The last time Laurie pulled this stunt, the ground was a lot closer. And there wasn't a massive explosion (that is a pretty big explosion for such a tiny beam). And he wasn't protecting as badly a wounded (and unmoving) person.
Their fate certainly seems up-in-the-air.
This sort of thing is still odd for me to put into the comic. After ten years of having a title character whose physical frailty has increased over time, having someone like Laurie doing heroic athletics and daring stunts is almost jarring for me.
I've still had no luck in seeing Comet PanSTARRS. The skies were very clear last night, and I think I even found a spot where I could look low enough on the horizon to see it... but I gave my binoculars to my pal Garth back in February so he could start enjoying the night sky, too. Oh well. Telescopic searches await me in later months!
That's all from me for now.