A hero glances out the window as a friend stands behind them.
Hero: Watch out, the enemy is close.
The hero turns to find their friend, now wearing dark makeup and a black cape, pointing a gun at them.
Friend: Why, yes, as it happens, your enemy is closer than you think!
Hero: But I thought… What happened to you?!
Friend: When I was a child, your mother cast out my father…
Hero: No, not that. I know you’ve been planning your betrayal, yadda, yadda.
The friend defensively hides some lipstick behind their back.
Hero: But where did all that black lipstick just appear from?
Friend: Nowhere! This is my natural shade.
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Comments on Downward Arc
I didn’t see the black Magic Marker at first. Once I did, this was very funny (I know the transcript says “lipstick”, but I’m thinking “black Magic Marker”)
But what happens next?
I NEED CLOSURE!!!
Yeah, how did the friend end up betraying the hero in the first place? What if that friend had been the villain all along?
Someone should tell the Heroine that interrupting a villain while expositing their plan is the fastest way for them to jump to the “being unceremoniously shoot in a back alley” part.
It’s also horribly impolite. After all, the great ‘why I’ve decided to betray you and how’ speech is one of few chances for the villain to shine.
Oh, and the second panel?
Definitely follows the “evil is sexy” trope
And how did she put on the cape so fast ???
Anything can happen offscreen in a matter of seconds, no matter how improbable. How else can Batman appear and disappear so suddenly?
Maybe she was tucking it under her jacket and let it fly loose when she unzipped her jacket? But it’s not like it follows strict logic anyways.
Clearly she rips off her convincingly realistic mask Mission-Impossible-style and underneath it’s just her same face but already made up.
Hey folks, quick note that we won’t have a comic this week because Bunny is busy having her own downward arc, which obviously makes her much more fashionable.
Oh, that’s clever.
Tattoo on “evil” makeup. Cover it with “good” makeup.
Wipe it off, and you’re ready to go!
The downside involves you having to keep the concealer at all moments, no matter how inconvenient. (Waking up, after swimming/bathing, after vigorous exercise, etc.)