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Analog and D-Pad 05.19

January 12, 2018 by Tim


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mandoschMUh
mandoschMUh
3 years ago

I just realized the new Zeke looks a lot like Iron Man…especially the face plate.
Excited where this is going.

foducool
foducool
3 years ago
Reply to  mandoschMUh

more like warmachine, with these colors ^^

mandoschMUh
mandoschMUh
3 years ago
Reply to  foducool

I stand corrected ^^

Thomas
Thomas
3 years ago
Reply to  foducool

He’s got that Convergence of Cyriss vibe going on.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  mandoschMUh

Really when I first saw him I was getting Deathstroke vibes

The Legacy
The Legacy
3 years ago

I figured that Zeke would have anti-air capabilities. 😛

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Nah, its just that his arm is broken 😉

DannyboyO1
DannyboyO1
3 years ago
Reply to  Hamstermer

I think “Kshh” is the sound of a door in star trek. Also, he ducked the attack, and there wasn’t one shown that could have hit the arm. Pretty sure he’s either got something in there, or he’s part transformer.

foducool
foducool
3 years ago

shit, ranged weaponry

merendel
merendel
3 years ago

Oh look a smart badguy that actualy exploits the weakness of ethan’s powers. He cant actually respawn if you just dogpile him and don’t actually injure him. that arm thing though. I’m thinking someones about to have an even worse day than a set of cracked ribs, and those suck.

Skyblade
Skyblade
3 years ago
Reply to  merendel

Does Zeke actually KNOW Ethan’s power, though?

DannyboyO1
DannyboyO1
3 years ago
Reply to  Skyblade

How hard can it be to find out? He didn’t get crazy combat prowess. He’s just an unkillable idiot. Probably died a LOT learning how to fight.

Skyblade
Skyblade
3 years ago
Reply to  DannyboyO1

They only just reached the view of the public, though. How much data is there to work with? The media has seen him tie people up, use exploding shurikens, and swing around. That’s about it.

Ralgon
Ralgon
3 years ago
Reply to  Skyblade

He has shown it off in public vs the guy he dropped….. is there a connection though?

merendel
merendel
3 years ago
Reply to  Skyblade

One thing to remember is this is not the first fight with the redring clan. In the very first issue ethan fought the robots and respawned multiple times after killing blows were landed on him. At one point he was even grabbed from behind and threw himself and the grappling robot out a upper story window to escape the grip(presumably respawning outside on impact) As all the robots are networked and controlled remotely the leader has seen his power in action enough to have a reasonable chance of grasping the basics and would have likely given zeke that info to… Read more »

Dreamer
Dreamer
3 years ago
Reply to  merendel

Looks to me like he just wants to use Ethan as punching bag later.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago

Pretty sure that still counts as killing, Zeke. Nobody in their right minds would chose to stand under a falling aka thrown container. xD
I wonder if his creator sees his self-made Zeke as evidence that technology must be finished before intelligent robots like Zeke take over the world?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

I’m pretty sure that this is a tongue-in-cheek joke of Zeke’s. I don’t think the sociopath who is behind the Red Ring Clan said, while programming hin, “You know what would go great with my ninja death robot? Asimov’s three laws of robotics! That would make sure that it has regard for human life and obeys any orders that any person gives it.”

DannyboyO1
DannyboyO1
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

This is actually covered in I, Robot’s short stories. One has a robot with 2.5 laws. It’s allowed to not save a human. Was built because robots were trying to “save” people from a minor radiation hazard that was robot-lethal, and it was getting expensive. This exact case of dropping a thing, knowing that it *could* catch it, but then not, was the loophole the shit version of the first law produced. IIRC, it just left off the “or inaction” part.

Building Books
3 years ago

I love how this story is going. Like you can see all the elements from the previous universe coming together so well. So much love.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

Man, Zeke is quickly fighting with Scott for being my favorite character in A&D. He’s just got this childlike glee that he sees the two. Plus, he’s a smart, dangerous enemy.

I hope the EMP doesn’t destroy him outright.

mandoschMUh
mandoschMUh
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I agree.

My first guess is, that the EMP does not go off, but Cpt. Prime comes to the rescue…again.

My second guess is, that Zeke’ll get green eyes from the EMP…^^

Warded Bonfire
Warded Bonfire
3 years ago
Reply to  mandoschMUh

Thirded.

I’m thinking they ‘save’ most of the phones from going in the water by using the EMP to scare off Zeke. But the EMP actually ruins all of them anyway.

Skyblade
Skyblade
3 years ago
Reply to  Warded Bonfire

You mean, the phones that are in large, fully sealed metal containers? Shipping containers are basically Faraday cages. Unless the phones are in direct contact with the metal walls, they’re shielded.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  mandoschMUh

Last time, Zeke got rebooted from a heavy thing of wood falling down. My guess?
MGS style:
SHIPPING CONTAINERS!

Dresden
Dresden
3 years ago

So… anyone else realize that if they detonate an EMP on that ship… it’s going to fry all the super fancy phones along with the robots? And isn’t it likely that Zeke has some sort of anti-EMP shielding?

Trapsin
Trapsin
3 years ago
Reply to  Dresden

Been discussed on a few strips. It’s stated the EMP is short range, may not even hit the phones. If the phones are off, may not cause any damage to them anyways. I don’t know if it’s true or not but you can check previous comics for more discussion.

Skyblade
Skyblade
3 years ago
Reply to  Dresden

A shipping container is a large, fully sealed metal box that is not in direct contact with the phones. In other words, it’s a Faraday cage. The phones are shielded.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  Skyblade

This.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Dresden

Phones will be fine. You do have a good point about Zeke having Anti-EMP shields…

Ryan
Ryan
3 years ago

What I am wondering for awhile is when zekes old girlfriend is going to show up I mean she has to eventually, right?

Skyblade
Skyblade
3 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

I hope not, TBH. Was not a big fan of Embla.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

I could easily see Zeke as becoming a protagonist and Embla being his replacement.

Michael
Michael
3 years ago

I am hoping the EMP shuts him down and Scott can reprogram his friend/foe recognition so he helps A&D find the head of the Red Ring Clan. I also think the head of the RRC would approve of that twist. Using tech as the tools it was meant as.

harold - patreon member still
harold - patreon member still
3 years ago

free will that’s killed you? did you mean that and not that’s?

Dave
Dave
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

“That’s” is grammatically correct but “that” would have been also.

Burning batsu
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Yup. Both ‘that’s’ and ‘that’ are certainly correct in the grammatical sense, but one will find that the sentence ‘isn’t it really free will that killed you?’ would be the more commonly used of the two 🙂

RMagepedia
RMagepedia
3 years ago

This universe reminds me of the differences between FF1 and 8Bit Theater, only not as dark. The former is all friendly and has its dark bits both overall is a place of light and goodness. Then the latter is in a way a corrupted version; Genocide is a biweekly event, racism is abundant, the “Heroes” are maniacal murderers, etc. Also, some of the normal antagonists are surprisingly decent people. This is somewhat similar. While the world isn’t loaded with racism or genocide or anything, it is a shade or two darker than 1.0. Zeke is not an ally of the… Read more »

Rolan7
Rolan7
3 years ago
Reply to  RMagepedia

I wasn’t expecting someone to reference 8Bit Theater here. Not a complaint, merely an observation. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised (;

Love your name, too!

Zar
Zar
3 years ago

I am expecting captain prime to show up

Andminus
Andminus
3 years ago

I really think Ethan needs to get some actual combat training in, I know he’s kinda the joke hero, but it would be nice to see him… at least able to hold his own once or twice.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Andminus

Ethan relies on his BRAINS instead of his BRAWN.
Which is to say, he takes out people’s intelligence instead of their awareness of their surroundings.
(Actually, 1.0 Ethan would do that. This guy is a fair bit smarter)

Darius
Darius
3 years ago

ya know i’ve seen about almost everyone except for ethan’s brother, his old girlfriend, his old boss and Rob. now i haven’t seen into the comics you’ve made just the free stuff.

Burning batsu
3 years ago
Reply to  Darius

Pretty sure we saw Rob in the winter-een-mas one-shot last year

http://cad-comic.com/comic/winter-een-mas-2017-page-6/ He apparently works for MegaGame in the reboot – you can barely see the name “Rob” on the nametag.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Darius

It’s hard to tell, but it is possible that Rory has been Butterfly-effected into being Carrie.

Man of the West
Man of the West
3 years ago

Zeke is certainly nuanced in his views on killing. It blatently suggests that all that keeps it from murder is it’s orders and yet it goes easy on it’s kill-list targets, Analog and D-Pad. Red Ring himself was annoyed about this. A pretty good counter argument could be made to say that Zeke likes to play with it’s food before eating it. Ethan is immortal so Zeke ordering a submission order doesn’t prove much. Still, Zeke could have ordered his back-up to beat the shit out of Ethan and instead said “no injuries.” Nuanced. We have to read more to… Read more »

Robin Sizemore
Robin Sizemore
3 years ago

I’ve been assuming Zeke was trying to undermine Red Ring. He may not be secretly “good” exactly, but an intelligent machine can’t be particularly happy working for anti-technology zealots.