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Downtime, p17

March 4, 2024 by Tim


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The Legacy
The Legacy
4 months ago

I mean… if Ethan can consider courting Lilah, I’d say Lucas should go ahead and date the cop.

Besides which, probably wouldn’t hurt to have an Insider in both the media *and* the police.

…Pun not intended.

leduk
leduk
4 months ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Journalists usually do not carry a gun, dont put you in jail and dont have an history of domestic violence tho.

Segus
Segus
4 months ago
Reply to  leduk

This is a comic, not the US. Keep your dystopian shit out of fiction.

smiley
smiley
4 months ago
Reply to  Segus

Just to play devils advocate… I doubt you’ll find a single police/guard/armed forces organization that *doesn’t* have their fair share of assholes who are on the job to abuse the power that comes with it.

Same reason the priesthood has had such a negative image, and more lately football coaches/scouts.

Merida
Merida
4 months ago
Reply to  smiley

1 bad apple spoils the bunch. Releases a gas that makes others ripen/rot.

kaladorn
kaladorn
4 months ago
Reply to  Merida

Worked with some officers in several PDs (developing, delivering and supporting dispatch center software and mobile workstations for the cars). Also made friends and had two friends decide to go into policing. One of the 25+ year senior sergeants pointed out that there is a commonality between patrol officers and street criminals. Both have to be able to handle the parts that are boring, then go to a hot situation and take charge (intimidation, physical prowess, etc) and the very smart officers would tend to going detective or auto theft or some other specialized work. The key distinction of most… Read more »

leduk
leduk
4 months ago
Reply to  kaladorn

cop unions always defend the bad apples, ask yourself why.

NB_ANARCHIST
NB_ANARCHIST
4 months ago
Reply to  smiley

Quick reminder that the first pride was an antipolice riot

Lucas, as a gay man, should remember our history

7eggert
7eggert
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Still Lucas was right: Just because it’s a crate of apples, they don’t all need to be foul.

kaladorn
kaladorn
4 months ago
Reply to  7eggert

The frequency of firearms in the US versus most other places tends to make policing more risky. Where I live, if we lose a single cop, you’ll see that as national news. But the number of firearms deaths in my country is between 1/2 and 1/3 of the US numbers (accounting for population). That’s the only way I can even imagine a lot of the shootings I’ve seen where a cop arrives on a site and within 2 minutes, there are deaths and even sometime them are kids. The fear of the firearms the officers may face (to me) explains… Read more »

wkz
wkz
4 months ago
Reply to  kaladorn

> The frequency of firearms in the US versus most other places tends to make policing more risky. Where I live, if we lose a single cop, you’ll see that as national news. But the number of firearms deaths in my country is between 1/2 and 1/3 of the US numbers (accounting for population).

There are supers in this world, presumably worldwide. Some of which who have the equivalent of naval cannons which will easily put those “pop guns” assault rifles to shame.

The whole world’s in the RL USA’s situation in the comic.

leduk
leduk
4 months ago
Reply to  7eggert

a bad apple can spoil the bunch, and it happens, sadly.

leduk
leduk
4 months ago
Reply to  Segus

So cute thinking it happens only in the us. Too bad I’m not even close from being american. But nice try anyway, there is nothing dystopian about police brutality and abuse of power, including in a shitload of work of fiction.

wilddeath
wilddeath
4 months ago
Reply to  Segus

Are they not in their worlds USA? Are they in Canada? Australia?

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
4 months ago
Reply to  Segus

Wouldn’t journalists in the US carry guns as they are Americans? USA! USA!

Esc
Esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Segus

That very clearly takes place in the US. Lucas even brings up the public perception of the police.

ocramot
ocramot
4 months ago
Reply to  leduk

Ah, but “the pen is mightier than the sword”. Or the gun, in this case.

Birdbath
Birdbath
4 months ago
Reply to  leduk

What I think you meant may have been: Google 40% of cops

Benjamin
Benjamin
4 months ago

What’s a superhero without a romantic interest that’d be sure to blow his cover?

Amarant
Amarant
4 months ago
Reply to  Benjamin

Completely unheard of!

Wait …

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
4 months ago

Thinking about settling down? And what will do Ethan with the rent?!

Steve
Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

I thought Ethan owned 50.00001% (or some such) of Gamehaven (“technically”) and their apartment was funded by a substantial government/civil settlement over his sister Carlie’s death?

Kind of like how in CAD 1.0, Ethan was basically given the video game store by whats his face (Thad? Chad?) although that was over something else that I cannot recall.

The Infraggable
The Infraggable
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Barry. That is the name of the previous store owner. (I had to look it up myself.)

Snax
Snax
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

I have autism so I know this. Barry didn’t really GIVE the store over (he was retiring, so he had to) and it was in a long arc of Christian (Lilah’s ex) doing things to fuck with Ethan, and there it was by buying up GameHaven, so he eventually just got the seed himself and Barry didn’t really care so he moved out the city and let Ethan have the store.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
4 months ago

Should we concerned about how long Ethan’s current method will take to find a winner, or relieved that at least he’s only using d6’s rather than d20’s?

ocramot
ocramot
4 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

As long as it keeps him distracted from fear of death…

GreySkye
GreySkye
4 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Roughly a little over 200 rolls, depending on if he adjusts for rolling the same number, rather than re-rolling.

Reso
Reso
4 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

So, funny thing, it occurs to me that Ethan is playing a game… To determine which game he will play.

Like giving a kid a shiny new toy and they play in the box instead.

WAhydrohead
WAhydrohead
4 months ago

I found my wife when “I wasn’t looking” and we have been together for a quarter century.

ocramot
ocramot
4 months ago
Reply to  WAhydrohead

Ok but, did she find out about your secret identity?

kaladorn
kaladorn
4 months ago
Reply to  ocramot

WAhydrohead may have meant his wife was the superhero… mine is.

ocramot
ocramot
4 months ago

I’m honestly surprised that Ethan is not fearing for his life, in the last panel. What are you trying to do, Lucas, clutch his heart?

SuperExoticShrub
SuperExoticShrub
4 months ago
Reply to  ocramot

Just shows how much he trusts Lucas that it never even unconsciously entered his mind that he could be a threat.

Thomas
Thomas
4 months ago

Given Lucas’ dating history before the reboot, here’s hoping that Ben isn’t a dirty cop that’s been tasked for whatever reason to kill and/or rob him.

Ace5762
Ace5762
4 months ago

I appreciate that Lucas has his vices too

volcarthe
volcarthe
4 months ago

This is highly unacceptable.

Ethan should have asked Scott to make him a digital randomizer to speed up the process.

Bakhtosh
Bakhtosh
4 months ago

Doesn’t Ethan KNOW about carpal tunnel? My lord…think of the tendons! Those are the only ones you get…

Dorander
Dorander
4 months ago
Reply to  Bakhtosh

Despite recently losing his powers, Ethan should still have some pretty fresh tendons.

Willess12
Willess12
4 months ago

Huh, that’s new, this comic seems to have two names. The url is “downtime, p17”, like usual, but the page title in the tabs is “Laugh and relate with Lucas’ complicated date in this comic”.

Quilla
Quilla
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Which one is the “real one” though 🤔

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
4 months ago
Reply to  Quilla

Perhaps the real title was the friends we made along the way.

Ben
Ben
4 months ago

Lucas is relying on Ethan to be the voice of reason. Lucas is doomed. I predict this will be super cute for a while but then end VERY badly.

And Ethan is probably going to say something to the effect of how he’s been thinking a lot lately about what it’s like to only have one life, and how important it is not to waste it being overly cautious.

Olivia
Olivia
4 months ago
Reply to  Ben

There’s a YouTube creator named Julie Nolke. She has a “mirror Julie” that she talks to for advice. Mirror Julie starts off drunk and making mean comments, but by the end she’s dropped some profound wisdom.

So maybe Ethan will channel his inner maturity and give some sage advice

Nono
Nono
4 months ago

As an aside, it’s nice to see some Lucas hijinks. He hasn’t gotten a lot of solo time to get into his own silly shenanigans in this universe, so good to see when the horny hat is on the other side of the duo.

Merida
Merida
4 months ago

Both are learning that considering 1 choice is used to figure out what you actually want most.

Verdiekus
Verdiekus
4 months ago

Noooo, be happy Lucas!

hugz
hugz
4 months ago

too busy fixating on the fact that Ethan is using 3 identical dice for his system

MarthKoopa
MarthKoopa
4 months ago

Nooooo not Armored Core!

Daniel John
Daniel John
4 months ago

Lucas you hypocrite!

Snax
Snax
4 months ago

But Ethan’s cuterr >:-(

omg omg
omg omg
2 months ago

I’m worry now, Ethan had a break up with that cute delivery girl because he was a superhero.It seems that being a superhero is incompatible with being in a relationship in this universe.