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.

Comfort is about giving people what they need.

We’ve been planning this arc for upwards of ten years. Maybe more. Heavy stuff, yo.

8 responses to “Revelation XIV”

  • John on December 7, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Hey can you link the story arcs where he showed up as the vigilante? I haven’t read the comic from the beginning and I don’t know why this is such a deal breaker. It would help…

    Thanks

  • Phantomskyler on December 7, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    – John

    I’ll be honest I’ve read the entire series and I’m not sure how this was a deal breaker for Val. I mean yeah she was annoyed at the Vigilante since he was running around illegally doing what she went to school for and can’t do bc she’s following the rules, and really she’s not in a right state of mind due to being screwed by the Hero Agency and realizing she’ll permanently be a sidekick no matter what she does.

    …But she should be mad at the system, not Isauro. Yes he was keeping a serious secret from her, and you never want to keep things from a loved one, but she overreacted SUPER HARD imo. He revealed WHY he’s the vigilante, and he’s got a good point: He’s stuck in villainy. He can’t just quit or he’ll be sent back to Mexico where death is waiting for him. He hates it, and being the Vigilante lets him actually do something he wants to do: help people.

    Val is being super unreasonable, and should be taking her anger out on the shitty system that keeps oppressing her, not taking it out on her boyfriend who’s an even worse victim of the system than she is.

  • Chrysafiasco on December 9, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    I have a feeling the dealbreaker is more him not letting her know about all the wrong decisions he had to make because of his villainy work. He said there was only so much he could get away with and I think that made Val get hit with a reality check, hard. He might have killed people or his actions lead to deaths because he couldn’t get away with not doing it. At the very least he’s probably caused some serious hurt and damage as a henchman.

    Him not telling her about the vigilante thing was just a whole other situation she now has to consider.

    So on the vigilante front, she should be mad at the system, she’s probably annoyed he held back the information but I doubt that’s the real reason she’s angry, it just got mixed in with her feelings about his hench job.

  • Daniel M Ball on December 17, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Val is female, written BY a female. Women’s psychology is often different from how guys (or girls written BY guys) work.

    Look at this with both sides of your brain for a second. Valerie worked her ass off to get where she is, but the last few months she’s had ‘help on the inside’ with some of her major collars. At the same time, she’s coping with being essentially ‘forever sidekicked’, a glass ceiling, where she’s not appreciated in her work.

    Now, add in that the damn HENCH she’s dating has been moonlighting as a Vigilante, and a bleeping powerful one, doing what other ‘right side of the ledger’ heroes haven’t been able to do, and it’s the same guy she’s been DATING.

    There’s the breach of trust, but there’s also confidence crisis here, and it’s multilevel, and interconnected because despite the genre, Val’s being written as a realistic female person rather than just some powers in a spandex unitard.

    Were she being written by your average dude, (which is more common in this genre, even when they’re trying to write someone LIKE Val) this whole thing wouldn’t be a problem for her so much as an opportunity. IT’s a problem because she’s written realistically female, and females tend not to compartmentalize this stuff as often, habitually, or well, as most men. She can’t just ‘walk it off’, because that’s not how real people work.

  • Alex Boston on December 8, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Somehow I was able to predict what the movie was about despite hearing about it for the first time from this comic.

  • Thomble on December 17, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    I am unsure that Teeth is the movie I would be watching at this time. But I’m not the author, nor Val.

    Weird ..

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780622/

  • Sandy on January 8, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    This isn’t a vigilante thing. This isn’t a he was fighting crime to blow off steam and redeem himself thing. This isn’t a he was breaking the law thing.

    This was a trust thing.

    Isauro and Val at this point have been in a relationship with each other, considering the time set, for years. How many secrets do you have from a person in a relationship that long? How much can you learn about a person in that amount of time? What is a deal breaker here isn’t that he was doing it, that he’s ashame of what he is, of the things he can’t stop and needs that outlet. It’s that he lied about it, basically hid a huge part of his life from Val. It puts into question everything he says, everything he’s done, every single conversation is now under suspect because if you can hide something so fundamentally huge about yourself, then everything else is suspect.

  • Greywolf1963 on October 16, 2020 at 2:38 AM

    I’m going to have to track down a copy of this movie Teeth and watch it,, aren’t I?

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