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Tipping Point, p22

June 3, 2024 by Tim


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Ryan
Ryan
20 days ago

‘Zeke’ rather than ‘it’ now

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
19 days ago
Reply to  Ryan

Zeke didn’t try to harm them once he saw the threat to himself was neutralized, might’ve given Scott some insight that it’s not just meant to hurt people, for now.

Calibus
Calibus
19 days ago

Nah. Zeke said it himself. Ethan is a vulnerability he can’t afford to have. Proving to himself Ethan is the only person that can reason with him as Ethan is truly his only friend, and killing scott would have severed him to complete isolation.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
19 days ago
Reply to  Calibus

Zeke specifically told Scott that they were giving him a second chance. Immediately after they understood where his fears were coming from, displayed empathy, and compared those fears to their own. And yes, I’m sure that their friendship with Ethan influenced the decision, but they very clearly made that decision based off of Scott’s words and actions.

Woodrobin
Woodrobin
19 days ago
Reply to  Ryan

Yeah, but it’s “. . . Zeke” instead of “Zeke”. It’s like someone saying, “How is your . . . girlfriend?” instead of “How is your girlfriend?” — not as unqualified as it really out to be.

Shona-SoF
Shona-SoF
19 days ago
Reply to  Woodrobin

Context matters. It reads that he was overriding his usual tendency to say ‘it’.

Soeroah
Soeroah
20 days ago

Scott character growth good

Zeke character growth good

All in all the Troll’s plan seems to have caused things to wind up better than they might otherwise have been, so that’s neat

I still feel a sense of foreboding for the coming pages

Stephen
Stephen
20 days ago
Reply to  Soeroah

It’s at least something to restart a relationship with

Good stuff

Jenza
Jenza
20 days ago
Reply to  Soeroah

Honestly how I saw this going down was zeke would try to shoot Scott, Ethan would either get in the way or zeke would shoot Ethan thinking he would respawn soon, either way Scott would tell zeke about Ethan and the troll causing a crisis in him about if he would want to save a human.

Oyee
Oyee
20 days ago

Ethan’s peace offering accepted. Sweet!

Logic
Logic
20 days ago

While Zeke may be paying for the boards, one does have to wonder where he is getting the currency from.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
20 days ago
Reply to  Logic

Probably hacking from the Master money. Look like the guy that would have all his money in cash (you know, for no trusting the digital pay system)

Martin
Martin
20 days ago
Reply to  Logic

I wonder why Zeke thinks how breaking into a factory, printing circuit boards and leaving a pile of cash is not going to raise any red flags…

Altair
Altair
20 days ago
Reply to  Martin

It’s not that old.

Last edited 20 days ago by Altair
GeorgeV
GeorgeV
20 days ago
Reply to  Logic

Make $15.276,07 from home every week using this simple trick…

But there’s plenty of options for someone of their capacities, even legal ones like stock trading etc. . Could also have confiscated Eugene’s assets.

chargersfan
chargersfan
19 days ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Exchanges require KYC info, so he must be committing identity theft to get into stock trading.

MrT743
MrT743
19 days ago
Reply to  chargersfan

This is a world with secret identities, there has to be some means of either procuring a new identity (claim your old one has leaked and you need protection), or using the secret identity only in financial exchanges, to avoid traceability to your regular persona.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
19 days ago
Reply to  MrT743

That’s assuming that Zeke had to ‘steal’ anything at all.

I have a feeling that Eugene is still very much alive. With at least one or two attendants with him at any time. With every one of his actions closely monitored. Probably with some sort of device inserted into his own cranium.

There’s still plenty of instances where it’s useful to have a human. Packages to sign for, bank withdrawals to make, etc.

Dagroth
Dagroth
19 days ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Zeke said Eugene still lives, because Zeke needs him to help build more robots like themselves. I don’t think they are lying about that. (although it may come to bite Zeke back, if Eugene manages to sneak something in, be it hardware or software)

Pulse
Pulse
19 days ago
Reply to  chargersfan

theres this wonderful thing called cryptocurrencies that dont need any KYC and a bot able to rewrite its programming as its being read could easily handle the processing of.

Shiva
Shiva
20 days ago
Reply to  Logic

Or, mining some type of bitcoins?
Either itself, or by some of the….. drones/pets?

Blobsy
Blobsy
20 days ago
Reply to  Logic

I believe it was mentioned in one of the earlier chapters that Zeke was able to ‘shave’ coins from internet transactions

Mike
Mike
19 days ago
Reply to  Blobsy

It worked in Office Space, right?

Shona-SoF
Shona-SoF
19 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Also with Richard Prior in Superman 3!

Marvin
Marvin
20 days ago
Reply to  Logic

Well, if you look at the inner workings of stock exchange trading, there seems to be no shortage of mechanisms for generating money out of thin air. One of the more absurd things being “high speed/frequency trading” which , imho, borders on computer fraud.

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
20 days ago
Reply to  Marvin

High speed trading is one of the worst things of this society. They offer no benefit to the society. They just get in between the process of two parties that would have found each other anyway, leeching a bit of the money. There is no service or anything. It is tantamount to stealing.

Donni
Donni
20 days ago
Reply to  Logic

He mentioned that in an older comic if I recall correctly. Was something along the lines of “taking a fraction of a cent off from all kinds of platforms and transactions, so no one even notices a loss”

Danny
Danny
20 days ago

I’d ask Zeke where they got the money to leave at these sites as payment, but it’s become increasingly apparent that Zeke is
pretty much* completely operating according to Ethan’s taught morals, and Zeke probably got the money through some perfectly aboveboard means. Probably something involving the half-pennies of everybody’s checks.

*with the notable exception of killing their former master.

Last edited 20 days ago by Danny
Little_Dragon
Little_Dragon
20 days ago
Reply to  Danny

Ah, yes. The Gus Gorman gambit.

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
20 days ago
Reply to  Danny

The Master isn’t dead. It looks like Zeke is going for the reparations, which is creating another one of themselves. Though they did suggest that the Master is… uncomfortable. As not all morals have been explored, they probability improvised.

Nik
Nik
19 days ago
Reply to  Danny

I would imagine that Zeke could easily formulate an algorithm to predict Lottery numbers.

How he claims the money… well…that’s a different kettle of fish.

omg omg
omg omg
19 days ago
Reply to  Danny

I think it is not a moral thing. It seems practical. Zeke is smart, they doesn’t want to attract unwanted attention when they has enough to deal with, Paying for goods is a way to avoid dealing with law officers.

Kenju
Kenju
20 days ago

Would be touching if Ethan at least got a Friend request so they could co-op, they need Zeke for a full Helldiver squad.

Very touching and very good wrap up to this though, good to see both Scott and Zeke having developed a measure of…I wouldn’t go as far as to say trust, but, respect perhaps?

Pulse
Pulse
19 days ago
Reply to  Kenju

immediate team kill against the bots. there will be no killing of their own kind!

7eggert
7eggert
20 days ago

I predict mysterious customers arriving at a certain game store.

Even more mysterious than usual.

Austin Mills
Austin Mills
19 days ago

Am I the only one who kind of wants to see Eugene being forced to go to Game Haven to buy a new game for Zeke at some point?

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
18 days ago
Reply to  Austin Mills

I want to see the Megagame ads when they find out.

Derfman
Derfman
19 days ago

I wonder what Scott thought Ethan could do to stop him. Pretty much out of his hands at this time.

Solauren
Solauren
19 days ago

I can see Zeke making the money as a computer programmer. He’s got the mental capacity to be doing that 24/7 in his own head, and then uploading completed code/projects before deadline.

omg omg
omg omg
19 days ago

Last panel melted my heart.Ethan and Scott are true brothers, they had their differences, but at the end they care for eachother.

Shona-SoF
Shona-SoF
19 days ago

I am really impressed with how this was resolved with actual empathy rather that the obvious route of leaning on the question of Ethan’s power working or not to drive the resolution in some way.

Pulse
Pulse
19 days ago

positives: zeke is alive, apparently semi hostile instead of outright, and relaxed enough to still want games.

negatives: zeke is desiring companions on his level, and is acquiring the materials to do so. the last dimension didn’t end well after that happened…

Jeff
Jeff
16 days ago

“Invent Quantum Teleportation already, you useless apes.” – That is an EPIC line.