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Bad Blood, p6

October 7, 2022 by Tim


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Hyke
Hyke
1 month ago

Does Ian McCollum know he is in this strip?

P2Mc28
P2Mc28
1 month ago
Reply to  Hyke

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Last edited 1 month ago by P2Mc28
Thoke
Thoke
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

I’ll be captain obvious here, but I’m afraid we got a spammer.

Mousio
Mousio
28 days ago
Reply to  Hyke

Damn. That’s a resemblance I can’t unsee😅!

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago

Well, seems that was enough for the nice intent flight…time to do the bad way.
Or well, he just respawn and walk away while calling the police.
Or….Zeke has been watching him alll this time and he just slaught everyone in the warehouse

Aeglor
Aeglor
1 month ago

Oh my god! They killed Ethan!

Blackthorne
Blackthorne
1 month ago
Reply to  Aeglor

You bastards!

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 month ago
Reply to  Blackthorne

…Why have I not seen anyone make this reference in this comic before? And why didn’t I think of it? 😂

raven0ak
raven0ak
1 month ago
Reply to  The Legacy

well, south park abandoned “they killed kenny” like decade or more ago

SPFan
SPFan
1 month ago
Reply to  raven0ak

Oh my god, they killed oh my god, they killed Kenny!

Raiyz
Raiyz
1 month ago
Reply to  raven0ak

Its cuz the joke got too old and they were aware enough to realize it.

Swiftbow
Swiftbow
1 month ago
Reply to  raven0ak

He still dies occasionally. Kenny is also fully aware of his powers and sometimes kills himself to avoid extra long walks.

They did, however, explain that the reason he keeps coming back is because his parents were imbued with the dark power of Cthulu when they first conceived him.

P2Mc28
P2Mc28
1 month ago

That’s not a killing shot… that isn’t going to trigger a respawn…

Erik B
Erik B
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

I mean, it looks to me like three shots, into the right/back, possibly below the rib cage but angled upward since Ethan is leaning forwards. And if he’s got any kind of “big damage” type bullets, it could be leaving some pretty nasty damage that could certainly kill. There’s a whole lot of important organs in your torso, not to mention blood loss from three gunshot wounds. I think it’s safe to say we’re gonna see an Ethan respawn here.

Stein
Stein
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

It says Bang Bang Bang several shots not just the one drawn.

Freddie
Freddie
1 month ago
Reply to  Stein

But since there was no Boom!, can we really be sure?

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

At least lung collapsed which would lead to a respiratory failure which would lead to death (in about… twenty minutes probably or less 😨)
Also, you can’t have a guy crying for help (or just crying) in your backyard while you are making a drug charge.

Antillo
Antillo
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

Even with the placement of the gun drawn, that’s a lower lung shot and angled up and across the chest as Ethan falls forward, assuming three reasonably spaced shots not going in the exact same hole, that’s gonna be a respawn.

Merendel
Merendel
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

His first few deaths on page were not instant kill shots either. His first one was one of the Xbots stabing him clean through the middle of the back. While that blow would be lethal without medical intervention, it would still leave you alive but bleeding out for a few minutes. He respawned right off the blade. Another early one he tryed to dynamic entry through a glass window and ended up with shards impaleing him all over, agian not instantly lethal but he respawned after a few seconds when he started to pass out. 3 shots to the back… Read more »

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

In addition to what everyone else already said: you also assume that the biker isn’t going to walk over to the body on the ground and make sure he’s finished the job but putting a bullet through Ethan’s head in the next strip.

Heldarion
Heldarion
1 month ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

Lung puncture and extensive bleeding at the very least. Probably went straight through the heart.

Killiak
Killiak
1 month ago

Woops, Last Life.

Dodgy
Dodgy
1 month ago

So… will this be the time that Ethan finds out he’s out of extra lives, ends up in the hospital and upon finding out Zeke goes on a rampage?

Shinji Schneider
Shinji Schneider
1 month ago
Reply to  Dodgy

How would he find out he’s out of extra lives if he wakes up in the hospital?

Little_Dragon
Little_Dragon
1 month ago

Well, if he’s saved only through emergency medical intervention, then he obviously didn’t respawn this time.

On the other hand, one could then argue that he didn’t respawn because he didn’t die.

Something of a catch-22 paradox here.

Pyremist
Pyremist
1 month ago
Reply to  Little_Dragon

Maybe there’s a “press x to respawn” feature when he’s mortally wounded, but taking a while to die.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pyremist
Casey
Casey
1 month ago
Reply to  Little_Dragon

It’s been shown in previous comics. If he doesn’t die he doesn’t respawn. Not really a paradox, it’s just how his powers work.

Dom
Dom
1 month ago
Reply to  Little_Dragon

What if he’d respawn every time he scratched his arm, stubbed his toe etc? 🤔

mughi
mughi
1 month ago

NO CAPES! – Edna

Brian
Brian
1 month ago

Oof, I’m not so sure that shot would be immediately fatal (at least not in the world of a superhero comic). Could see Ethan bleeding out for a while here waiting to respawn…

Lucos
Lucos
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

Three shots.
At minimum got the lung, and very likely other vital organs and arteries.

Bakhosh
Bakhosh
1 month ago
Reply to  Lucos

Yeah, center mass is where all the vital stuff is. From the panel, it looks like a pretty sure thing. Arm is raised, torso twisted a bit. Hit is in the top of the chest. Looks like a heart shot to me.

JanTuts
JanTuts
1 month ago

The first panel made me think of something:
“Hey guys, thanks for tuning in to another video on ForgottenWeapons.com.
I’m Ian McCollum, and today we are taking a look at how to dispose of a superhero.”

Michael
Michael
1 month ago

I was inspecting the jacket logos over the past few comics. Anyone else notice his name tag switched sides?

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

Good spot! Now we can ask ourselves the real questions: Does this mean Albert is also a low-level super, gifted only with minor cloth-rearranging powers? Is he aware of his abilities? Was failing to find a practical use for his powers the reason he had to turn a life of crime? Is his sorrow over his own failure the reason he was suggesting even someone as harmless-looking as Ethan might still be dangerous or valuable, desperately clinging to the hope that any super should be worth something? Will this encounter teach him that even a weak power can be turned… Read more »

Dagroth
Dagroth
1 month ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Now I want to see it.
Also, I was able to think of a job for him, although not in a superhero field:
Either a model (if he can only rearrange his own clothes), or part of the support/backstage for other models, if he can alter other people’s attire.

Joel
Joel
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

I’m guessing Tim published a fix for it. I took the bait and went back to look. I don’t see any side switching on name tags.

The guy
The guy
1 month ago

Although I thoroughly enjoy your drawing style, the first panel very much shows the limitation of it when it comes to differentiating faces of peoples from the same race with something other than features. It looks to me as if Ethan with a goatee and long hair held Ethan with a mask.

evilleet
evilleet
1 month ago
Reply to  The guy

I am not an expert, but both are human. So drawing an alien race would not fit into this universe.

some guy
some guy
1 month ago
Reply to  The guy

That’s quite a bold statement.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  The guy

They have the same nose. That’s about it.

And… this is a cartoon. I get what you’re saying. But what you’re describing isn’t specific to Tim, that’s just a symptom of a medium where you’re using simplified graphics to describe people in general. There’s a reason why Sally Brown looks similar to Lucy Van Pelt, why Homer Simpson looks similar to Krusty the Clown, why Jason Fox looks similar to his mother, Andy Fox.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 month ago
Reply to  The guy

Wait until you find out that there’s people with similar facial structures in real life.

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
1 month ago
Reply to  The guy

You can see clear differences between the facial structure and even head length… Do you have that much difficulty telling people apart?

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
1 month ago
Reply to  The guy

Holy crap, Everyone, I think I found one of the origins for the stereotypical “All black people look alike” statements. Le “The Guy”.

LiveDrunk
LiveDrunk
1 month ago
Reply to  The guy
TechBender
TechBender
1 month ago

While we are on the topic of his respawn power, has anyone noticed how his clothing and equipment respawn also? I wonder if when they did the initial testing was there any attempt at item duplication. Here Ethan hold this cellphone really tightly in your pocket while you respawn and see if we can create a copy of it.

Merida
Merida
1 month ago
Reply to  TechBender

tried that with blood

Robert L
Robert L
1 month ago
Reply to  TechBender

The old body and costume vanish. We haven’t seen them explore it, but I doubt two gamers would miss such an obvious exploit.

BaufenBeast
BaufenBeast
1 month ago
Reply to  TechBender

Anything that respawns with him is despawned along with his body. The only thing that could maybe be abused is if he can blow himself up with a bomb and have the bomb respawn, allowing for unlimited explosions.

Craig Chapman
Craig Chapman
1 month ago

I was wondering if Ethan’s respawn power could have anything to do with being in close proximity to Lucas? Has Ethan ever gone off on his own like this before? Could add some drama if he can’t respawn until Lucas shows up to save the day? (night?)

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago
Reply to  Craig Chapman

How far is close enough? We have seen Ethan dying in the backstore and respawning just being alone with Zeke.
Was Lucas even in the store?

Last edited 1 month ago by Gonfrask
Bloof
Bloof
1 month ago

What should have happened to Batman probably a few hundred times.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago
Reply to  Bloof

That’s one of the thing I like from Batfleck fight in BatmanVSSuperman, and it explains why Batman need armoured gear.

Merida
Merida
1 month ago

Wrong side. Might be a really slow death on this one.

BaufenBeast
BaufenBeast
1 month ago
Reply to  Merida

Just in case you weren’t aware, the movie depictions of the heart being on the left side of your chest are greatly misleading. Yes, the heart is skewed to the left slightly, but it’s still right behind your sternum. If someone gets shot in the left breast, it probably misses the heart (though the giant hole in the lung isn’t much better).

Esquire
Esquire
1 month ago

The one possibility I’ve been dreading for Ethan might be coming up. If he’s respawning here, that doesn’t mean he’s actually getting away… He’s just going to respawn right in front of them, and I’m going to guess they figure out pretty quickly what is happening. What happens if they seal him in a barrel of water, or cement boot his feet and drop him in the bay, or lock him in a cage and just leave him in this abandoned warehouse to starve? Sure, he’ll respawn… but immediately respawn him in the exact same situation unless his power also… Read more »

BaufenBeast
BaufenBeast
1 month ago
Reply to  Esquire

He doesn’t respawn in the exact same place. The exact mechanics and range aren’t specified, but he’s positioned his respawn to get the drop on his opponent more than once. He seems to be able to control his respawn point at a minimum of 5 meters line of sight, likely more. Since continuing in a game puts you in a safe location, I suspect that his respawn range when retreating is much greater, like being able to respawn to any location he’s been in recently.

Rolan7
Rolan7
1 month ago

I was sure this guy was undercover, right up to that final panel. Got me good!

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Rolan7

Wouldn’t be the first time undercover FBI moles killed someone to maintain their cover.

Robert L
Robert L
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

You got a source for that?

foducool
foducool
1 month ago

“and for the next trick, I’M STILL ALIVE!!”
*shoots again*
“no wai-”
*shoots*
“got enough?”
*reloads*
“damn it”

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  foducool

“I can do this all day”

Vedrit
Vedrit
1 month ago

“As I was saying, I have other tricks.”

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 month ago
Reply to  Vedrit

How it came out: “Glurble Blurgle Buuhhh

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 month ago

NO
CAPES

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
1 month ago

‘Would BLAM! You BLAM! let BLAM! me BLAM! Finish BLAM! my BLAM! Damn BLAM! Catchphrase!?’ BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! *click *click
‘That’s better. Now as I was saying…’ *reloads ‘Ah Hell.’

Rudfud
Rudfud
1 month ago

People here seem to have some really unreasonable expectations of how tough the human body is, three shots to what appears to be just about center mass meaning the lungs almost certainly got pierced and quite possibly the heart and major arteries as well, definitely a lethal shot without near immediate medical intervention.

P2Mc28
P2Mc28
1 month ago

Everyone seems to think Ethan was shot point blank right in the back. And I can see that, sure. But I feel like the guy shot his right hand, like, off. Thereby making an interesting story where Ethan is really in trouble.

Yakumo
Yakumo
1 month ago

You know, it’s been brought up already how Ethan’s power is a good part Blessed with Suck, but there is one thing that he should have trained at if he was serious- reacting as quckly as a non-super powered person can as soon as he respawns. It hasn’t been spelled out if he has some awareness of where he’ll be popping up and the surroundings as he does, but assuming the worse and that he is unaware until fully respawned, he should actually be better than a lot of pros at assessing and reacting quickly. Despite his natural mental slowness,… Read more »

Xanthicirs
Xanthicirs
1 month ago

Three shots? That would make quite a racket, no?

Dan
Dan
1 month ago

Oof I have a feeling this is going to end up with Ethan in a coma or otherwise incapacitated but not dead and therefore not respawning.

Henchman Twenty1
Henchman Twenty1
1 month ago

Ammeters! You don’t just shoot superheroes like that! It’s not how things work. You’re supposed to tie superheroes to a giant typewriter, or suspend them over a mutant shark tank, or something equally bizarre and creative Then you leave the room so they can attempt their escape.

Last edited 1 month ago by Henchman Twenty1
Vukodlak
Vukodlak
1 month ago

So when Ethan comes back he should say. “I am Banished from Death!”