see them in the flashback scenes. though the major clue is that even if she DID have articles of clothing that she wore every day, regardless of whatever else she was wearing, she wouldn’t have them in the shower, in bed, while naked on the Coroner’s table, or in the D&D world, etc.

  • Syncline on September 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    What, no kinks in this world?

    Lplz.

  • SomeGuy on September 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    CALLED IT!

  • ParanoidSpy on September 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOKAY.

    Did NOT see that one coming.

    O_O

  • ParanoidSpy on September 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I was right on one thing, though . She does have long, flowy hair.

  • Laura on September 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    The double comic post came about because I wanted this reveal so bad and didn’t want to wait.

  • Syncline on September 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Thank you so much.
    Seven days often seems a lot longer than it is.

  • Alexander The So So on September 20, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    So, the dollmaker is trying to use the power of the dark in his creations. The power to not die. Zombies that regenerate and can’t die…

  • Gwendolyn Horton on September 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I went back and checked in the Rogue storyline. The Vigilante is definitely male in the present. Probably power-transference of some kind.

  • Ezekiel on September 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Yep. I was totally thinking that the Dark was her (and Illumina was the Light), as soon as they said that the Dark was a superhero as well… Though I did get thrown off by her name being on the stone.

    Still, I really liked this reveal, and especially how pissed off older her seems to be.

  • Super Poopy Diaper Girl on September 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    So Sidekick girl’s powers make her the Eternal Man.

    There is an old 1964 “Outer Limits” called “Demon with the Glass Hand.”
    Is this what our Sidekick Girl has to look forward too.

    This Outer Limits show and Soldier, were writen by Harlan Elison. That was why “The Terminator” was dedicated to him.

    Both are on YouTube. Both are excellent but Deamon with Robert Culp, especially so.

    I wish I had a little of Val’s power. Thursday they are going to C-section me and this time next week, I’ll be Super Duper Poopy Diaper Girl with a hole in her belly.

  • rickkes on October 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Sharpie?

    reapply as needed . . .

  • Shen on November 19, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Huh. I didn’t notice her name on the memorial. Had to go back and look.

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