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Surrender, p24

January 24, 2024 by Tim


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Tim L
Tim L
29 days ago

It’s good to see Ethan is feeling better, the mopey attitude was becoming a bit tiring. Now let’s hope it’s not *just* a facade.

jam szechuan
jam szechuan
29 days ago
Reply to  Tim L

I know this is fiction but boy, imagine having empathy… it was a pretty understandable response to the events of the story…

Groober
Groober
28 days ago
Reply to  Tim L

Agreed. Admittedly at least it didn’t last for a whole arc.

Let’s see how he gets on and what happens when he is thrust into a situation where he has to be heroic without his powers.

Last edited 28 days ago by Groober
Fernlicker
Fernlicker
29 days ago

I’m guessing Ethan choking on his breakfast cereal and respawning would be a bit too much on the nose…

And a throwback to the silly happenings back at the start of CAD

Andhaka
Andhaka
29 days ago
Reply to  Fernlicker

The correct way to do this is having him accept his newfoun mortality and discover he is still immortal when he’ll have to sacrifice himself to save Lucas or Lila. 😉

Derptastic
Derptastic
29 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

That would be very dramatic and all, but to be honest, some tongue-in-cheek is also nice from time to time. I’d definitely chuckle at Ethan discovering it’s all a trick through sheer stupidity and forgetting he needs to be careful around things.And also, that would totally take any pleasure of the ‘joke’ away from the troll.

raven0ak
raven0ak
29 days ago
Reply to  Derptastic

True, and if have read from beginning, remember how Ethan found out of new power in 1st place

Arcatus
Arcatus
29 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

I hope so.

Pulse
Pulse
29 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

i could see this being accompanied by a number and picture of his head only he can see. instantly realizing hes not only got his lives, but they are technically limited.

Pajuka
Pajuka
29 days ago
Reply to  Pulse

Then as he takes in criminals, he finds he gets a 1-up for every 10 he captures.

Leading him to go a bit off the rails and start taking in petty criminals like jaywalkers.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
28 days ago
Reply to  Pajuka

I Wish someone would jail jaywalkers. Even the reCapcha agrees! ‘click on the crosswalks’

AustynSN
AustynSN
27 days ago
Reply to  Pajuka

Given they got their powers from an arcade game, I’ve just assumed that 25 cents magically disappears from his bank account or pocket every time he respawns.

Epsilon
Epsilon
29 days ago
Reply to  Pulse

Ooh I like that idea! Though to stick to the video game motif there has to be a way he can get more lives and that on it’s own is ripe with story potential! In something that is *not* CAD, you could use the score system and assign them to actions. To make things interesting you could have heroic, good, just, and kind acts generate a range of lower score points and have villianess, evil, hateful, and hurtful acts generate a range of very high score points. This then gives our just superhero a built in reason to commit villiany.… Read more »

X2Brute
X2Brute
29 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

pretty sure the correct way is to have him accept his mortality, give it up, nearly die saving Lucas or Lilah, THEN choke on cereal in the hospital and respawn

Mildar
Mildar
29 days ago
Reply to  Andhaka

Yes, except it is exactly what is everyone expecting which is in my opinion not what is Tim shooting for. But all you wrote without the death and THEN immediately random stupid death. That is maybe more CAD2.0?

Michiel
Michiel
29 days ago
Reply to  Fernlicker

Oooh. He could be hit by a random arrow while he’s in his own home. Now that’s a throwback. 🙂

Frank
Frank
29 days ago
Reply to  Michiel

To the knee, of course.

Owyn
Owyn
29 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Then he’d get to tell the story to super-tots all like. “I once was a superhero like you then I took an arrow to the knee”

ReyMonoArdilla
ReyMonoArdilla
29 days ago
Reply to  Michiel

A random arrow is what killed him the first time when he discovered his powers. (But I never thought of that as a potential callback to the original CAD until now)

JozMk.II
JozMk.II
29 days ago
Reply to  ReyMonoArdilla

I only realized it yesterday, but I think his superpower is actually a callback to those times. It wasn’t just arrows that killed him back then – There was a strip where a ninja randomly appeared and decapitated him with a katana, for example. In giving him unlimited continues for CAD 2.0, Tim pretty much turned early CAD 1.0 Ethan’s comedic deaths and unexplained survivals by the next strip into a superpower. Or a superpower that he had all along…

Last edited 29 days ago by JozMk.II
Jedi
Jedi
29 days ago

… most people survive their days … but this is Ethan we’re speaking about …

Pulse
Pulse
29 days ago

Confirmed super hero ethan eats ancient captain crunch

Tim
Tim
29 days ago
Reply to  Pulse

Reminds me of the old CAD strip where Ethan has been eating from an ancient box of cereal nobody remembers buying, which apparently self-replicates because it never seems to run out. Lucas calls Poison Control.

Bigtilley
Bigtilley
29 days ago

Maybe this has been said, but could he just give himself a small cut? Or does it have to fatal for him to respawn?

Merida
Merida
29 days ago
Reply to  Bigtilley

Lucas had to kill him after Zeke paralyzed him for him to respawn.

Bigtilley
Bigtilley
29 days ago
Reply to  Merida

Riiiiiight. Nevermind

Alaynn
Alaynn
29 days ago

Now the true question, in my opinion, is how did Ethan discovered it’s power in the first place and is he Ethan enough to go “Hey if I do that again….. This may lead to a flashback on the day they received their powers the could be cool

ReyMonoArdilla
ReyMonoArdilla
29 days ago
Reply to  Alaynn

https://cad-comic.com/comic/analog-and-d-pad-04-03/

Flashback to how they got their powers starts there.

Groober
Groober
28 days ago
Reply to  ReyMonoArdilla

Thank you ^_^

Alaynn
Alaynn
27 days ago
Reply to  ReyMonoArdilla

Thanks a lot for the refresh, Your the Man. I had completly forgot about it (I know, Shame on me to forgot any piece of this awsome comic :-))

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
29 days ago
Reply to  Alaynn

Lucas accidentally decapitated him.

Paula
Paula
29 days ago

Normal Ethan should date.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
29 days ago

I don’t think we established how long Ethan and Lucas had been Superheroing – They were both normal before the arcade cabinet, and I don’t imagine Ethan was any less…”accident prone” before he got his power.

SkullsGrav
SkullsGrav
28 days ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Its specifically stated that he was impulsive and reckless before. Scott noted that the universe had a sense of humor.

Jonathan
Jonathan
29 days ago

Ethan was never normal.

MIchael Anderson
MIchael Anderson
27 days ago

Very interesting to find that my first and only slightly critical comment had been deleted. Way to go tone policing to only allow adulation – my comment had no curse words, politics, personal attacks or anything.