The text bubble in the second panel is supposed to be an indicator that whatever spirit is near Zero has entered his body.
The disembodied voice is trying to appeal to Zero's Maverick side, seeing as the uninfected portion of his mind would be adamant in standing up for the Resistance.
et tu ryanmc's sprite resizing technique?
Yes and no. I started out with RyanMC's technique, then I added a new layer with the sprite resized with bicubic resampling, then pixelled over that and compared the two to refine the sprite.