Breaking up with a superhero can be tough, but Veronica, star of the webcomic Plan B, somehow manages. Of course, it helps that she's the world's most brilliant supervillain, complete with a kick-ass alien lair and a perverted super-mechanic sidekick.

Supervillains hate superheroes for all sorts of reasons: they keep them from committing crimes; they make them feel inferior; or they feel somehow wronged by the superheroic community. Veronica hates superheroes because she was married to one. Veronica's ex-husband Doug developed a helmet that boosts a human's cognitive powers, transforming him into the supersmart superhero Thinktank. But Veronica stumbled on the helmet first, and soon dumped her narcissistic hubby in favor of becoming a foul-mouthed supervillain with awesome powers of science. She manages to team up with Claudia, a disgraced Russian engineer who loves machinery in a more than platonic way, and together they ride around in a living spaceport named Box.

But Veronica doesn't spend her time obsessively battling her ex. She's more interested in acquiring as much cool tech as possible and fighting the occasional god (or six). She even manages to go on a date – at least until her potential beau realizes she curb-stomps superheroes for a living.


Now, just because we end up rooting for Veronica doesn't mean she's a terribly nice person. Even her internal monologue is on the offensive, and she tends to maim and slaughter without remorse. Killing aside, the heroes aren't that much better. Some are barely competent; others are too caught up in their own drama to bother foiling supervillains. It's clear that, of the two camps, Veronica's is far more fun to watch.

While Plan B creator Mitz doesn't turn superhuman conventions on their heads, but he does have fun playing with them. He explores some of the nastier aspects of superscience (sudden gigantism is not a smart idea, health-wise), alternate dimensions (one should never leave one's pan-dimensional gate unattended), and god-like heroes (being superior makes them think they're better than everyone else). And while Veronica is undeniably a criminal, it's Thinktank who's the obsessive, laying trap after trap hoping to bring her in – even at the price of other people's lives. Veronica doesn't come out of these encounters unscathed, but she manages to escape, either through her ingenuity or her willingness to punish her own body, and blow off steam singing karaoke with Claudia.


All these misadventures are amusing, but there's also the suggestion that Veronica can't keep up this pace forever. She's literally losing pieces of herself, and as much fun as being a supervillain looks, it may not get her the things she wants in life. Then again, we haven't begun to look at Veronica's master plan.

Be warned, Plan B is occasionally NSFW.

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