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Drop In, p5

October 28, 2020 by Tim


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John Swift
John Swift
10 months ago

Wonder if the master told her who they are. Or maybe she figured it out on her own already.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
10 months ago
Reply to  John Swift

Unlikely on both counts. The master just made his whole ‘leave me alone or I expose you’ ultimatum, which would make no sense if he’d already told a reporter about them. (Also he doesn’t know or care about a random journalist like Liliah, and I assume he’d have better options for exposing identities). Lilah figuring it out herself also seems dubious at this point. Lilah never met Ethan (I think? correct me if wrong), so it’s not like she has anyone to link Analog to. And it’s not like he’s a famous or recognizable figure to easily look up if… Read more »

Hugo
Hugo
10 months ago
Reply to  John Swift

In the third panel, Ethan states he was the one who informed her.

Marcus
Marcus
10 months ago

oh no… no no no… he said “do whatever you want.” to ethan….

Draguss
Draguss
10 months ago
Reply to  Marcus

Really, you’d think he’d know better by now.

Uniqum
Uniqum
10 months ago
Reply to  Draguss

Hey, cut him some slack! He is apparently at his wits end for now, so such slip-ups may happen. He’ll regret it soon enough anyway. Perhaps he even already realizes halfway home what he just said to whom. 😉

Nono
Nono
10 months ago

I’m wondering what the situation would be like if it was reversed; Lucas finds a cute hunky reporter he wants to impress, so starts leaving him ‘anonymous’ tip-offs and such. Would Ethan be supportive? Freak out about secret identities? Try to, uh, “help”?

Eldest Gruff
10 months ago
Reply to  Nono

I mostly feel he’d act the same. Ethan doesn’t seem to ‘get’ the greater implications of losing their anonymity, and occasionally suggests things that put them in danger – wanting to sell that robot head on eBay, for example. It’s clear that the danger of the situation just sits more heavily on Lucas’ shoulders… possibly because he’s only got one life.

Kenju
Kenju
10 months ago

Who wants to take bets that Ethan is going to neuter the Master’s threat by going public? It really wouldn’t be that difficult, all he’d need to do is explain the situation to his lady reporter friend.

I’m already getting flashbacks to Norman Osborn’s reaction to Peter going public with his identity with Stark lol

Hunter
Hunter
10 months ago
Reply to  Kenju

Without Luca’s permission? Luca’s last line there was a big oof and a warning sign. Ethan should probably just go home. Anything he does with the reporter that night is going to end badly where Lucas is concerned.

7eggert
7eggert
10 months ago
Reply to  Kenju

What if a completely unrelated duo goes public as A&D?

Dumdidum
Dumdidum
10 months ago

So… The main villain suffered fate worst than death – he got dumber down so much, that even Balrog now looks up to him. “Before: attacking public events, blowing up cargo ships (attempting to) and ordering killbot army to, well, kill.” “After: Doesn’t know how to set up video conference, Is this thing on, cliché cheetos dust, and stop being mean to me or I’ll tell mommy.” Of course, for writer it’s no easy task – if you create a enemy that can really test your heroes, then how do you stop him later on? And that’s where character growth… Read more »

Eldest Gruff
10 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Dumdidium – thing is, you’re encountering what happens when you go from anonymity to knowing the person. When he was “The Master,” we could see him only by his actions and the way he chose to present himself. The more you expose of yourself, the more faults people tend to see. The ‘real’ us never measures up to the persona we try to present. I’d argue that sure, it makes him slightly less menacing, but far more human. And I’d argue that a human who honestly believes he’s doing good is far, FAR more intimidating than a Rita Repulsa-style baddie… Read more »

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
10 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

My guess based on what we’ve seen of Eugene: There is a clear difference between ‘willing to kill if they refuse to get out of the way’ and ‘actively ordering to be killed’. Eugene doesn’t want to kill and will avoid it if he can, but if someone truly is determined enough to throw their lives away in order to protect the evil technology, he’s not going to hold back just because of that. His mission is too important for that. Eugene never ordered humans to be killed (before Lucas). His only target was the technology, not the humans. It’s… Read more »

Dumdidum
Dumdidum
10 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Thanks for perspective – some good points there (well, no surprise, you know best what is going on), made me change my mind a bit that it’s not so bad. 🙂 So let’s just see how it evolves from here.

Leon
Leon
10 months ago

Lilah’s art has bigger lips now

Zernin
Zernin
10 months ago
Reply to  Leon

On this page it looks more like the way Tim draws his wife than how he draws Lilah to me. They’ve always been similar, but still distinct. This doesn’t read as Lilah to me, but maybe that’s just me.

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett
10 months ago

Why do I see Ethan falling off the building, dying, and respawning right in front of her, then just going, “Ta-daaaaa.” LOL

HelloWorld
HelloWorld
10 months ago
Reply to  Jason Bennett

Better yet, next page being a full-spread of Ethan diving into the Skylight that he was told not to do earlier.

Page after is him respawning on the street next to Liliah, muttering to himself “Ok, jumping through glass skylights can result in death”, Lucas face palming at what Ethan just did and Liliah looking shocked/questioning what is going on.

Blackmailee
Blackmailee
10 months ago

Funnily I can relate to our heroes here, some hacker broke into a database containing therapy records and has published 300/40000 records or so. Blackmailing the company failed so everyone else on that list has received ransom demands via email.

I don’t have anything “too bad” in there but Lucas’ reaction sure feels familiar.

7eggert
7eggert
10 months ago
Reply to  Blackmailee

Some therapists put their logs into a database and connected that to the internet.

I_Went_There
I_Went_There
10 months ago

From the previous page:
Ethan: You get to smash (something) but I don’t?
… then into frame walks Lilah…

Joel
Joel
10 months ago

Saying “Do whatever you want” to Ethan should elevate Lucas to Super Villain status.