There’s something a little schizoid about the last few strips. It looked in #55 like Zach was ambushed and panicked. But in #54 it seemed he knew he only had one more day, and leaving the money for Jo in this strip also shows planning and preparation. And come to think of it, letting people draw false conclusions might not tweak the “truthiness” headache the way a deliberate misstatement, even an obvious one, does. Last one should be veddy eenterestink.
Now that’s some mourning-wear I can endorse.
ONE MORE STRIP
Man, if it’s not written by Joe Quesada you’re missing out on the perfect chance for a great gag.
.. Then again, Jo’s not a redhead, right? Hm. Might be better not to risk it.
There’s something a little schizoid about this entire story.
The only way I will be satisfied with this story is if it ends with an Animal House style riot.
My hunch is that he was expecting to be disposed of, but what shocked and panicked him was his sudden realisation that they wouldn’t take him out surgically but would be comfortable dealing a large amount of collateral damage in eliminating him.
If nothing else, we can gather from the last panel that Zach really did care for Jo.
Of course, there’s the question of how much hassle the bank will give her when she tries to deposit a bill of that denomination. (Also, LOL @Stan Lee’s face adorning U.S. currency.)
Happy birthday, Stan Lee!
‘m starting to think Zack staged most of it up. The hitnsa re there : he knew he wouldn’t meet her again (headache) ; also as far as we’ve seen, he hasn’t checked the last of the 6 traps, the door.
He says it quite obviously in the panel where they cuddle: what would you do if you had just one day?
The real question is, who is the girl in the superhero costume here?
Not sure who she is supposed to be (probably a friend of Jo) but she’s sure based on Gwen Stacy…
Anyone else not getting the logic of Jo’s friend’s timing here?
“Oh, you’re grieving/wracked with guilt over the death of your most recent lover? Let me tell you how you should testify on behalf of his killer.”
One more loophole I can imagine in the “truthiness” limit on Zach.
If he lives, the truth of what’s been going on has been preserved. So he might be able to rationalize faking his death (small lie) in order to keep the investigation going (big truth).
Or have I not completely woken up this morning?
there is that but have any of you seen the movie phenomenon? in the end it was hinted that the main character who was dying left behind a child among the other legacy’s that he left. he was a normal person who suddenly had a super powered brain to the point that near the end he’d developed a kind of telekinesis. that let him move things with his mind. he could also sense other people some how.
Are we supposed to sympathize with Jo? She’s an extremely unsympathetic character – her reckless attraction to power and danger makes her a hazard to both herself and those around her. She clearly was a pretty negative influence on Thwip (“Ooh, you’re so dangerous…Now I’m going to dump you because you’re not dangerous enough anymore”) and I can’t exactly call her a good influence on Zach.
Zachary’s fate might also be seen as a refutation of themes in Fans, where characters’ specialized knowledge often leads them to triumph against the “webmasters” of society: the wealthy, the shadow government operatives and other high-level manipulators. What the Fans had that Zachary doesn’t is true community. Zach tries to relate to others but his power is ultimately isolating, much like Peter’s guilt.
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