Again, go read the issue before continuing.
The past three issues have built up the setting, expanded the cast, and introduced plot elements. A slow build up, but, like winter, a payoff is coming.
Issue #5 starts off with the Consortium, and sets out their plan. And the title of the series should now make sense, even if it took five issues to get to the call out. The Consortium has people who understand bureaucracy, too. Bureaumancy isn't a superpower.
Nasty and her mother really do have problems. Again, the view of their relationship has been one-sided, so the truth could be something else. And, yes, Nasty has a potty-mouth. I may have mentioned that I created the character while working as phone firewall for an ISP. She got to say things I wasn't allowed to, especially to people who I really wanted to say it to.*
The big thing is Nasty's mother finally got a name! Maria! Nothing special about the name; I just figured an Italian Catholic would name her eldest daughter that. Nothing special about the teacher's name, other than Nordberg comes from Police Squad and the subsequent Naked Gun movies. Sometimes I can find a decent name; other times, I have to reach. Nordberg was a character needed for the role of "English teacher" and not necessarily a major persona outside of allowing me to show off Nasty and Maria. I could probably do an entire entry on how I go about naming characters at some point.
Nasty also does some flip-flopping. To be fair, she had her reasons that seemed important at the time but now she wants to go back on them. The confidence Nasty exudes is somewhat superficial at times, especially when she's out of her element. Nasty can also be a little vindictive. She's not a perfect person by any stretch. She has a mean streak and will find ways to take it out on others. Room for character growth, though. Something that a serial drama needs.
Tia is a new character, at least for the series. She was planned in advance, one part foil, one part, well, that comes out much, much later. Eric returns, mainly because mushy!Nasty was fun to write. Here, though, more depth. Did I say Tia was a foil? More rival, really, at least here. Eric gets to be the apex of a love triangle and he's probably completely oblivious to it all. And, with Nasty's emotions running hot already, what better time to ramp up the problem and have her fist flare? (Hence, the title, partially.)
Tomorrow, Issue #6 hits the blog. Saturday, look for my post at Fan To Pro as Lost in Translation looks at the upcoming Superman reboot and his origins, along with superhero origins in general.
* She also got to hit people without getting into trouble, but that's out of scope for this issue.