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549: Pressure

April 11th, 2017, 1:58 am

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Mewtwo... It seems like he's getting toward his breaking point. This whole situation is something he can't fix. He can't fix Darkrai, or awaken Lovrina. He's still trying to shoulder everything on his own but he CAN'T.
This is beautiful from a character development point. You can feel how out of his depth he is, and now he's desperately searching for a way to handle it, and add in his trust issues, he still feels he can't rely on others... I get the feeling the only way for those to heal is if his pride breaks first, and I think we're almost there.
And Jen and Gengar here, their expressions clearly show they're scared, but can't tell if they're more scared OF or FOR Mewtwo.
@sulfurbunny: You continue to be amazing.

posted by Guest_3 (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 2:19 am


This is an interesting one for me as I too have a tendency to reflexively apologize for everything except what I actually should apologize for, often because I can't think of anything better to say.

When I realized that was Jen apologizing in the first panel a lot of this one started making more sense. It is likely that she feels a bit of "guilt by association" if nothing else because of what her sister did. Mewtwo, though he has an... unusual way of showing it, really does seem to care for Jen and doesn't want her constantly running herself down over something she didn't even know about while it was actually happening. Then, add that to the ridiculous stress he's under, what with trying to deal with a situation that's way too much for anyone to handle alone even if they were literally born to kill and you end up with this situation.

Strange as it sounds, I actually know some of what he feels. I'm normally a pretty happy guy, but sometimes I'll just get swept up in stress of the moment and start flipping out about things that don't really rate a flip-out. It's kind of a problem, actually.

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 3:25 am


Aaaaaaaaand now I want to hug Mewtwo until he calms down.

Jen! Do your thing!

posted by Phoebeburgh (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 6:53 am


I think mewto has a little to much stress right now, he is an all powerful killing machine that has gone good, and now is having some of those feelings coming back. I feel bad for him.

posted by wifijoe on April 11th, 2017, 7:49 am


Damn, Mewtwo is just sick of all this crap isn't he? I just hope he doesn't get so worked up that he'll be susceptible to Victini's V-Create.

posted by PJSam on April 11th, 2017, 8:51 am


Hey let's look at typings here....

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 9:36 am


I sense incoming flashbacks relating to Mewtwo's own mistreatment at the hands of Team Rocket, AHH, WHERE ARE THESE COMING FROM, SO MANY DARK ROOMS, WHAT WAS THAT, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MY- oh wait, the lights were just turned off, silly me XD

posted by Cheesy-Squeezy (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 10:08 am

I can hear the start of Meglovina playing.

Seriously he is going to take out that stress out on something. But most of all I see the others not scared so much of him, and more for him, let's face it, the boss kitty needs help. *Throws a cloth ball full of catnip/pokenip at the bipedal cat.*

Here, this might help. If not that at least Jen giving you a much needed hug and crying on you not because she's scared of your, but because she's scared FOR you and can't stand to see you hurting. Also right now mewtwo you need all the help you can get, you are not in the clearist of heads.

Also can someone Photoshop Grumpy cat's face on Mewtwo's or do a side by side? Because @Sulfurbunny you made his face look like a Pokemon version of it.

posted by MercenaryX on April 11th, 2017, 11:06 am


Just gonna say. All my gengar have outsped mewtwo. ( every game I have a gengar ) for me to hit with a hypnosis and then use substitute and hex. I usaualy have sludge bomb for coverage (bisharp are evil for me!)

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 11:14 am


Heck. If it was gen. He wouldn't take that lightly.

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 11:19 am


Although... nivy and ty would have to hold him black.....

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 11:23 am


Gengar's base speed is 110 and Mewtwo's base speed is 130, so given exactly the same setup, nature and IV/Evs, Mewtwo does win the speed contest. Not sure about timid G versus modest M2, a nature difference might be what's allowing your G's to outspeed so often. Do people ever run timid M2, I wonder..?

(sorry... always magnetically attracted to stat-related material in comments, eheheh)

posted by sulfurbunny on April 11th, 2017, 11:55 am


This was my heartgold gengar. She had a speed nature and characterist. (Her attack stat wasn't to impressive) but man was she powerful.

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 1:02 pm


Also anyone know when they nerfed gengar?

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 1:03 pm


Also you're comic seris inspired me to make my own pmd (it's not a web comic) but i showed a freind and he asked was their any romantic intrest between gen (a gengar) and ty (a wigglytuff) THER NOT IN THE SAME EGG GROUP!!!

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 1:07 pm


Nerfed? As far as I'm aware, the closest thing to nerfing Gengar's ever undergone would be swapping Levitate for Cursed Body (thanks a lot for that, guys, now that whole VF plot thread makes no sense). The ability change happened in gen7, Sun/Moon. Other than that, Gengar's been a consistently top-tier mon all the way from gen1.

posted by sulfurbunny on April 11th, 2017, 1:16 pm


Yeah cursed body. They have gengar another weakness. Not only that but almost every Pokémon competively knows eartquake

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 1:18 pm


Lol sorry if I'm being annoying.

posted by Black (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 1:29 pm


Mewtwo if I may Jen isn't sorry about what her sister has done. She is saying she regrets being related to her.

As you say though she has no reason to apologize she can't help who she is related to anymore than you can help the anger you feel for the damage that has been cause.

But do try not to be so sharp with her she cares greatly for all her friends including you.

posted by plokman on April 11th, 2017, 3:47 pm


Poor Mewtwo! He really needs to stop stressing and trying to be the one who fixes everything all the time. Jen, work your hugging magic!

posted by Dragonoddity (Guest) on April 11th, 2017, 5:53 pm


Mewtwo is exerting his Pressure.

posted by Koal on April 11th, 2017, 11:29 pm

  That title though...

PRESSURE! Pressin' down on me! Pressin' down on you, no man asks for! Sorry all I could think of after seeing that page title.

posted by Nobreiner on April 12th, 2017, 3:40 am


Actually part of that song is applicable to Mewtwo's situation," Watching some good friends screaming 'Let Me Out!'"

posted by PJSam on April 12th, 2017, 8:42 pm


Pouty Mewtwo!

posted by Guest on April 13th, 2017, 12:41 pm



posted by Noobaraptor on April 13th, 2017, 5:43 pm


Grumpy cat.

posted by Nashew on April 13th, 2017, 8:09 pm