Like that one??
Well time to turn to supervillainy, Dina get the shovel.
What’s the point of a mask if you can’t do what you want??
Ta look badass?
You see, they’re terribly comfortable. I believe everyone will be wearing them in the future.
Good night Coru. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.
As you wish.
[a little weird when quoting one movie leads to quoting a different one]
“Oh, I see, this supervillany is some kind of… Social Convention?”
“Something like that, yeah. Now, shovel!”
Appropriate shirt is appropriate.
Holy shit your comment was exactly what ran through my head when I saw Ruth’s shirt.
That and the Metal Gear alert sound !
So very true. ^_^
That sound was the first thing in my mind when I saw that.
I only came to the comment section to see how far down I had to scroll to find someone mentioning it. I was not let down.
I find it all to hilarious that my ringtone, which is the MGS alert went off right as I reached that panel. Talk about timing
Yay she didn’t drink herself to death!
Considering her temper, let’s hope she didn’t drink herself to anyone else’s death either.
I haven’t seen Billie since this morning…
Nah, too obvious. It’d have to be some random student nobody could possibly link her to.
Like lesser-seen freshman Sydney Yus?
Also good that no one else drunk her to death. This time.
Buh duh da-duhh baaaoooooooow
Bdddddt! Bah da, bah da bum. BAH DUM!
Please tell me this is the Mario dies music from SMB1.
More curious if this is what the fox says =T
Super Mariio 3 actually
Ruth’s shirt is very appropriate here. It’s like that thing in Metal Gear when you get spotted
Sadly, there ain’t any crates ta hide under right now
She just needs to run really fast and hide in a corner somewhere for like five minutes.
Or maybe Dina could sneak behind Ruth and knock her out Vulcan style.
Maybe She can Zandatsu her.
I immediately heard the sound effect when I saw the last panel.
“What was that noise?”
Whose footprints are these?
So, do we need to keep kicking Amber around Willis? I know this is who a vigilante running around in the day in a crowded campus would actually resolve, but please stop it.
In other words, you want Willis to tone down the deconstruction, your hope might be in vain or maybe not…
We can’t ask Willis to stop causing his characters pain, but I do hope we can at least get people to stop calling realistic consequences “deconstruction”.
Nope, not as long as I’m around.
Isn’t that what a deconstruction always is? What’s your objection to the phrase?
My objection is that if you think that you literally only know the word from TVTropes. Using deconstruction that way doesn’t make any sense outside of that very specific context, and you have to follow a very tortured chain of logic to get it there.
While “realistic consequences” and “deconstruction” are not synonymous, deconstruction does involve realistic consequences. Rather like how “falling” and “sky diving” are not the same thing, but the latter does rather require the former.
And the proverbial excrement is about to impact the revolving blades.
de•con•struc•tion noun \ˌdē-kən-ˈstrək-shən\
: a theory used in the study of literature or philosophy which says that a piece of writing does not have just one meaning and that the meaning depends on the reader
Full Definition of DECONSTRUCTION
1: a philosophical or critical method which asserts that meanings, metaphysical constructs, and hierarchical oppositions (as between key terms in a philosophical or literary work) are always rendered unstable by their dependence on ultimately arbitrary signifiers; also : an instance of the use of this method
2: the analytic examination of something (as a theory) often in order to reveal its inadequacy
So, Plasma, which definition fits this situation best, in your opinion.
Not the traditional dictionary meaning of deconstruction as such, rather I am using the TVTropes meaning of the word.
Warning: TVTrope link!
Okay, don’t. That’s what I wanted secretly anyways
Who do you think he is, Randy Milholland?
Clearly god has forsaken her.
There is no God in DoA only Willis thats how we know we all screwd
And David Willis has his Rorschach moment
Kicking Amber around keeps her sympathetic.
That’s not what makes a character sympathetic.
Though according to comic book writers, you’d swear it was.
It does help, though. Now, a truly unlikable character being kicked around doesn’t tend to invoke likability, but pretty much all others will become a “woobie” (yay TV Tropes!) and get a larger fan following.
Comic book writers seem to know this, and so rather than using actual character development to make someone likable they just have their life go wrong 24/7.
Fortunately, DoA doesn’t use that sort of logic. The kicking around of characters is so affecting because we already like them.
Hey, it’s worked for Peter Parker for fifty years…
Amber: Oh um…. gasp! My roommate was Amazi-girl all along…?
The two most skilled warriors of Clark Hall’s female dorm wing face each other at last!
And that’s how Dina gets arrested, pardoned, a spot on the tonight show, acting gigs, an Oscar, millions of dollars, and starts a business cloning dinosaurs.
So when you are riding your allosaurus down the street in a few years, be sure to thank Amber for leaving her Amazi-Girl outfit where Dina could find it.
And I thought I was crazy.
Ruth is not looking for Amazi-Girl, she merely misplaced her Billie.
But I like your spin better. Riding a dinosaur sounds awe-inspiring, especially when done naked. (But it probably wouldn’t live up to expectations; I never should have opened that box.)
Ruth stop creeping on Jesus shit women!
I’m guessing he accidentally crunched two or three sentences together.
Before God created Eve from a rib, he did several proofs-of-concept using the excrement of his unborn son (one of Jesus’ lesser known powers was to defecate backwards in time).
Although destroyed by their creator, some believe that one or two of these women lived long enough to produce offspring. Any of their (purely hypothetical) present-day descendants would be known as “Jesus shit women”. Even if they exist, however, I don’t think we have seen any evidence that Amber is one of them.
People, (creeping on people )
Jesus shit women are going to get a restraining order, Ruth.
That is one HELL of a band name.
Amber Alert! Or rather, Alert Amber!
That was last storyline with Danny.
Anyone else hear the Metal Gear spotted jingle when they saw Ruth’s shirt?
Yep I did.
Yeah, but since my thoughts shift rapidly without warning I started thinking about Crab Battle and why I keep putting off buying _Ground Zeroes._
I haven’t even played Metal Gear and that happened to me.
There was even already a comment thread for it!
“Oh, hey Amber, heads up, your dad was caught trying to sneak back onto campus a couple days ago. I should have told you yesterday but I was busy.”
“Could have knocked and told you that but hey, why the rush?
Don’t worry, Amber. Violent stuff that could get you in trouble might be a turn-on for Ruth.
If it was someone like Marcie wearing the Amazi-suit instead, the case of mistaken identity would more likely to stick as they have similar builds, apparent athletic skill and similar hair style/colour.
…but their overall color palettes are completely different!
…Marcie would probably be the best Amazi-girl, though. Sorry Amber. Learn to skateboard and you can reclaim your title.
Where Amber’s going, we don’t need skateboards!
Called it. (Sorta.)
Given Ruth and Amber’s shared anger issues, this should make for an interesting conversation.
Or they could trade stories about kicking Blaine’s ass.
I’m kinda envisioning Ruth becoming an Amanda Waller-type figure –having a masked vigilante around who can’t be traced back to Ruth could be. . . useful.
Somebody did a guest strip with that premise, actually.
Dun Dun Dun DUUUUNNNNN!!!!
You know what this means, right? Three super heroes!
…and Danny knows too.
Y’know, yesterday I kinda noticed that the light was still coming in from the hallway and thought “Jeeze Amber, anyone could walk by and hear this conversation/see the outfit.”
Today, anyone walked by. Although Ruth is probably pretty far from the worst person to tell a secret to…
I think she’s probably the best person for Amber’s particular secrets.
I thought about it for a bit, and I agree. It really says something that I think the next best person might be Sal, with all the initial akwardness that might entail.
Based on what I remember from the previews, I think I’ll get to find out.
So are we thinking Ruth heard all that? Or is she gonna come in and think Dina is Amazi-Girl?
“Look, I don’t care what kind of cosplay you’re into, just keep your door locked, okay?”
Dina already changed out of the outfit. Half a second to put it on, half a second to take it off.
A power she shares with Joe.
It’s conveyed by the bone-digging T-shirt.
I thought the same thing. I hope Dina used her magic changing powers once more.
This seems appropriate.
Ok so reasons why she was standing behind that door for so long anyway? I mean really does Ruth just spend her free time behind peoples doors listening on peoples conversations? And how long was she standing there anyway?
To be fair, it’s a more constructive use of her free time than breaking and entering, or tripping up random students in the hallway.
Ruth has actually had a real reason to come talk to Amber, but she’s been distracted by her alcoholic lesbians drama. It’s not Ruth’s fault that Amber left her door open while discussing her illegal activities just as Ruth finally got around to actually doing her job!
(Yeah, I know, but “alcoholic lesbians” just sounds better than “alcoholic bisexuals”.)
Did I say authority figure? Why noooo I said adorable Tigger.
I would be worried about that. Knowing Tigger he would bounce in and wreck your shit and then leave while giggling.
The wonderful thing about Tiggers is that he’s the only one… thank f#&!%π$ God.
That’s a neat shirt Ruth’s wearing. Wouldn’t mind one like it.
Damn, first result in a Google image sear- $40? Really?
You did know that is a standard international traffic sign warning of bad road conditions, didn’t you?
Judging by many of the comments on this page, you woulda thought the exclamation point was solely owned by Metal Gear Solid.
It’s the only use on its own that the internet cares about, anyway.
Time for “Amazi-Girl and the Case of the Missing Femurs.”
“I must find my femurs!”
You should have released panel one as a spoiler weeks ago.
Does Willis really need to tease the shippers? I kind of get the impression they find panels to take out of context just fine on their own.
Dina will have put the gear away by the time Ruth comes in, and I’m guessing that this is Ruth finally buckling down to have the “I know I’m scary, but it IS my job to help – do you want to talk about that jackass two days ago?” talk.
As bad as this COULD be, I’m kind of expecting something comparatively anticlimactic here.
I immediately heard the Metal Gear Solid alert noise in my head:
I may sound…noobish, but that shirt is…warning symbol? Appropriate.
This is probably going to go with Ruth talking to her about having someone to talk to about her father, not what we think.
First three panels Amber is the living embodiment of a D:
Didn’t notice the mask on Dina’s hat before – brilliant!
And then Amber and Ruth kiss?
Some of us are probably wishing for that but no.
Oh hey Ruth! Howya doing?
I want that shirt.
Will this be our first Ruth & Amber interaction?
Technically no, but the first one was just Amber running and Ruth saying “see me any time.” I guess now she’s acting on it.
“See me any time” and “you will see me at any time” are so similar yet so different.
Okay, so now I’m thinking Amber=Batman, Dina=Robin and Ruth=Commissioner Gordon.
I think Dina is more Alfred, and Danny is Robin.
But Danny’s a love interest, so wouldn’t he be Catwoman/tragically murdered?
Depends on which canon you go by, there’s one that has Bruce as a pedo with Robin (Grayson) as his love interest. Not DC canon, but still, it’s out there, and it’s out, THERE!
Originally thought it was tagged “amber, dina, run”
Duh duh duhhhhhhhh!
Is it funny because it’s like Amazigirl is becoming as obvious to the cast as she has been to the readers the whole time?
Or because it seems to be happening in a humorous way?
No! I say it’s because Ruth has an exclamation mark on and Amber has just failed to stealthily sneak past some guard or another! Hehehe, okay I’m done.
Nobody’s posted “DUM DUM DUUUUUUUM!” yet?!
Do I see a new ship on the horizon?
GOD F***ING D*** IT!
Also, I sense a Danny x Amber arc coming where Danny tries to save Amber from being expelled.
Mark my words. I’ll be stomping on them later.
Ruth: Quest giver
Anyone els just heard a loud alarm sound?
Could be worse. Ruth is perfectly fine with applying violence to good effect. And Amber’s main problem, namely beating up Blaine, is something that Ruth tried her hands on herself.
So Ruth will not report upstream. But she’ll probably be fine blackmailing Amber. But then she uses anything she can get for that purpose anyway.
Ruth only blackmails people she wants to bang. And Amber’s probably not her type. It’s not like she’s a violent curvy girl in gl- okay yeah.
Dina is NOT already out of the costume as quickly as she put it on.
She is, however, already behind the door and behind Amber, faster than Amber’s eye can follow.
DUN DUN DUN
Perfect shirt there Ruth.
Also prepare for maximum hysteria.
It’s Boshy time!
Yay! It’s Ruth! She hasn’t drunk herself dead!
Her facial expression would still be perfectly consistent with her barfing on Amber’s lap a second from now.
Maybe that’s the real meaning of that warning sign on her t-shirt XD
Jebus, those eyes. Those soul-piercing green eyes.
She knows, doesn’t she?
Perfect coming from a Billie avatar
And the Ruth storm comes in 3…2…1…
Although I’m pleased to see Ruth isn’t drinking herself to death in her room again, because I really thought that last scene with Billie would tip her over the edge again.
Me too, when I am talking about the illegal acts that I commit and the need to be discreet about it, I always absent-mindedly open the door between my room and a corridor that is always full of witnesses and potential eavesdroppers. It’s just common sense!
This looks like it could only have a happy outcome…
Oh, this won’t end well.
“…but Ruth doesn’t care” is my motto in life.
I can’t help but give out a maniacal laugh when I see the last panel.
20 dollars says Ruth cries on Amber’s shoulder or recognized Amber from the news paper or both. Also, Dina would make a great sidekick. Just sayin, Dave.
Can you imagine the reactions if somebody actually landed a hit on her?
Everybody’s so focused on the Metal Gear explanation of the exclamation point, they’re missing the other potential scenario. Maybe Ruth just has a quest for her.
Lots of folks thinking about the Metal Gear “!” sound today.
I thought about it two days ago, and I was apparently the only one. *scores hipster points*
Today, though? I was like “What shirt is a little on the nose? Amber’s? No, there’s nothing special about it. The Amazi-Girl shirt? But Ruth can’t see it from where she’s standing! Wait, why are people suddenly talking about Metal Gear? Oh, there’s an “!” on Ruth’s shirt. Oh, Ruth’s shirt!” *critfails perception check*
Hope you don’t need your femurs to live, Amber!
She didn’t hide that well enough
I wonder did she randomly choose to ruin someone’s day after what happened with Billie or if she already knew it was Amber in the Amazi-girl costume the whole time and decided to confront her…?
I’m thinking she decided to confront Amber after hearing about what happened to Blaine
Like I said above, I think Ruth just finally got around to talking to Amber about Blaine like she was supposed to yesterday but didn’t because she was busy stealing and/or repairing cheerleader uniforms as courting gifts for Billie, and Amber wasn’t home anyway. I think it’s just Amber’s bad(?) luck that Ruth happened to show up just in time to catch that very interesting line.
(Guessing that nothing about that linked strip stuck in anyone’s head except for Billie saying to Ruth, “Hey, we can tag-team her.”)
Just when you think Dina wearing the Amazi-Girl costume can’t get any cuter, you notice that she put the mask around the eyes of her hat.
We noticed that yesterday already.
New reader, all caught up!
And goddamn I love some of the conversations that happen in the comments here. XD
(Also, please someone tell me I can by Dina’s hat somewhere, I believe I need it, for reasons.)
First I thought of the Metal Gear alert sound, then this.
I’m certain Ruth just has a built in teleporter calibrated to make sure she is right outside everyone’s door just as they make a compromising admission coupled with an ironic statement like “Watch out for authority figures.”
Too late bro.
I can hear the Metal Gear Solid exclamation mark sound.
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