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Bad Blood, p4

October 3, 2022 by Tim


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Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago

Well, time to use the explosive remotes…what do you mean Ethan doesn’t have those?

Warmth
Warmth
1 month ago

Even Batman doesn’t go truly solo on missions.

Valiant
Valiant
1 month ago
Reply to  Warmth

Not even Solo.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
1 month ago
Reply to  Warmth

Batman isn’t practically immortal, if Ethan gets hurt he can die and come back healthy. When he broke his arm in a previous issue he stabbed himself when he got home so he didn’t have to deal with it.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 month ago
Reply to  Warmth

In Ethans defense, this wasn’t really a (dangerous) mission, it was supposed to be a harmless flyering/searching job. Even civilians do those when their cat is missing. There was no actual reason to expect involvement with criminal drug dens.

Against Ethans defense, dark alleys with criminal drug dens probably aren’t the most sensible places to loudly go flyering/searching.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

Perhaps he should get himself a self-destruct option, in case of capture explode and respawn

ViggsPR
ViggsPR
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

Interesting, but doesn’t he usually spawn in the same spot? He’d still be basically in their hands.

Assuming he doesn’t want to kill enemies (let alone risk hurting civilians), there’s then the question of where to put a bomb that would kill only him. ‘The Boys’ has some suggestions with the way they killed Translucent, but I suspect Ethan would take issue with that one.

Last edited 1 month ago by ViggsPR
BaufenBeast
BaufenBeast
1 month ago
Reply to  ViggsPR

Iirc he can respawn a short distance away, and he can choose precisely where. Not sure how this works with obstructions, as in can he die outside a sealed vault and respawn inside it? What about the other side of a 3 meter wall? What if the wall (either one) is see-through? Going by the theme of his ability, I imagine it’s mostly along the lines of “around Ethan’s position some time in the past”, like with a checkpoint. So, he should be able to respawn outside the building where he got grabbed, maybe around the corner. Or, he can… Read more »

Robert L.
Robert L.
1 month ago
Reply to  BaufenBeast

You know I don’t think this is confirmed but I’ve always assumed that he respawned where he was in his last healthy state. So if he got punched and bruised out in the alley and then later died, he’d respawn in the alley at the site of the punch. If he could control where he respawned it seems like they would have figured that out by now.

Merendel
Merendel
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert L.

that would conflict with the time he killed himself to heal a broken arm. he’d have respawned back where the beating happened not in the apartment where he reset himself. The only consistant thing we’ve seen with his powers is he respawns near where he died. sometimes the same spot, always at least nearby, and never merged with another object.

Number51x
Number51x
1 month ago
Reply to  BaufenBeast

If the bad guys ever figure out how his power works, they will 100% spawn camp him.

BaufenBeast
BaufenBeast
1 month ago
Reply to  Number51x

Depends on the range and limitations of his respawn. Extra lives in general respawn you somewhere that you’re safe, so I suspect he has some extra leeway in that respect. Can’t really spawn camp a guy that spawns in a place you can’t reach.

Sian
Sian
1 month ago
Reply to  ViggsPR

Wasn’t there in one of the older stories where he weaponized his re-spawning into getting into the blind spot of the opponent?

EDIT: Well not exactly the bit I recall, but here
https://cad-comic.com/comic/analog-and-d-pad-01-14/
he died getting skewered by a sword, and respawned behind the opponent

Last edited 1 month ago by Sian
Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago
Reply to  Sian

It always shock me when you see the style of Tim years ago and said to yourself “when was the change?”

Rudfud
Rudfud
1 month ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

Holy crap his art really has changed a ton, very interesting to see his style and skill progression.

BaufenBeast
BaufenBeast
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

He blows himself up in the second issue just to respawn behind the guy and catch him off guard.

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 month ago

…Is it bad that I want them to waste Ethan? 😂

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  The Legacy

I suspect that may happen more than once. 😛

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 month ago
Reply to  James

…Uh oh.

Last edited 1 month ago by The Legacy
Klaster_1
Klaster_1
1 month ago

Zeke is the boss.

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
1 month ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

On the one hand, I find it hard to believe that ZK would rely on fleshy meat sacks for anything at all.
On the other hand, it would be super ironic if ZK tried to orchestrate the demise of human civilization by human hands – because that is exactly what the weebmaster intended to do with machines (let machines destroy machines), hence the obsession with robots.

Richard Weatherfield
Richard Weatherfield
1 month ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

Even Skynet needed humans to work the crematoriums.

Bwauder
Bwauder
1 month ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

Given that Zeke/ZK was near isolated from the rest of the world till very recently, that would be a very rapid gang development or promotion.
IF the boss is anyone from the backstory it could be ZKs creator…

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Couldn’t help yourself could you Tim? Oh well.

snark
snark
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

…. some kind of inside joke?..
could you care to explain for slow of thought and uninitiated?

TechBender
TechBender
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

Is that how it works? We just say your name and you reply to our comments?

In that case, thank you for making this. I really appreciate your work. Also,will we ever see Chef Brian again?

nuriko455
nuriko455
1 month ago
Reply to  TechBender

i wonder if it is reference to the the bad guys attire

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  TechBender

That only works if you do it in a dark room in front of a mirror, and you’ve got to type it like thirteen times.

All jokes aside, I think he usually refrains from posting, other than to clear up misconceptions or course-correct if something in the comments section has gone totally off-the-rails. And almost never answers questions directly.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

It’s the cliche use of a “biker gang as drug dealers”. It’s just so trite. I guess that it is because the theme has been used in various video games that it would rub off on you. There’s no risk to use because who’s going to care about that demo?

And in the middle of a megalopolis? Not exactly what I would call the usual area for that kind of group.

nuriko455
nuriko455
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

HAHAH I WAS RIGHT!!! It not a cliche if it true!

Robert L.
Robert L.
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

#notallroberts

Esc
Esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

There’s no risk to use because who’s going to care about that demo?

Oh right. Bigotry again. Offended that these bad guys are white. Ta Ta!

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc

Other races can’t be in a motorcycle gang? What a bigoted statement you just made.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Is it possible that he’s referencing the 1% patch on their vests, as a reference to the similarly percentage-based white supremacist group?

…not sure why anyone besides a white supremacist would be offended by that reference being here, but hey, just a working theory.

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

Interesting! I didn’t know this. TIL!

Also, Re: Chef Brian, I honestly thought you said that you were going back to him. If you ever do, that would be quite interesting! I don’t think I will read it, but neat for those who enjoy him!

Esc
Esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

Wow thanks for explaining!

I thought the 1% patch was some sort of arrogant “we are part of the 1% economic class” which was interesting weird spin to put on a criminal gang!

(also this explains why they have nametags)

Bloof
Bloof
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

Thanks for the info drop! I was going to say something about the Occupy movement : )

Sasquatch
Sasquatch
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Yeah, the 1% for OMCs and the 3% for the Threepers or OaTh KeEpErS have nothing to do with each other. Despite both being single digit percentages. Just FYI.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

Ethan is clearly A) not worried and B) having fun with this. I love it.

“I could kick all your asses, get the cops here, not break a sweat, and still get home with enough time to sleep for work tomorrow. But you guys are amusing so I’m just enjoying the moment before the screaming starts”

Better: they shoot him, and he makes a mess of the place in a whack-a-mole game of shoot/respawn.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

I mean, right now they’re just threatening to kill Ethan. I know it hurts every time, but by now he’s got to be so desensitized that it’s like they’re threatening to beat him in Smash or something.

As long as he didn’t leave his communication gear behind, Ethan holds all the cards. They don’t know who he is, how his powers work, who the people he’s closest to are, and he knows their location and has incriminating evidence in front of him. There is literally nothing threatening here to him.

foducool
foducool
1 month ago

lmao he has to be the WORST hostage ever
what are you gonna do? use him as a meat shield? kill him?

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
1 month ago

I’m surprised Ethan’s response wasn’t simply “good luck with that”. But their reaction to his powers should be entertaining.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
1 month ago

Hmm If he offs lots by drug overdose from eating/etc All The Drugs There. Can they really do anything to stop him?

Saixak
Member
Saixak
1 month ago

His body respawns, but not his feels man, not his feels.

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 month ago
Reply to  Saixak

🥲

chargersfan
chargersfan
1 month ago

Maybe this is the chapter where we learn that if Ethan is high AF and respawns, he remains high AF! That’s why the chapter is called Bad Blood – the drugs remain in his blood during a respawn.
/s

Jtothehawk
Jtothehawk
1 month ago
Reply to  chargersfan

Typically when you respawn, you lose buffs and debuffs alike.

Vedrit
Vedrit
1 month ago

Go ahead, ‘waste him’, let’s see how that goes for you.

Yusuf
Yusuf
1 month ago

Congratulations on the 20 year anniversary:)