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Surrender, p19

January 12, 2024 by Tim


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James Kite
James Kite
1 month ago

Fly free Ethan, the truth shall set you free

CTOWNS
CTOWNS
1 month ago

Pretty sure putting the wrong cheese on someone’s bagel is attempted poisoning. What if Ethan had peanut allergies and the employee used peanut butter? What if the employee knew about the allergy because of FBI connections? Ethan has to be killed by peanut butter so that the JFK assassination will look like an accident.

ReaverRogue
ReaverRogue
1 month ago
Reply to  CTOWNS

But… Peanut butter isn’t cream cheese.

Freddie
Freddie
1 month ago
Reply to  ReaverRogue

Thats the beauty of it.

Dorander
Dorander
1 month ago
Reply to  CTOWNS

Even accidentally putting peanut butter on a sandwich for a person with peanut allergies isn’t attempted poisoning. Attempted poisoning requires intent to poison somebody, not making a simple mistake in ingredients.

wkz
wkz
1 month ago
Reply to  Dorander

“That’s what assassins want you to think! That’s their get out of jail card!

“… OMG, I’m being targeted by assassins!!”

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago

The world is against us all, indeed

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
1 month ago

If this took place in Russia, ethan might have a legitimate concern there.

Jedi
Jedi
1 month ago
Reply to  PhobosRising

Well i guess he’s not much of a tea drinker …

some guy
some guy
1 month ago
Reply to  PhobosRising

Imagine Ethan taking several hours just to move through a building because he abandons any corridor that has a window. And if he sees an open window, he just freezes and panics.

Tuti
Tuti
1 month ago

First I thought there might be a heroic arc in the future, where Ethan gives his live to protect someone he cares for. Then a cliffhanger and nobody knows, if he is dead or not.
But now I think he will do something incredibly stupid, kill himself by trying not to die and then respawn the next moment with a “Hah, still works” statement. Which will lead to killing himself several times just to be sure.

SkullsGrav
SkullsGrav
1 month ago
Reply to  Tuti

I think it depends on if this story is a quick arc or a slow one. If the author wants a quick resolution to this, yeah he’s just going to pull an Ethan and brek his neck. If we are going to get longer story with possibly some real exploration of his power/mortality, etc, then I think it will not.

Freddie
Freddie
1 month ago
Reply to  SkullsGrav

I realize there was supposed to be an “a” in there, but “brek his neck” adds that rhymey goodness.

Scortch
Scortch
1 month ago

He should find a hero that can rip open the fabric of reality, and go get Ethan 1.0. I’m convinced he had the same powers we just never saw it.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Scortch

I optimistically believe no such hero exists in this world.

playing it safe
playing it safe
1 month ago
Reply to  Scortch

Ethan 1.0 did die and respawn a lot…

Mor
Mor
1 month ago

In maths I guess it would be Ethan^2. 😉

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
1 month ago
Reply to  Mor

While in code it would be Ethan XOR 2. The result may or may not implode something.

vaisravana
vaisravana
1 month ago

Didn’t he mention before how he still was scared of dying, even with his powers, due to the pain and also not knowing how many extra lives he had? Or did my brain jsut make that up?. I just wanted to say, the overreaction and his drastically different behaviour patterns do feel a bit out of place, but then it got me thinking… Even with us normal human beings I guess there can be disconnecs there – ofc we know we are not built to last, so to speak, but few of us truly embrace the thought of death, as… Read more »

Marsh
Marsh
1 month ago
Reply to  vaisravana

Didn’t he mention before how he still was scared of dying, even with his powers, due to the pain and also not knowing how many extra lives he had?

I recall this too.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 month ago
Reply to  vaisravana

He did, yes. Though I’m not entirely sure how long ago that was, and if he might’ve changed his mind since then. That being said, I could see that actually being a partial cause for this current overreaction. (Using) his power did force him to be a lot more aware of the constant possibility of (final) death, as well as experiencing it far more than usual. At some point he’d have to learn to at least somewhat trust and rely on his power to keep him alive despite the many ‘deaths’ happening so regularly. It’s one of the few ways… Read more »

LazidMD
LazidMD
1 month ago
Reply to  vaisravana

Yup! It was while talking to Zeke while he was still in the backstore.

Kenju
Kenju
1 month ago

It’s nice to see Scott of all people more or less going to bat for Ethan on this, because when you think about it he IS the one person with the closest understanding of just what Ethan is going through. He never had super powers, but he did have a very close brush with his own mortality, and he did lose a lot in the incident, both the ability to walk and the love of his life. Most people don’t even really think about the possibility of dying, or just having really bad things happen to them, those who have… Read more »

Figgly
Figgly
1 month ago

Honestly at this point, just let Ethan lie in bed watching TV all day so his brain can slowly cope.

Merida
Merida
1 month ago

Is it just me, or is it weird Scott hasn’t made himself mechanical legs like war machine or iron man? Or braces if amputation is too weird. But then, if Ian’s power could be removed, could it be given? Even a 1 shot to scott could revert him.

Merida
Merida
1 month ago
Reply to  Merida

Then there is Gear from Static Shock, who had the magic wear off onto him until he figured out he was actually super smart at that point. Would Scott reverting to last healthy also lose that?

super steve
super steve
1 month ago
Reply to  Merida

Scott doesnt strike me as the kind of man who wants to live eternally

jack
jack
1 month ago

be nice if they had a robot with the ability to tell them if it was real or not, SCOTT

Last edited 1 month ago by jack
jack
jack
1 month ago
Reply to  jack

hey you three, whats the problem?

Dagroth
Dagroth
1 month ago
Reply to  jack

I assume you mean the cure? Zeke is a combat robot, I doubt they know anything about biochemical analysis etc.

wkz
wkz
1 month ago
Reply to  Dagroth

The joke here is (If I interpreted this correctly), Zeke swoops in and kills Ethan, answering the question definitively once and for all. (while also ironically proving Scott’s point about the morality of a robot)

Last edited 1 month ago by wkz
jack
jack
1 month ago
Reply to  wkz

no, i meant exactly what he thought i did. and its a safe bet that this one would have acquired the requisite knowledge just for kicks

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

What if the troll’s trolling is NEITHER that he goads him into testing the power and dying, or that he is trying to drive Analog mad? It was glowing green goo, much like the stuff from the chemical truck the troll fell into at the end of episode 3. That stuff made the Troll’s hair fall out and gave him green troll skin, and that was just from FALLING into it. So if it’s INJECTED into Ethan… hmm, does it do something slowly over time (if he’s too scared to die) or does it GET triggered BY dying? After all,… Read more »

Ccain
Ccain
1 month ago

I swear, if this all turns out to be a Troll Prank, and he’s still got his powers, he needs to troll him back. I don’t know how, maybe forcing him to watch as Ethan offs himself in a number of ways that are creatively traumatic to those who watch?

Pyre
Pyre
1 month ago

Y’know, on my walk today, I realized that one of the side effects that this also might have is that Ethan will see Emily’s point of view a little better. https://cad-comic.com/comic/a-difference-of-opinion-p1/ Unlike before, Ethan has now, at least mentally, joined the ranks of people who have no defense when people in costumes start blasting at each other. If he gets brained by a chunk of falling masonry, he can no longer just respawn but he has to live (or die) with the consequences. In the long run, much like the time he smashed Zeke’s eye, this might make him a… Read more »

Dorander
Dorander
1 month ago

This does raise the question, how’d they discover Ethan’s ability to have multiple respawns to begin with? The conclusion that one can respawn multiple times, requires multiple deaths. Even if we assume the first case was by accident, one has to wonder what prompted the second (or third if we’re being decently thorough).

Steve
Steve
1 month ago
Reply to  Dorander

They discovered it accidentally, the night they got their powers: First time, Lucas accidentally decapitates Ethan: https://cad-comic.com/comic/analog-and-d-pad-04-12/ Second time, Ethan thought his power was “healing” and stabbed himself in the hand, and then Lucas impaled Ethan accidentally: https://cad-comic.com/comic/analog-and-d-pad-04-15/ It is later implied they purposefully experimented with it 1 to 4 more times after that (depending on how you interpret Lucas’s dialogue) after those two deaths: https://cad-comic.com/comic/drive-p7/ Presumably after it happened not just once but TWICE, they gave it a couple more tries, and that’s how they ‘knew.’ Ethan has also expressed a concern about NEVER knowing, 100%, if his power… Read more »

Pulse
Pulse
1 month ago

its funny how i fully see a run through an old retro game with a life system to be his cure to the phobia

wkz
wkz
1 month ago
Reply to  Pulse

It’ll have to be a perfect run thou. Otherwise Ethan will be packing all the green herbs in an oversized vest for the rest of his life.

NorthBus
NorthBus
1 month ago

[whispers] Hey Tim, both this and the previous are “Surrender, p18”.

anteth324
anteth324
1 month ago

This is a fun scenario, but part of me still just wants it to anti-climactically end with Ethan tripping while trying to be cautious then dying and respawning.