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Pulse and Bolt

Two female human batteries become armored superheroes.

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@Lightfoot: All viable points, you would think for an organization that claims to have a handle on individuals with superpowers they would at least have contingencies for every documented power on the off chance it was used against them in some way.
@dracone: That's true. It's possible certain powers are more likely to lead to someone being a super-villain, and others less likely? Maybe they've targeted defense against certain powers and not worried about others before.

Ghosts are only good at transporting or being thieves. They'd never be able to challenge a powered person directly. And they'd be able to handle just a ghost more easily than a ghost, a mimic, and the sleepwalker problem at once.

Nigel did mention might readers being used on the petrified people. Also Annie said her mother's family had psychic powers of some kind.

Mind-readers might not work at a distance, and they might have trouble guessing if someone is just asleep, or being controlled unless they are so close you could anyone could tell. Also the other problem is there might be no way to detect who is a sleeper agent, but not activated.

They do have a very conventional way to possibly track ghosts. It's coming up, and it's not something very special.

A person or thing that could disable any powers around them might be too much of a threat. Like turning off someone's powers in mid-flight, a ghost when they're mid-teleporting, or a battery who is full of a charge (and that charge might not go away, just they'd lose their ability for it to not hurt them).
@Lightfoot: Also the lack of confirmed dedicated systems and individuals with the ability to effectively track "Ghosts" and anybody that has been mind woogied isn't helping the situation. If they had any telepaths and/or empaths, which hasn't been confirmed or even really referenced, it would be possible for them to at least confirm who among their numbers is a 'Sleeper Agent', sorry bad pun but I felt it was appropriate.

Also, it is confirmed they're called "ghosts" because of the fact they can only teleport short distances, usually along their line of sight, but it doesn't seem like anyone other than the really paranoid residents have developed safeguards to keep teleporters out.

If they had some way of disabling superpowers without anyone getting close it would probably be really helpful.
@dracone: I think they'd usually just send out the strongest person available. They also might not usually talk things over as a group. Nigel tried to solve this himself twice already, and this is his third attempt.
They're probably not used to this sort of situation, seeing as they had no established protocol for what to do in this sort of situation.
Finally out of the dark room next page.
Lightfoot
June 7th, 2018
One more page in the dark room after this.
I was originally going to have the tree guy and Nigel insult each other as they commented, but it would have eaten up a lot of room.
Lightfoot
May 24th, 2018
To be fair, Plague-Girl has saved the world a few times.
Lightfoot
May 17th, 2018
I don't think the cafeteria has been shown since chapter 4 "The Two Pulses".
Lightfoot
May 11th, 2018
@dracone: I figure Lucy and Tabitha are kind of like Annie's sisters. Lucy is the predictable and boring one. Tabitha is the wild and unpredictable one.
dracone
May 10th, 2018
She means well, she just doesn't know how to show it without coming across as abrasive.
Lightfoot
May 10th, 2018
Tabitha answers the burning questions.
There has to be a pattern to those that were taken, if they could figure it out they probably estimate who could be the next most likely targets.

It's clear the one abducting people is doing so with a plan, which means each of those abducted was done so for a reason.
If you look back at page 252, Arim did grab Grace's necklace when Zoe punched her. It's just taken me 29 pages to mention it.

It was originally going to be talked about at that end of the chapter, but things got moved around and it didn't fit there. The times since it's shown her holding it, with no explanation. It didn't feel right to insert it into those scenes.
dracone
April 28th, 2018
@JFP: rofllmao
JFP
April 28th, 2018
@dracone: I have tons of words but they won't come outta my mouth because of all the drool. LOL.
dracone
April 27th, 2018
Wow, I have no other words for that last panel
Lightfoot
April 26th, 2018
Although this is how I planned the chapter to end, I wonder if this is a little too rushed, trying to wrap up too many things. But I've been trying to stick to 12-page chapters.

Chapter 21 starts next week.
The list of pros and cons is meant to be written by Lucy, and therefore, kind of negative. She's meant to be the one in the story to try to motivate Annie into being normal.