Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
Looks like Henry might be getting the hang of this hero business. A selfless rescue, and he didn’t even hang around for a “thank-you”!
Hate to say it, but my money’s on Max.
This fast movement thing has GOT to be putting some nasty strain on Henry’s body. Schnell is supernaturally fast, so it could be a time thing, or everything may still be in some sort of physical proportion. Henry, however, is simply having his body moved at immense speeds, or having his movements augmented, by an external apparatus while his body remains apparently normal. Imagine the whiplash his arm must feel when it moves fast enough to throw metal balls like bullets but then must stop. Imagine what his legs must be going through to be maintaining that running motion, and think of the g-force when turning. I can imagine his body starting to deteriorate with overuse. Extension and compression injuries. Whiplash, especially in his neck which doesn’t seem to be well-protected. Microfractures of bones, like in the foot. If he keeps running around too much, haemolytic anemia, which runners sometimes get as red blood cells are damaged in the feet and taken out by the spleen. And others…
For all we know, the Ubermenchen are being eaten by demons as they use their powers. Hopefully, though, Jack Be Nimble has a very padded uniform and a competent slowdown on his exoskeleton.
Well, I’ll neither confirm nor deny your demon theory, but I will say that no one gets superpowers for free in The Specialists!
Though I couldn’t have spoken about it in as much detail as you have, I will say that the Hermes exoskeleton is pushing Henry’s body well beyond its natural limits, and as you say, that will likely take a toll over time!
As arrogant as Henry may be, it seems like he is going to be the one that adapts the best to the situation, as one of the new members to combat. Marbles… who would have thought?
well, ball bearings, anyway…
Um…not that he could help, but it’s sort questionable that he left a teammate alone after they said, effectively, that they’d lost their main combat ability.
Now, it’s probably the right move – after Geist’s intangible possession, Speedsters are probably one of the most worrisome superpowers. but the way he did it, to me, smacks of relief that he doesn’t have to deal with her problems/tears.
When your power is superspeed, you are as helpless as a run-of-the-mill soldier if you just stay in one place. You have to move.
Besides, any foe he eliminates or distracts can’t hurt her.
Agreed – like I said, it was probably the best move at the time – what I objected to was how he went about scooting, as much as the fact that he did.
You would think he could at least hide his relief/excitement when he sees his evil opposite in front of his overly distraught teammate…
Yes, except for one thing: Henry is an asshole!
Well of course! and a well written one, too!
I doubt that Kate would expect much in the way of sympathy from a guy like Henry – she must know him pretty well by now, after all. Or maybe she’s not thinking clearly at the moment. But if she were, I would think she might be just as happy that he didn’t stick around.
BTW, all that equipment that she’s packing around must be pretty heavy, given the technology of the time. She must be physically as well as mentally exhausted.
Yep, Kate is going to be kicking herself for letting Henry see this rare moment of vulnerability.
So what’s her expression in the last panel? I can’t tell if it’s relief, worry, shock or some combination of the three or more.
A mix of worry and shock would be my guess. No idea where you got relief from.
“Shock” is probably the best word for it. Now that she’s not in immediate danger, she’s just stunned.
Last panel: He is so magnificent its making her cry.
If she were to shock him would that overcharge him and make him run super super-fast or just the generic dead.
Even when he does what is probably the right thing, you want to profoundly kick his ass.
As to the long-term physical consequences of using the Hermes exoskeleton and his reaction, you might want to factor into it these bits of info:
1. Henry is an unusually physical person, being an OLYMPIC ATHLETE WHO WON SILVER MEDALS (Was favored to win Gold, but Jesse Owens screwed THAT up…) so when his use of the Hermes stuff catches up to him, it’s bound to be EXTREMELY NASTY.
2. Due to his constant cries for attention from his father, his ego is ridiculously fragile and he is ludicrously insecure (He can’t take even the slightest insult and is absurdly self-promotional (When he was asked about his sex life and he responded “Well, I’ve had no complaints from the ladies” I thought “In other words, he’s probably a virgin” After all, they can’t complain about his performance if he ain’t gettin’ any)*snicker*). Since he places so much emphasis on physical performance, when all that use of the Hermes finally bites him in the ass, it’ll probably seem like the end of the world. He might even consider suicide, especially if his father ignores him after all of this.
Hmm… I suspect that no.2 may be floating around in the back of his mind, which may be why he doesn’t seem to be terrifically introspective and doesn’t stick around with the others any longer than it takes be a flippant jerk.
He will never get proper attention from his father, so his way is a downward spiral with no chance of recovery. As much as he is an asshole, I pity him because he could never build up the strength to free himself out of this dilemma and only personal strength would grant him the ability to see his situation clearly. I’ve seen assholes to completely repent their ways when they had grown up. Henry will never grow up. His mindset doesn’t allow him.
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