513 – Devil’s Bargain

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  1. SplashBoogie

    I love humanity but I’d definitely pick my girlfriend over it. Also this universe has established aliens so it’s not like we’d be alone in the universe. We could traverse the stars!

    You done bad Jerry but I can relate to you man. Love makes us into monsters sometimes or so the trope goes.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      You’re stone cold! I don’t think I could do it. I couldn’t pick my loved ones over everyone else. Not that it wouldn’t be a tough choice to make, but the math just doesn’t work out any other way for me.

      • SplashBoogie

        It’d probably end up being one of those things I’d do it and then we both have survivor’s guilt.

        But I think if it was like Jerry is right now where as far as he can see he doesn’t have anyone else but her, I can understand him I guess. Not saying he’s right but…I can see him.

  2. Marcus

    It’s always about a girl when it comes to superheroes/super spies and saving the world. :(

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      And why not? Girls are nice.

  3. Drew

    This goes back to my Mrs. Doubtfire theory. Two strips ago it was “You’ll NEVER win so long as captain spectacular my BESTESTEST friend is ALIVE….and now it’s KILL EVERYONE just save spy girl and me…” although knowing my super fogeys history i know jerry makes it outta this…i just wish she’d at last break his arm…a LOT lol NO love lost for jerry (it takes GOOD GOOD writing to make someone despise a character like this!)


    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Thanks, Drew!

      I now have to find a way to break Jerry’s arm.

  4. quarktime


    She can keep her word quite easily. The best chambers for the two of them that will spare them from the Guthrie would be graves — before the Guthrie. It wouldn’t be the weapon that kills them, o she’d be technically keeping her word.

    Villains think like that, yanno?

    But I don’t predict this comic. Nope. Seriously, I don’t, it keeps surprising me.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Hah, that’s brilliant. Graves would fit the criteria!

      Dang, Gwen, you got an evil side.

      • quarktime

        I’m an author. As David Gerrold once said to a class at Pepperdine University, authors are the only people in the world who get paid to dream up ways of getting even with people. We’re the only true professionals at revenge.

        Of course, David is a bit of a cynic. But he has a point.

  5. Quin

    You know what the worst part is… I actually trust her word over his. Still I doubt he will have his chance mostly because speedy is still there and there is an entire room full of (retired but useful) superheroes nearby.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      You’ll find out on Wednesday!

  6. Champy-kun

    I just love the last panel. Pitiful Jerry thanking the compliments of his wife. Even so it is kind of sad that we know before hand that Jerry’s efforts to keep her will be in vain when she discover all the stuff that Jerry has done

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Are you sure you know what you think you know?

      • Champy-kun

        well, if I do remember correctly, future Swifty told to (then) present Swifty how bad was for Spy Gal to find out about Jerry’s multiple identity (or at least I think that he refers to that) assuming that the revelation is going to be more dramatic for her than it was for the Captain… well, maybe I am assuming too many things…

  7. gnrrrg

    And this just in from bubbles of time news service – multiple double-crosses in the near future.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      maybe, maybe.

  8. Greg Bulmash

    Note how he has his hand on her skirt in the last panel. Is it possible he’s just groveling like this so he can get near enough to touch her without putting her on the defensive? It would take an instant to get hold of her, open a door into someplace he thinks he can imprison her, and push/pull her through.

    Just sayin’.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      That’s very true. You’ll find out Jerry’s final move with Zurida on Wednesday. That’s a promise.

  9. Bathbomber

    What’s that? Distract her while you push a button?

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley


  10. Andrew

    I’ll go ahead and skip my usual speculation and just “Wednesday!” myself :) On a side note, I’m very impressed with your characterization of Jerry in this strip and Marc did another stupendous job bringing it to life. I think you’ve done a far more brilliant job with Jerry than I previously realized. I’ve come to regard his behavior as rather childish, in the kind of – no offense parents – mildly sociopathic way of small children who haven’t yet grasped the concept of right and wrong. He does terrible things but at the same time he doesn’t do it with malice. In his mind he’s just trying to get what he wants. I’m starting to question my theory that he deludes himself and wondering if really doesn’t grasp how terrible some of the things he’s done are. He genuinely doesn’t seem to understand (per the previous strip) how terrible his betrayals of CS are. Ex. “Well Cap is my bestest friend. I could never really kill Tom, he’s like a nephew to me. I know! I’ll just make my bestest friend think his estranged son is dead and that he’ll never get a chance to reconcile with him to get Dr Rocket to build me a robot.” He’s gone to extraordinary lengths to achieve the rather humble goals of “getting the girl” and having the closest thing to a family he’s ever had around him. We’ve gotten little glimpses of his rather dismal youth and it adds a certain touch of sadness to everything he’s done.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Really loving your thoughts here, Andrew. SF really has the best commenters and fans, don’t it?

      Writing Jerry is often an exercise in patience. He’s one of the characters I’ve always had the clearest ideas about, but I’ve had to dole out those ideas in dribs and drabs because of story. You’ve picked up on several of them. Early, I received some heat about Jerry for being a one-dimensional character, but he’s always had three dimensions… and those dimensions always had names.

  11. devilflamejr

    Now this, or rather, what he does next ( d*mn it, be tomorrow already!) is going to be very crucial of how I’ll view Jerry in the future! As said before, I’ve never seen him as evil, merely misguided, and I don’t think that will change, but if he truly sacrifices the human race, he’ll be sad and pathetic. If however, he pulls (or tries to pull) something to stop Zurida, He’ll probably (again) be one of my favourite characters. (As in: I’ll like him, he’ll always be one of my favourites because he’s actually the one creating most of the story in SF). I feel I should maybe elaborate on how I think a guy sacrificing humanity can be “not evil”. But the alien invasion, and thus the eradication of humanity is still chiefly Dr. Rocket’s fault, in this case Jerry is just a victim of circumstance (although not a perfectly innocent one)

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      While it’s true that Dr. Rocket does probably have the lion’s share of the blame for what’s happening, Jerry–and anyone, really–is still responsible for the part her plays, whatever that part is.

      In any case, this can only get more complicated as the title of this chapter fulfills its promise…

  12. Holaved

    Jerry’s “winning” is still so much more important to him than anyone (or anything) else (except maybe the Captain.).
    Even if the actual pleading IS a feint… word choice. Word choice is telling.
    I actually have more respect for Zurida now than Jerry. Jerry’s still a rat.

    Also, Marc- awesome job on Zurida’s skirt lately. Hard to make fabric flow convincingly in 3D or 2D art.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      I love everything about this comment.

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