Reaper: I JOINED OVERWATCH TO CHANGE THE WORLD! MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE! OVERWATCH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFERENT TO THE POLICE! FREE FROM POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND CORRUPTION! BUT IT WAS JUST ONE HUGE FUCKING LIE! NOBODY LISTENED TO ME WHEN I TOLD THEM SOMETHING WAS UP AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED! LOOK AT HOW IT FELL APART! ALL I WANTED WAS TO HELP PEOPLE!
Cole: THEN WHY ARE YOU SIDING WITH THE ONES MURDERING THEM?!
Cole: *gestures to the war zone they made of the city* IS THIS HELPING ANYONE EXCEPT YOUR FUCKING STUBBORN PRIDE?! WHO IS BENEFITING FROM THIS BESIDES YOUR INFLATED EGO DAD-
Cole: …What would Martina think… what about your real son?…
Reaper: … *drops his guns walking to him slowly* …
Cole: *doesn’t move, doesn’t raise his weapon, just stands there looking tired and defeated* …
Reaper: *shadow steps right up to him pulling him into a hug* You were just as much my son as he was Cassie…
Cole: then come home, pl-
Cole: *stands there in shock as Reapers body goes limp sliding off of him and collapsing into a puddle of his own blood, the knife he was seconds from stabbing into the cowboy clinking onto the broken pavement* dad?…
76: *pulse rifle still smoking as he runs to Cole hugging him tight* Cole? Cole talk to me are you hurt? Are you okay? Cole?
man....on the topic of the new overwatch writers, soldier 76 is my fave and i love him so much, and i'm so scared the new writers will take him in a direction i don't like after what's happening with reaper :( genuinely not looking forward to future 76-reaper interactions because it'll just make me sad about how blizzard felt the need to shit on that dynamic (and i suspect they did it on purpose as a blow on the r76 ship lolol)
Yeah I don't know if they'll be bringing Brandon Easton back to write more--I mean yes, his Reaper short story sucked and his dialogue for Sombra was cringy, but he ended up getting a lot of flak on twitter which like... I honestly think the situation was way more Blizzard's fault than his.
See, I did ship R76, but at the same time my enjoyment of Overwatch's plot didn't hinge on R76 becoming canon--with regards to their characters, mostly it was about the tragedy inherent in both Reaper and Soldier:76--they're both two men treading water in a sea of their own regrets and sometimes they keep each other float and sometimes they're trying to drown each other--even if it wasn't romantic, I loved the concept of "They were war buddies, they loved each other" turning to this all-consuming obsession and hatred. What I really hated about the Reaper short story is how edgy and one-dimensional it made Reaper. I mean, yeah he had a family--that was hinted back as early as 2016, but all the flashbacks of said family were as one-dimensional as possible. The most nuance it affords Reaper is that he's been manipulated and that Talon is in fact a shitshow of multiple different agendas. I honestly don't think the story was tailor-made to tank R76 as a ship, I just think it's completely underwhelming after fans had 6 years of speculation on Reaper's motivations.
If Blizzard hadn't been a chickenshit and just put out their "First Strike" graphic novel along with Overwatch's release instead of aborting it, they'd probably be saving themselves a lot of grief because they would be setting a better tone for what to expect from Overwatch. But no, they wanted us to speculate---they even said so---and now it's really bitten them in the ass because everything they're putting out is underwhelming compared to years of fan material.
As far as their writing for Soldier 76 goes, I feel like a lot of Blizzard's controversies have forced them to shove a lot of material they would have given Soldier 76 over to Sojourn. But this pivot probably started way back in early 2018--both as a, "We need to let new heroes be significant in the plot" move and a "man people are really shitting on us for adding a hamster before we added a black woman" move. But I think the 2019 "Bastet" story also established that Jack is too trapped in the past to capably take on any leadership role in the reformed Overwatch or even answer the recall, which I think is a solid interpretation and is a decently smart pivot to make Overwatch not all about one old white guy's "trying to make it right" fight. Maybe they want to push him as a solo vigilante more, but also he's barely shown up in any promotional materials fo OW2. So I'd say my big concerns for OW2 is the fact that this guy--who has been very much central to a lot of Overwatch's timeline--is just going to end up completely sidelined.
The Reaper76 marriage comic nobody expected to see from me after 2.5 years. Ah-ah!
I’m sorry I held the idea in my pockets for so long.
Been through a lot these years and this comic risked to never see the light.
Thank you @jayla-comics for helping defeat my demons and kicking it out of my pc. <3
petition: letting characters be old. actually drawing them with their wrinkles and older bodies. giving them beautiful laugh lines to show the joyous life theyve lived so far, giving them worry lines to show that everyone gets stressed, giving them their rightfully greying/greyed hair. let old characters be old. let people be old. its a beautiful thing, and im tired of people constantly trying to make the older characters i like look younger.
Cole: *the new blackwatch commander, been awake for over 24 hours sorting through files and doing the workload Gabe seemed to do so effortlessly, on the verge of crying out of frustration, lack of sleep, hunger and more* I DONT KNOW WHAT HIS MIDDLE NAME IS THATS WHY IM LOOKING UP THE FILE YOU PIECE OF SH-
Cole: *jumps looking over his holo screen to see Jack standing there* Comman-Capta-Jack! What-what do you want?…
76: You’re going to pack it in and go to bed before you give yourself an aneurysm.
Cole: No I need to get this done before Friday and-
76: *turns the holo screen off* And you still have a week before then. You have plenty of time, I know you’ll get it done. But right now you’re getting no where in this state.
76: *sighs and neatly stacks up the files before grabbing coles hat from his desk* Hop up.
Cole: *stands up with a bit of a wobble, now far too exhausted to argue*
76: *gives him a hug and puts his hat on his head* Alright then, let’s get you something to eat then you’re heading to bed… you could use a shower too.
Assorted headcanons i honest to god sometimes forget aren’t canon:
D.va talks to her mech like it’s a person. Across a whole day of maintenance she has to tell Dae-Hyun ‘I wasn’t talking to you’ at least a couple of times
Soldier’s had that jacket for 25+ years at this point and it is falling apart, he vehemently refuses to get rid of it because it’s comfy
Moira has a really explosive laugh on the rare occasions she laughs properly. She tries her best to suppress it but at times it just turns to snorts instead
Mercy’s had every hair color under the sun, if somebody comes into the medbay with a bad home-dye she’ll yell at you with the same vigor as if you’d treated an injury poorly
Both Ana and Soldier are sweary as hell off duty. Mostly to be a contrarian, Reaper rarely if ever swears (unluckily for him, Genji and Cassidy are also really sweary, both off and on duty)
Brigitte has a really prominent tooth gap, Lúcio does as well
Sigma has such a hard time gauging what the layperson will understand of his job. His explanations range from ‘oh it’s this simple thing where [spiel you’d need four degrees to understand]’ to ‘okay so you know how there are stars? Up there??’
Orisa speaks like seven languages but all very formally and high brow
Pharah’s got at least an inch or three on Cassidy in height. She’s also taller than both Soldier and Reaper
Gabe: Everyday I get reminded how Cole is no longer a child...
Jack: what do you mean?
Gabe: He was making something called a "valentines cream pie" in the kitchen, he asked me to record it for him and the whole time he was baking the dirty jokes just kept pouring out of his mouth... *pulls out his phone*
Jack: He's definitely not the embarrassed teen we took in...