Dude in Distress Strip 96

3rd Dec 2018, 6:01 AM in First Date
Dude in Distress Strip 96
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EssayBee 3rd Dec 2018, 6:01 AM
Here's strip 96 of Dude in Distress, and Lady Lightspeed gives Clark the obligatory threat to life and limb.

Only two strips to go in this episode, so things will wrap up before Christmas!


KLCtheBookWorm 3rd Dec 2018, 8:42 AM
Superhero version of the shovel speech. Good chat.
SirCrash 3rd Dec 2018, 9:06 AM
I find it interesting (and somewhat endearing) that Clark responds to this with some sympathetic empathy as to why she's saying this rather than utter terror at the threat itself. :)
Autoskip 3rd Dec 2018, 9:49 AM
That suggests a very interesting limitation to Lady Lightspeed's powers - unless she can interact as sentient photons, she can move fast, but she can't fight fast. Her ability to utilise her powers is restricted by her reaction time (which could be boosted by her powers, we don't know) and in theory she might be able to outrun a bullet, but not dodge a bullet…
EssayBee 3rd Dec 2018, 10:51 AM
It's also why Ashes Molasses's goop and ash clouds work against her (as discussed briefly at the beginning of this episode; http://dudeindistress.thecomicseries.com/comics/47/). The ash clouds are particularly nasty. Her lightning transition phase risks static discharge in the ash cloud, which creates a big problem for any bystanders inside the cloud. Unlike Flash, she has to stop to help people, so there's always a few moments of vulnerability when she has to help people.

That said, she can be effective in a fight (which we'll likely see at a later point).
O8h7w 3rd Dec 2018, 3:25 PM
Lightning *is* static discharge, through large stretches of air. A cloud of ash would not have a lot of effect. A cloud of coal dust, flour or other easily combustible stuff could cause big fiery trouble. Well grounded (as in connected to earth, bonus points for deep enough to be wet) and somewhat pieces of metal as well as pointy pieces of metal are the only things to have an effect on where the charge goes. And Lady Lightspeed herself, in this case :)
EssayBee 3rd Dec 2018, 8:46 PM
The ash cloud is Ashes Molasses's special concoction and contains metal particulates, which makes LL's lightning contact with it unpredictable.

Earlier versions also had some flammables in the mix, but that had some unintended consequences for Ashes Molasses. (This will actually be discussed a bit in the first scene of Episode 3.)
O8h7w 5th Dec 2018, 3:52 PM
Flammables forming clouds make real big fireballs, some of them explosive :)

If Ashes Molasses has really good control over a whole lot of metal particles, he could make sure that they connect and form a big grounded metal structure - but if LL can steer clear of a streetlight from 10 metres away or a lightning rod from 50 metres above she could steer clear of anything not unreasonably large. I see now that the word "large" went missing from my previous comment, should be right behind "somewhat". Then again - a big piece of grounded metal makes lightning behave more predictably rather than less, however, LL might want to be going somewhere else than into that piece. He may be able to make the metal form a big capacitor, I'll have to research what that might do to lightning. Anything with small free particles is not going to do more difference than raindrops.
Omni 3rd Dec 2018, 6:51 PM
I get the sentiment behind this, but this makes me dislike lady lightspeed. Hey if you emotionally hurt my friend im going to use my SUPER powers to MURDER you, person who has no super powers and isn't even remotely strong. Way to threaten a baby with a tank.
EssayBee 3rd Dec 2018, 8:36 PM
As mentioned by KLCtheBookWorm above, it's the ol' shovel talk--the sentiment is real, even if everyone knows its hyperbole.
O8h7w 5th Dec 2018, 3:10 PM
While it may be generally true, it is not universally true that "everyone knows it's hyperbole". And for those of us that just can't know whether to take someone literally or not until we get to know them this kind of thing sure makes us a bit uncomfortable every now and then. There are people out there who will commit murder, how am I to know that the threat is not real? If I was Clark I'd probably get my hands on a waterproof sat phone so that I could call for help from whereever I get stranded, whether accidentally or through nefarious intent - from an angered hero or from a villain!
...(RockB) 11th Dec 2018, 5:16 PM
Yes, I had the same feelings. That and not finding the right words to express 'em when I first saw this page kinda kept me from commenting.

Actually my thoughts were like "does she want to scare Clark away with such a threat?" Imagining myself in Clark's shoes (and still being myself, much less lighthearted & easy-going than him), I would have asked her that, with a stern/serious face.
Black Rose 3rd Dec 2018, 10:14 PM
After those two strips run,what's next,Clark getting on with his life once more?
EssayBee 4th Dec 2018, 12:31 AM
A brief semi-hiatus (like between Episodes 1 and 2), then back with Episode 3. There will likely be 2 updates in the 2 weeks after this episode ends before the semi-hiatus begins.