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The face she won't show the world.

And the mask comes off.  This is what she looks at every night.

How and when did Summer get to be this way?  Stay tuned, it's time for a brief flashback ...

Wild winds wail tonight.

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

That _is_ a disturbing sight in the mirror.  Creepy.  ... Plus, wearing (the superhero equivalent of) a diaper can NOT be good for her teenage self-esteem.

Pastangum "Power Incontinence... eww" Felinix

Leo Spitz (skindancer) says:

I think the indication here is that she actually has control over her eyebeams but can't shut off the Eyeglow and she does not like it.  She wears the mask to hide the glow.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Wait, the mask is "used up" every time she fires?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Leo:  Summer still has occasional accidents with her eyebeams (such as when Carrie startled her).  The masks are there to block the brief discharges.  As Pastangum mentioned, this is basically like having to wear a diaper in public.

As for controlling the eyeglow ... we'll see shortly.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@David:  Yes, the masks are one-use disposables.  It came out too small to read in the final artwork, but the box that Jane is closing in the first panel reads "Shield masks -- 100 ct."

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I'd assumed that Summer's power origin was simple inheritance from her superpowered father. I'm guessing now that this is not the case, because this doesn't seem like the kind of comic that would flash back to the moment when Summer received her genes...

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

Sounds like blowing a fuse (literally). And now Summer feels like a blown fuse, or the scorched shield mask: she's burned out.

I caught that 'Shield Masks - 100 ct.' Big-box stores for the superhero, what next? :-) What threw me was frowning-red-lips-in-red-glow that, on first glance (and second look) appeared to be an open mouth, in shock from her own red glow.

Pastangum Felinix

Nick Vito (greenknightfury) says:

I'd say that a Raphael would be the best chioce, she has to wear the red mask anyway, and this would make it look far more like part of the costume. 

Nyerguds (nyerguds) says:

Sooo... is "Summer" a reference to a certain other superhero's last name? A guy who happens to have exactly the same uncontrollable powers?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Nyerguds:  Actually, it's a bad pun on the fact the she has superpowers and her brother doesn't.  When superheroes have kids ... "some are mighty", and some aren't.

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I'm a middle-aged computer programmer from Indiana, but I've always enjoyed doodling and drawing. After discovering webcomics recently, I decide to try my hand at creating one. My wife thinks I'm crazy. My wife is a very sensible woman. ... full profile