wear heelies to escapepursue your feeliesquarries
as long as Transmetal Amazi-Girl doesn’t operate like this
Does she already have vacuum metalized plastic?
I just want to know how she afforded a cool accessory like that. (Of course if transforming skates are a standard kids toy now, my comment is going to look stupid.)
I like to believe it’s a variant on the Heelies thing. She applied enough pressure and shook out the wheels. You can get heelies for what a solid 50 bucks?
Old guy here. Heelies are just the latest incarnation of hidden roller skates. I used to have a pair of quads just like AmberAmazi-Girl’s that were actuated by pressing a button on the side of the sole, below the arch support.
They didn’t work very well, but yes, they were badass.
Maybe you can enlighten me – why’re they so goshdanged hard to find in varieties that can support adults who aren’t stick figures?
Because the market is small and the way those work necessarily means less structural stability if you’re not willing to spend a lot on design.
Clearly she’s in cahoots with Carla.
Or she bought a product that Carla’s parents designed for their own daughter and marketed on the side because it’s way cool.
I could see that happening. Carla as the next Jayden, only cooler.
Is it bad that as a 30 year old I covet heelies more than most other things?
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw today’s comic was Inspector Gadget, which is a reference I think you *have* to be in your 30s to get.
I know Inspector Gadget I’m 26.
I do too, and I’m 20. Saw the movie first, then eventually started watching the animated series :p
I was about to chime in and say that even someone younger than 20 can recognize it as well, because I still perceive myself as being the kid on the internet in these sorts of discussions. But then I realized I also am 20.
Don’t worry, under-20 here to prove you right
And I’m 52, just to chime in on the age part and to let everyone know that the dumbing never stops! Ha-ha, I kill me.
I can’t believe it either, how the hell am I a junior in college already?
Nah, it gets reruns and new shows pretty regularly. I remember the psychotic live-action movies and watched the Netflix series pretty much instantly when it came out.
Actually there’s recent CGI Inspector Gadget show currently airing on Teletoon and streaming on Netflix. Tara Strong plays a teenaged Penny. It’s… passable? Feels like everyone got dumber since the 80s though.
Everyone got… dumber? Wasn’t the main premise of that show that everyone besides Penny and the dog were barely smart enough to remember to breathe?
“Everyone got… dumber? Wasn’t the main premise of that show that everyone besides Penny and the dog were barely smart enough to remember to breathe?”
That’s why I hated the show. It took the premise of “Get Smart” (the gadget-laden hero who wasn’t nearly as clever as he thought he was) and flanderized it past the point where the title character was sympathetic. When the bad guy’s henchmen wore the evil organization logo on their chests and Gadget still didn’t get it… too grotesque. Whenever I watched it I felt like they were saying “Get Smart is too subtle for you and you’re WAY too dumb to get the joke, so here, we’ll make it as obvious as we can because you’re almost as stupid as Gadget.”
Even as a child I knew when my intelligence was being insulted.
The theme tune rocked though.
That’s because the theme is a sped up “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.
It is NOT ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. The new show’s theme song is a sped up ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ though and it sounds nothing like either of the old show’s theme song (English and French). It’s a mistake even the maker of the new show make, but they’re clearly not the same.
I adored that show as a kid, *because* Penny was the smart one. I wanted to be like her.
Hey, the Chief wasn’t THAT dumb, the universe just hated him.
well if he’d stop with the self-destructing notes
You mean on the show, or in general?
On the show! Penny actually got dumber and Dr. Claw is like a less threatening Ice King in a purple suit!
In your 30’s? I’m 16 and I know what you’re talking about.
It’s hard to forget theme music that awesome…
And I, too, covet my Heelies, battered and pink though they may be.
My son is 4 and knows more about Inspector Gadget than I ever will.
I am an unfertilized egg, and I, too, love Inspector Gadget. #UnbornInTheWrongTime
I bet he doesn’t understand “Inspector Gadget? I barely know her!”, though.
Me, I saw the roller skates and the first thing I thought of was one of Iron Man’s more regrettable armor upgrades.
Me too, but I remember them as part of his original armor, before it was two-tone and possibly even when it was still all-gray.
I must be old. OTOH, I remember the Gadget cartoons.
Yeah, they were early. Gold suit at least.
Never used very often, but they kept making comebacks.
First thing I thought of as well. In particular that bit in Iron Man Armoured Adventures which mocks it, by having Tony thinking they’re cool and everyone else disagreeing.
Second thing, here. First was Card Captor Sakura.
(go go gadget clow cards)
I’m well over 30, but I have the appropriate response.
“Go-Go Amazi-girl Rocket Skates!”
Not at all. I’m younger than you (19), but still old enough that it’s not socially acceptable for me to wear heelies.
But I want them. They’re what I wanted through my childhood, and I can’t have them!
Unless the answer is “because I can’t afford them”, or something to do with a physical disability, there is no good reason for you not to have them. Don’t let yourself be trapped by societal convention!
You have a point, though I’m not even sure heelies are produced in my size. I wear a 12 (US Standard)/46 (European Standard), and I already have trouble when I have to shop for normal shoes. Don’t know if they even make heelies that big, considering they are marketed to children.
Apparently, yes! and it looks like they even go up to size men’s 13 supposedly.
Seriously, several people were regularly wearing heelys in college when I was there.
Now I want heelies, too.
And I’m not far away from 40 …
i’m into the later parts of my 40s, and i know that if i get them, i’ll just break something…
I got inlines just because I realized no one could stop me… twisted my ankle pretty bad going over a slight bump and couldn’t use ’em again =p
yeah I guess I stopped me
Never stop believing.
Like…for real that used to be one of Iron Man’s ways of getting around.
Well that escalated quickly
You mean that axle-lated quickly.
Did either of them get the number plate of that escape vehicle?
They may get it once/if Sal pursue too on her bike.
memorize it while you chase it down ag just in case.
I don’t think either of them could read the plate number on account of the panel being too small to hold that much detail.
No one here has that much common sense ROFL… Speaking of the “escape vehicle”, was that guy’s brilliant plan to rescue Ryan “run them both down with the car, and hope Ryan survives and manages to get in the car”? 😉
And I bet we all wonder how AmaziGirl will revolve this situation.
Obviously, I meant to ask how AG wheel revolve this situation.
That’s sounds less obvious and more like post-hoc spin.
Don’t be so negative, just roll with it.
ryan may be the piece of shit, so how did he get so many awesome friends? willing to brawl a super (for all the wrong reasons but do they know it?) and to pull epic roadside pickup for no reason other than he called and requested it. still need AG to show him whatfor, but ignoring what side of morality they are on, have you ever tried to scoop someone into a car faster than two epic badassess can pull themselves up off the tarmac? that shit takes practice
Its not easy to get roofies, Ryan might be the only supplier in town.
I suppose the implication may be that they’ve had plenty of practice… :/
If you’re forced to walk down Frat Row in any college town enough times, you see it in real life. Terrible bros love other terrible bros.
True dat. I went to the a school where frat row was pretty much exactly like you see in Animal House and there were houses where my female friends just simply. did. not. go.
Someone found an entire bottle of vodka that had been roofied on frat row at my college.
I wonder how they activate… Is there a remote control inside her glove?
You close your eyes. Tap your heels together 3 times and say these words:
“Gotta go fast.
Gotta go faster.
Gotta go faster.
Faster. Faster. Faster. Faster.”
You just say “Go Go Gadget Rollerskates.”
then you get skis.
And probably some sort of rocket.
Don’t forget the shark repellant.
Or a finger screwdriver.
didn’t she want to invest in an amazi cycle at one point?
When Sal drove away?
Pfft. I’ll be impressed when she busts out the ROCKET skates.
both, sal. doi.
Amazi-Girl is prepared for ANYTHING!
And now they have a hit and run in the books.
and ryans name and knows he interns for delsanto. seems like a good bit of starting to get him well known for his behavior.
If only either of them was friends with Roz, she could probably get his full name
I still don’t think they were hit, just hit the dirt to avoid the car.
They weren’t. If they’d been hit, their legs would have been knocked backwards as they went over the hood. Sal pulled them back out of the car’s way and fell over.
Apparently, that’s what the driver was going for.
Also, no one’s going to the cops.
No, Amazi-girl’s about to get agressive, inline with the beatdown she laid on…
…. wait, no, those are the wrong type of skates for that.
The sun hasn’t even risen yet. This is gonna be a long day
DRAW SPEED LINES TO MAKE YOU GO FASTER!
Don’t forget about the red paint!
And racing stripes!
Regular stickers will each add 3 horsepower, logos of manufacturers whose parts aren’t installed are worth +10.
THAT’S GOTTA BE BL- OH GODDAMNIT
Amazi-Girl’s skates need rocket boosters.
Thats the first rule of secret roller skate shoes.
I thought the first rule was not to accidentally trigger them while running down the auditorium lecture hall stairwell to your seat.
A grappler to attach herself to the car she’s chasing might do in a pinch.
That didn’t work out so well last time
Sure it did! It just ALMOST went catastrophically bad
It would have been fine if the driver hadn’t leaned out the window.
She still would have left spiderwebs on another car’s windshield, broken her alter’s glasses, and ended up bleading from her head.
Chasing vehicles doesn’t really end well for AG.
To be fair, it doesn’t end well for the vehicles either.
Doesn’t end well for those getting chased, too.
And then inevitably she’ll get her Transmetal 2 form, which ruins everything.
She’d get a kickass healing factor out of it though.
But then a whiny emo attitude out of it though.
Isn’t Transmetal Amazi-Girl basically Schtickshift?
I ship it
Amazigirl has such a good track record with car chases! This can only end well ^_^
Let it roll, baby roll!–ALL NIGHT LONG–The Doors
That’s a great porn name actually.
took me a bit to realize it wouldn’t be a cheesy hero name. redicu-lass”
It could be both. And either way, Ridicu-lass would probably get called Ridicul-ass all the time, whether as a joke, an insult, or just Freudian slips.
Damn, I nearly made a comment yesterday about them needing Carla’s help because an evil car was introduced, and now roller skates are an important plot point.
You inadvertently had a vision of the future.
What do you think the odds are that the roller-skate boots are in fact a Ruttech patent?
Or at least a Ruttech prototype?
Carla needs replacement skates first.
Over in her dorm room, Carla is blushing and she doesn’t know why.
By the end of this comic we’ll have seen all the characters in rollers. This thought is very satisfying and also successful at distracting me from freaking RYAN getting AWAY AGAIN.
He’s got some serious supervillain escape skills he’s wasting on being a pathetic rapist…
I really didn’t need you giving me Solarbabies flashbacks…
Look at it this way. He didn’t actually get away last time. The most times he can get away is once.
Dunno if this has been asked before, but wasn’t Ryan’s name already known? He gave it to Joyce, didn’t he?
Well, at least we know he used his real name.
He actually managed not to mention his name to Joyce (word of God). But the drugs messed up her memory of that evening anyway.
Ah, my mistake. I could have sworn Joyce knew his name.
I thought so too. So I went back and reviewed the strips from their first meeting, and its true… Ryan never mentions his name.
Maybe she looked down and read the tags?
From the look on AG’s face, she did not know it.
My only regret is that Beef wasn’t the driver. But hey they know Ryan’s name now!
So, looks like it was a guy. Wonder who the driver is? I don’t think he is a student.
Looks like an adult to me. The real questions is, does Ryan have an entire army of people that help him escape the law? First the Bros and now this guy.
Assholes who don’t look too closely at their friends can be found everywhere. There really isn’t any mystery to it, I’m afraid.
I’m checking beardy Walkyverse and Dumbiverse guys off the top of my head. It isn’t this fellow: http://www.dumbingofage.com/2015/comic/book-6/02-that-perfect-girl/trickledown/
Well, based on hair color and facial hair, there is a resemblance, but if you look that guy is actually wearing glasses and the current driver doesn’t.
HOW did I totally forget about the first panel from that strip?
Oh, that’s a great one! haha.
It occurs to me that Willis could totally make his own version of Guess Who.
You sound like it can’t be both.
that is some pro level bro curb pickup
Definitely a pickup arti- *vaudeville hook*
lookit her goooo
The real question here is how she expects to skate fast enough to catch the car…
By cutting corners a car can’t. They’re pretty bulky, but a person can slip past all kinds of obstacles, especially when they have her talent for parkour.
Also, despite wearing yellow, she’s probably not that hi-vis at night. The bromobile might not realize it’s being followed.
Also, the plot requires it. There’s no point in having her zoom off after them if she’s not gonna at least get close to catching Ryan. If that were the plan, the chase would be ending here and now to move the narrative along.
That said, there’s still a *ton* of possible outcomes. She could catch them, they could catch her, it could be a near miss, Sal could turn up on her motorcycle and save the day, any number of characters could get injured.
At the nearest stoplight, probably.
I was thinking the same thing… Like, in what world is a person on skates catching up to a car? I can see a car not being chased being caught, cause they’ll observe traffic laws.
Do boots with retractable skate-wheels an actual thing?
Not boots per say, but “heelies” are a thing. Were a thing? Meh.
Still a thing.
Well, sure they still exist, but not many people actually wear them… right?
Nobody over the age of ten, no.
Some friend if he friggin’ HIT Ryan in this escape attempt, probably nearly killing him. After last strip, it actually seemed like the car was someone deliberately trying to kill him, maybe to quell some sinister government conspiracy. I’m glad that’s not the case, as that sounds pretty shark-jumpey.
I see two people in the car, beside Ryan.
Only one. Look really close at donut beard, and what does at first look like a silhouette of another person is in fact his car seat.
oops, I think I might have misunderstood you. Never mind.
Funny, because I totally thought ‘donut beard’ meant you were saying that guy was the donut guy who gave Leslie the sign, and was about to point out the differences in clothing, hair color, and hairline when I realized you just meant his beard was donut shaped.
Trying to find out where I’ve seen him before (I swear I have), I have found out that
a) There are in fact quite a few random people with donut beards in DoA, and
b) They also look quite different. Heck, even their donut beards are differently shaped.
Conclusion: Willis has a talent for creating unique donut beard random characters.
c) We cannot really just call the character in this strip Donut Beard. We’ll have to give him a more unique nickname.
Maybe RRR: Rapist Rescue Ranger.
One of the least popular Rangers.
The only one even less popular is the Going Back In Time To Stop Other Time Travelers From Killing Hitler Rescue Ranger.
Yeah, but arguably that one fall under the scope of HTTE, so that Ranger could be considered a necessary ‘evil’ then.
Still not very popular, though.
Also, while I’d like to continue the tread of horrible Rangers as a joke, it may get a bit too dark.
The “Trying to Convince People Highlander II Was the Best Of the Highlander Movies” Ranger.
There are definitely two people in that car besides Ryan, if it’s a car that’s legal to drive in the US. Steering wheel on the left, donut-beard on the right. Someone’s gotta be driving.
Yep, and that raises an implication: the car’s a two-door, and they clearly didn’t wait to lower the seat and let Ryan in the back. Ryan is either awkwardly sitting on passenger seat guy’s lap, or awkwardly trying to crawl in to the back over passenger seat guy.
Here’s hoping he accidentally gets a knee/elbow/hard car part in the dick during it.
So they DID hit them with the car.
Those are some bad friends. Or maybe the driver is tipsy somehow? I dunno.
I’m pretty sure Ryan just fell to the ground while he and Sal jumped out of the way of the car.
Carla confirmed for Amazi-girl’s mechanics.
Head-canon till I hear otherwise.
Wasn’t Carla the one who helped her clean up her head injury last time? I think Amazi/Amber’s got too many trust issues to confide in anybody else, but it would be cool if that resulted in enough of a connection that “Amber” got some skates from Carla.
Here we go again. And Sal without her bike.
No matter where she is, when she calls for it, it will answer her call.
So like Geralt’s horse, Roach?
“Kitt, I need you!”
Wasn’t there a bike at some point?
Streethawk,but that bike just had turbobusters,a laser,and a machine gun,but no artifical inteligence or remote control.
Or the bike that the technician that installed the pursuit mode build,which had no gadgets or ai.
“Hi ho Silver”?
It just miniaturizes itself onto her magic charm bracelet.
Nah it’s in her magical sports bag, which is also miniaturized into her pocket!
Kudos to anyone who gets the reference.
Damn, guess I’ll just have to go by some.
I’m thinking like a Ranyhyn.
So it’s actually already on its way, to arrive moments after she calls it?
Unless she doesn’t, in which case, it never started.
Except that one time Sal pissed it off by giving it the wrong grade of gasoline, so it was in a prissy mood and DIDN’T come when called.
Sal was disapoint. Without her bike, she went off and moped.
*flees for dear work-only-in-text-punning life*
How dare you say such a thing! I am totally motorfied!
These puns are too much to enduro!
I want to make a joke about aibar machines, but that is probably too obscure even for this crowd.
Melody of Oblivion and sadly I’d have got that reference. Unless I’m totally off base in which case this’d be embarrassing.
No you’re right. Though we haven’t seen Sal’s bike transform into a bishie guy. Yet.
It wasn’t just me in thinking that show really fell apart towards the end right?
Okay… maybe not just the end.
It was pretty awful and somehow I watched all of it anyway.
I only half watched the second half. Couldn’t tell you much about what happened.
*plays Epona’s song*
“AH CAN FUCKIN’ SKATE. I… just don’ wanna.”
This won’t end well.
Did you forget what web-comic you’re reading?
I’d like to repost a joke I’ve made about this, but it’s probably too soon to reuse material.
Nonono, if it’s too soon then when you repeat the joke it becomes a recurring theme and callback.
Just like when we get to see Sal save Amazi-girl with her bike AGAIN. …. though that would be less reused and more recycled.
So is that a request for the joke then?
i believe so
The only way this ends well is if Willis creates a character named Timmy.
This is the greatest alt-text in the history of webcomics.
I definitely have to agree with Sal here…
UGH! TAKE A PICTURE OF THE CAR, FOR FUCK’S SAKE!… she really needs to play more games with tactics involved. i am almost literally foaming at the mouth at this silliness. RAGGLE FRAGGLE!
Its not Ryan’s car.
Doesn’t matter:if she can identify the friend she has him.
Long term planning is not her style…
Also, it just don’t look badass.
[Insert Obligatory Comic Title Drop Snide Remake Here]
Those are useful tactics if Ryan gets away and she has to track him down later.
Right now her tactic is to not let him get away.
….huh. Heelys. I, well…I guess that works.
I hate to say it, but I’m having a flashback to that scene in Batman & Robin where ice-skates pop out of their boots.
MEOWTH, DAT’S RIGHT!
You are all out of order.
Chainsaw chainsaw chainsaw!
*if you know what this is referencing you might be too nerdy*
I was wondering when someone would bring that up.
do shoes like that actually exist? I’ve always thought that would be a better set-up than heelys
I think in-line skates would be better for speed. And fast cornering.
Uh oh. Calling it: Ryan goes to hospital, meets Blaine. Blaine finds out secret identity.
Joker is born.
Batman would have been proud…specially, the Adam West-type.
Even more if she had ice skated after them.
No, that is Batman of the nippley type.
But do they have jet propulsion?
Looks like she took a page from Batman and Robin (’99) when they were on Mr. Freeze’s ice rink.
I’m really starting to notice that Amazi-girl is biting her lip very often:
Has this been a thing, or is it becomin’ a thing? I’m afraid she’s gonna cut her lip.
Well, she can skate. Maybe amber can use roller derby as an outlet for her aggression/alternate personality if she ever has to hang up the cape for any reason.
Which I’m sure has been pointed out by a commenter before, but whatever. 😀
I’m just saying it’d be the best thing ever.
No less than 50, if I had to guess. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has kept count. Perhaps with proper begging and scraping Emperor will let us use one of his counters from his dungeons to let us know.
Don’t give me any additional reasons to write more scripts to regex search html web pages and process information.
regex, because I enjoy regex. I wouldn’t really use it for the DOM, though…
That was ridiculously badass.
“… not sure if that’s badass or ridiculous.”
1 vote for badass, right here.
Why do we have to choose?
Amazi-Girl joins the roller derby!
How did he manage to get up and into the back of a two door before either of them got up? I mean, the other guy would pretty much have had to get out. Unless Ryan sat on his lap, I suppose.
Amazi-Girl…I don’t think you can catch a car on roller skates…
You actually very well can, provided that the vehicle driver isn’t crossing red lights and ignoring intersection rules trying to get away from you.
Being able to cut corners through houses’ yards while the car has to go the long way around probably helps too. Assuming AG is willing to trespass on private property.
She routinely jumps around from high place to high place, she’ll catch up to them in no time.
You also can’t get to heaven. ‘Cuz you’ll roll right by those pearly gates.
Ok so it isn’t one of the bro clones coming back for Ryan like I thought yesterday. Who is this guy though?
Also I’m so sure AG will be able to catch up to a speeding car with just roller skates. /sarcasm
I had a friend in college whose car topped out at 30mph.
If he took all the MtG cards out of the trunk, it could sometimes hit 40. As long as it was downhill.
What male Shortpacked or Its Walky villain have we not seen yet?
…Head Alien? But somehow I doubt it’s him.
Head Alien is now Dexter, a cartoon character that Dorothy, Walky, and Joyce all love. He’s been mentioned aplenty. Joyce even has a hat and tights with his face on them, so we’ve even seen him.
It’s probably Amber’s dad.
Sal, you say that like those two things are mutually exclusive. Which is silly, since I feel they often describe your personality.
Amazi-Girl always wins with prep time.
Night time scenario, check
Caught the rapist, check
Stolen information possibly still in play, check
Got blindsided by a sudden impact, check
All we need now is the griffith park tunnel and a manure truck.
Not to demean your talents AG, but I’m pretty sure he’s gone.
Depends on traffic, intersections, and whatnot.
And in any case, she’s damn well going to at least try.
Yeah, they are in a town near a political rally. On the other hand, it’s midnight on a Sunday. On the *OTHER* other hand, college town so you never know, people are fuckin’ weird and no one moreso than college kids.
So probably gone, but you can never be entirely sure.
I dunno, if that car’s as crappy as what my friends drove in college, she might have a chance
Looks like a recent model sports car, to me at least, so I’m figuring no on the crappy modifier there.
Nice try, but Amazi-girl is immune to criticism.
Also, after she caught ToeDad on a skateboard I’m not counting off anything.
She was able to catch Toedad with a much bigger head start.
Okay, I’m a little disappointed that Ryan still isn’t lying face-down in a pile of his own teeth, but I really like how determined AG is to catch that sack of crap.
Also that I was right about that racist guy with the beard from before.
Damn, not the same guy, unless he changed his shirt and got a haircut really fast
And, like, got a dye job with the haircut. This dude’s hair is noticeably lighter, to the point where it is unlikely that it’s a lighting thing. (And if it were it’d probably be darker anyway, lol)
Amazi-Girl is immune to criticism, including any criticism of herself. Normally when I give up on something it’s do to criticizing myself, so Amazi-Girl is probably immune to giving up.
Both, Sal. Both.
So I was wrong about the driver. Doesn’t look like an adult Leland.
As a proud Ryan-American I am offended by this strip!
Just this one? Also, I read your comment before your name. Not the recommended read order there, I gotta say.
Same here… I was trying to figure out what a “Ryan-American” could possibly be for like ten seconds before I saw his name.
Better than me, I was figuring on someone like the Ryan in the comic first. I apparently go to the dark places fast.
Agreed! Why couldn’t you have named him something nobody else would be named, like WxrtHltl-jwlpklz? (Not a typo – search it.) Or Pontius Pilate?
So, is this a hint Amber has an uncle whose initials are TS? Probably not, or she’d be Iron Maiden instead of Amazi-girl.
Other TS, he said swiftly…
How would a pair of skates keep up with a car?! It seems Ryan’s friends know what he did and don’t care. I can’t think of friends who would do that without knowing what is going on. I do know my friends would not accept “bongo be crazy”. I know I wouldn’t. I would let it go to get more information to find the truth though.
I’d probably do that without having all the info, because otherwise I’d be letting one of my friends get beat up. Of course, first thing I’d ask him after pulling him in the car would be “Why is she chasing you?” and I also certainly wouldn’t allow any nonsense about bongos (or the term that is being autofiltered, for that matter) to be considered a legitimate answer.
Of course, I also know none of my friends would do anything like that. My best friend is one of the nicest damned people I’ve ever met despite his own insecurities and angst. My other two closest friends are an uber-passive asexual and a ridiculously lazy stoner. I find it literally impossible to imagine any of them doing anything worse to a woman than refuse to show mercy in MTG.
Obviously, those skates are rocket powered. She just hasn’t turned on the thrusters yet. Duh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2VXOd3uXh8
Carla thinks it’s badass.
How did she get those shoes in like 4 days that’s amazing
“How did she get those shoes in like 4 days?”
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Probably did a montage.
Read in the voice of how Willis pictures his voice to be.
More indication that Carla has a hand in this!
OK, where does she get the money to build/buy such wonderful toys? Those wheels came out, from the way the art shows it, with enough force to lift her body weight. That is going to be really expensive tech in the footprint available to house it. We’re talking maybe a half inch space, tops, under her foot to house the wheels, the deployment mechanism and any control circuitry. Meanwhile the most likely deployment mechanism I can picture fitting in that form factor is going to mean retracting them is near impossible without manual intervention and require some manual resetting to be able to deploy them again. All this is before you get into the materials physics of the system…
Obviously rule of cool applies here, but this is near breaking WSoD for me.
Well I think it stems from how the Dumbiverse is our word, but sits between our world and the Walkyverse. There’s some bleed over from there. It’s how we get the car chases, blue memory ghosts, skateboard riding kings, etc.
Why would there be any controlling circuitry? A mechanically blocked spring mechanism would hold those wheels in their hidden position, possibly activated by clicking her boots “There’s no place like home”-style.
Amazigirl already told us that her boots give her an inch or two height advantage over Amber. The modification of her boots would have to hide in plateau soles in order to accommodate those wheels. I am more concerned how this reduces their utility for running and landing after jumps from great height, unless those wheels fold sideways and act in a similar manner to the rest of the soles.
And the release mechanism has to be rather secure. Imagine those wheelies popping up after a hard landing. E.g. on that bus she jump-glided on when Walky and Dorothy chased her.
They’re called Heelys, as people have revealed above. They cost $50.
Heh. I’m sure Carla would approve!
Now that’s a bro.
That’s not necessarily a good thing.
Apparently, AmaziGirl isn’t only a skilled Programmer, but also a skilled engineer.
Where was she hiding those wheels, though? Is she wearing plateau shoes? Or are you just giving physics the finger again, Willis?
PHYSICS CAN EAT ALL OF THE BUTTS
Apparently Physics did. And it being capable of doing so would imply that it’s already doing so.
She willed it out a her chassis.
Oops Spoiler–Shes really a Transformer.
Sorry Willis, I spoiled your Comic.
Huh, I thought you had a unique Gravatar. And I wouldn’t worry about spoiling Willis’s comics. You should though. I’d recommend against running though.
I should gravatar?
Maybe you’re just a different Adam Black then. Sorry.
A lot of commenters wondering how she’s going to catch this car seem to have forgotten the last time she chased down a car. And that car had a bigger head start.
That car wasn’t hauling ass like these guys probably are and also she had a grappling hook stuck to the bumper for half the chase.
who says she doesnt still have the grappling hook?
During the day, AG might have a chance. At around midnight, I can totally see these bros blowing through lights and stopsigns.
Say, I wonder if Sal’s ride is nearby?
Oh, no. I just had a vision of Sal driving up with her motorcycle next to Amazi-Girl, and saying “This is totally nuts — but grab on.”
And they zoom after the car, AG’s skates sparking on the pavement.
Is there a slew of Terminator Jokes above me?
( How many Things make a “slew” , anyways? Does “rapists” have a Plaual flock? A Mean of Rapists? Meatsax?
How many something
I’ll cop to it, don’t recall seeing any Terminator jokes up there. No lie. But I don’t always have a full command of what I see at night. Been up all day, all the way.
Guess who just got a shiny new DoA-book in the mail???
That’s so nice. I don’t deserve it.
Of course you do.
I’m totes jelly. Since I missed the kickstarter, who knows if I’ll be able to get my hands on book 5 before the trumpocalypse sends us back into the dark ages! Will there even be electricity?
Hah! I got mine last week.
Since somebody had to check this:
The female speed record for 200 meters on roller skates is 17.677 seconds. It doesn’t say, but I am assuming standing start. Meaning it should be possible to get it up to 50 kph for at least a little while*.
Cars are obviously faster. Cars in traffic may not be. Cars that are driven recklessly will be. Will this car be driven recklessly for more than the initial escape, or will they assume they got away?
*Although, as we all know, M.S. Escher designed the place so that it’s all upward going anyway; this will presumable slow AG down considerably.
Junkers driven by college students might not be! It isn’t making horrible grinding noises and billowing smoke now, but there’s still time!
But depending on the route she takes to intercept, it could be uphill for the car, but downhill for her.
Walky already told us that all of the campus is uphill…
So she’ll just skate backwards then.
The Rule of Awesome insist that Amazi-Girl will drop down onto the car’s roof from above after having skated across the roof of several buildings.
You’re assuming that the Amazi-Skates don’t have something even more ridiculously badass in them like micro-fission cell-powered motors or something giving her a top speed in the range of 60mph.
Are they transistor! powered like Iron Man’s?
If she’s as good with computers as the comic has made her about to be, she should know it is trivially easy to recover an erased file. It’s not like Ryan had time to download specialized software to delete the file in a way which couldn’t be recovered.
Besides, they now know his first name, what he looks like and that he was an intern for the campaign. It would be relatively easy to find him again. Even if he quit the internship, the campaign would still know his name and have it on file. Even if it didn’t have his name for some reason, several of his friends were interning too. Find any one of them, and you could use them to find Ryan. And if for some reason that didn’t work, there are only going to be so many Ryans in the area. Look for one with a recent scar and there you go.
The only thing chasing Ryan at this point does is let her have a chance to beat him up tonight instead of some other night. It’s not good superheroing.
She has his first name. That might be enough to find him. There’s probably a way to get access to a volunteers list for that event, and that should narrow it down, at worst, to a few Ryans. She can then look in the student directory to find out which ones live in fraternity houses, since it’s a decent guess he might, having let her know he’s in one. Even if he doesn’t live in one of the houses, finding a different Ryan who does (not an unreasonable option) she could parlay into getting the rest of his identity by asking the right questions.
As cool as they are, now is the time for detective work, not a car chase!
Aw man, but that’s MY name ;-;
Why can’t it be both, Sal? We need a portmanteau to express both: ‘Badassiculous’? ‘Ridiculass’?
BTW, the getaway driver doesn’t have a tag so, lines or no, he’ll never be more than an extra.
Now, I wonder if Sal is going to go chasing off after this unlikely group on her bike or if she’s going to do the sensible thing by shrugging, going back to the dorm and sticking her head under the pillow until the canteen opens for breakfast?
Willis has left tags off before, only adding them after the dramatic reveal.
This suggests that the driver is someone we might know, but why not tag the passenger since we can already see his face?
Regarding the driver, it sure looks to be a guy. My first concern was that it might have been Ron (the party host where Ryan roofied Joyce), but his car is completely different.
Failing that, I started wondering about which minor characters we have already met or have not shown up from the Walkyverse yet that it could be. Considering the car, I suspect it is someone whose parents have money.
“Huh, I wonder what these gizmos are for.”
Plus, I thought the first rule of superheroics was not to talk about them. That last panel is a face filled with determination.
I’m also having difficulty making out the plate number in the third panel, anyone else having that problem? Normally the resolution on my monitor can get it, but not today. Weird.
I’ve blown the strip up 3x and don’t see anything. I think Willis has definitely left it blank 1) just to mess with us or 2) because he knows that no matter what made-up license plate he might use there’s the possibility that someone out there has it in real life, and his millions of fans would make that person’s life a living hell. Look what happened to the poor bugger who had 867-5309 as his telephone number.
Headcanon now is plate is JNY-867.
Also the phone number’s been trademarked, by a plumbing company.
In their own area code, maybe.
There are over 300 3-digit area codes — not counting toll free and pay-per-call WATS numbers — in use in the United State alone, and another 36 in Canada. I don’t imagine they’ve got it so any and all of them connect to their particular company.
United States Trademark. They’ve actually sued another company that used the number, with an 866 area code, and won a basic judgement. They can’t us it in their market.
I’m not sure whether that’s technically counting as badass or ridiculous, but either way it’s skating the line.
I’m not sure if that COMMENT is stupid or genius, but either way you’re on a roll.
With this being like the 10th time this comment as been made as a top level one, it may be out of control.
So is Amazi girl.
Go Amazi-Girl! Go!!!!!
It just occurred to me: Why don’t they just use Sal’s bike?
Time is of the essence; every moment she isn’t in visual contact with the car is a moment when they could vanish into a building’s garage, never to be seen again.
And we can’t have his wanted level drop to 0 stars.
Amber is a gamer, isn’t she? Why shouldn’t her life be a computer game? 😉
Weird, I have the strangest sudden urge to go put a certain disk into my XBOne…
Ain’t no justice like mob justice?
I guess boot wheels are more convenient than having Sayyid follow her around everywhere.
Can it not be both, Sal?
Pff, already done… I should read before answering… like thinking before acting.
Ok, we all know I won’t.
Ridiculass sounds like a rejected Harley Quinn sidekick
Or Ron Weasley messing up another incantation.
Badass is just ridiculousness that works.
Badass or ridiculous? Why not both?
And now Amazi-Girl knows his name, that’s good.
That’s ridiculously badass…
2nd rule of superheroics: These two things are not different.
They see me rollin’ …
You spin me round … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGNiXGX2nLU
What about this?
The base-line on both videos grates on my ears, my teeth ache aarghh … I’d forgotten just how bad it was …
So I have to assume she orders her equipment online, but I’m wondering do you think she puts on the mask while in her room sitting at the computer doing the ordering?
No, The Watering Hole (the friendly, family-run store where she and many other costumed vigilantes, like Ninja Rick, get their toys) has a strict ‘no mask’ policy.
Does AG know the name of the strip she’s in? Because she’s really living up to it right now. I hope she just follows them at a distance. There must be a super-hero rule about also learning from a distance.
She’s already invoking ‘What does not kill me makes me stronger’; I don’t think that there is any rule that supercedes that one!
The only way this could get better is if Marcie shows up with the roller derby team and they super-hero team up with AG to take down the bad guys.
And then Amber joins roller derby. 😀
I just thought of something, was Ryan able to pick up his own cell phone again after Amazi-Girl kicked him? Because if not, they might have another option for identifying him/getting a photo.
Ooh, good point! He doesn’t have it in his hand, so unless they picked it up and handed it back to him, that definitely seems possible.
But will his be locked?
He has something in his left hand in panel 1. I was assuming it was his phone.
Damn, you’re right. That looks a lot like the color of the phone he was speaking into two pages ago. There goes that theory. 🙁
On the other hand, since Amazi-Girl is always prepared for anything, she might have pre-hacked phones in a selection of colors, to swap out with phones she is stealing.
Dang, I looked right at his hands and missed that
You know, I want to hate that driver guy too, but “Beat It” is my favorite MJ song I so I really can’t.
Just beat it; beat it; beat it; beat it….
I prefer Weird Al’s version “Eat It” 😛
Introducting your friendly neighborhood bad guy taxi service, Douche-Canoe!*
*DISCLAIMER: May not actually use a canoe.
Taking a page out of “The Stupids” are we?? 😕
Why not both?
Um…. Amazi-Girl? Sal *does* have a Motorcycle, ya know…
Which is parked where? How far away will Ryan be before they reach the motorcycle?
“I thought we agreed on Mr Pink?”
Mostly ridiculous, but with points added for the inspector gadget-tier deployment.
Aww, Dudebeardbroguy didn’t get a name, and Silhouetted Driver didn’t even get a face.
A little of both
… Her face looks like a muppet. Not just me seeing that, yeah?
Wait, how did Ryan get into the car that quickly?
no san diego comic-con, the sorries
Who should be R.A.?
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