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Webcomic: Grrl Power
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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.


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  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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: Pretty frequent, including *Motionless* in response to the Green-Skinned Space Babe invocation.
  • Up to Eleven: On a 1 to 5 scale for superpowers, Achilles' invulnerability is rated as a 6.
  • 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!"
  • Webcomic Time: At most a day has elapsed since the comic's start (23rd August 2010).
  • 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, an 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.


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