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Looking, p4

January 12, 2022 by Tim


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Christopher
Christopher
4 months ago

The fact that Zeke is at least willing to hold off from breaking Ethan to talk for a minute definitely shows improvement. I feel like there would have been a point early on when he’d go straight to kill.

John Swift
John Swift
4 months ago
Reply to  Christopher

Oh ya. He was going for it but probably wanted to hear Ethans response, for a variety of possible reasons, first but did let him talk. Progress.

Ian
Ian
4 months ago
Reply to  Christopher

didn’t he always have a penchant for chatting before/during battle..?

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Yup. Always been chatty. This is nothing new. The improvement will be if he actually hurts Ethan or not.

TomB
TomB
4 months ago

So would the improvement be if he refrained and thus legitemized Ethan’s harmful stupidity (if it had been one of the humans, they’d be maimed or dead and Ethan would be in jail)? Or if he applied some frontier justice for Ethan to pay for his negligent maiming?

Or, in a more amusing twist of fate, call the cops on Ethan for assault. Of course, the world outside the game store would probably see Zeke as property or a threat with no rights.

So really, Ethan never really has to account for his horrific bumbling.

TomB
TomB
4 months ago
Reply to  Christopher

He’s much like a psychopath – no empathy. If he harms Ethan for what was clearly an accident, he’d be jailed in the real world were he a person. Of course, if the guys had blown up his head previously, he’d not be continuing to be a hazard to their wellbeing and perhaps others. I realize it’s a comic and it is exploring the issues in such situations. In the real world, at least where I live, there tends to be very little wiggle room if you threaten or injure someone. The fact they can come back again probably wouldn’t… Read more »

foducool
foducool
4 months ago

heh, ethan can take it

DahrAmahr
DahrAmahr
4 months ago
Reply to  foducool

five times no less.

21st Century Peon
21st Century Peon
4 months ago
Reply to  foducool

Restorative justice, indeed.

TomB
TomB
4 months ago

ReSPAWNING justice.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
4 months ago

In his defense, Ethan will come back in his starting condition, they can’t fix his eye. Maybe Scott can but I doubt he’d be willing to with their last fail safe discussion.

robloughrey
robloughrey
4 months ago

Something like this came up int he Order of the Stick. Two high level clerics had a relationship and the man jilted the female. Later on he tried to make up and she dropped a flame strike on him and killed him. She then resurrected him, and when he complained that breaking someones heart isnt the same as killing them, she replied “Of course it isn’t you can’t fix a broken heart with a 10 minute spell.”

Last edited 4 months ago by robloughrey
Jack
Jack
4 months ago
Reply to  robloughrey

I remember that part. It’s the same thing where if you can afford the fine, you can do whatever.

TomB
TomB
4 months ago
Reply to  Jack

In the old system, that’d have cost her a CON point.

7eggert
7eggert
4 months ago

Zeke could if he was able to start the robot revolution

sgibson
sgibson
4 months ago

I think Zeke can fix it and possibly dig around and find an extra “improvement” he might not have been aware of.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
4 months ago

Ok, time out. First checking the dark web how much is an eye and then check Zeke components, so the comparative will be correct

Leon
Leon
4 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

Doe0snt matter since Zeke just wants revenge

Rolando
Rolando
4 months ago

Zeke knows Ethan is an exception to the “maiming or killing = permanent” thing that makes hurting humans so bad. Ethan clearly deals with the pain quite well too, trauma-wise. Even if he claims it’s not as easy as it looks.

So, Zeke’s murderous boasting remains safer than it sounds.

(Ethan hasn’t been exposed to actual torture yet, though.)

Also, it’s a good time to learn about how remaining ethical/true to yourself/whatever, is way trickier when you’re seeing red (pun intended).

Last edited 4 months ago by Rolando
Me-me
Me-me
4 months ago

Zeke is lucky this wasn’t Lucas that had an accident. Lucas would have fought back and led Zeke outside (which would have caused him to go boom). Scott would have just detonated the bomb himself.

lechuckGL
lechuckGL
4 months ago
Reply to  Me-me

I am trying to remember if they didn’t actually disable that failsafe after Lucas discussed that topic with Scott….

Jozmarkiii
Jozmarkiii
4 months ago
Reply to  lechuckGL

I can’t remember either. Can someone jog our memories with cites and references to previous strips?

Christopher
Christopher
4 months ago
Reply to  lechuckGL

I think Scott may have said or implied that he disabled it, but elsewhere we saw that it is still very much active.

Atros
Atros
4 months ago
Reply to  Christopher

We didn’t *see* anything, but Scott’s wording was very open ended. Just that Lucas didn’t have to worry about it anymore.

Rolando
Rolando
4 months ago
Reply to  Me-me

True. Ethan clearly is less concerned about his health, thanks to both his power and well… Being Ethan xD Also, he clearly has a BIG soft spot for ZK. Lucas would probably react MUCH more aggressively, because he’s sort of the opposite. Vulnerable, far more sensible, and far less trusting. But, in said scenario, ZK may see reason and realise Lucas is way more dangerous to him for all those reasons. And because his power has serious offensive capabilities. All Lucas would need to do, would be to wave one hand and a huge arrow would at the very least… Read more »

Drew
Drew
4 months ago

What’s he complaining about?? He can regenerate!

Michael
Michael
4 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Allowing Zeke to over-indulge on punishment now will encourage doing the same to anyone else.

Me-me
Me-me
4 months ago
Reply to  Drew

I mean it still hurts when it happens. I may regenerate from a cut across the cheek with a knife but I’ll still freak out to try to prevent it.

Drew
Drew
4 months ago
Reply to  Me-me

Your knife isn’t sharp enough, then.

Leon
Leon
4 months ago

Forget ethics, he’s just a megalomaniac

7eggert
7eggert
4 months ago
Reply to  Leon

Aren’t we all? Muahahahaha …

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
4 months ago

Hmm, Ethan has an ability that repairs him at will if he dies.

Zeke has no such ability, and repairing him will take time, effort, and an expenditure of undefined resources.

Therefore….murdering Ethan for accidental damage to his body might not be as unjust as one might think.

Funky T
Funky T
4 months ago

I bet Ethan will fix him and find the bom still there

Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
4 months ago

If according to Zeke every action has an equal and opposite reaction then doesn’t that mean that Ethan should be allowed to kill Zeke since Zeke killed Ethan a couple of times already?

Last edited 4 months ago by Mr_Meng
Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
4 months ago

Putting the fear of Zeke into Ethan

Greevar
Greevar
4 months ago

Zeke is like a child. It clearly hasn’t had the time to develop socially and emotionally. Pairing something as emotionally underdeveloped as a child with the lethal power of a killer robot is going to make Zeke’s progress difficult. It will need to develop some compassion and humility if it wants to have a place in the world. Otherwise, Zeke will either end up destroyed or alone.

Whatever
Whatever
4 months ago

I miss the old Zeke, idle threats of dismemberment, rather than actual violence unless provoked.

_BartoCurry
4 months ago

It’s really cool to see how expressive ZK is. You can see his emotions clearly. Even without the red haha

Smiffwilm
Smiffwilm
4 months ago

It’s always about the optics, huh?

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
4 months ago

Just had an Avatar cabbage merchant moment:
Banned twitch streamers: ‘My optics’

James
James
4 months ago

Love that there is a glimmer of blue in the bottom of his eye. Like a small amount of “Calm” Zeke is always there and trying to come through.

Dr.Synth
Dr.Synth
4 months ago
Reply to  James

That is purple wiring.

EDIT. It’s actually his eye cover/plate/screen/whatever, its still an inert purple though.

Last edited 4 months ago by Dr.Synth
Acher4
Acher4
4 months ago

this is a bit (a lot) horrifying. :O

The Riddler
The Riddler
4 months ago

Hm – am I the only one that’s kind of tired of Ethan being such a doormat for Zeke? When is he going to get some backbone? It’d be nice if Zeke went too far once and injured Ethan and they got in a fight where Zeke clearly won in kills but came away with cracks and damage and Ethan said, “That make you feel better? I’m the same as I was when we started … but your damage will last forever unless I help to repair you. Now who’s superior?” Ethan doesn’t have to always and forever put up… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by The Riddler
Anonymous
4 months ago

Hope he doesn’t go for an internet search… ending up on ‘An eye for an eye’ as a human custom would be an easy conclusion to find and reach.