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Tipping Point, p19

May 27, 2024 by Tim


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Dr DoobieDo
Dr DoobieDo
27 days ago

Gutsy choice

The Legacy
The Legacy
27 days ago
Reply to  Dr DoobieDo

And the correct one!

Last edited 27 days ago by The Legacy
The Legacy
The Legacy
27 days ago

I think I can see the old Zeke coming back! Despite their dark humor, Zeke’s eyes seem almost joyful… potentially even genuinely happy.

Despite having a clean shot and the risk to himself, Zeke didn’t shoot. I think Zeke wants companionship more than just pure revenge.

I’m intrigued to see where they go from here.

Last edited 27 days ago by The Legacy
Eodyne
Eodyne
26 days ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Might seriously be asking the question
“No really, would it be funny? I’m still working on this humor thing. Would it be funny? It’d be funny right?”

D Harshman
D Harshman
25 days ago
Reply to  Eodyne

And, it would be, from a certain point of view.

Antique Alien
Antique Alien
27 days ago

Ok, I’m color blind here. What color are Zeke’s eyes in the last frame?

Szeridan
Szeridan
27 days ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Still red.

Locke
Locke
27 days ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Still *very* red

Arcatus
Arcatus
27 days ago
Reply to  Locke

Is it though? The right eye is roughly fd6d44 – orange. That side of the face is illuminated slightly different, there is still a glimmer of color change there.

Del Cox
Del Cox
26 days ago
Reply to  Arcatus

Just a consequence of shading first and using the “screen” blend mode to add the glow in a digital art program.

Amarant
Amarant
27 days ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Red, same as the previous frames

Martin
Martin
27 days ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Still red, but they look sad to me, rather than angry…

Logan
Logan
26 days ago
Reply to  Martin

That’s more ‘jovial’ than angry, or sad. Many anime/manga and comics draw the lower eyelids coming up for characters being cheeky (whether they’re about to do something bad, or good). It’s a bit of an exaggeration of how some people’s faces contort for similar emotions.

Last edited 26 days ago by Logan
Pajuka
Pajuka
26 days ago
Reply to  Logan

That and I think what Zeke is feeling is a sort of relief, like he didn’t want to kill or hurt anyone really, but he couldn’t risk being captured agian. So he used the only tool he knows – violence, up to and including lethal force if necessary. Zeke wasn’t sure if Ethan was correct in that Scott and Ethan mean Zeke no harm. And with the explosive events of their last meeting, zeke wasn’t gonna leave his freedom and life to an unknown. Scott had to stand down first before Zeke would even consider standing down. But once Scott… Read more »

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
26 days ago
Reply to  Martin

Nah, that’s not sadness. That’s him making a “cute” gallows humor joke. You can take that eye position to be a sardonic smile.

Antique Alien
Antique Alien
27 days ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Darn, ok. Thanks!

Jacob
Jacob
26 days ago
Reply to  Antique Alien

Lids on the upper eye has been aggressive.
Lids on the lower has been more playful.

The Legacy
The Legacy
27 days ago

Wouldn’t it be funny if Zeke kills Scott… And Scott suddenly respawns (and no longer paralyzed), and Ethan finds out his powers now affect those within a radius of him? 😅

Fartsy
Fartsy
26 days ago
Reply to  The Legacy

He will be SO. PISSED. to shift from a DPS hero to a support one.

HeroStevyn
HeroStevyn
26 days ago
Reply to  Fartsy

I wouldn’t call him a DPS. He’s more like a tank, as he can take abuse in place of others for little/no consequence.

delta
delta
26 days ago
Reply to  The Legacy

I’m sure Ethan would be having another moral crisis considering what that kind of ability could have done that one time he encountered deathblood

Merida
Merida
25 days ago
Reply to  The Legacy

There have already been people around who die.

Soeroah
Soeroah
27 days ago

Always surprises me how well you can portray a smile from a character with no mouth just by which side of the eyes the eyelids are most visible

Mor
Mor
26 days ago
Reply to  Soeroah

Oh, true. I’ve seen that a couple of times. One of the most memorable ones was in Nove Covert Ops (StarCraft 2 campaign/DLC), when Nova agreed to Alarak’s proposal. While Protoss with no mouth, his eyes were clearly telling he’s smiling.

Shy Hot Prince
Shy Hot Prince
27 days ago

While his eyes are still red, the mechanical parts he is using have changed. If he is angry, sorrowful or thinking, it is usually the top-side or both. This is the first time in this encounter, he just used the lower-side part, which makes the expression different. It appears more playful.

Would be interesting to go back to the older comics, especially those where he was in the storage room, and check if this has always been the case.

nsimic
nsimic
27 days ago
Reply to  Shy Hot Prince

I went back to the archives and couldn’t believe it. It has been *three* years already!!!

Closest I found was this one when Zeke is simulating emotions:

https://cad-comic.com/comic/identity-p15/

VibrantEvolution
VibrantEvolution
26 days ago
Reply to  Shy Hot Prince

you’re right. Think of it as a squint smile, u know with your eyes a bit shut 🙂

Scarsdale
Scarsdale
25 days ago

When human’s smile big, it pushes our cheeks up and causes the lower eye lids to move up. Zeke is just emulating that action, giving him a more readable human expression. The eyes Zeke had were purple after Ethan freed him from Eugene, went red after the bomb. The only times in 1.0 his eyes went red was when Zeke went into attack mode after Lilith had splashed him with water, or when the whole penguin thing happened. Basically, when he gets killing mad, or as we call it: “Seeing red.”

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
27 days ago

It would be frustrating rather

Stephen
Stephen
27 days ago

Good for Scott

It’s hard to imagine being as afraid as he must have been right then; and still being able to make a courageous decision like that

Maybe Zeke’s comment about being paralyzed got through to him

Jack0r
Jack0r
27 days ago

That almost feels too easy

Alpha-00
Alpha-00
27 days ago

Not very, Zeke, not very.

Saixak
Saixak
27 days ago

Gallows humor has a time and place, ZK. You’re not in an episode of South Park.

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
26 days ago
Reply to  Saixak

Unless it’s a boeing flight, you always have time for gallows humor.

Mike
Mike
26 days ago
Reply to  Saixak

South Park shouldn’t have gallows humor, none of the characters are robots. /s

Saixak
Saixak
26 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Cartman pretended to be one to trick Butters for a while.

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
27 days ago

Doitdoitdoitdoit

JozMk.II
JozMk.II
26 days ago

Can you see all of me?
Walk into my mystery
Step inside and hold on for dear life

Hinkeypinkey
Hinkeypinkey
27 days ago

Lucas charge in and F-it all up in 3…2…1…

Ocramot
Ocramot
27 days ago
Reply to  Hinkeypinkey

I think Lucas would be wiser than just do that. If he’d be here and he would intervene, I think it would be to shield Scott after Zeke shots.

Pulse
Pulse
27 days ago
Reply to  Ocramot

ya i would see him more putting an arrow down to block scott from fire. he knows ZK may not know ethan is potentially powerless and if he was feeling murdery toward him would have already snapped his neck thinking he would just come back.

Hinkeypinkey
Hinkeypinkey
26 days ago
Reply to  Ocramot

No, what i meant he had their messages and charge in the action and sees his friends being choked and nother at the gunpoint and he attacks.

Ocramot
Ocramot
25 days ago
Reply to  Hinkeypinkey

Yes, and my point is that if he suddenly arrives he wouldn’t mindlessly charge

Paula
Paula
27 days ago

Well done, Scott!

Jedi
Jedi
27 days ago

Zeke: You know what, i just do it for the lulz …

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
26 days ago
Reply to  Jedi

Like a True Gamer *teardrop*

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
27 days ago

Well, I think that just means Ethan is suddenly in much more danger

Naustghoul
Naustghoul
27 days ago

Not going to lie… little funny.

kgy121
kgy121
27 days ago

Legit hilarious.

Brian
Brian
26 days ago

Zeke, no

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
26 days ago
Reply to  Brian

Zeke, yes

Drunken_Sith
Drunken_Sith
26 days ago

I mean, I’d laugh.

D Harshman
D Harshman
25 days ago
Reply to  Drunken_Sith

Honestly, if it was accompanied by an appropriate punchline, so would I. But then, we aren’t dealing with the stakes that Zeke’s current audience is.

Timmeh
Timmeh
26 days ago

I mean, this is the first time we see Scott really treating ZK with any shred of empathy. Beforehand, ZK was always an “it” which isn’t different here, perse, BUT he is talking to ZK as if ZK is a person instead of a thing.

guest
guest
26 days ago

big fan of Zeke’s panels literally cutting the tension by cutting through the page’s border, Tim.

foducool
foducool
26 days ago

dude, no

jack
jack
26 days ago

absolutely hilarious, zeke. absolutely hilarious.

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
26 days ago

Honestly, it would be hilarious.

Shona-SoF
Shona-SoF
26 days ago

*chokes on drink in that last panel* Dammit, Tim!!

Shona-SoF
Shona-SoF
26 days ago

I think Zeke is good. They could have taken the shot, could have killed Ethan, could have done a lot of things with their speed and strength if truly set on a course for murder.

But the biggest point here is that even in jest, Zeke said ‘if’. That tells me that murder is no longer intended.

PhobosRising
PhobosRising
26 days ago

Ah, the true test of being alive. Can you sabotage yourself in the name of being a dick to someone else?

ReyMonoArdilla
ReyMonoArdilla
26 days ago

Extremely funny…I mean, wrong.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
26 days ago

‘About as funny as Scott saying ‘Just kidding’ *push.

JozMk.II
JozMk.II
26 days ago

I don’t think he will. He wasn’t expecting Scott to drop it. He knows Scott has effectively disarmed himself and is no longer a threat. He doesn’t know what else to do, so he cracked a dark humor joke.

Verdiekus
Verdiekus
26 days ago

Ah, there is the Zeke we know and love. You can tell they are joking by the position of their eye lids.

Del Cox
Del Cox
26 days ago

I feel bad that I chortled out loud.

Gravshire
Gravshire
26 days ago

None. Robot has to string Scot along, and show the flaws in his fragile moral code, making Scot rethink his outlook and regret his own life choices. And then regret his own outlook.

Not that Brian
Not that Brian
26 days ago

It’d be pretty damn funny ngl

Pyre
Pyre
26 days ago

And then, next comic, Zeke says “And I’m all about the lulz”, shoots Scott and then puts enough pressure on Ethan’s neck to partially crush the esophagus. Then Zeke leaps out the window, leaving a gurgling Ethan to vainly reach for Scott…….

And then, starting Friday, we get a month-long Chef Brian marathon.

Acher4
Acher4
26 days ago

pheeeeeew.

This arc is amazing!

jonathan corbett
jonathan corbett
25 days ago

Of course, he WON’T. He wouldn’t have brought up the dark humor if he was gonna.

Richard Weatherfield
Richard Weatherfield
25 days ago

Not nearly as funny as the line you just delivered, my dude lol.

D Harshman
D Harshman
25 days ago

About as funny, but the line doesn’t waste the potential human resources like the murder would.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
25 days ago
Reply to  D Harshman

You can murder someone only once, but you can scare them to death almost indefinitely!

Yroof
Yroof
25 days ago

No Zeke, it’s pronounced Trā-jik.

SkilledNub YT
SkilledNub YT
18 days ago

Zeke, you psychopath xD

But yes, it would