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Devon's rapidly careening away from royal douche (although there's still lots of that) to straight up delusion. You show up at the house of the ex who left you for beating her and her brother who loathes you, and expect it to all just go honky-dory? And then when it falls through, they're sticking their noses in YOUR business. Guy needs a serious reality check, and I will very much enjoy watching Patrick give it to him.
I feel trepidation for two reasons: 1)Though justifiably p*ssed, Patrick doesn't seem like someone who engages in much physical activity... including fights of any kind. He could well lose this one. 2)More of a concern, this looks like a reasonably nice, suburban neighborhood. What will happen if two young men are seen brawling in the street? And... who could/would Patrick possibly call to help him if he were arrested?
As for you Gibson Twist, I'm so glad you saved this for Monday. Hopefully, with as pissed off as I imagine Patrick's gonna be, Devon's gonna get his due.
However, unlike the fight with Peter, Devon hasn't done anything he could also get arrested for. I still wish he'd go to jail for that whole thing with Melanie, but since she's already healed up (physically, anyway), I don't think the cops are gonna do anything about it.
Meanwhile, Patrick's in a lose-lose situation. If Patrick beats him to a pulp (like I hope he does), he could go to jail for assault. If he doesn't, Devon's going to make his life hell.
Then again, if Devon throws the first punch, Patrick can claim self-defense (right? I'm not familiar with Canadian law, other than going through Customs). So if he plays it smart, he can (possibly) have his cake and eat it too.
Just when poor Patrick's starting to become likable again, and possibly getting the reality check he needs, Shitbag Mcfuckhead rears his head looking for a fight. And as much as I'd like to see Devon get his as handed to him (patrick doesn't seem terribly physical, but he doesn't seem frail either, and with the night he's been having he's got as much steam to blow off as Devon), I see this ending poorly no matter how it goes down. My personal wish would be for patrick to blow him off - he's not worth it. Really. But Devon would probably just attack him anyway, at this point. This delusional type will blame -anyone- other then look to themselves, for their mistakes.
So I ultimately see one of two nasty outcomes. One: They fight, Patrick ends up a bloody mess. Hopefully nothing worse then a trip to the hospital. hopefully... ... Two: He -does- beat Devon to a pulp. But this time the righteous victory is despoiled by our would be hero landing in prison.
I won't lie. That's about as optimistic as I can be on this one.
I agree with Maximum. And Devon can come across as calm, polite, even meek in interactions with people who don't already know him VERY well. So who's an officer gonna believe? Doe-eyed Devon... or the infuriated, spluttering guy w/ bloody knuckles and parrot 'do? Great art in the last panel, btw; can practically SEE Devon's eye twitch. :}
Okay, so apparently, according to the link below, this is what Canadian Law says about:
Self-Defence Against Unprovoked Assault ... / Extent of justification.
(That's an odd way to spell defense. Or maybe I'm weird. I dunno.):
34. (1) Every one who is unlawfully assaulted without having provoked the assault is justified in repelling force by force if the force he uses is not intended to cause death or grievous bodily harm and is no more than is necessary to enable him to defend himself.
(2) Every one who is unlawfully assaulted and who causes death or grievous bodily harm in repelling the assault is justified if
(a) he causes it under reasonable apprehension of death or grievous bodily harm from the violence with which the assault was originally made or with which the assailant pursues his purposes; and
(b) he believes, on reasonable grounds, that he cannot otherwise preserve himself from death or grievous bodily harm. [R.S. c.C-34, s.34.]
Self-Defence In Case Of Aggression.
35. Every one who has without justification assaulted another but did not commence the assault with intent to cause death or grievous bodily harm, or has without justification provoked an assault on himself by another, may justify the use of force subsequent to the assault if
(a) he uses the force
(i) under reasonable apprehension of death or grievous bodily harm from the violence of the person whom he has assaulted or provoked, and
(ii) in the belief, on reasonable grounds, that it is necessary in order to preserve himself from death or grievous bodily harm;
(b) he did not, at any time before the necessity of preserving himself from death or grievous bodily harm arose, endeavour to cause death or grievous bodily harm; and
(c) he declined further conflict and quitted or retreated from it as far as it was feasible to do so before the necessity of preserving himself from death or grievous bodily harm arose. [R.S. c.C-34, s.35.]
36. Provocation includes, for the purposes of sections 34 and 35, provocation by blows, words or gestures. [R.S. c.C-34, s.36.]
... / Extent of justification.
37. (1) Every one is justified in using force to defend himself or any one under his protection from assault, if he uses no more force than is necessary to prevent the assault or the repetition of it.
(2) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to justify the wilful infliction of any hurt or mischief that is excessive, having regard to the nature of the assault that the force used was intended to prevent. [R.S. c.C-34, s.37.]
So, from what these laws said, if he has to use violence to neutralize the situation, he has to use it, and as long as he only uses enough force to prevent any further assault to himself, he's okay. After that, he is to leave and be done with it, and avoid further confrontation. This doesn't mean he gets to get his licks in for what Devon did to Melanie, just enough to make sure he's not going to be a (violent) problem anymore.
When Patrick left the house, he wasn't looking for a fight, and Devon approached him and has him just close enough in range to where he (Patrick) might not be able to clear the vicinity. Furthermore, Devon's the one who initiated the confrontation here, so Patrick is fully within his rights to beat wholesale ass, just so long as he doesn't go too far overboard.
I hope this clears things up for everybody. And Twist, The fact that your comic is making me interested on doing little research projects to figure out what's gonna happen is both awesome, annoying, and intriguing at the same time. Why you gotta be so brilliant, huh?
I think I might need to dig something up. IF Patrick gets seriously harmed now, can Devon be stuffed into deepest jail there is for hate-crime? Would give two kinds of 'outs' for two characters. And plenty of 'what-if' material for Patrick's dad, Melanie and his remaining friends. And a real scare to Alexander. Plenty of possibilities spreading out from there.
Kind of wishing that doesn't happen, though, since I want to see Patrick confront his own behaviour towards Melanie when(if?) he realizes what Alexander is doing to him.
Wow... Devon is truly the lowest. He only goes for those seemingly weaker than him when they are alone; when the odds are more in his favour. If Patrick takes the bait, he's gonna lose this one, folks. That sucker punch he gave Devon at his folks' house doesn't count for anything, as the latter wasn't expecting it, and he sure as hell wasn't gonna duke it up and lose his "nice guy" image with ol' dad. That's all over now.
My prediction: Patrick gets his ass kicked and truly hits rock bottom: he is outed as gay to his folks, beaten to a pulp (emasculated, essentially) and cut off financially. He will then need to build himself up from scratch.
One thing: many of you seem to think Alexander will leave when the money runs out. However, I think the free ride aspect of the relationship was just secondary for Alex. I believe he truly cares for Patrick, and that when he learns of what happened, he will calmly go about dealing with Devon. Remember the look he had when he burnt Cristo'S letter? Yeah...
This doesn't look good...
To quote Han Solo, "I've got a bad feeling about this." Somehow, I don't think that Patrick's nearly enough of a badass to take Devon in a straight-up fight. Devon obviously isn't the kind to fight fairly, and he's carrying a lot of rage right now. Patrick on the other hand just had the crap kicked out of him emotionally, and his head might not be as into this as he thinks he is. Man, where's Peter when you really need him?
Naturally, I hope I'm wrong and he re-arranges Devon's face. I'd like nothing more than to see the woman beater get the beating that Peter promised he'd get if he ever went near Melanie again.
Ugh, hurry up Wednesday! I gotta find out what happens next!
don't quite understand why...
Devon, a narcissist, set himself up for further humiliation by confronting Melanie at her family home in front of people. It would make more sense to me, perhaps, if he continued along with his thoughts immediately before his beating by Peter, that Melanie is a dirty bitch, unworthy of him, etc. I would think that if he tried to get her back, he would try to find her alone if possible so that he could influence her without interference.
Also, in earlier posts commenters were saying that perhaps Devon became an abuser because he was abused, or his father beat his mother. In my opinion, between Devon and Peter, the latter seems more likely to have been abused. Peter's high level of personal violence comes from somewhere...
Let's be fair. If a fight goes down, they're in what looks like an upper-middle-class residential neighbourhood. Local nosy neighbour will be on the phone with the police within the first minute; typical response time is about four minutes for this call. And neighbours will all be out shouting and gawking in advance, more than a few of them taking photos with their BlackBerrys nowadays.
Jeez, first faggot and now sodomite? He's just grabbing every synonym for his homosexuality in the book.
My only critique is i wish the sillhouette of Patrick in the last panel wasn't green. I'm assuming its supposed to match their eye colors but that green just disappears a bit in the dull hues. I think the shadow of red in his hair would be a better color. Or a more biting green. The expression in the second and last panels are deffinitely my favorite. Loving it.
Well, I couldn't find anything on Canadian hate crime laws, other than spreading hate propaganda and advocating genocide. However, I don't think that's what we're going for here.
So, according to the letter of the law, being prejudiced against somebody and even going as far as beating them up technically is a regular old assault charge. I suppose they could use Devon's hate as a motivating factor in his attacking of Patrick in court; however, beating someone just because you're prejudiced against them does not carry any additional time in prison. I myself think this is wrong; alas, I am not Canadian and am not in a position to do anything about it. Then again, since I am not Canadian, I really can't judge. Maybe it is worth something to the police, I don't know. The only time I've been to Canada was when I took the Al-Can highway up to Alaska.
I agree with xkrazydog and TheIdiotDrool, those are strong words he's throwing around. Where I come from, you don't use strong words unless you can back them up, and so far, the on;y thing he backed up was his steps when Peter handed him the wholesale ass kicking he so righteously deserved. My money's on Patrick to win.
No hate crime statutes? Odd, interesting, slightly worrisome... And of course, when looking at Canadian law, we'd have to take into account that this isn't today, but few years in past.
I'm not too optimistic on Patrick having the kind of fight that he'd need to beat up Devon, although we don't have any indication how much Patrick's had to defend himself against those who're afraid homosexuality is transmittable by proximity.
Peter might not be product of abuse, some people DO have excessive violent traits without having been abused. I was more than a bit on the rough side as a kid, and I wasn't abused.
As for Alexander, ot sure if he loves Partick, or has a controlling streak, after all, Christo's letter was more about Patrick's friends being there if he needs them. Not sure if someone who loved you would keep such documents from you.