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Analog and D-Pad 06.04

December 16, 2019 by Tim


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Tim
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Maybe Ethan should walk around with a suicide implant, suicide if no action is taken in x time

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

If he was doing ONLY super-hero things and nothing else in his life OR if he wasn’t well… Ethan – that would work great, I expect. But those are some pretty big “if”s…

The Aussie Bloke
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The Aussie Bloke

He has teeth, and tongues bleed a lot…

Also, knowing that he’ll resurrect immediately at full health will likely dampen any inhibition about going that route

Cheez
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Cheez

But with Ethan being Ethan, he would probably want to test it out to see if it works and end in a loop.

Diamond655
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Diamond655

I don’t think he forgets anything when he dies. One usage would be enough of a test.

Cheez
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Cheez

Nah not forgetting, just being himself he’d want to experiment with it like that time with the blood draining, or if bored set it off to get out of a situation or a way of fast travel home. Actually thats a cool idea, say he’s across town and needs to rush home, jump down an alley go kaboom and you are home a few seconds later.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

It’s a neat idea, but what if he only gets 100 lives total? Pus it would have to be at least an 8-10 hour timer to allow for sleep, being sick etc.

Chris
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Chris

How about something that can kill him if a shock of more than X is applied? He gets tased, it goes off and he dies/respawns. You could consider a delay, but then the trick becomes can your opponent remove the device before it kills you without killing you…

Evan
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Evan

I imagine that it resets him with items in the state he was just before dying. So with an implant in his head about to kill him Infinite suicide loop.

HD_Shpeck
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HD_Shpeck

He could use something so simple as cyanide capsule – no overcomplicated timing, no need for using his hands…

Hunter
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Hunter

Shit just got real

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

Interesting. At first, I though it was silly to target Ethan first, since he is generally more difficult to take out, while Lucas has already proven to be no match for Zeke. It would make sense to deal with Lucas and then maybe use him as bait for Ethan. But now I get a different perspective: Ethan’s offense relies entirely on gadgets and I assume he doesn’t keep his pockets perpetually full of that stuff. Lucas, on the other hand, is fully armed 24/7, making him less vulnerable to surprise attacks. Now I’m waiting for Scott. He seems to be… Read more »

Arigas
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Arigas

Ethan is basically an immortal version of batman, just without any fighting skill 😀

GUNnibal
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GUNnibal

What instantly came to my mind upon reading this was the last panel of this page here: https://cad-comic.com/comic/tagged-p5/
Yes, very much batman 🙂

ArdentSlacker
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ArdentSlacker

I feel like “batman without the fighting prowess or intelligence” is like describing an animal as “like a horse, but without the running and the hooves and it doesn’t eat grass… and it’s not that big” and like… so… a housecat?

Him.
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Scott is going to go grab himself some magic legs and get all Popeye on the Red Ring.
Meaning he’s going to be Iron Man.

Scott
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Scott

Calling it now, Zeke and Ethan are going to bond where ever he is being taken to and Zeke ends up rescuing him. Zeke specifically said they would have plenty of time to talk meaning he is going to be locked up somewhere and Zeke will likely visit him.

Jon
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Jon

No, Zeke means talk as in MAKE you talk. As in, torture. As long as they keep him secured, killing him a thousand times over is easily done, since he’ll just respawn constantly a few feet away. If he wasn’t armed before he died, he wouldn’t be armed afterwards. THAT is why immortality is such a sucky power if it doesn’t come with any other ability.

Brent
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Brent

Interesting perspective on their powers. The one who is less of a threat gets resurrection abilities so he can be more of a threat….never thought about it that way, but yeah, that’s pretty diabolical

James Rye
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James Rye

Let’s hope Lucas got a light sleep. I don’t wanna imagine Ethan without Lucas around…

Urazz
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Urazz

That or he’s actually out having a one-night stand.

Fotis
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Fotis

Don’t the bots communicate over WiFi? Would make more sense for Zeke to be saying these things to Ethan (so that we still get the exposition)

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

I’m wondering about that. The subordinates seem to communicate between each other without vocal means, as they never speak but work in sync. Zeke is the only one that speaks, and he gives orders.

Likely, I’m guessing the subordinates were designed to have logic to follow vocal commands so they could be controlled by a human. Zeke, however, was designed to act as commander, and so perhaps the best communication is not through a bluetooth connection, but using the same vocal cues, as his internal AI, including logic, reasoning, and problem-solving, may be foreign to the AI of the subordinates.

Swiftbow
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If I was designing battle bots, no way would they communicate over WiFi or have any interface at all besides a locked wired access port. They’re far too hackable if they have any wireless access.

HonoredMule
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HonoredMule

Auditory communication does have some benefits for intentionally short-range usage.

LuckyFalkor
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LuckyFalkor

that last bit of dialog was just hilarious.
poor Ethan, can’t be taken seriously by the villains.

White Rice
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White Rice

So, a fun little detail I just noticed (and probably missed when they first arrived) is the folding of the bot’s tops. Right over left instead of the standard left over right seems fitting, as they were never alive to begin with.

HonoredMule
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HonoredMule

Or maybe they just identify as feminine? Women’s tops go right over left.

White Rice
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White Rice

I was going off of them being quasi-ninjas (and how one is dressed for a funeral), but that’s also a possible reason for it.

marfar
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marfar

Zek’s arms in the first panel bug me. He went from arms at his side to moving one behind his back and the other up to block Eithan. It seems like he purposely moved to a weaker fighting position to look cool.

zox
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zox

I disagree, he’s just pulling his arm back to disguise the electrofist, and prepare for a punch.

Merendel
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Merendel

Or it could be to hide the electrodes deploying. He has it behind the back for the first block. Then as he’s parrying and exposing ethan’s back he cocks the punch. We get the closeup to show the electrodes but that could all be one motion for him. Ethan might react differently if he knew a stungun was in play to disable him without triggering his power. If he instead jumped away and called out instead of rushing in they risk lucas being awake and forewarned. Then agian it would have made more sence to just zap him when they… Read more »

Hunter
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Hunter

You know how bad guys will fight the good guys one handed to be arrogant and show how much better they are?

Yeah like that. It fits with Zeke’s character.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Tim, you absolute, magnificent jerk. I am so simultaneously angry and thrilled that you made Zeke the big bad recurring villain.

My only hope is that Ethan still has his old GameCube out and Zeke gets momentarily distracted.

Javada
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Javada

Is it bad that I hope Evil Zeke joins their team because Ethan “lawyers” him into it?

Chris
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Chris

The bots are designed to be controlled by “The Master”, who can’t natively communicate via WiFi. It makes sense that there’s voice commands. Now, the important question is how they designate whose orders they listen to. Is it voice-based, facial recognition, some form of IFF transponder, etc.? Can Ethan build a Zeke mask and impersonate Zeke’s voice well enough to give new orders.

Also, I would be greatly surprised if Lucas and Scott didn’t have some sort of tracking device on Ethan. I’m sure he’s wandered off to practice and gotten lost before.

Lt. Kettch
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Lt. Kettch

It’s not the best choice to attack the overpowered android with your fists, but…
You tried your best, now try to rest

Tonkin
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Tonkin

and now we get to find out if Scott’s evul penguin security system is worth its salt

The Schaef
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The Schaef

“Coop, your security isn’t worth a damn! Everybody’s got a gun!!”