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Demolition, p7

June 7, 2019 by Tim


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MSM007
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MSM007

Sadly he only knows Topgun cause of the sequel in production.

Del Cox
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Del Cox

Was waiting on pins and needles for this page, and it was as cool as I was hoping for.

scott
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scott

so he re-spawns with all equipped items, this is interesting.

Tue
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Tue

Its a savestate.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

The corpse looks like its still there. I think we just found a dupe exploit.

MightyThor34
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MightyThor34

Is the corpse still there, he appears after we see the arm. I assumed the body disappears otherwise they would have a lot of trouble getting rid of all the evidence whenever they are testing something

Halosty
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Halosty

In the past we’ve seen the body disappear at the same time as he reappears

BaufenBeast
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BaufenBeast

It even includes any blood that he may have lost shortly before death.

Steeeve
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Steeeve

Lol I can picture it now, weekly visits to donate bodies. Hospitals and Scientists would love him. ^_^

Ven
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Ven

Nah, we tried that once before. It CAN happen under a certain set of circumstances. Like, if Analog loses a good deal of blood and recovers from the injury, the blood no longer registers his ownership tag, and if he dies, the blood will remain. There was a comic about this some time ago. Someone, help me out here.

James Rye
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James Rye

Yeah, his respawn ability seems more like a time travel with location change than just a revive which normally would be at the same place he died at.

The Schaef
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The Schaef

Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.

MacLeod
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MacLeod

Take your damn upvote Schaef

Spiderous
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Spiderous

The kid survives, YAAAAY!

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for now!

Adun
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Adun

Now I have that song stuck in my head too

EMMachine
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EMMachine

Interesting, the 14 year old kid doesn’t know Megaman Bosses (okay, if you don’t play Megaman games, this is possible) but he does know that the song was from “Top Gun” and knows the nickname of the main character is “Maverick” (after it is an FSK16 movie, at least in germany).

And either Gameboy has control over his power, when he wants to freeze someone or Ethan got lucky only touching cloth when pushing him, not freezing himself before being crushed to death.

raven0ak
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raven0ak

think gameboy explained already that he has control over the power
it is also possible that he didnt recognise top kun theme, just used common slur about heroic dangerous vigilante (especially after seeing him die for him and them re-spawn)

Damion
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Damion

OR…. and this is a stretch, his Dad watched Top Gun with him and they bonded over it. I mean, my kid and make similar jokes about other movies, but he has only a passing familiarity w/ megaman.

Stantasio
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Stantasio

Is it that hard to believe that his mother didn’t share one of her favorite movies with him…?

The Schaef
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The Schaef

Even Lana Kane didn’t know about Danger Zone.

Abner Doon
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Abner Doon

Lana, Lana! What? Danger Zone!

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Shit. Now I ALSO have Kenny Loggins stuck in my head.

Die Easy Steve
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Die Easy Steve

But Goose dies!

Notate Alname
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Notate Alname

Had the same thought. Is Ethan not the Goose in this scenario?

… Please let Ethan be the Goose in this scenario.

MightyThor34
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MightyThor34

SPOILERS!!!

Ron
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Ron

Ah, shit. Don’t call him /Goose/, Ethan.

DocRock
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DocRock

I really REALLY hope this isn’t foreshadowing….

nealithi
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nealithi

You know this really does define Ethan being a true super hero. He can’t lift tons, fly, etc. He gets hurt or dies he feels all of it.
And he did not hesitate to rescue someone in need. He knew he was going to be in agony and traded that for someone’s Life.

Draguss
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Draguss

I won’t say that it wasn’t pretty heroic, but I doubt it was all that bad either. He respawned right away so I’m guessing he died pretty much instantly.

Robert Loughrey
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Robert Loughrey

I’m not sure that “crushed by concrete” is ever “not that bad.”

The Schaef
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The Schaef

Ask the Lannisters BOOM got ’em

Steve
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Steve

The wrap-up of “Turf” had Scott musing about Ethan’s mental state and possible PTSD from dying over and over, when even people with near-death experiences can be profoundly effective. To my recollection, we have previously seen Ethan stabbed through the heart (issue 1), decapitated (origin), bleed out 3 times (issue 1 through the window, origin to test respawning, and one of the slice of life strips when he is injured from his trip to GameHaven), and self-exploded (issue 2); who knows how many other times he’s respawned already. And he jumped in to take falling concrete to the head &… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Profoundly affected, not effective. D’oh.

FITCamaro
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FITCamaro

You forget when he was syphoning his own blood to make extra money.

Zaverxi
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Zaverxi

Is he being heroic though? Risking your life doesn’t mean much when you know you can’t die.

Also, I’m wondering if Ethan can even age. If he died naturally from old age or whatever, would he respawn then too?

aaron Smith
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aaron Smith

well see hed be at max lvl so no more respawns or his power will eventually stop working is how i see it. And yes it is heroic a life saved is a life saved,and it still hurts

Him.
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Him.

I’m pretty sure the respawned form doesn’t have the memories from the last few seconds of life the other one had. Saves the respawned one from spending three minutes screaming before it realizes its not dying.

FITCamaro
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FITCamaro

He implies otherwise in the aforementioned strip.

Mike
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Mike

“The person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero”. – Stan Lee

Merendel
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Merendel

It kinda depends. When most people experience extream pain due to massive trauma it can last hours, days or longer. With ethan its a few moments and then he’s back to normal. Kind of like ripping off a bandage vs slowly pealing it and feeling each hair yank out individually. When training a martial art you may repeatedly take hits that hurt in the moment but dont do any significant damage. Over time you get used to it and your mind disregards those non damaging impacts. you still feel it but the pain response goes away much faster as the… Read more »

Ocramot
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Ocramot

I never realised that Top Gun is a nerdy thing. O_O

NoWhere_Man
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NoWhere_Man

It’s not a question of it being nerdy. But it’s being retro/nostalgic. I mean it’s like 30+ y/o movie. For a 14 y/o kid to know about it, is why Ethan was impressed.

Truzen
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Truzen

I’d make an argument that since the kid calls himself “Gameboy”, he might have a frame of reference to that whole era. I mean both of those easily predate him.

The Schaef
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The Schaef

Everything’s uncool when your dad watches it.

Which is why I’m trying to get my oldest kid all read up on Ghostbusters, Lotr, The Matrix, Terminator, etc, before he becomes Too Cool For Me ™.

FITCamaro
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FITCamaro

The Top Gun soundtrack was the first CD I ever owned. Used to play that song on repeat.

Logan
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Logan

CD? Haha… I *still* have it on Vynil! (Granted, that was my dad’s, technically, from shortly after we saw it when it came out. But, it’s still in my collection of stuff that was leftover. Along with my copy of Transformers: The (original, animated) Movie!)

David
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David

Wow, gameboy took the traumatic death and revival of Ethan like a champ!

Sigurther
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Sigurther

Seriously, if that kid dies, I’m gonna be absolutely furious. He’s endeared himself to his audience waaaaay to much.

Tue
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Tue

OMG the kid actually knows stuff.

KineticKevin
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KineticKevin

Oh! Can he redirect the kinetic energy? If so he could direct it at Ethan, sure it would kill Ethan, but then he could stop the guy. That’s a cool combo of their powers.

The Schaef
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The Schaef

Fastball Special

Roamer
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Roamer

*Connects dots*
Hold up…respawning w/ equipment usually happens if you save before death…

Which typically happens in jrpgs. Which Ethan hates.

Ashi
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Ashi

Well, he knows Overwatch, and you don’t reset your ult charge when you respawn, so….science?

DougNonnie
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DougNonnie

If every time he dies, his body is still there, how do people not know who he is? And wasn’t there a comic awhile back where he just kept killing himself for something? Is there just a stash of Ethan corpses somewhere? And how much could he make on the black market, selling no longer needed organs? So many questions….

FITCamaro
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FITCamaro

Pretty sure his dead body is not still there. Otherwise Lucas would have had to dispose of 3 in the first issue.

Damion
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Damion

Goddamn. I LOVE THIS STORY. You should be working with one of the big three. Or not, depending preference, but this is some incredibly top notch writing and visual storytelling.
To see his powers in action saving someone, plus a extra strength dose of character development, for two characters at once? This is great stuff.

Kaitensatsuma
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Kaitensatsuma

Ah, he isn’t fazed at all? C’mon.

RoL
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RoL

Slightly more pressing matters. Like a goddamn mech trying to squish them

Paidraig
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Paidraig

Wait, Ethan has ropes attacked to grappling hooks, right? How would GameBoy’s power interact with it if, say, Ethan managed to wrap the Demolition dude?

RoL
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RoL

I too, only respect teenagers if they get my shitty outdated pop culture references

The Schaef
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The Schaef

Awww, look who found a practical use for his passive power.

SuperSyrias
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SuperSyrias

Theyre going to wrap the duke in either Ethans cape or his grappling hook rope and then Sam freezes that in place. I really hope that Sam being fine with Ethan just respawning will be offset by him going into shock about it after the action is over.

Andminus
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Andminus

The thing is: this isn’t our world, this world is filled with superpowered individuals, and one VERY common trope of super hero stories is that if a hero dies, in a few months, they’ll come back. I feel like a superhero universe where people see miraculous things daily on the streets would desensitize people: if Ethan actually died completely, yah the kid might be traumatized, but he’s not dead, and I feel like the kid could put two and two together, that Ethan can’t die permanently.

Halosty
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Halosty

Yeah he didn’t really have the time to fully comprehend he was dead. A half moment of freaking out, then his attention is called elsewhere. It wouldn’t be a fun memory but it would be more like seeing a friend with an injury that looked really bad but was really minor. But only since he didn’t have time to think about it.

Spiro
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Spiro

Why is his name Analog and not One Up

Just Marty
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Just Marty

Great point, but maybe he was worried it would give too much away about his power. Sure people would know eventually, but starting out your opponents not being sure what you can do is a big advantage.

Gwydion_Wolf
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Gwydion_Wolf

God i hope he didnt just jinx him to a badly written death by calling him Goose….

GoddammitTJ
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GoddammitTJ

Get that kid a “Power glove” (for Kinetic energy absorption) Kids love the Power glove!

Unless you’re the kid from “The Wizard”……………….

Logan
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Logan

That device was so damn hoaky! But we loved it anyways!

(And thanks… now i’ve got the song “Send me an angel” from when they were on the road stuck in my head. :p. Also, wonder what happened to “Haile”.. Was jealous Savage got one particular scene with her, back then. xD )

GoddammitTJ
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GoddammitTJ

I am genuinely happy that I am not alone lol. Someone understands the obscure reference. And has just as fond (yet angst) memories of such an underrated movie.

Tonkin
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Tonkin

Wow didnt know that CAD was getting sponsors from actual film companies, too bad itll be a horrendous soft-remake-sequel-mummy in a jet thing

Him.
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Him.

“We’re going to cut off one of my fingers and put it into-”
“Look, just stop right there.”

Damion
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Damion

Oh shit. If analog dies while “paused” that means his save state will be paused. That could get tricky.

Frank Bromley
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Frank Bromley

Wouldn’t d-pad Be Goose since he’s the one that died

Lord Curve
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Lord Curve

I’ll be honest, that last panel might be my favorite interaction of the new continuity.