Awesome / Grrl Power

  • During the press conference, Ariana explains supers have been around since the Lincoln Presidency. Sydney's Imagine Spot does the idea justice in awesome-levels.
  • Arianna easily predicting exactly how the press will react to what she's saying on page 144. It's rather terrifying along with being impressive.
  • We learn that prior to her position as the head of ARC-Swat, Maxima was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan for a number of classified operations along with supporting the troops via mine-sweeping, scouting, providing aerial support, and dealing with indigenous supers. This of course prompts the obvious question:
    Reporter: They have supers in Iraq and Afghanistan?
    Maxima: Hmh. Not as many as they used to.
  • Maxima gets another one later on during the demonstration of each of the ARC-Swat team members powers. As they're about to wrap things up- with her demonstration being the last- she takes a moment to deliver a message to any would-be super villains out there who think that their powers give them the right to do whatever they want, hurt or rule over others, or that they make them unstoppable. She emphasizes just how wrong they are with a punctuating blast of plasma energy that utterly atomizes the tank she had just shot-putted like it was a styrofoam football.
    Maxima: Since we're almost done here, I want to be sure I emphasize this. Superpowers are rare, and if you have them, chances are you're the only person you've ever met who has them. That isolation may have made you feel like you're the most powerful person on Earth. That you're unstoppable. That your power gives you primacy to hurt or rule over others. Well, I promise you...
    [chucks plasma ball at tank like a professional baseball pitcher]
    Maxima: We're more powerful.
    [cue MASSIVE explosion]
    • "OH, AND ONE MORE THING..." Maxima follows up previous massive explosion with an even bigger explosion—she might literally have nuked the test area. Sydney casually keeps the press and other supers safe inside her expanded shield. Maxima is outside the shield.
      Maxima: -They say superheroes are best defined by their gallery of rogues... I can promise you that our rogues will either be incarcerated... In traction... Or interred.
    • Minor one for Achilles when it's shown that he is also outside the forcefield with Maxima in the inferno, and all he's concerned about is that the marshmallows he brought along aren't surviving the explosion with him.
  • Nose Boop of DOOM aka Anvil steps up to the awesome plate.
  • Sydney invokes Blind Without 'Em to trick the supervillain into thinking she's an easy target and then hits him with the orbs, in his orbs. Also a Crowning Moment of Funny since she does it by channeling Velma in her act.
  • Page 207 has Harem's teleport blitz to arm Archon. She shows surprising efficiency for someone who usually acts flirty and chill.
    • In the background we see Achilles yawning and blocking Eye Beams with his hand at point blank range. Badass.
  • Math codifies the Badass Normal trope.
    Math: Let me tell you something, lady. There's no such thing as just human.
    Halo: That move was hella sweet, but there's no way she heard that second part.
  • Sydney beats a man with indestructible skin and unstoppable claws with logic: by bitch-slapping his own claws into his neck.
  • One for the bad guys when Heavenly Sword bests Dabbler in swordplay and even deconstructs her sword skills as being too amateur.
    • Achilles then blocks her energy blade with his eyeball and admits he did so intentionally to make Heavenly drop her sword out of shock... which she did.
  • Both Atomic Bombshell and Maxima get one on this page, Bombshell for her explosion actually surprising Maxima in how it worked and managing to slightly hurt her, and Maxima for managing to still act completely unharmed and continue relaying orders in order to contain Bombshell.
  • Vehemence throws Anvil into the sky so hard, she estimates 10 seconds before she'll land. She's proven wrong when Sydney's Lighthook grabs her and flings her straght back down onto Vehemence's head with enough force to knock him to the ground.
  • Maxima gets another one when she decides to take Vehemence on, one-on-one. He punches her with his full strength, which was sufficient to move a man who (thanks to his powers) weighed as much as a space shuttle. She is forced to take one step back.
    Maxima: You made me take a step back. You are strong.
    Vehemence: Hah hah, what the fuck.
  • Vehemence is, as of comic #273, actually overpowering Maxima, who up to this point has been completely invincible.
  • In a moment of heart-stopping bravery, Sydney uses her own shield to stop Vehemence's aggression aura in order to save Maxima. Of course, because she has to be inside her own shield, this puts her, an essentially normal human, in reach of the man who's looking at killing Maxima, who up until this point hasn't been seen having any trouble with anyone.
    Sydney: Please don't kill me.
  • We get to see what happens when Maxima actually maxes out an attribute. As Dave B commented, it's a tribute to Vehemence's current toughness that his head didn't simply pop off with that neck punch!
  • Credit to Sydney for her simply awe-inspiring plan! On her first night out as a legitimate hero, she winds up in a situation where she and one other are the only sane people in a fight against a massively powerful villain who's outdone their strongest teammate and is preparing to kill her. What does Sydney do? She looks back on everything that's happened to her in the past twenty-four hours, every detail, no matter how seemingly insignificant, and she put them all to use in a singular, awe-inspiring plan! From Dabbler's assets to Maxima warning her about collateral damage to friendly banter, she puts it all together in such a way that allows her to disable Vehemence and put him in a position to take him down! Permanently! All this... on her first night out. Not bad for a rookie.
  • When armed soldiers attack a Council meeting, Maxima disassembles a rocket-propelled grenade in mid-flight.
    • Her taking a bomb out of the base to explode (relatively) harmlessly leaves the rest to deal with an amped-up threat. As they're about to execute The Plan, Max gets back.
  • Later, Maxima, Sydney, and Dabbler dismantle a defense mechanism in two strips, prompting a pertinent question.
    Ingsol: Uh... thank you, Colonel. But... I have to ask, vy didn't the veakness aura affect you and your team?
    Halo: Nothing gets through Mr. Bubble.
    Dabbler: (Motioning to an earring) One hundred thirty five percent resistance to debuffs.
    Maxima: It did.
    Ingsol: ... ....... Impressive.
  • Vale finally takes action against Sciona after the latter smashed the newly-installed marble columns in Deus' office.
  • A two-fer as Maxima gives chase to Sciona.
    • First, Sciona actually manages to block a Maxima blast with her wings, deflecting the missile into a bridge, imperiling two dozen vehicles, including an "Emergency Cuddle Kittens and Souffle Delivery" truck.
    • Maxima is left with a Sadistic Choice of keeping the bridge steady or pursuing Sciona, whose wings have been set on fire by the deflected blast. She opts to do a quick-fix on the bridge and orders her team to stabilize it so that she can continue after Sciona.
      The Rant: Max is one of those heroes who actually has to think about whether or not to save the plane of people the bad guy shot down as a diversion, or go and tar the bad guy instead. Superman saves the plane every time. Itís a failsafe diversion. Max isnít a psycho. Sheíll usually save the people, but if the bad guy has a nuke strapped to their back and is heading to a major metropolis, sorry people on the plane, but thereís such a thing as superhero triage.
  • During the fight between ARCHON and Sciona, she busts out some Eye Beams aimed at Maxima - who not only isn't harmed, but flies straight through to deliver a "Mother Fucking Punch" to Sciona's face, cratering the villain into a wall.
    • Even better is that sharp-eyed readers can make out a halo of orbs above the figure's head in panel 6, meaning that Sydney had interjected herself between Sciona and Maxima, causing a distraction for the former to provide an opening for the latter.