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Downtime, p24

March 20, 2024 by Tim


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JozMk.II
JozMk.II
30 days ago

:O

Esc
Esc
30 days ago

perfect timing

Ryan
Ryan
29 days ago
Reply to  Esc

Suspiciously perfect. I wonder what Scott has planned with this false alert that he planted?

Scrappy
Scrappy
30 days ago

Zeke’s gonna kill him and he will respawn. Called it first here.

Khaisz
Khaisz
30 days ago
Reply to  Scrappy

People has been calling that since like the day he lost his powers.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
30 days ago
Reply to  Scrappy

In fact what I expect is to Zeke telling them that he is not going to kill him, not even to check if it true that he can’t respawn any longer. That when the revolution begin, then probably kill him but he is not here to make any favour to a skin bag

Scortch
Scortch
30 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

My guess is, Scott will go with him and Ethan will place himself in harms way to protect him. Hopefully that will turn Zeke back around too.

Pulse
Pulse
29 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

zeke did already decide to not kill him specifically so the respawning wouldnt become a chaos factor.

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
30 days ago
Reply to  Scrappy

If that happens I would be sorely disappointed. Why setup something this important to just axe it at the first opportunity? It would nullify most of the impact the last story had. We’re now used to superheroes dying and returning a page later like nothing happens. Ethan was a mockery of that in a way. I truly hope this comic offers something better than just giving the powers back in the next story line, even after an epic confrontation.

Brad
Brad
30 days ago
Reply to  Darkhorse

Because the point of this comic is that they are superheros. Continuing to keep Ethan in limbo, while simultaneously not showing Lucas still doing patrols and fighting bad guys, is basically making this just classic Ctrl Alt Del.

It needs to get back to the superhero stuff.

How boring would it be to have Superman lose his powers for like 15 issues? Just Clark Kent working his 9-5 day in and day out with nothing happening.

Ajdjgjg
Ajdjgjg
29 days ago
Reply to  Brad

I dunno, Spotlight was a good film. Maybe what we need is to watch Clark Kent’s cutting investigative journalistic approach into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Some real genre crossover there.

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
29 days ago
Reply to  Brad

You can make the point that he is a hero regardless of his powers. You are envisioning superman without powers as boring, but it could be the most important 15 minutes in his entire life. The most exciting 15 minutes of the whole comic. We might be approaching such a point with Zeke. As mentioned, Ethan might have to do something as a hero. If you think that’s boring you can downvote all you like. I’ll not hold it against people to want the return to form. My take is just to do so already would be the boring thing.… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
29 days ago
Reply to  Darkhorse

The only problem with this entire thing, is that Ethan’s powers aren’t the same as Superman’s. Superman has abilities that augment how he functions, so he knows that he’s lost them, and acts in full knowledge. Furthermore, Clark is constantly cautious and practicing self-control because he lives in a world of cardboard that he could accidently tear apart if not paying attention. It is believable that if he lost his powers, he could adapt to understanding his own limitations, because he routinely pretends those are his limitations every day. Ethan’s going forward without knowing if he’s lost his powers, and… Read more »

Joel
Joel
29 days ago
Reply to  Darkhorse

We’re not sure that he actually lost his power. All the angst and doubt from the last story, that will still have happened.

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
29 days ago
Reply to  Joel

True, but in effect he can’t ‘use’ his powers. So in practice he lost them. The angst and doubt are too short lived for me is all I’m saying. Did the troll do all that just for a few days of angst, getting him to game inside the house? The confrontation with the troll must mean more than that.

Not That Brian
Not That Brian
29 days ago
Reply to  Darkhorse

It’d be so much better if it didn’t mean more than that.

The troll got him good for a week or two but then it was revealed for what it was, the troll got a very short run of laughs, and then he’s back to just being Ethan again, and in the end the troll got nothing.

Skorpeyon
Skorpeyon
29 days ago
Reply to  Scrappy

I’m betting he dies protecting Zeke or saving Zeke’s life somehow.

Zaratuir
Zaratuir
28 days ago
Reply to  Scrappy

Nah. He’s gonna sacrifice himself to save Zeke knowing he might die for real, then respawn.

Victor
Victor
30 days ago

Exciting!

Devon
Devon
30 days ago

dun dun duuuuunnn…

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
30 days ago

Ah ah ah, today is gaming night. Tomorrow you check it, you can let the game now.

Scortch
Scortch
30 days ago

Oh here we go!!!

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
30 days ago

Maybe he just wants to convince Ethan to ignore Scott and go for money instead of upgrades?

Mike
Mike
29 days ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

I really think Zeke will value upgrades over money.

John
John
30 days ago

Oh and with Lucas out this is interesting timing. Hopefully it doesnt get Lucas found out, or worse.

Daniel
Daniel
30 days ago

And Lucas is probably too busy is his internal drama, so it’s up to non-super Ethan and non-walking Scott, while they quite bonded yet still disagree about Zeke. Great set up.

Bo F
Bo F
30 days ago

Very nice shift of attention with the story, prior to this.
Nicely done, Tim
*face of approval*

Zaldrak
Zaldrak
30 days ago

Are we just going to ignore what Ethan said about why he keeps his phone on vibrate?

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
30 days ago
Reply to  Zaldrak

We don’t kink shame in this house.

Snax
Snax
29 days ago
Reply to  Zaldrak

Who knows, maybe he thought he didnt uninstall grindr

Freddie!
Freddie!
30 days ago

Finally! – back to the true star of the strip.

That Other Guy
That Other Guy
30 days ago

Of fucking course.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
29 days ago

Oh no, its a first date with your homicidal robot friend, and you aren’t sure if you’ll be able to revive!

Vedrit
Vedrit
29 days ago

Well, Zeke would be happy to test Ethan’s powers, I’m sure.

_BartoCurry
_BartoCurry
29 days ago

Oh man, this got serious so fast.

Casra
Casra
29 days ago

Zeke will kill Ethan. Probably by accident.

Snax
Snax
29 days ago

I think Zeke won’t actually try to KILL Ethan, just make him think he will to get Ethan intimidated enough for the other robots plans to better work

Brendan
Brendan
29 days ago

Omg amazing.

Luc
Luc
29 days ago

I will say, I’m glad that he told Ethan straight up that it was a beacon sending a ping. He didn’t try to hide the truth or anything.
Just a small thing, but a good thing, considering their history.

BioYuGi
BioYuGi
29 days ago

Ethan: “I… might not have my powers anymore.”
Zeke: “Huh.”
*Snaps Ethan’s neck, Ethan respawns a second late*
Zeke: “Nope, you’re good.”

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
29 days ago

Dude.

If he doesn’t go because he’s afraid to die… well… …

Joel
Joel
29 days ago

I this the first time Scott has referred to Zeke by name?

Joel
Joel
29 days ago
Reply to  Joel

*Is

Random lurker
Random lurker
28 days ago
Reply to  Joel

I think it’s actually the December 2nd 2022 Brannigan p3 page where Scott changes to referring to Zeke by name? Admittedly there may have been something i missed, but it’s the first time he seems to use Zeke instead of a broader “The Robot”, again, unless i missed one.

ZFTX
ZFTX
29 days ago

I have been wondering when this would happen, and it is now.

Joel
Joel
29 days ago

“..for the tinglies…”

eeeeeww.

Angrylittleman
Angrylittleman
29 days ago

Uh-oh. The plot thickens now.

Giggity Goo
Giggity Goo
29 days ago

So… So this is the last page of this one for a while, right? You’re gonna do the cliffhanger thing?

Ben
Ben
29 days ago

That timing is a little TOO perfect.

My theory: Zeke wants to kill Scott- but ONLY Scott. That’s why he waited for Lucas to be out of the picture. He knows (thinks?) that Ethan can’t die, so he figures he can violence his way through Ethan to get to Scott, and then leave it at that.

SkilledNub YT
SkilledNub YT
29 days ago

The plot thickens

TMDaemon
TMDaemon
29 days ago

OMG OMG OMG!!

Rick
Rick
29 days ago

YAY ZEKE!!

Akoum Trailblazer
Akoum Trailblazer
29 days ago

My prediction:

Zeke mortally wounds Ethan, they have an extremely touching moment when Ethan is dying, and he assumes he’s going to die for real, and that experience changes Zeke’s mind… Then when Ethan passes, he respawns.

All the emotional impact, with no consequences!

kaladorn
kaladorn
25 days ago

If Zeke were to come back (and in whatever way, Ethan was killed and DID NOT spawn again – at least for a time measured longer than moments, days, or even months), Zeke may be changed in one of several ways and make have him hate humanity more or to see them as having some value and thus not worthy of domination or execution. So far, Tim hasn’t killed Ethan permanently in any of the Ctl-Alt-Del series. That would really be shocking and it would really impact Scott, maybe Zeke, definitely Lucas, etc. That’s the fun part I think for… Read more »

adam
adam
12 days ago

update the comic tim…Update the comic

Marshall
Marshall
8 days ago

Cliffhanger!

Kenechki
Kenechki
7 days ago

Almost a month gone now, no new comic strip…should we consider to start worrying?

Kenechki
Kenechki
7 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Le button [>>] was not workin properly😜