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Looking, p12

January 31, 2022 by Tim


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Glaedien
Glaedien
2 years ago

Another shade. Genuine fondness, or perhaps amusement?

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
2 years ago
Reply to  Glaedien

Yes, who was asking for more tones?

R77
R77
2 years ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

Yeah, I noticed the light blue colour tone and it was an instant smile 🙂
Also … I a relationshift has happened with 3 very important words used by ZK: I… Trust You … .

That is gonna hit hard when trust is not bidirectional, the meat-bags versus SiliCores.

TomB
TomB
2 years ago
Reply to  R77

Is there any canonical (in the strip) information to suggest Zeke isn’t one of a series (or army) of Murder Kill Bots?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see an evolved Zeke joining the super-team and end up fighting a bunch of his unevolved Murder Bot versions?

Bi Bane
Bi Bane
2 years ago
Reply to  TomB

Yes. He was a prototype that went haywire.

Karrde
Karrde
2 years ago
Reply to  R77

It is completely with Ethan. He doesnt know about the killswitch at all, but this is certainly going to build to something later. Wheels aught to spend more time with him, but I doubt that is is going to be anything more than a source of pain later.

Bi Bane
Bi Bane
2 years ago
Reply to  Glaedien

The fact that Ethan printed spares just in case of anything.

Thelinkmaster001
Thelinkmaster001
2 years ago
Reply to  Glaedien

Is Zeke aware of the color changes?

Glaedien
Glaedien
2 years ago

It was written off as a “minor glitch with my LEDs” when Ethan mentioned it the first time around.

It’s hard to say for sure, but the color changes seem to be involuntary. So Z.K. is aware of them, but is perhaps unable (for now) to show as blue while feeling feeling red.

Mr. Casual
Mr. Casual
2 years ago

This is going to be such a disaster when Zeke finds out about the bomb. It pre-emptively hurts.

smiley
smiley
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Casual

Oh gosh. Yeah I’m really not sure they’ll be able to defuse that situation

Pulse
Pulse
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Casual

but they have spare parts now. long as the important circuitry and hardware survives enough they can rebuild him.

GraySkye
GraySkye
2 years ago
Reply to  Pulse

Isn’t the point of a self destruct to destroy the important bits? They may be able to replace the shell and maybe the mechanical side but the programming and actual ‘brain’ that makes him ZK would (or should if the Master was even semi competent) be lost

Vukodlak
Vukodlak
2 years ago
Reply to  GraySkye

The point of the self-destruct was to kill Zeke. The important bits surviving might be important so he can wipe the memory and start again.

Dodgy
Dodgy
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Casual

In all fairness, Ethan doesn’t know and I feel he should be able to convince Zeke of that by now. Scott and Lucas on the other hand are a different story, so will Zeke’s trust in other humans be from now on. So Ethan could be key here in keeping Zeke on the straight and narrow with his almost innocent like “good-ness”. One thing is certain, though, there will be drama!

Dodgy
Dodgy
2 years ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Soeaking of drama, how would Ethan react when he finds out? Lukas lied to him (by ommision) and Scott straight out betrayed him.

Christopher
Christopher
2 years ago
Reply to  Dodgy

He’d be super upset and likely wouldn’t forgive for a very long time or maybe ever. I feel like he sees Zeke sort of a hybrid between a pet and a friend.

Esc
Esc
2 years ago
Reply to  Dodgy

There is no way Ethan’s relationship with Scott remains intact after learning about this.

This may be Scotts supervillain origin story.

robloughrey
robloughrey
2 years ago
Reply to  Dodgy

If the bomb is still active, Lucas doesn’t know about it. The last word we got on that was Lucas and Scott agreeing that it would be turned off, but Scott looked highly sus. I’d link to it but the archives on this site really suck.

Last edited 2 years ago by Robert
Robfather
Robfather
2 years ago
Reply to  robloughrey

https://cad-comic.com/comic/identity-p21/ This is what you’re looking for. Scott just tells Lucas “I’ll take care of it…”

So by all accounts, Lucas knew about the bomb, but likely thinks that Scott listened to him and shut it off.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
2 years ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Lucas told Scott to disable it, so I fail to see how Lucas would be responsible if Scott didn’t do that.

Killiak
Killiak
2 years ago

Perhaps Scott will become a villain over this?
Oh, the drama!

Dagroth
Dagroth
2 years ago
Reply to  Killiak

While that’s possible, Scott’s disabled and a regular human, so he’d have to operate through agents.

Casi
Casi
2 years ago
Reply to  Dagroth

We haven’t seen Ted yet.

robloughrey
robloughrey
2 years ago
Reply to  Dagroth

He isn’t a “regular” human. He can make super-tech. The grapples and such that Ethan has are way beyond normal tech.

Dagroth
Dagroth
2 years ago
Reply to  robloughrey

Regular human in terms of fighting ability (Ethan is effectively immortal, and Lucas has his arrow-y powers), and still disabled, meaning he wouldn’t be able to do much directly, whether the things he makes exceed the boundaries of normal tech or not.

Hence, he’d have to work through agents.

Last edited 2 years ago by Dagroth
Mallengar
Mallengar
2 years ago
Reply to  Killiak

He was a villain in the original run of this story… when they weren’t superheroes and all that. But there was also some eldritch penguin pulling his strings, so who knows at this point.

Rockie
Rockie
2 years ago

Lucas asked Scott to disable, or expand, the security perimeter. Different than disabling the failsafe, he expects that to remain intact. Scott’s reply was sufficiently cryptic to leave lots of room for concern.

Last edited 2 years ago by Rockie
Esc
Esc
2 years ago

“I’ll take care of it” is so wonderfully vague.

Dodgy
Dodgy
2 years ago

Thank you, I missed this.

Kaelin
Kaelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Casual

Zeke knows there’s a bomb in him.
And I’m too busy to go back checking atm.. but didn’t they tell scott to disarm the bomb. Now, the question is, if scott went through with it anyways.

Christopher
Christopher
2 years ago
Reply to  Kaelin

Zeke and Ethan were told that the bomb was disabled. Scott revealed elsewhere that the bomb was still active and geofenced either to that room or to the store.

Last edited 2 years ago by Christopher
robloughrey
robloughrey
2 years ago
Reply to  Christopher

Lucas thinks Scott agreed to disarm it but Scott had some carefully phrased language. https://cad-comic.com/comic/identity-p21/

CBL
CBL
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Casual

I think we’re only gonna get green after Ethan takes a hard stand and actually saves Zeke from that situation, but only after some real shit

Falco
Falco
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Casual

Part of me wonders if Zeke’s already figured it out and is waiting for them to come clean.

ronanry
ronanry
2 years ago

“the mask” scene would have been great 😀

Pulse
Pulse
2 years ago

channeling the parallel dimension there

Humsterr
Humsterr
2 years ago

I don’t get it. The wrist? But it was not broken?

HappyWyvern
HappyWyvern
2 years ago
Reply to  Humsterr

Never got repaired after Ethan speared him during their last battle.
Its been subtle but he has had duct tape over it the last few chapters.

Humsterr
Humsterr
2 years ago
Reply to  HappyWyvern

Wow, thanks, yeah, I completely forgot about that

HappyWyvern
HappyWyvern
2 years ago
Reply to  Humsterr
Mallengar
Mallengar
2 years ago
Reply to  HappyWyvern

No kidding! I completely forgot about that.

foducool
foducool
2 years ago

I doubt it would feel good…

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
2 years ago

I have one very tiny concern about this development: I assume Ethan just 3D-printed the schematics ZK gave him without reviewing them. If that is the case, there could potentially be more in there than just replacement for the broken parts. While I don’t think that ZK is still secretly hostile to everyone, the thought that they have access to potential hardware updates is concerning.
Just food for thought.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
2 years ago

I wonder if Zeke could go RGB if he wanted to

readadiction
readadiction
2 years ago

Weird. I just noticed. If you click on “Join the conversation. Click here to read and write comments.” on any part but the “Click here” the text disappears and the comments don’t load.

Jacob
Jacob
2 years ago

I like how ZK is developing, all the while training the audience how to read “facial expressions” of an automaton.

Greevar
Greevar
2 years ago

Getting ever closer to green!

william scott
william scott
2 years ago

i feel Zeke should know better…. he is a squishy human OF COURSE it will become a weird sex thing.

BenT
BenT
2 years ago

This “bomb under the table” situation is getting very tense, at least for me
(https://nevalalee.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/the-bomb-under-the-table/)

Last edited 2 years ago by BenT
Core E
Core E
2 years ago

I think that’s the first time ZK has said “thanks” or really showed any genuine gratitude. Like, he went from “I want to wear your skin as a suit” to being sincerely grateful to Ethan.

Peter Piers
Peter Piers
2 years ago

Aaaaaaw, sky-blue.

…I wonder if he can control those colours, akin to a human making a deceiptful facial expression, or whether he can’t, akin to a human who always shows exactly how he feels about something at any given time.

…either way, it’s very human of him.

HenchmanTwenty1
HenchmanTwenty1
2 years ago

I’m surprised Ethan didn’t print one with orange and yellow flames on it.

Handsdampf
Handsdampf
9 months ago

I just noticed Zeke has a “mouth”!
At least if you if you look at their face upside down. ^^
The black line on his forehead that tends to disappear depending on how detailed they are drawn even seems to smile a little in the last panel. ?
And the eyes look more natural too somehow. Like they’ve got pupils now.

Handsdampf
Handsdampf
9 months ago
Reply to  Handsdampf

: intended? ?

Edit: wow… Checked the archive and found other “upside facedowns” that simmilary showed emotions, that even fit in the particular situation!
https://cad-comic.com/comic/trust-p2/ for example.
If you Guys did that intentionally, “Hut ab!”

Last edited 9 months ago by Handsdampf