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Deposited, p14

March 21, 2022 by Tim


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Aegy
Aegy
8 months ago

That’s probably the most dramatic death Ethan’s had.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Aegy

Considering Ethan’s lack of safety with random gadgets and moves, it might not be.

But it is well drawn enough that it gives me a shiver…

Vincent Price
Vincent Price
8 months ago

Oh, dear. This will only reinforce Scott’s views.

foducool
foducool
8 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

frankly, if scott can be spared for ethan’s death, it’s good
dude can take it lmao

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
8 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

Which you would think otherwise, because only something alive would fight like this to avoid death

Del Cox
Del Cox
8 months ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

At this point, I think Scott cares far less about whether Zeke is alive, as he cares about Zeke being a different form of life and therefore a threat.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
8 months ago
Reply to  Del Cox

That’s exactly what just got us to the point just now where Ethan’s neck got broken though.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  Del Cox

That’s always been the case. The moment that he really thought that Zeke was more than just a really intelligent program, but the first of a new species of sentient life form, he started on how they had to be destroyed immediately due to the threat they posed to the human race as a whole.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Any number of prominent scientists have said perhaps we ought not to be broadcasting across the cosmos just in case some species or entity hears us….. and they could be vastly more powerful and/or an apex predator. Zeke, at least theoretically, could be the first of that sort of species (if a bunch of sentient machines can be called a species).

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
8 months ago
Reply to  TomB

Broadly and cynically speaking – with the assumption that such a new Apex exists of course – all in an attempt for us to remain as the Apex predator.

I don’t believe the human race is capable of what dogs did and create a mutually beneficial relationship with a new Apex – too much ego.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Or something programmed to. We humans like to imbue machines with anthropromorphic characteristics (cars get names, ships get names and are usually called ‘she’, and so on) but programming might still explain his responses.

The premise that only a human could struggle to not be terminated like that is unsupported. A well programmed weapon would fight like the dickens to not be rendered inoperable.

Trapsin
Trapsin
8 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Price

Hopefully it snaps ZK out of it

Heldarion
Heldarion
8 months ago
Reply to  Trapsin

I’m thinking that’s going to be the twist.

Muppet
Muppet
8 months ago
Reply to  Heldarion

That would hardly be a twist…

Briteblade
Briteblade
8 months ago
Reply to  Muppet

I mean it certainly twisted Ethan’s neck.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Muppet

You think it was more of a crushing argument?

Digi
Digi
8 months ago

*South Park reference *

OMG! It killed Ethan! You Bastard!!!!!

foducool
foducool
8 months ago
Reply to  Digi

*comes back next episode*

(damn it’s literally like south park)

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
8 months ago
Reply to  Digi

You intentionally botched the reference (it was always “they killed kenny”) to use the wrong pronoun. Go fuck yourself.

Dodgy
Dodgy
8 months ago

Really dude… no need to get your panties (or boxershorts if you prefer those) in a twist over that.

Also who’s to say they (happy?) didn’t write that comment from Scott’s perspective?

Soeroah
Soeroah
8 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Digi has been posting every upload to call Zeke ‘it’. It was intentional.

Vampyrr
Vampyrr
8 months ago
Reply to  Soeroah

Ah so Digi is just a dick

Sinnirr
Sinnirr
8 months ago
Reply to  Vampyrr

Fuck pronouns… try to make me use one *I* don’t approve of

raven0ak
raven0ak
8 months ago
Reply to  Soeroah

well, Zeke is “IT” aka it is automaton, a robot, programmed item, genderless thing; and “they” was never about single person, in same sense as royals never spoke about themselves

Last edited 8 months ago by raven0ak
faaresemo
faaresemo
8 months ago
Reply to  raven0ak

Sure thing Scott, just go ahead and ignore actual linguistics and the thousands upon thousands of examples of the singular “they”

robloughrey
robloughrey
8 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Digi is a bigot who’s been trolling these comments for a while now.

Timmeh
Timmeh
8 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

And Dodgy comes in defending the bigot. Big surprise.

CTOWNS
CTOWNS
8 months ago

And you flew into a rage over a pronoun that nobody noticed or cared about in the context of a robot. Your massive downvotes should tell you something.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
8 months ago
Reply to  CTOWNS

Correction. It’s an imaginary robot.

ReaverRogue
ReaverRogue
8 months ago

I mean. Why are you looking for outrage where there’s none to be found? Surely you have better things to do with your time?

Humsterr
Humsterr
8 months ago

Okay, two panels ago a guy got downvoted for using IT LIVES, even though it was the exact quote.

Now a guy who does the opposite gets downvoted

Mob mentality at its best

robloughrey
robloughrey
8 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

Indeed, in fact wasn’t “a guy,” it was Digi.

Rolando
Rolando
8 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

MY downvote is because the person in question thinks it’s ok to insult others over this.

And that’s just unacceptable. Everyone with an ounce of decency or common sense, knows you don’t use those among people that don’t even know you unless you mean to attack and offend them.

I’m GUESSING a lot of the other downvotes are because of the insult, not for pronoun stuff. Since it literally changes the wohle comment from a correction to an aggressive attack.

Humsterr
Humsterr
8 months ago
Reply to  Rolando

I am pretty sure it was meant as an aggressive attack on an individual who continually tries to harass an imaginary character in a Web comic over a choice of gender. Or, possibly, Tim over his opinion on choice of gender written in the comic itself.

So I see nothing wrong with this attack in that context.

John
John
8 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

An attack in any sense is wrong, a bystander rooting for the aggressor is just as bad as the aggressor. No thanks Nintendo is just a keyboard warrior that thinks it is doing a good job by typing this stuff out but in fact it’s just proving to people that they are just as bad, if not worse, as other trolls.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

Hmmm. Two wrongs might not make a right or even a just.

Kazuma Taichi
Kazuma Taichi
8 months ago
Reply to  Rolando

Which would be fair if this was an isolated incident, but it’s not. As much as it’s impossible to follow properly, everything is interconnected, and wider implications need to be considered. Say you’re non-binary or trans yourself, misgendering is a very personal issue, and you might not be a stranger to the dehumanization of people using “it” as a pronoun. A webcomic you’ve been reading for a while ends up delving into the topic of pronouns, and ultimately comes out supportive of you. You can consider Tim Buckley to be an ally. That’s a huge boost to your mood. Perhaps… Read more »

Carbo
Carbo
8 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

they dont go by it, though. did you miss that part

Humsterr
Humsterr
8 months ago
Reply to  Carbo

I am pretty confused as to what made you think I did

Rob
Rob
8 months ago

I read more what was going on here. And changed my mind from negative reaction to this comment.

PapaVanTwee
PapaVanTwee
8 months ago

You’re not wrong, Walter.

Patz
Patz
8 months ago

Imagine being this pressed over a single word lmao

Rolan7
Rolan7
8 months ago
Reply to  Patz

Sounds like you don’t have to imagine.

Kelibath
Kelibath
8 months ago

This shouldn’t be so downvoted.

Harsh tone, yes, but the user ntn is replying to has been deliberately posting to misgender Zeke with object pronouns since they chose “they”. It seems targeted and real-world referential as a subtle form of bullying.

Telling bullies their behaviour isn’t welcome isn’t what we should be punishing.

Kelibath
Kelibath
8 months ago
Reply to  Kelibath

It’s probably also worth pointing out that Digi has been asked to cease and desist from this by Tim at least once this month already.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kelibath
John
John
8 months ago

Actually, no. It isn’t always “they killed Kenny”. It’s “you killed Kenny” or “he killed Kenny”. They was only used when it was multiple people, or a group of you may, caused it. Why don’t you run along and take your over indulged butt elsewhere with your pronoun bigotry.

Karrde
Karrde
8 months ago

Oh great, the thought police out on patrol

TomB
TomB
8 months ago

If it isn’t truly sentient, then it literally is an it.

Digi
Digi
8 months ago

Oh go suck yourself.

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
8 months ago

When Ethan became such a pain in the neck, I guess, ZK simply tried to snap out of it.

PapaVanTwee
PapaVanTwee
8 months ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

“They want EFX? Snap a neck for some Das EFX!”

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago

That’s it. Now it’s a single super and a cripple against Zeke, who very well might be near 100% physically.

I think that Lucas is going to have to make a choice here, and live with the consequences.

tempusfugit
tempusfugit
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

“Physically” being the key word. I don’t think it’s going to come to that. I think this is the turning point for Zeke – he’s going to remember his conversation with Ethan from page 2 (“It hurts to die?” “Every time”) and feel remorse. Then it will be up to Scott and Lucas to recognise that. Lucas might be able to, but Scott will probably need … convincing. Nice bit of writing by Tim, opening this issue with the scene where Zeke feels empathy for Ethan. I really like the way he’s developed these characters – it doesn’t feel rushed… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  tempusfugit

I hope you’re right, Tempus, but honestly I think Zeke’s running out of time here. There’s some slight lag in Ethan’s respawning, iirc from the January 2020 Zeke fight, and Lucas alone isn’t a match for Zeke, much less a Lucas who has to defend someone else. The thing is, Zeke just made a choice to kill their closest friend, and decided that Ethan’s actions were also focused on trying to kill them. And I don’t think that was a calculated moment of “Oh, it’s not really death, I’m just pushing him away” like they did with Lucas. This was,… Read more »

Dagroth
Dagroth
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Zeke’s currently braindamaged in a way, and sort of panicked (or a robotic equivalent). I could see a human, panicked and riding on adrenaline, making similiar choices, too.
(and to an extent, getting away with it legally, as self-defence etc.)

Last edited 8 months ago by Dagroth
Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  Dagroth

Agreed, 100%. But if a random human was in the same situation – panicked, irrational, mentally unhinged, being fully capable of ending someone’s life with little effort and actively attempting to kill others – there’s a point where you can’t keep trying nonviolent solutions to stop them. If an active human gunman was standing in a game store, 100% believed that someone there was out to get him, and was doing everything he could to end that person’s life – if that gunman had already attacked one person, attempted to kill a second, and then killed another person who tried… Read more »

Dagroth
Dagroth
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Ok, agreed to that. I’m not exactly happy about it, but that’s because of the whole situation, not anything you wrote (Which is NOT a complaint about Tim’s writing, the opposite actually, just looking at it, as if it’d be a real life situation… well, the moment we get sentient robots. Or people grazed or smacked over the head, I suppose). So, I suppose, if I was there, and had the ability to successfully intervene, I would prefer to try to take Zeke down non-lethally (if reasonably possible), but if I couldn’t, well, yeah, what you said. Wrote. Though I’d… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Dagroth
Damion
Damion
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I don’t think it was an intentional kill. Zeke has made mistakes before, they’re not infallible, and they’re VERY emotional.
Zeke and Ethan had become friends, in fact, I’d go so far as to say that up until this point? Ethan as/is Zeke’s ONLY friend. S this is going to scar Zeke, because what he just did? A LOT more painful than just cracking a shell casing for an optic unit.
Also DAMN this storyline is good.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Damion

You bring up an interesting point. Is Zeke emotional? Emotion presume feeling which in a meat entity like a human are the result of various chemicals in the brain. I’m assuming Zeke lacks that chemical soup. Why would his software have an analog for those hormones and other chemicals that replicate emotion or pain? That’d be an odd thing to build into a kill-bot. On the other hand, the ability to feign/replicate emotion would be key for an infiltrator (much as Terminators used their mimicry to pursue their quarry). And a bot that is damaged, semi-functional, and is probably responding… Read more »

Pyre
Pyre
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I suspect that the next page will be a panel for each face showing shock as Ethan falls to the floor. After that, it depends on if Zeke starts calming down. If he doesn’t, Lucas may get revved up but will hold off. If not…Zeke is a robot. You can shave off one of their legs and not have the usual complications with major blood loss that this would entail with humans. Given that Lucas can control the angle and speed of his arrows, he can accomplish this with more accuracy than a bullet. At this point, we will still… Read more »

Dodgy
Dodgy
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

In before no thanks nintendo gets their underwear in a twist (and thus as a logical result should really change their username to “the person with twisted underwear who also prefers to decline Nintendo’s offer”), you meant “That’s they!” Right?

robloughrey
robloughrey
8 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Go away, bigot.

Timmeh
Timmeh
8 months ago
Reply to  robloughrey

Dodgy has been on here being a bigot for almost a year.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

I don’t believe I used any pronouns to refer to Zeke, be it he, she, it, they, or otherwise.

“That’s it” is an expression of finality. Similar to “that’s that” or “that did it.”

In the phrase “Now it’s a single super and a cripple against Zeke,” the “it” is the current situation.

When I posted my first message, the comic had been up for like fifteen minutes, long the usual mouth-breathers showed up and started railing on about the usual garbage.

Gribble
Gribble
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Fun that there’s no over the top backlash against you using the work “cripple” though.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  Gribble

My intent was to highlight that in a physical fight of any sort, Scott was at an extreme disadvantage and a liability… but you’re right. I didn’t think of how many disabled people take offense at that term, exactly for the reason that it makes them sound weak and helpless.

I can’t go back and edit that comment now, but I would like to apologize broadly for anyone out there who was offended by my words. I should be more considerate.

Last edited 8 months ago by Eldest Gruff
TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I hear you. The reality is that many of us probably grew up with language we absorbed without really thinking about it or being aware of it. I recall when I was younger, everyone in school called other people ‘gay’,’retarded’ and so on (and in 95% of the cases, they were friends/classmates and not aimed at people who actually were (afaik) gay or retarded, etc). I don’t recall anyone calling anyone out (be it other students, teachers, principals, etc) for it. It was just what was a common part of speech where and when I grew up. (And now it… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  TomB

I hear you, too. I’ve had the luck of growing up in the States as a hetero cisgendered male, so I don’t naturally deal with most of these issues. However, I was a shy, quiet, bookish kid growing up in the 90s with few friends, so I was absolutely labeled as “gay” – so much that I almost assumed I was, until I watched the movie Titanic as a thirteen-year-old and realized, “OK, woah, yeah, never mind, those things are awesome.” So while I’m usually not attacked with prejudice, I can absolutely sympathize with those who are. Hindsight is always… Read more »

Kelibath
Kelibath
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Exactly. I might have made a comment about not using “a cripple” unless you happen to use it for yourself, because it’s a pretty massive slur in the modern disabled community atm. But before any gentle comment could be made these two waded in with the gender essentialist bigotry and welp.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  Kelibath

Oh crap. Is it considered a slur?

Dang. OK, I want to redouble my last apology. Honestly, to anyone out there who was offended, I’m sorry and will absolutely try to not use that word.

Shinji Schneider
Shinji Schneider
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

It’s a huge slur. In my opinion pretty much on the same level as the r-word or the f-word.

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  Kelibath

Isn’t ‘differently abled’ preferred? I thought disabled was itself a bit prejorative. Crippled certainly has negative connotations.

Shinji Schneider
Shinji Schneider
8 months ago
Reply to  TomB

“Disabled” is sorta on the fringe. Some people absolutely hate being called disabled while others say, that that’s exactly what they are. It’s the same with “ADHD” or ASD (Autism) being called a “Disorder”. I absolutely hate it being called that, because it implies that something was wrong with me. That they way my brain works (me having ADHD and also probably being on the spectrum) was an illness and something to be fixed/cured. But some people say that this is exactly what it is for them. It’s hard to get a general consensus if even the people actually affected… Read more »

Kelibath
Kelibath
8 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Enough is enough, Dodgy – you know both yourself and Digi are pushing other readers deliberately in order to force a reaction. And have been corrected several times by the author due to that, and the bigotry you do it with.

JozMkII
JozMkII
8 months ago

Man…He really didn’t want to kill Ethan. He tried telling Ethan to let go, and killed him only as a last resort to momentarily get him out of the way. And I think there’s a decent chance he wouldn’t have done it if he weren’t confident that Ethan would respawn afterwards.

He’s not quite the killing machine we once saw him as. He’s acting out of fear for is own life.

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
8 months ago
Reply to  JozMkII

Killing Ethan here was definitely not intentional; it was an accident.

John
John
8 months ago
Reply to  Jaysburn

Don’t know why you were downvoted. Have an upvote from me.

And definitely, Zeke did not mean to kill Ethan, at least I hope not haha

TomB
TomB
8 months ago
Reply to  JozMkII

I think assuming he thought about Ethan respawning might be inconsistent with his damaged speech, thought patterns, and his clearly defensive response to damage and an ongoing threat. I do agree he was acting in response to at threat (which may not be ‘fear’ but a programmed response pattern to resist being disabled or incapacitated). I believe that and Ethan’s attempt to grapple him when he felt Scott was a continuing threat that had to be neutralized dictated the steps he needed to execute to get a chance to take out the threat Scott poses. That doesn’t mean that he… Read more »

foducool
foducool
8 months ago

oh snap

Dodgy
Dodgy
8 months ago
Reply to  foducool

I see what they did there!

Giuliano Marques
Giuliano Marques
8 months ago
Reply to  foducool

I respect what you did.

John Swift
John Swift
8 months ago

Wonder if that is a reference to the off switch they build into the old Zeke. Atleast Ethan will get better.

Chuck
Chuck
8 months ago

That’s going to cause some emotional damage right there.

Shinji Schneider
Shinji Schneider
8 months ago

Part of me thought, that Zeke would be aiming for the phone and not actually Scott… oh well. And Plot Twist. Ethan doesn’t just reappear but lays on the floor because breaking his neck doesn’t kill him instantly but only paralyzes him until he slowly choked to death. Making Zeke realize how much suffering they actually caused. This being said. It’s still similar suffering that Scott tried to inflict on Zeke. So i’m not convinced it would change Zekes mind. At most they would run away to get to “safety”.(considering it’s 3 against one in their eyes). No matter how… Read more »

Rockie
Rockie
8 months ago

Maybe Zeke was! When Scott put up his arm, it bought the phone right next to his face.

Austindorf
Austindorf
8 months ago

Please, can we have at least a punch in the face to Scott?

Shinji Schneider
Shinji Schneider
8 months ago
Reply to  Austindorf

Sounds like a plan.

Lucas. Knock Scott out before he fucks up even more.

Dagroth
Dagroth
8 months ago
Reply to  Austindorf

He sure earned one, but Zeke’s could be strong enough to severely maim him I think (and unlike, hopefully, Zeke, Scott can’t be fixed by getting him replacement parts), so maybe from Lucas or Ethan?

The Legacy
The Legacy
8 months ago
Reply to  Dagroth

I mean… Scott’s already lost his leg mobility. You’d think he’d be a tad smarter. 😳

Techbender
Techbender
8 months ago
Reply to  The Legacy

“a Ted smarter” is how I read it the first time for some reason I thought you were making a call back to the original Scott’s exceptionally smart pet penguin.

Sage Coleman Johnson
Sage Coleman Johnson
8 months ago
Reply to  Techbender

That penguin wasn’t a pet…

Jesse
Jesse
8 months ago

I feel like this is reaching back to the page from when Ethan accidentally died in the storage room and ZK was like…don’t do that.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy
8 months ago
Reply to  Jesse

I think you’re right. And when it sees that Ethan is dead, it will knock some sense of sorrow into it, helping Scott realize Zeke is not a killing machine and is just acting on pure self-preservation.

I doubt it’ll go in that direction, but I can dream, right? I still want Zeke to evolve where he becomes hero #3 of the group, despite Scott’s paranoia.

Esc
Esc
8 months ago
Reply to  ThatGuy

*They. Zeke isn’t an “it.”

John
John
8 months ago
Reply to  Esc

Who cares? It’s a robot. It kicks butt. It’s not a he or a she. It, by all intentions of the word, is an it. At the moment, Zeke isn’t recognised as sentient by anyone other than Ethan and maybe Lucas. Everyone else sees it as what it was before the changes. A killer robot.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy
8 months ago

Oooof….no way this will end well…..

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
8 months ago

Deadly snap or slowly choking snap as Ethan is left tetraplegic and his lungs can’t work properly?

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
8 months ago

Lucas living the “Everyone Disliked That” meme right now

Lauren
Lauren
8 months ago

The pain in Ethan’s face hits hard. I feel so bad for him, this is his friend and everything’s falling apart around him. 🙁

Dodgy
Dodgy
8 months ago

Sounds like Zeke might also be undergoing some internal struggle. They perhaps want to value life and heed Ethan’s lessons but at the same time their survival routine kicks in, which may be overriding Zeke’s responses.

Brock Lazard
Brock Lazard
8 months ago

I’m calling it now, I think Scott is in league with The Master, and was texting him.

nealithi
nealithi
8 months ago
Reply to  Brock Lazard

Texting another super would be my guess.
Someone not “Conflicted” about what needs to be done. Will be the excuse.

Rockie
Rockie
8 months ago
Reply to  Brock Lazard

He’s trying to shut Zeke down, like he did the first time they met.

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
8 months ago
Reply to  Brock Lazard

What’s on his phone is quite clearly the same programming application he had used to shut Zeke down before. He’s not texting anyone, he’s trying to turn Zeke off.

Arcelebor
Arcelebor
8 months ago

Considering Ethan has killed himself just to clean his shirt, I don’t think it’d be fair to treat someone else snapping his neck with too much drama.

Logan
Logan
8 months ago
Reply to  Arcelebor

It wouldn’t be drama for Ethans sake. It’s for how it will affect Zeke when Ethan being K.O.’d is noticed.

4Star
4Star
8 months ago

Oh snap!

Sorry – seemed like an appropriate response.

robin
robin
8 months ago

i’m going to guess that was not a killing snap, instead it just paralyzes ethan. and then zeke snaps out of his rage when he realizes that ethan is injured. I think zeke still trusts ethan and will have feelings of remorse

Leon
Leon
8 months ago

First time ZK has DIRECTLY killed Ethan?

Rockie
Rockie
8 months ago
Reply to  Leon

At least once before, unless you mean that X1 was a different person?

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
8 months ago
Reply to  Leon

Zeke stabbed Ethan in the chest during the night that they shut him down.

Tim
Tim
8 months ago

Plot twist – it was actually cavitation and now Ethan will feel *amazing*

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Tim: “Note to self… future spin-off series… Dr. Hugh Z. K. Manface, Superhero Chiropractor.”

Enclave
Enclave
8 months ago

I think killing Ethan will SNAP ZK out of this.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago

I’m reading this again, and I wonder if Zeke’s snapping of Ethan’s neck here is partially accidental.

In the second to last panel, Ethan grabs Zeke and pulls them away, backing himself against a wall. Zeke’s words – “No time — let go — let go — stop” – are asking Ethan for compliance. And the movement Zeke performs, if Ethan WASN’T backed against a wall, would’ve flipped him over their shoulder and onto the ground.

I guess this is it. If Zeke can stop here, fearing for themself, and instead be concerned for someone else.

Last edited 8 months ago by Eldest Gruff
Kelibath
Kelibath
8 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I’m almost certain it isn’t directly intentional, and am hoping they therefore react in horror and dismay next update, demonstrating how deeply they internalised Ethan’s response to dying (as well as the idea of accidental harm). One thing’s for certain, the group could really use a second to just take stock without any more kill switches!

Last edited 8 months ago by Kelibath
Halosty
Halosty
8 months ago

Looking at the first panel, I am still in agreement with the comment(s) from last page that said Zeke was aiming for that phone.
Also, poor Zeke. no time to explain that Scott is still trying to wipe them from existence. Pretty sure Zeke didn’t want to hurt Ethan there, even if Zeke is not fully happy with him at the moment.

David Gibson
David Gibson
8 months ago

That’d be one way to deal with Ethan: paralyze him and let him live.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
8 months ago

Crackle! *Zeke gets arrowed
Pop! *Ethan’s head flies off and lands in Scott’s lap as his last konami code life is used up.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
8 months ago

I want the next panel to be the group (that still has an intact spinal cord) looking over at the random person that just walked in the door to buy a video game after work and got far more than they bargained for.

Kelibath
Kelibath
8 months ago
Reply to  FITCamaro

Maybe it’s their answer to finding an alternative draw vs pre-order bonuses!

omg omg
omg omg
8 months ago

Zeke, what have you done? You proved that Scott is right!

Dagroth
Dagroth
8 months ago
Reply to  omg omg

He didn’t, a human could react in a similiar way in Zeke’s place, too. (Angry/panicked and riding on adrenaline, etc.)

omg omg
omg omg
8 months ago
Reply to  Dagroth

You’re right, everybody is panicking here, that’s why Scott and Lucas can conclude that Zeke is indeed dangerous. Zeke was never taught how to be careful with his robot strengh, for him it is easier to hurt a human.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
8 months ago

How did this go from discussing what the plan is with them dealing with Zeke to what words people should use to talk about Zeke? If that’s really an issue for people, instead of “it, they, he or whatever else, just use Zeke’s name… Also pretty sure Scott is just trying to hack into him to shut down motor functions again like they did when they caught Zeke in the first place.

James
James
8 months ago

Anyone choosing “he” or “it”, over “they/them” are less likely to resort to “Zeke/ZK” because its very much about promoting their perception of the character.

As Zeke has identified outside the binary concept, Zeke is now representative of non binary individuals in real life.

So how Zeke identifies has become a very personal matter, whether someone embraces trans/fluid gender identification or are dead set against the concept.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
8 months ago

You’re unfortunately only looking at this from one side, and missing the big picture. The entire argument is, at its core, a freedom of speech/expression thing, and a freedom of identity. The entire concept of “gender isn’t 100% related to biology” didn’t really hit mainstream understanding until this past decade. Prior to that, gender was pretty much an objective truth – I would say “I am male” in the same way I might say “I am 37” or “I am caucasian.” I might feel different or wish to be different, but that doesn’t mean they’re not facts. Right now, stop… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Eldest Gruff
Miguel
Miguel
8 months ago

What if Ethan exhausted his last life with this? Dumdumdum

Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
8 months ago

I think we’re about to see a robot experience a full on psychotic break.

Andrew
Andrew
8 months ago

We have only seen that Ethan’s has been broken, this isn’t certain death, I know that from personal experience, the next panel could be darker if Ethan is still alive and needs someone, Zeke, to kill him for his own benefit, so he re-spawn in his previous healthy state, otherwise, he is just going to respawn straight away.

Zeke having to intentionally kill Ethan, knowing he will be causing him pain maybe enough to bring him back to a calm state.

cwmills
cwmills
8 months ago

Notice the present tense, Zeke is saying by restraining them Ethan is currently helping Scott kill them with the programming he is doing on his phone. (Even if that isn’t what Scott is doing, Zeke thinks it is).

Ailfire
Ailfire
8 months ago

It’s stories like this that make me wish this was daily as I just want to know whats going to happen!

Rolando
Rolando
8 months ago

Plot twist (pun intended): Ethan doesn’t die from it, and stays paralysed from the neck down until someone finishes him off. Possibly participating in the conversation, while in that state.

May cause interesting reactions from the others.

Last edited 8 months ago by Rolando