Sidekick Girl

Saving the City: Sans-Spandex

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.

Isn't he so handsome in the most punchable way?

Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.

32 responses to “Interim V”

  • Kheldarson on March 23, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    One patrol. I give it one patrol before she puts him down hard.

  • Heather Jean on March 23, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    “[P]lace your bets”? The costume will be so skimpy she’ll have to shave *everywhere*, high-heeled boots, and NO POCKETS whatsoever. Or something else that wouldn’t look out-of-place next to a stripper’s pole.

  • CptNerd on March 23, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    With a name like “shiver” it might be a parka, long caribou pants and mukluks…

  • Fangsong on March 23, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    I can’t see this ending happily unless her bat’s swings at his douchey face make her smile.

  • Aline1 on March 23, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    I am thinking the agency set them so for her to teach him a lesson.

  • jk on March 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    I am guessing/hopeful that your right. Although it would be funny if it was the other way around

  • Phantomskyler on March 23, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Well…he’s sure pleasant… <<

    So money's on him either being a walking representation of misogynist douche culture or, given that last comment and a code-name like "Shiver," he could be an unhinged self-entitled creeper waiting for one bad rejection to make him go full blown "Megamind's Titan" on Val and everyone else.

    …Or he could just be a run of the mill vanilla asshole. Place your bets folks.

  • Black Rose on March 23, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    What kind of costume would Val be getting and will Shiver(nice name BTW)give Val a code name while he’s at it?

  • Brian on March 23, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Maybe the new costume will be cargo pants, tank top, high tops, and an Indiana Jones hat. Won’t we all be surprised!

  • Alterna on March 24, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    I’m going to guess, embarrassing cute and insulting costume!

  • SolCannibal on March 24, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Someone does look ludricously self-asured, not to say overbearing and patronizing…. let’s wait and see if his money really goes where the big mouth is.

  • N/A on March 24, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    … You know, I kinda want this guy to turn out to be a nice, reasonable fellow who intended the “then you can just kick back and watch” comment in a “should be a nice change for someone as accomplished as yourself,” manner. It’d be a neat subversion.

    Preeeeetty sure he’s just a jerk tho.

  • The Auld Grump on March 24, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    I am betting on Val, in the Conservatory, with the Baseball Bat.

    (Anyone ever play Kill Doctor Lucky?… ‘Cause that guy’s looking kinda Lucky, right now….)

  • Mujaki on March 24, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    No, no, no. His name is “Shiver.”
    He STABS people! With a shiv!
    Her new costume is a full-body plastic tarp, like people wear at the front row of a Gallagher show! “Kick back and watch me work. I’m told it’s an impressive sight.”

  • xero on March 26, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    Also to those guessing knife power one of the villians on static shock was named Shiv and the writer has been careful about that

  • Lukkai on March 24, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    I can see where his name comes from.

    I’m certainly getting them, plural, when watching him here.

  • Lukkai on March 24, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Oh, right. Bets.

    Bat to the face within the first 40 hours of them starting work together.

  • Mike on March 24, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Does she at least get to read his file so she knows what she’s dealing with?

    As for bets I”m with Mujaki, I say he’s a Knifekateer.

  • Ross on March 25, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    I’m going to lay a bet on “disillusioned loner who’s used to being the only competent one.”

  • Ragnarok101 on March 25, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    Hoping this is just a guy w/o social skills, and he’s trying to be nice. Probably a jerk though.

  • Ragingagnostic on March 25, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    I have to admire Val’s restrain here. Not only is she not berating him for making her wait for hours, she’s refraining from bashing in his head…or sticking her bat where the sun don’t shine.

    Seriously, who IS this colossally condescending, smug, pompous jerk?!? I hope he gets killed on his first assignment! No, wait, that’s too cruel. I hope he gets his butt royally kicked so that Val can show him how it’s done!

    I am curious to see that costume, by the way. It’s either going to be embarrassingly reveal or so restrictive she’ll have no choice but to stay on the sidelines, fuming, while he handles everything.

  • Nightmask on March 25, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Totally expecting her new costume to be on the eye candy side (although given she’s not considered eye candy material otherwise she’d likely be a heroine rather than sidekick maybe not), and given his attitude he clearly doesn’t respect her for being a sidekick. Hopefully she’ll be schooling him soon.

  • Victorious Parasol on March 25, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    I think I smell somebody who wants to show he’s a better hero than Illumina. Not gonna happen. She’s got more heart, and she tries even when everybody else thinks she’s useless.

  • xero on March 26, 2016 at 1:50 AM

    I give him 45 minutes

  • Twitch on March 27, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I like Ross’ theory mentioned above. However, the lateness doesn’t quite fit that personality type.

  • MattoMatteo on March 28, 2016 at 4:50 AM

    I don’t like this guy… at ALL! è_é

  • Nightmask on March 29, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    For some reason I suddenly found myself thinking about the powers and power levels we’ve seen so far and how from what we’ve seen someone like Thor or Magneto showing up in this world would be something powerful beyond anything they’d imagined, and a monster like Carnage a truly nightmarish encounter for those few who survived.

  • Tripolar Disorder on March 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    He is Blind! Look at what he says about his battle prowess. “Pretty impressive, so I’ve been told.” He also cannot see where the fight is, she has to point him to it. He is keeping her out of the battle as he may not be able to discern between her and the enemies he can hear.

  • Spanner on March 29, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Given how awful a first impression this guy gave, I’m in the camp that hopes the twist is he’s a genuinely nice guy who just happened to completely misread Val. It’d be nice if she was just as mistaken about his douchery. A whole got-off-on-the-wrong-foot kinda deal that turns out well in the end. Of course, shame on him in any case for not doing his homework before meeting Val, and assuming she’d actually be anything but insulted by this particular intro…

  • Andorxor on March 30, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    I think its really rude to re-brand a lent sidekick

  • Pastangum on March 31, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Much-belated response (seriously, next comic is up! Sorry)…

    I’m betting second day on duty, lunchtime. He orders some frou-frou girly drink _for_ her and she either introduces his kneecaps to Mr. Bat II or tells off Agent Grey by phone.

    Sleaze is hard to pin down, and despite his smarm he’s staying within Hero Agency rules. Illumina’s first pick of Val’s costume was… um, moving on… he’s well within rights to maintain a themed costume for his team even if temporary, and it’s… relatively reasonable. Also, paying for the new outfit himself or by Hero Agency coverage.

    He’s got waaay too much ego, so he’d _better_ have S-rank skills to match. The worst thing (for him) would be if Sidekick Girl “kick[s] back and watch[es]” just like he suggested, and lets Shiver fail to prove himself.

  • ReaderAt2046 on April 15, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    I have to say, the “kick back and watch me work” thing doesn’t seem so bad to me. We tend to forget it because Val’s been paired with Illumina, but technically beating up the bad guys *is* supposed to be the hero’s job, not the sidekick’s. From what we’ve seen so far, this could be nothing more than Shiver trying to tell Val that he doesn’t expect her to do his job for him.

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