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1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Jared the Great » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:01 am UTC

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Title Text: "Hi! Someone call for me? I'm a superhero who specializes in the study of God's creation of Man in the book of Genesi-- HOLY SHIT A GIANT BUG!"

I hope etymology man becomes a regular.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby sardia » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:03 am UTC

Lol, this one cracked me up.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:06 am UTC

Etymology-Man returns! Who says superhero sequels are never as good as the original?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Venetian Road » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:07 am UTC

I wonder how they contacted Etymology Man anyway. Is there some hero hotline I don't know about?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby drainbramaged » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:08 am UTC

YES! YES! A thousand times YES!

This is the best one I've seen in a while. Props.

And by props, I'm referring to the original usage of the term, as an abbreviation of "proper respects."
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby myrcutio » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:09 am UTC

A reference to Etymology-man, Entomology-man and Etiology-man in the same comic? It's Ivy-League Justice...League!
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby mschmidt62 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:10 am UTC

Oh, thank you for that, myrcutio, I was trying to figure out the third -ology.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Angrist » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:12 am UTC

Is it sad that I just want to yell "Front Sight!" at the guy shooting?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:17 am UTC

Ah, so he returns. And after only a 1-comic intermission too. Gee, either he's popular or Randall is in a phase...

Hope we see more of him.

In addition, I want to see the lab scenario which led to this.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby kleingordon » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:17 am UTC

I wonder if a large motivation for #1010 was to set this one up. In that case, I have more respect for it now
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Fire Brns » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:23 am UTC

It's like obvious man in non-sequitor; the humor is that he does nothing despite the title of superhero.

Also

Anyone elso notice the demon mantis spawn?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Mynameisonic » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:25 am UTC

Those of you who volunteered to be injected with praying mantis DNA, I've got some good news and some bad news. Bad news is we're postponing those tests indefinitely. Good news is we've got a much better test for you: fighting an army of mantis men. Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line. You'll know when the test starts.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby selene » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:29 am UTC

Aha!
Etymology-Man's superpower is the ability to determine which other superhero you should call in to any given situation.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby nate1994a » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:37 am UTC

portal reference i think
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Storm » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:38 am UTC

Mynameisonic wrote:Those of you who volunteered to be injected with praying mantis DNA, I've got some good news and some bad news. Bad news is we're postponing those tests indefinitely. Good news is we've got a much better test for you: fighting an army of mantis men. Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line. You'll know when the test starts.

Glad to see I wasn't the only one thinking with Portals. I like this new pseudohero!
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Harry Voyager » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:48 am UTC

The irony is that I manged to look up the study of bugs the last time I was trying to find the study of languages.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby NotAllThere » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:53 am UTC

This comic is of great worth, commented Timology Man.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby sehkzychic » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:58 am UTC

I'm more curious how, in a lab that manages to make bug enormous (ignoring surface area : volume ratio problems with a tracheal breathing system and the cubic increase of mass), they manage not to know that they are, themselves, entomologists not etymologists.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Ragashingo » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:01 am UTC

sehkzychic wrote:I'm more curious how, in a lab that manages to make bug enormous (ignoring surface area : volume ratio problems with a tracheal breathing system and the cubic increase of mass), they manage not to know that they are, themselves, entomologists not etymologists.


Perhaps both Etymology-Man and Entomology-Man have bad hearing and are always accidentally showing up where they don't belong.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby SW15243 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:10 am UTC

Venetian Road wrote:I wonder how they contacted Etymology Man anyway. Is there some hero hotline I don't know about?

There's a spotlight with the word 'octopi' on it. Forces him to come running.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:16 am UTC

SW15243 wrote:
Venetian Road wrote:I wonder how they contacted Etymology Man anyway. Is there some hero hotline I don't know about?

There's a spotlight with the word 'octopi' on it. Forces him to come running.

At least it's not "timpanis" (that was painful to type)
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby troyp » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:17 am UTC

myrcutio wrote:A reference to Etymology-man, Entomology-man and Etiology-man in the same comic? It's Ivy-League Justice...League!

Etiology? Is that what he meant? That's a pretty obscure meaning of etiology. Etiology-man should be looking for the causes of diseases, but instead he's turned his powers towards evil.

I was wracking my brain trying to think of that 3rd ology. I had a word at the back of my mind, but I couldn't get to it. I think I might've actually been eschatology...which is kinda the opposite of the study of creation.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby FCN » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:22 am UTC

If they don't turn the tide of this battle soon they're going to need Enterology Man.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby sehkzychic » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:25 am UTC

Ragashingo wrote:
sehkzychic wrote:I'm more curious how, in a lab that manages to make bug enormous (ignoring surface area : volume ratio problems with a tracheal breathing system and the cubic increase of mass), they manage not to know that they are, themselves, entomologists not etymologists.


Perhaps both Etymology-Man and Entomology-Man have bad hearing and are always accidentally showing up where they don't belong.


Reminds me of a Monty Python skit with a deaf audiologist and a blind optician....
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Unprodigy » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:26 am UTC

To be fair, they seem kind of rushed and that section of the Hero Pages is kinda crowded with the likes of Epistemology Man, Endocrinology Woman, Epidemiology Lass, Doctor Eulogy, Escapology Dude, Professor Exobiology, Eschatology Man, Saint Ecclesiology*, Ms. Ecology, and more.



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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Felix Tamen » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:28 am UTC

[quote="myrcutio"]A reference to Etymology-man, Entomology-man and Etiology-man in the same comic? It's Ivy-League Justice...League![/quote]

You go down fighting while Etiology-Man patiently discourses on the cause of the massive Mantis menace. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aetiology#English

You have died.

I don't know what –ology Randal had in mind (I'm no Bible scholar), but etiology wasn't it. Anybody know?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby karanj » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:32 am UTC

Felix Tamen wrote:I don't know what –ology Randal had in mind (I'm no Bible scholar), but etiology wasn't it. Anybody know?

Ecclesiology? Eschatology?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby da Doctah » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:33 am UTC

FCN wrote:If they don't turn the tide of this battle soon they're going to need Enterology Man.


Finally! A hero with guts!
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby m_dow » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:38 am UTC

karanj wrote:
Felix Tamen wrote:I don't know what –ology Randal had in mind (I'm no Bible scholar), but etiology wasn't it. Anybody know?

Ecclesiology? Eschatology?


Actually, I think Etiology-man is right. Etiology, according to Wikipedia, is the study of origins. That can include the study of origin myths, which would make God's creation of Adam in Genesis well within the scope of etiology.

Wow, I'm glad somebody figured that out. I had no clue where to start.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby pbnjstowell » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:16 am UTC

Come on, you guys. It's Adamology Man he's referring to. (Sounds closer to etym- and entom- than eti- does.)

...Says the linguist who loves etymology, and worked for an entomologist for a couple years after college.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Cronos51101 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:21 am UTC

This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your average killer mantis. Lab managers, take this to heart. Demand more adequate safety equipment in the work place. It just makes sense.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Scars Unseen » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:45 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Ah, so he returns. And after only a 1-comic intermission too. Gee, either he's popular or Randall is in a phase...

Hope we see more of him.

In addition, I want to see the lab scenario which led to this.


They were probably grown to deal with the cuttlefish menace.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby webdude » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:08 am UTC

If that insect is, in fact, an alien species, would the scientists trying to study it be ETologists?

Also, no one has mentioned the Genesis ref in the alt-text AND/b] a [b]praying mantis as a main character. Is Randall on a religious kick?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby jalohones » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:20 am UTC

karanj wrote:Ecclesiology?


The study of Goon Show characters?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby Unprodigy » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:21 am UTC

webdude wrote:If that insect is, in fact, an alien species, would the scientists trying to study it be ETologists?

That would be a job for Professor Exobiology!
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby creaothceann » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:45 am UTC

They should've called Anthology-man.
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby VectorZero » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:57 am UTC

sehkzychic wrote:
Ragashingo wrote:
sehkzychic wrote:I'm more curious how, in a lab that manages to make bug enormous (ignoring surface area : volume ratio problems with a tracheal breathing system and the cubic increase of mass), they manage not to know that they are, themselves, entomologists not etymologists.
Perhaps both Etymology-Man and Entomology-Man have bad hearing and are always accidentally showing up where they don't belong.
Reminds me of a Monty Python skit with a deaf audiologist and a blind optician....
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby aldonius » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:37 am UTC

Cronos51101 wrote:This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your average killer mantis. Lab managers, take this to heart. Demand more adequate safety equipment in the work place. It just makes sense.


What should they keep on hand for those fork-spoon hybrids?
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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby troyp » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:11 am UTC

SW15243 wrote:
Venetian Road wrote:I wonder how they contacted Etymology Man anyway. Is there some hero hotline I don't know about?

There's a spotlight with the word 'octopi' on it. Forces him to come running.

Does he come running to see if someone's making a dubious criticism of the plural form "octopi"?

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Cronos51101 wrote:This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your average killer mantis. Lab managers, take this to heart. Demand more adequate safety equipment in the work place. It just makes sense.


What should they keep on hand for those fork-spoon hybrids?


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Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Postby aldonius » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:16 am UTC

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