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Drive, p6

June 8, 2022 by Tim


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tiamattt
tiamattt
20 days ago

Just a thought, but maybe they could’ve tried using words first and then demonstrating once Scott was ready? I’d figure it’d be in Ethan’s natural to want it to be a surprise, but there’s no way at least one of them didn’t know what Scott went through in the past, so pretty terrible call on their part.

M37h3w3
M37h3w3
20 days ago
Reply to  tiamattt

People don’t think things through fully.

I say this with a broken wrist that I got because I didn’t think through how a tree was going to fall when I pushed on the nearly cut trunk with a long two by four.

If I had I would have realized said trunk was leaning over my head and that gravity would introduce said trunk to my skull.

Brain just went “Problem? This solution! GO! NOW!” and never once entertained a what if.

Brendan Keating
Brendan Keating
19 days ago
Reply to  M37h3w3

This sounds a lot like what I experience with adhd, especially when I was untreated. I haven’t had anything so wild myself, but similar if less impactful experiences

7eggert
7eggert
19 days ago

Unfortunately everybody has their not-so-smart moments.

Jonathan
19 days ago
Reply to  M37h3w3

“People don’t think things through fully.”

Especially Ethan.

jere
jere
20 days ago
Reply to  tiamattt

I think there is a comic where Ethan dies in front of a civilian because he missed a grapple, and he just hands out the contact details of some therapist. Probably this here is the first instance where he reallizes the effect his power can have on others.

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
18 days ago
Reply to  jere

I wonder if Ethan gets commission for referrals?

PapaVanTwee
PapaVanTwee
20 days ago
Reply to  tiamattt

I’m sure they wanted to freak him out. Friends always take it too far.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
19 days ago
Reply to  PapaVanTwee

Agreed… though… friends should know each other, and it should be at least a little apparent, to at least Lucas, that Scott’s not doing OK.

Though maybe at this point, Scott’s more Ethan’s friend and Lucas’ acquaintance. And considering everything, they might be over at Scott’s not because he’s a trusted friend, but more because they need help.

The Legacy
The Legacy
18 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t understand PTSD unless they have it. And even as a sufferer myself I sometimes forget to be sensitive in that regard.

noonecareswhoiam
noonecareswhoiam
19 days ago
Reply to  tiamattt

This is a comic, not a book. Lotr over them yonder :p

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
20 days ago

Considering the method Lucas used, you could say that he cut straight to the point.

Merida
Merida
20 days ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

Right to the heart of the matter.

otome
otome
20 days ago
Reply to  Merida
Gnarph
Gnarph
20 days ago
Reply to  Merida

Such cutting commentary in this thread

Allen
Allen
19 days ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

At least he went the direction it needed to go.

The Legacy
The Legacy
18 days ago
Reply to  Allen

GET OUT! ALL OF YOU! 😂 Stop pointing out the obvious! It cuts deep!

Jack0r
Jack0r
18 days ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Yeah, it hurts to the core.

Volguus
Volguus
18 days ago
Reply to  Jack0r

Oh! My heart, I can’t even!

Kelenius
Kelenius
20 days ago

Last two pages: “Surely, Lucas will have enough sense to not kill Ethan in front of someone who just lost a loved one?”

Lucas: “PTSD TRAIN HAS NO BREAKS

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
20 days ago
Reply to  Kelenius

Yeeeep, Lucas was noticing things, but not all the things…

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
19 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

It’s not easy to see the signs if you’ve never been through it before. You might think “Esh, he needs to clean up,” or “Huh, something feels weird.” Not necessarily, “Oh wow, this might trigger emotional trauma and he could be a suicide risk.”

Not to mention, if he’s on an emotional high of “OMG I’m a super hero and I can share it with someone,” it’s very hard to have the empathy to take yourself out of that rush and realize that someone else is a polar opposite of you.

Last edited 19 days ago by Eldest Gruff
Gonfrask
Gonfrask
19 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

You are right. Maybe is because I got various friends with depression, have seen how their moods fluctuate, and have seen some of their signals here.

Lrbearclaw
19 days ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

You do now, but what about early into that relationship?

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
18 days ago
Reply to  Lrbearclaw

Exactly, exactly…

The Legacy
The Legacy
18 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

100%. Unfortunately, some people are oblivious. Myself included. And there’s been a few panels where Lucas has shown not the best common sense in response to a few things.

Scortch
Scortch
20 days ago
Reply to  Kelenius

Yeah I sure got that one wrong.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
20 days ago
Reply to  Kelenius

Brakes*

Kelenius
Kelenius
19 days ago
Reply to  FITCamaro

Dammit.

Pulse
Pulse
19 days ago
Reply to  FITCamaro

both spellings have meaning here

otome
otome
20 days ago

why does the shooter look sorta like lucas?

Andrew
Andrew
20 days ago
Reply to  otome

Looks like a woman to me

Karrde
Karrde
20 days ago
Reply to  otome

Probably because Lucas moonlights as a mugger

jack
jack
20 days ago
Reply to  Karrde

and…what do muggers do?

HappyWyvern
HappyWyvern
20 days ago
Reply to  jack

*Twitches* *Squirms* Ththththey MUG PEOPLE!!!!

(I really hope that was the reference you were going for)

Jon
Jon
20 days ago
Reply to  HappyWyvern

So? Let’s go mug ’em!

jack
jack
19 days ago
Reply to  HappyWyvern

So, let’s go MUG EM!

a different Jon
a different Jon
19 days ago
Reply to  jack

You’re so $h17 at mugging, you can’t even mug a chicken! I bet you 500 gold, that you can’t mug that chicken right there!

Allen
Allen
19 days ago

Viva La Dirt!

jack
jack
19 days ago

oh, well. easiest 500 gold i ever made.

HEY CHICKEN!
*whack*

Jack0r
Jack0r
18 days ago
Reply to  HappyWyvern

Where is that reference from?

Unnamed garlicfarmer
Unnamed garlicfarmer
20 days ago
Reply to  jack

They mug people!

Gnarph
Gnarph
20 days ago
Reply to  jack

………….. sell mugs? Make funny faces at passers by?

Jacob
Jacob
19 days ago
Reply to  jack

Create Batman?

chargersfan
chargersfan
19 days ago
Reply to  otome

I also thought it looked like Lucas. But not exactly like Lucas. Maybe more like Lucas’ evil twin……………….. Rufus? There’s not a lot of good matching twin names to go with Lucas.

pgok
pgok
19 days ago
Reply to  chargersfan

Mucus?

His name is probably why he went evil.

7eggert
7eggert
19 days ago
Reply to  chargersfan

Mario → Wario
Lucas → Vucas

SuperExoticShrub
SuperExoticShrub
19 days ago
Reply to  7eggert

Luigi – Waluigi
Lucas – Walucas

Groober
Groober
20 days ago

Ooo, a flashback inside a flashback. We need to go deeper.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
20 days ago
Reply to  Groober

Quick, flashback to what flashed through Scotts head on the day of the event!

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
19 days ago
Reply to  Groober

Spoiler: CAD 2.0 is all a flashback. This is all a bedtime story told by 45-year-old Ethan to his kids about how he met Lilah.

Dom
Dom
19 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

That went meta from 0 to 100 in an instant.

The Legacy
The Legacy
18 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Probably when he accidentally spilled butter on the time machine.

evilleet
evilleet
20 days ago

Should have called themselfes “captain read a room” and “Super Insensitive boy” 😮

jere
jere
20 days ago

Aside from everything, “SHLUNK!” really is an amazing sound effect here!

jere
jere
20 days ago
Reply to  jere

Oh, it might be “SHLLINK!” as well. Either way, I’m all for it.

Acher4
Acher4
20 days ago

ok, that was brutal.
This should have been at least talked about first.
Seeing a friend being murdered by another friend, even if he knew the context, is still horrifying.
Come on Lucas, you are better than that.

nealithi
nealithi
20 days ago

Damn it Tim!
How do you make me so angry at a character one month, and so sorry for him the next?

Scott needs a hug and a room full of kittens.

mughi
mughi
20 days ago
Reply to  nealithi

.. I read kittens as knives.. A hug from a room full of knives.. sounds about right.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
20 days ago

Way to disappoint us all, Lucas.

foducool
foducool
20 days ago

bruh, don’t trigger others’ PTSD

John Swift
John Swift
20 days ago

Ya, was hoping they wouldn’t actually do that. Now i wonder how many neighbors will be woken up in the ensuring “conversation”.

FireballDragon
20 days ago

Hope he got the point.

Gnarph
Gnarph
20 days ago
Reply to  FireballDragon

I used to be a superhero like you, then I took an arrow to the ches — oh wait I’m still a superhero.

Salty
Salty
20 days ago

This just feels kinda counter to the whole previous arc and the thoughtfulness that Lucas has been shown to have. Both to Ethan and to Scott (nonetheless of the PTSD), literally killing someone with a smile on their face and causing them pain of death, albet with the expectation of non permanence. Also, he choose the spot where it was least likely to die, but mainly cause pain vs something like his throat…. it feels just as a reason to trigger PTSD by having similar wound area. Ethan described death with a sort of reverence when it discussed with zeke,… Read more »

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
20 days ago
Reply to  Salty

Don’t forget that this is a flashback, years before the previous arc. They don’t have the years of wisdom and experience they have in that arc (yet). And at this point it’s been less than a day since they received their powers, so they’re not really in the most thoughtful of moods right now.

Salty
Salty
19 days ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Agreed, but if the pain is that intense based on that page. I would think there would be some hesitation…. and the ability of Lucas to use his powers to kill with such abandon is a little chilling. Ethan seemed to be more concerned than Lucas was.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
19 days ago
Reply to  Salty

I agree that normally there probably would be more caution or hesitation. However, right now he’s (presumably) still a bit too giddy about suddenly having superpowers and becoming superheroes to properly consider the full ramifications of his actions. It’s not that he doesn’t care about Scott’s feelings, Lucas simply didn’t realize how much pain this’d cause him. I imagine that in Lucas’s expectation Scott’d merely be as surprised as they were by the cool new thing(s) they can do, and that perhaps it could even be a welcome distraction from his grief. Lucas isn’t actually casual about killing people, he’s… Read more »

BioYuGi
BioYuGi
19 days ago
Reply to  Salty

Haha I hadn’t thought about that, but that’s a great point. Lucas seemed ready and willing to take him out for the sake of demonstration. Granted, we know that currently, he’s fine with using his ability to give Ethan a quick slice if necessary. But it’s darkly humorous this early.

Last edited 19 days ago by BioYuGi
Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
19 days ago
Reply to  Salty

He might have just chosen that spot because canonically, that’s where you’re supposed to stab Ethan.

The Legacy
The Legacy
18 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Sheesh, that’s one heck of an old reference. You’ve got a heck of a good memory!

Leon
Leon
19 days ago

EMOTIONAL DAMAGE

Nightdagger
Nightdagger
19 days ago

So I gotta admit, I figured Ethan would be all gung ho to show off his power because let’s face it, we love him because he’s an idiot, but I didn’t think Lucas would be that dense especially after him taking notice to the fact that Scott’s having a hard time of it.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy
19 days ago
Reply to  Nightdagger

Lucas is just as excited about showing off his super-powers as Ethan is. Lucas is the smart one, but even he’s prone to making dumb-ass decisions from time to time.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy
19 days ago

Had a feeling it was gonna go in this direction. We’re seeing Scott’s flashback so the origin of how his wife died and how he became paraplegic would have had to come up at some point. Wasn’t expecting a Batman-styled origin, though, but if you stop and think about it Bruce and Scott have some similarities in their mentality in that regard: Never wanting to lose a loved one ever again, justice by (almost) any means necessary, technologically super-smart, traumatized by his past… I know some folks think Scott may be falling down the path of the villain or anti-hero,… Read more »

tgrizz
tgrizz
19 days ago
Reply to  ThatGuy

In my opinion, I really hope that this goes a little more in depth of Scott being a hero, but one that we don’t agree with but still as much of a hero as others. I mean, we look at public figures who did great things and realize later “wait… they also did this really terrible thing…” I hope that Scott stays a hero. Maybe one that comes back fully to ethan and lucas’ side, or maybe a hero that just has to run parallel to them with a piece of history that he himself does not regret, but we… Read more »

Tyler
Tyler
19 days ago
Reply to  tgrizz

Yeah, this is often a silly comic with plenty of weird/fun moments – I mean c/mon it’s guys with video-game powers and an xbox robot – but it can similarly switch to “dark” with serious moments or topics like this. Maybe in this case an extra panel would be helpful where they basically tell him “this is going to be shocking, but wait for 2 minutes and don’t freak out”. On an unrelated takeway, I’m wondering how the “respawn” ability corresponds to time. We’ve seen that Ethan can be pretty beaten up and his solution is to force a respawn… Read more »

SuperExoticShrub
SuperExoticShrub
19 days ago
Reply to  Tyler

I always just assumed he reverted to “fully healed” like a video game character downing a healing potion and being at 100% health again.

Last edited 19 days ago by SuperExoticShrub
Gornashk
Gornashk
19 days ago

Dude. Read the room.

Marcus
Marcus
19 days ago

ohhh this is gonna come back full circle to the present when “we all make mistakes”

lechuckGL
lechuckGL
19 days ago

OK, most of us were sure Lucas was smart enough to know this was a bad idea. We overestimated him a lot….

lechuckGL
lechuckGL
19 days ago
Reply to  lechuckGL

On a separate note: a decapitation would have been a funnier way to show Ethan powers

Salty
Salty
19 days ago
Reply to  lechuckGL

Less painful, less traumatic and faster.

Acorr
Acorr
19 days ago

Those two dinguses…

Paradox
Paradox
19 days ago

It would have sucked if Ethan’s revival power was just a one time thing

I mean, at this point, how would they know it wasn’t?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
19 days ago
Reply to  Paradox

Happened twice at least so far.

Though the bigger question I’d have is, is it Ethan’s power to revive, or is it Lucas’ power, to bring back anything he kills?

I’m guessing they assumed that as the coffee table and other things didn’t regenerate, it was Ethan getting extra lives, but dang, this is a tricky power to experiment with.

jere
jere
19 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Maybe its a “I feel like this is my power” sort of thing?

CaptainEricVGC
CaptainEricVGC
19 days ago

Ooh yeah this was definitely not the best way to go about it

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward
19 days ago

Flashback inception. We need to go one step deeper!

ShadowFan
ShadowFan
19 days ago

Oh my lord, those last three panels are brutal. Perfectly made.

Jared
Jared
19 days ago

Ohhh so THAT’S how they know Scott! He was married and/or dating Ethan’s sister! Ok.

william scott
william scott
18 days ago
Reply to  Jared

i thought was implied early tbh.

Rolando
Rolando
19 days ago

Drama takes a priority over common sense, I know. But it takes a hideously large lack of judgment, to do that without a warning. It’s way too far out of character for both.

It’s not even about Scott’s trauma. Witnessing a murder is horrible and traumatising often enough, even when you haven’t gone through it before. Even when it’s not a loved one like Ethan is.

We all know this.

And even for Ethan, that would be too insensitive. Nevermind Lucas.

Last edited 19 days ago by Rolando
James Rye
James Rye
19 days ago

I honestly expected Ethan to take the sleeping pills and down them like smarties to die in the way Scott had intended to die, but this….. this is way more brutal. And thoughtless. Like who gonna clean up the blood splatter on the ground? Oh wait, those disappear as well, right. Still thoughtless considering that now we know how Scott lost his wife and the ability to walk.
I bet we gonna see that shooter/murderer sometime down the storyline.

BioYuGi
BioYuGi
19 days ago
Reply to  James Rye

That would be a brutal way to try and break Scott out of his stupor. “You want to see what will happen if you do this?” Cut to Ethan suffering agonizing stomach pain, vomiting, losing balance and being unable to breathe properly, but still not dead, because to my knowledge it’s *not* a quick death.

7eggert
7eggert
19 days ago
Reply to  James Rye

Someone posted the link to their first try. The splatters will be gone.

william scott
william scott
19 days ago

yep i saw this triggering Scott… poor guy

Phoebe
Phoebe
19 days ago

And here I thought Lucas was the smart one…

rck
rck
19 days ago

I am disappointed by the lack of highlander quote before the impaling.

AshKetchup
AshKetchup
19 days ago

Wow way to trigger his PTSD guys.

Pyre
Pyre
19 days ago

Y’know, the only way this could be worse (other than this being the one where the revival not working) is if it turned into “Oh, he didn’t die right away. Hang on a sec”

7eggert
7eggert
19 days ago
Reply to  Pyre

Done … Ooops, why doesn’t he respawn this time

Barry
Barry
19 days ago

Are we all missing the fact that it’s Lucas with a hole in his chest in that last frame?

Christopher
Christopher
18 days ago
Reply to  Barry

It’s Scott, not Lucas. It’s a flashback to when Scott and his fiance were shot.

Migs
Migs
19 days ago

I do wonder if Ethan has unlimited lives or maybe 99 at most

william scott
william scott
18 days ago
Reply to  Migs

my fav saying – everyone is immortal until they are not.
if ethan runs out of respawns going to be an awkward lesson VERY fast.

Lincolen
Lincolen
19 days ago

A little eager to stab your best friend to death are we

Chris
Chris
18 days ago

This is getting good this little six pages is the most I think I’ve ever enjoyed the comic

Alpha-00
Alpha-00
18 days ago

It was kinda shitty way to demonstrate. I’d say assholly from both of them. Nice way to stir up PTSD, even if they didn’t knew about his suicide thoughts at that moment.

omg omg
omg omg
18 days ago
Reply to  Alpha-00

I’m imagining this as a reddit AITA post: “Am I the AH for getting mad at my friends for covering my floor with blood after an stupid hero game?”

omg omg
omg omg
18 days ago

Hey, Ethan, Lucas… the idea of spitting blood inside the room of an horrible event survivor is not exactly a good idea.

Erikulum
Erikulum
18 days ago

I never do these kind of things, but out of love for this web comic this need to be said. This page need to be reworked! I get why this happens, and the idea is great. This is just way too out of character for Lucas, even for a younger version of the character. Under the circumstances, forgetting to take into account Scott trauma is understandable but him killing his best friend after he re-spawned once make no sense. For all they know this was a one-time deal, following game logic they should believe he probably only have a few… Read more »

Last edited 18 days ago by Erikulum
Cmd1095
Cmd1095
18 days ago

OK I expect the impulsive and insensitive plan from Ethan, but Lucas absolutely should’ve known better

Del Cox
Del Cox
15 days ago

A flashback inside of a flashback.