Panel 1: "Potential heroism"? Jeez, don't jump to any journalistic conclusions, FemiFist!
Panel 3: I had once considered exploring whatever the heck happened to Joint Superteam Spaces Stations 1 and 2 in the comic proper, but never got around to addressing the matter. I vaguely recall that the defunct prose experiment I Am Empowered mentions 'em in passing at one point; I'll have to go take a look sometime, as I'm currently posting the last few incomplete fragments of that project on my Patreon over the next month or two.
Speaking of which:
Today’s Patreon update: In an attempt to scratch out more worktime to complete the long-gestating Empowered vol. 12, I've switched over to a Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday Patreon posting schedule that won't feature the fixed content format I previously used. However, my vast archive of years of Patreon posts—extensive Empowered previews, vintage con sketches, work stages on covers, "damsel in distress" commissions, life drawings & much, much more—remains available for Patrons' perusal.