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Turf, p11

May 10, 2019 by Tim


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foducool
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foducool

so if he starts acting like a normal person, you gotta intervene

mandoschMUh
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mandoschMUh

Reminds me actually of the “original” story line where he once was normal and everyone else was behaving like he normally does.

Freelance
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Freelance

Or Albedo from Xenosaga.

nealithi
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nealithi

He might actually be the best suited for that. After all the insane are the ones that can swap reality on a whim. =^_^=

Carmine
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Carmine

I was a little concerned even back in the Winter-een-mas 2017 arc when he was so blase about cutting his own throat. (Page 9) I had assumed previously that there was some power-effect integral to his ability that dulled that trauma for him, after all the modern “Video Game Perspective” intentionally strips the poignancy out of death and injury. At most 2 quarters 😛

Sigurther
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Sigurther

I imagine that much humans with other kinds of stimuli, he probably became desensitized to it eventually. Certainly the first experience may have been traumatic, but then after it happens a few times it’s like “Oh, I died again. Back to whatever I was just doing.”

Jakk Frost
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Jakk Frost

Sigurther, that might be the case if, as Carmine said, the trauma was actually dulled. But if he feels the full pain and other horrifying effects when he dies, well… I’m not sure that’s something one can become desensitized to. Or at the very least, the mind would snap long before desensitization could set in.

Patch
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Patch

Kinda like that short-lived TV show “Forever.” The main character was like Ethan, he couldn’t die. Whenever he “died”, he would be transported to the nearest body of water, but he would feel the pain of dying in every case before coming back.

So the possibility of Ethan feeling the trauma of dying each time could happen, but who knows?

Another odd cross-over thought… What would happen if Ethan was part of the “snap”? Would he constantly just turn to dust, because the gauntlet willed him to die, but his power kept bringing him back? Who would win? Thanos or Ethan?

Peosea
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Peosea

Thanos. The “snap” didn’t kill people. It removed them from existence. So, it gaming terms, Ethan has unlimited lives, but Thanos hacked the game and deleted the character

GadgetGurl
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GadgetGurl

I doubt that explanation because the people who were deleted were remembered by those that weren’t. Removal from existence would be more thorough.

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

Dude, put that down. You don’t know where it’s been. For all you know, it sat in a pile of dirty laundry for years until someone sold their game.

James Rye
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James Rye

Not sure if licking video games your customer gonna touch is normal.

krabcat
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krabcat

idk about you but i dont lick my games before i buy them. produce, now that is a different story, got to get the wax off of the apples before i decide

Scortch
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Scortch

Here the question though. Most of the trama of a near death experience comes from the actual possibility of death itself. Ethan doesn’t actually die or rather stay dead, so would there even be the trama from that? Granted there are some ways of dying that might mess you up, drowning, burning etc. But the actual death wouldn’t mean much to him.

Mark
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Mark

Actually, even this could be incorrect. They have admitted before to having no clue how EXACTLY his power works. Is he immortal? Will he live forever no matter what, or just until he dies of old age? Will he “age” at all? Is he infinite, or more “cat-like”, with a set number of respawns? In a way, thoughts like that could have him EVEN MORE fucked up than a normal person. We all fear dying to some degree. But Ethan has to live with “knowing” that he’ll just come right back…. until he doesn’t. Every time he plays hero he’s… Read more »

Vandril
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Vandril

Thinking long-term here. What would happen to Ethan if he reached the age to die of old age? His “respawn point” never seems to be far along his biology chronology from his point of death. Might he end up in an infinite loop of dying of old age? I mean, wow. To constantly, and i mean CONSTANTLY, be DYING without the relief of death. I can’t imagine a worse fate.

AnarchistSoic
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AnarchistSoic

As far as I can see, there’s two possibilities other than that one;
1: The power stops his aging,
2: Dying of old age is the only way for him to stay dead

Eldest Gruff
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Eldest Gruff

There’s a third option: Each time he dies of old age, he respawns to the age he was right before the cancer / dementia / disease / whatever took hold. Meaning that he’ll age to about eighty or ninety, and spend the rest of eternity getting sick and frail and dying over and over.

Man, that’s dark.

Lawler
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Lawler

There’s actually a 4th option that’s tied in with the dying of old age thing. It’s the old “life is a game” theme whereby he “completes” the game when he finally dies of old age or some other predetermined condition (number of lives, certain boss defeated, etc.). I mean, this IS a comic about gaming and the culture surrounding it. Doesn’t really get more meta than that.

Urazz
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Urazz

I think Ethan’s powers only work for unnatural causes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he could die from his body getting old and failing. Diseases, viruses, etc. might also be able to kill him on a permanent basis as well.

Either way, that’s more on Tim to clarify if he wants to.

Mathrym
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Mathrym

I think it was mentioned that he respawns at his last perfectly healthy state. To me, it would mean that if he gets a disease, then dies from it, he would respawn at this state prior to contracting the disease.

Tommy
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Tommy

Reminds me of Capitol by Orson Scott Card. Most of the stories ended up in The Worthington Saga, but there was one at the beginning where the main character was killed repeatedly in increasingly horrible ways. First time the written word has ever made me legitimately nauseated.

todofwar
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todofwar

I still have so many questions about his power though, which I guess are going to be answered at some oint. Is he going by, like, Skyrim rules where you just infinitely respawn or old school nintendo rules with a set number of lives? Is there some version of adding in more quarters for him like an arcade game? Can he die of old age or cancer? Is he eternally young or is he going to get so old he needs to be turned into a grasshopper? Would game over just take him back to being a baby? Am I… Read more »

CAD Rocks
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CAD Rocks

If he were the least bit psychic, and could have his opponent experience a few of his more… Choice… deaths, I’m pretty sure he could reduce even A-list villains to quivering piles of PTSD.

Kurai
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Kurai

I think the more important question is how did he discover he had the ability to “not stay dead”? Most people live their entire life trying to avoid death. Was his first death a result of an accident? or after his sister died, did he attempt and succeed in committing suicide? Only to find that he was in his own personal hell, that he could never stay dead, that if an afterlife did exist, he would never be able to see the pearly gates of heaven, and he would never get to see his sister in any afterlife, as a… Read more »

Arthiem
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Arthiem

I feel we are headed to a really dark origin story about how he discovered his power.

Patch
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Patch

Tim already showed the origin way back ago… Lucas did his arrow thing and decapitated Ethan, who then respawned. I don’t remember the date it occurred, but it was a few issues back.

Heldarion
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Heldarion

Is there any reason this site routinely logs me out after a week or so? It doesn’t happen on any other site. Something related to adblocker or browser maybe?

Karrde
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Karrde

Perhaps. Its something interesting to explore as a writing concept, however the depths that could theoretically take a story I doubt can be really explored to the darkest corners in a lighthearted comic like this. I am interested to see where it goes.

Diego Correa Faria Alvarenga
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Diego Correa Faria Alvarenga

When Ultimate Wolverine was captured by weapon X, the soldiers would start torturing him for fun. He healed and would have his memory wiped. But the pain…

KBABZ
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KBABZ

Ooo, new comments system! Cool!

CloudHiro
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CloudHiro

One thing though. does he still age? cause if he does, by a overthinker’s logic, that may put him in a bit of a neverending death loop when he dies of old age, just bring him back to that point again and again repetively passing away. for all eternity. probably wont work like that but someone with this power set would probably worry about that!

Ven
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Ven

Planetside 2 has something like this. “Revival sickness”. The constant repeat of death and rebirth has turned the entire population of the planet of Auraxis, locked in an eternal war, into straight-jacket flailing danger to themselves and others imaginary friend named Hortense batshit fucking lunatics.

In this context, I fear for Ethan’s mind more than ever before…