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The phrase " secret weapon " suggests something useful, concealed to maximize that use.

Secret Weapons was about characters who were concealed, but not because they were considered immediately valuable.

Their considered value wasn't inherent in what they could do, but what could be done with them.



The story opened on one of those so considering them.



Elsewhere, the psiot (psychic) Livewire was visiting something tied to her past.

She'd been loyal to Toyo Harada, the man who wanted to save the world, until she'd learned the complete truth about what he was.

Now, working with G.A.T.E. (Global Agency for Threat Excision), she'd found another facet of that truth, a holographic recording.



(" [The] leak " happened at the end of the mid-2010s Harbinger series.)



(The way some of the lettering's placed and sized, you'd think the intent was to minimize how much of the art it'd be covering up.)



(Nikki's power's " ornipathy ", talking to birds.)



(She's also good on her feet.)



(The competent parkour's not really out of place in a story involving people rejected because of the utility of their abilities- it helps underline the narrowness of those judgements.)

She ran and ran, pursued by the hunter, until she just happened to run into someone else she knew from the Willows - Owen, whose ability to " conjure " things out of thin air was unreliable.



(Previously, Owen'd inadvertently conjured up a shotgun in a place he really shouldn't have had one.)

They ran, eventually trying to get height by climbing a ladder.

Their hunter reached out to them.



" Get out of here, kids! "

Nikki and Owen scrambled up.

Livewire battled the enemy, who caught her up in his talons, divesting her of her pipe.

" Rex-O.. "

Its voice crackled in its own language.

" .. disarmed.. "

" Wrong. "

She pulled together an arm cannon and shot him in the face.



Rex-O pulled the fire escape down on her and made his exit.

Nikki and Owen, meanwhile, were running over the roofs.

(It's probably adrenaline in his case.)

They made it back to her roost for the night.

The next day, looking for Martin, they saw signs - video signs set up to divert traffic from construction, now addressing them by name and telling them where to go.

(Communication through signs was what'd put Owen in Nikki's path.)

They followed the directions.



(These panels are really very deliberately framed.)



(Livewire's a technopath.)



(Pagecount's a little more than 9 and 6/10ths of 29 from Secret Weapons #1 back in 2017.

Writing's Eric Heisserer, who also scripted the 2016 movie Arrival.

Art's Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín.

Letters're also Martín.)

Date: 2019-02-13 06:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastermahan
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Talk To Birds is a badass power with use in combat and espionage. Clearly Harada wasn't a Hitchcock fan.

Date: 2019-02-13 05:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dcbanacek
With the proper amount of imagination any power can be dangerous. The Legion of Substitute Heroes shows that.

Date: 2019-02-13 09:59 pm (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
Well, the Secret Weapons do have a Stone Boy.

Date: 2019-02-14 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
I really loved Secret Weapons. Great premise, fun characters, and even as someone who'd never read any Valiant stuff outside of Quantum and Woody, it was easily accessible. Plus the art is great, a more than welcome break from what I find to be an unappealing Valiant house style.

What became of these characters afterwards? I know they did a couple one shot prequels, but I feel like I heard they got unceremoniously killed off.

Date: 2019-02-14 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com
That was Generation Zero that got killed, not these guys :(

Date: 2019-02-14 03:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
I can never get over the term, "psiot."
It sounds so... clunky. And reminds me of "idiot."

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