Sidekick Girl

Saving the City: Sans-Spandex

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

Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.

32 responses to “Interim V”

  1. Kheldarson says:

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

  2. Heather Jean says:

    “[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.

  3. CptNerd says:

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

  4. Fangsong says:

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

  5. Aline1 says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. Black Rose says:

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

  8. Brian says:

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

  9. Alterna says:

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

  10. SolCannibal says:

    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.

  11. N/A says:

    … 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.

  12. The Auld Grump says:

    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….)

  13. Mujaki says:

    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 says:

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

  14. Lukkai says:

    I can see where his name comes from.

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

  15. Lukkai says:

    Oh, right. Bets.

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

  16. Mike says:

    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.

  17. Ross says:

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

  18. Ragnarok101 says:

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

  19. Ragingagnostic says:

    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.

  20. Nightmask says:

    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.

  21. Victorious Parasol says:

    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.

  22. xero says:

    I give him 45 minutes

  23. Twitch says:

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

  24. MattoMatteo says:

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

  25. Nightmask says:

    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.

  26. Tripolar Disorder says:

    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.

  27. Spanner says:

    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…

  28. Andorxor says:

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

  29. Pastangum says:

    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.

  30. ReaderAt2046 says:

    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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