Webcomic: Grrl Power

The marketing team at work.

Grrl Power is a webcomic about a superheroine who works in a comic shop.

Or, to put it in its own words:

"A comic about superheroines. Well there are guys too but mostly it’s about the girls. Doing the things that super powered girls do. Fighting crime, saving the world, dating, dieting, shopping, etc. There’ll be explosions, cheesecake, beefcake, heroes and villains, angels and demons, cyborgs, ninjas, probably pirates."

Currently updates Mondays and Thursdays; the schedule in future may depend on the creator's employment situation.

Grrl Power contains examples of

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  • Reality Ensues: Half the point of the comic is to examine some of the realistic consequences of superpowered beings coming into existence.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • The author is fond of self-directed snark in the page titles and footer remarks.note 
    • #125, which features a discussion of the Standard Police/Superhero/Celebrity Contract, is titled "Action packed document review".
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: This strip focuses on when the supervillain Glowbug finds out her white costume becomes see-though when wet. She notes that's something she should have tested before going into battle.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Invoked when Maxima demonstrates why ARC-SWAT carries firearms rather than just relying on their powers.
  • Smug Super: Maxima takes her sweet time stopping a bank robbery despite having enough speed to catch bullets. When one of the civilians she rescued protests her behavior Maxima brushes him off ("You were never in any danger"), finally cracking her knuckles to scare him away. Sure, the hostages were safe especially since the "bank robbers" were agents of ARC carrying out a publicity stunt on PR manager Arianna's orders, but they must have also been stressed and terrified, seeing as how they were at the mercy of men with guns for several minutes.
  • Snark Ball: All the senior officers. No audience surrogates or characters with an excessive sense of humor are in the scene, so as The Rant explains, the normally serious people are the ones carrying the jokes. It works because, in the absence of their subordinates, they don't have to maintain the appearance of being consummately professional.
  • Spit Take: Lampshaded by the name on the soda can in the last two panels of this page. Also doubles as a Shout-Out to Not A Villain.
  • Spy Speak: Spoofed with the mini-comic below the main one.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Maxima and most of the other female supers. Not Sydney, which is openly lampshaded. Maxima's looks are apparently part of the reason for her feminism. Getting checked out so much makes her feel like many men only see her as an "exotic blow up doll", according to Word of God on the cast page.
  • Stealth Pun: Sydney grabs her teammate Anvil out of the sky and flings her down onto a super tough thug. She just dropped an anvil on him. She imitates the Road Runner right after.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Dabbler shows here that she loves seducing and confusing the new recruits.
  • Super Registration Act: Played with. As noted in the press conference where Archon is officially announced, this isn't in effect — empowered individuals in the private sector aren't required to register with the government at all, and are protected by Second Amendment rights. On the other hand, they don't get any special protection, either. Archon is there to provide accountability and training to those who want to put those powers to use in crime-fighting or otherwise helping people, but "superheroes" who attack villains without sanction are vigilantes, and thus may be treated as criminals.
  • Super Speed: One of the known powers, exhibited by both Maxima and the supervillain Silent Shadow. However, it's fairly rare, because the writer considers it to be, logically, a very powerful ability.
  • Take That: Obviously the author isn't a huge fan of Fox News Channel.
    • Varia is one towards comic characters who take the idea of a Meaningful Name so far it gets ridiculous.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Lampshaded in the author commentary at the bottom of a Math-focused strip.
    Author: Witty banter may be a free action, but timing still matters.
  • Tempting Fate: Deliberately invoked for a positive result.
  • The Tooth Hurts: Math kicks a knife into a bad guy's mouth, where it gets lodged between his teeth and draws blood. The guys freaks out for a couple seconds until Math knocks him out and yanks the knife out.
  • Tongue Trauma: Narrowly averted when Sydney pulled a robber by the tongue and slammed him to the ground. "averted" because the robber was another super-powered being in disguise. His power just happened to also be extreme stretchiness.
  • Training the Gift of Magic: The concepts behind this trope are strongly implied. Zeph, a highly experienced scholar/adventurer, knows a lot about the occult, but apparently has to leave actual spell-casting to Gwen, who freely admits to being a bit of a novice — even when it's a matter of life and death. Evidently, she has a gift that he lacks. She's described as basically self-taught, but she had to acquire the right reference books to accomplish this.
  • Troll: Dabbler, Harem, and Math all have their moments, but the king is whoever put this sign up. (Link may be considered NSFW.)
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Maxima and Peggy apparently had this planned out for a while.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Tony and his half-sister/cousin Olivia are the results of someone's fantasy coming true. He ended up living with the two and their mother. Their grandmother seems to have fun with it to the point of keeping a tape recorder with a laugh track on it around.
  • Un Sound Effect: The author admits to loving the inherent entertainment value in "nonomatopoeia".
  • Up to Eleven: On a 1 to 5 scale for superpowers, Achilles' invulnerability is rated as a 6.
  • Vertigo Effect: When Sydney sees Dabbler pull something out of Hammerspace, complete with "Dolly Zoom" Unsound Effect.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Sydney pukes after almost getting shot, when Maxima shows her the bullet.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Well not walking per se, but definitely counts with a number of well-toned guys standing around an entertainment hall all tricked out of their shirts by Harem definitely counts, in one of the more recent pages Bonus points for all the female cast members present being very aware how attractive the guys are, and for added kicks one of the guys makes mention of the scene probably falling under sexual harassment in the work place, with Harem responding with a "If you mean by that hubba hubba!"
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: After growing significantly in size, Vehemence's pants burst under the strain.
  • Webcomic Time: The story's first day ended with strip #294, posted roughly four and a half years after the first (23rd August 2010).
  • Weapon for Intimidation: The reason why even team-members who can cut tanks into "blowed up ribbons" are still issued firearms; even if your finger is much deadlier than any Hand Cannon, it can't compete for sheer visual menace.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Lampshaded when Ariana asks Maxima if she's considered everything Sydney might do as an Arc SWAT member.
    Maxima: What's the worst that could happen? I can't believe I just said that with a straight face.
  • Worf Effect: Concretia makes an entrance, complete with stats, and immediately blows away Mr. Amorphous and Achillies to show how bad arsed she is. Then in the very next page she is taken down by Math to show just how bad-arsed normal he is.
  • X-Ray Vision: Averted (to the relief of all the female supers), and also discussed: if a perverted superhero wanted to use x-ray vision to peep in on women in the shower ... what's stopping him from using x-ray vision when they're not in the shower? And even then, all he's going to see is the woman's skeleton, since this is x-ray vision.
  • Yin-Yang Clash: A minor supervillain claims to be both irresistible force and immoveable object in this strip. It doesn't end well.