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Downtime, p4

February 2, 2024 by Tim


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James Kite
James Kite
25 days ago

I guess licking is an option 🤔

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
25 days ago
Reply to  James Kite

I was coming to say just the same 😅

James Kite
James Kite
24 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

Just seemed like an Ethan thing to do 😳

Reso
Reso
25 days ago
Reply to  James Kite

🤮

Woodrobin
Woodrobin
24 days ago
Reply to  James Kite

Licking is always an option.

Except at funerals. Or when exploring a glacier. Or at Chernobyl.

Well, I guess it more accurate to say it’s always an option, it’s just often not a good option.

Miffy92
Miffy92
23 days ago
Reply to  Woodrobin

Remember, kids – if someone is encased in caramel, it’s okay to lick without consent.

Pajuka
Pajuka
23 days ago
Reply to  Woodrobin

It’s like how all things are edible, it’s just some things are only edible once. Everything is lickable, it’s just some things are only lickable once.

Boof
Boof
22 days ago
Reply to  James Kite

Nooo licking of blood stains. Especially if staying alive and healthy is the priority here. Sure, licking your Own blood stain probably wouldn’t mess with you that much, but it’s a bad habit.

Merida
Merida
25 days ago

hydrogen peroxide. Fizzy fizz

Freddie
Freddie
22 days ago
Reply to  Merida

“I’ll have a glass of H2O”
“I’ll have a glass of H2O too” *dies*

waleed
waleed
25 days ago

sooooooooooooo…………is that a clue ????????? ethan basically dies everyday before this and meaning his blood also vanishes with him, meaning the troll never got a blood sample or even had one long enough to be able to make a vaccine ?

Shinji Schneider
Shinji Schneider
25 days ago
Reply to  waleed

No, because when he was donating blood they figured out that if he stays alive long enough after losing blood, it won’t vanish anymore.

That’s why he was able to carry literal BUCKETs full of blood to the hospital.

waleed
waleed
24 days ago

i dont remember this i might have missed that panel

gnarph
gnarph
25 days ago

I wonder how many times a day Lucas thinks “Your parents have SO much to answer for…..”

Robert 'CockRoach' Archer
Robert 'CockRoach' Archer
25 days ago
Reply to  gnarph

Have we ever seen his parents in this version?

Pulse
Pulse
25 days ago

back inside you is the worst place it can go at that point.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
25 days ago

Any letters to write to Megagame perhaps?

chargersfan
chargersfan
25 days ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Imagine he does that, and they find it so hilarious, they pin it up on the wall. And then Ethan dies and respawns, and the page turns blank. Then someone pieces together Ethan’s superhero identity.

7eggert
7eggert
24 days ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Unless they are making contracts they don’t require blood.

Martin
Martin
25 days ago

Makes you wonder how on earth Ethan managed to survive up to the point that he got his super powers in the first place…

Rolando
Rolando
25 days ago
Reply to  Martin

That’s basically THE question in everyone’s mind, since the very beginning decades ago.

As Zeke 1.0 said, if you calculate Ethan’s life expectancy, the result is a NEGATIVE number 😅

7eggert
7eggert
24 days ago
Reply to  Rolando

He got his extra lives due to an integer underflow.

Kenju
Kenju
25 days ago
Reply to  Martin

He wasn’t always like this, at least not *THIS* bad. You have to remember that for years he literally never had to worry about dying, and paradoxically had to learn how to handle *NOT* dying. This is a subject that has come up a few times in the Deadpool comics, as there have been copies and clones made of him that he was very quickly and very easily for this same reason. He doesn’t treat his regenerative powers as a safety net, he abuses them like an immortality cheat code. Copies and clones made of him still try to avoid… Read more »

Jason
Jason
25 days ago

Didn’t the troll mention using ethan’s blood? Lucas has confirmed it disappears on respawn…

Daniel
Daniel
25 days ago
Reply to  Jason

Gooood catch. Big + in the ‘troll is trolling’ column.

Frank
Frank
25 days ago
Reply to  Jason

That was exactly what my brain came up with while reading the last panel…

Rolando
Rolando
25 days ago
Reply to  Jason

Maybe it could be blood left after events that didn’t require Ethan to respawn. I imagine he has had his share of bloody noses, fighting crime.

Sure, he’ll respawn later on. In different circumstances. But that could be hours or days later.

You’ve got a point. It’s just not solid enough, to support the “troll was lying” hypothesis.

X2Brute
X2Brute
25 days ago
Reply to  Jason

there was a whole arc about him trying to donate blood, after a while separated from his body it doesn’t despawn

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
25 days ago
Reply to  Jason

We already knew it disappears on respawn. We also know that if he loses blood and then goes long enough to return to a ‘healthy’ state, it doesn’t disappear on respawn. There was a whole storyline devoted to this when Ethan was trying to sell his blood.

Also the Troll just said DNA, not necessarily blood.

Scarsdale
Scarsdale
25 days ago
Reply to  Jaysburn

When Ethan respawns, nothing of the “old” man remains, so while the troll might have gotten some DNA from Ethan before he got his power, troll would have known it would be needed and who Ethan was years before troll knew he would need it. So either the troll had help from the past or he’s just full of it and is messing with Ethan, I have my serious doubts the troll is THAT smart, or he’d never start any of this in the first place.

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
25 days ago
Reply to  Scarsdale

Dude, what? I don’t think you understood what I said.
The troll doesn’t need DNA from pre-powers Ethan, why would you even think that?

Ethan – like every other person – leaves DNA behind everywhere he goes, all the time, and said DNA doesn’t disappear unless Ethan immediately dies.

Rauri
Rauri
25 days ago

Ah-ha! So his blood vanishes when he respawns! More evidence the so-called DNA acquisition is bunk.

Steve
Steve
25 days ago
Reply to  Rauri

Not all DNA is blood. Hair samples are a big one and we do leave stray hairs around all the time.

Does his (fallen out) hair vanish at respawn too? Or how about skin flakes? You lose lots of skin all the time, too.

I think the troll is trolling, but it’s not just blood to worry about.

Rauri
Rauri
24 days ago
Reply to  Steve

True, but DNA from hair tends to come from follicles rather than the hair itself. And skin flakes are usually dust sized.

And there is the “bucket of blood” from before but that implies they would know his identity.

X2Brute
X2Brute
25 days ago
Reply to  Rauri
jack
jack
24 days ago
Reply to  Rauri

not unless he does so quickly

Soeroah
Soeroah
25 days ago

Well that makes it far less likely the troll could’ve gotten a sample, don’t it

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
25 days ago
Reply to  Soeroah

Not particularly. A bit trickier than usual perhaps, but nothing too difficult.

Even if we assume every respawn would indeed clear every possible DNA sample (dubious), it’s not as if Ethan actually died all the time. Even if he died on the job, he’d still leave new samples before leaving the scene. There’d be an ‘expiration date’ on any sample until the next respawn, but there were plenty of times Ethan went days, weeks, possibly months without dying. More than enough to get, record and analyze a sample.

The sample taking really isn’t the implausible part of Trolls claim.

robin
robin
25 days ago

but who is to say that the troll could have got the blood from a time that ethan did not die, maybe a bloody nose or something?? it is still possible

Hyshi
Hyshi
25 days ago

Back here, the blood didn’t seem to despawn even if Ethan did respawn:
https://cad-comic.com/comic/deposit/

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
25 days ago
Reply to  Hyshi

Read the page before it, Ethan even mentions that he’s testing if it ‘still resets’ if he lets his body heal back up before respawning

If he dies within a short enough period (how long exactly is unknown to us, potentially known to Ethan) it will ‘reset’ and vanish/respawn along with his body, but after a while it will remain regardless of whether he respawns.

leduk
leduk
25 days ago

stupid-kind is a good alignment

James
James
25 days ago

To quote Clone High

“We eat our mistakes here! MANGER LE VERS!”

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
25 days ago

Further twisting the knife? That package was an amazon delivery courtesy of she who must not be named.

Scortch
Scortch
23 days ago

What I love is, for most of Ethans life he was mortal, and in a very short time he honestly has no idea what to do with blood now.

Dom
Dom
22 days ago

Long ago, I’ve tasted some of my blood off a nosebleed or other accidental cut or scratch, and its not a bad taste, mostly a little sweet and bitter. Kind of like that intoxicating car exhaust smell.

Just don’t make a habit of it.
Red beetroot juices are similar to blood because of high iron but also tastes a little similar.

I don’t do it anymore.

Daniel
Daniel
22 days ago

So Analog never ever sustained a non-critical wound before or what??

super steve
super steve
22 days ago
Reply to  Daniel

nah, he just always kills himself shortly afterwards so hes good again