[[caption-width-right:300:From left to right: Pete, Joe and Earthling, Anna, and Max.]]

Meet Joe. [[MasterOfUnlocking He picks locks.]] He picks his nose. He has a fat cat (Earthling J.J. Catingsworth III, or "Earthling" for short) that, with a shot of "cat juice," can do just about anything Joe needs him to. He's back in his hometown of [[WretchedHive King City]] after two years training to be a catmaster, and things get weird from there.

A [[WidgetSeries very strange]] comic in 12 issues by Brandon Graham. Originally published by Creator/{{Tokyopop}}, then by Creator/ImageComics after Tokyopop ran into trouble.

!! This series provides examples of:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Maximum Absolute.
* BadDreams: Max's PTSD from the [[NotUsingTheZedWord xombie]] war mostly manifests as vivid nightmares.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The spy hotel Nowhere is run by an aging sasquatch, Lukashev.
* BodyHorror: The drug "chalk" eventually turns users into more chalk, bit by bit.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In a conversation between two of the hazmat/drug dealer guys. One of them gives a list of suggestions including Chinese food and hookers; the other one suggests Chinese hookers.
** At a different point, various shady types try to sell Joe drugs, knives and sex; the last one offers him "a drug knife you can have sex with".
* ChalkOutline: This is all that's left by the time [[spoiler:Max finds out Tooth is dead.]]
* CoveredWithScars: Max has many Frankenstein-looking scars, including one right across his face.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Anna doesn't go back with Joe.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Demon King Chi-noc-Tok. A mass of tentacles with too many eyes, it can [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm drive people mad just from seeing it]] and [[YourHeadAsplode explode heads with its mere presence]], and that's in its incomplete state.
* GangsterLand: King City is overrun with competing spy gangs.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: The "water girl" looks quite human other than being blue, having a tail, and tentacles for hair. Quite a few other species of these are known to humanity; [[spoiler:the Racquet Club runs a sex-slave trade in space babes.]]
* {{Fingore}}: In both cases where we see a chalk user turning into the drug, it starts from the fingers. Tooth ''breaks one off'' to sell to Max: "Just means it's fresh."
* HijackingCthulhu: It's not quite clear ''what'' happened in the ending, but this is implied. [[spoiler:Mudd throws his cat at the Demon King, the cat's shown giggling to itself inside the mass of tentacles, then we see the Demon King with a cat-like head.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Joe and Pete spy on the Eye Focus eating human flesh at their creepy restaurant.
* IntellectualAnimal: Earthling doesn't talk, but he's probably smarter than Joe. He solves Rubik's Cubes at blinding speed as part of his training and we frequently see him doing some sort of geometry problems in his spare time (when he's not sleeping, anyway.) This appears to be the norm for catmasters' cats.
* LegCling: Anna and Max do this pose on [[http://alldaycomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/king-city-2-cover.jpg the second issue's cover.]]
* MasterOfUnlocking: Even without the cat's help, Joe can break into a "famously unbreakable" vault without a hitch.
* NoNameGiven: The Illendovian girl's name is never mentioned.
* PaintingTheMedium: The hazmat crew's speech bubbles look like offical forms, with a series of checkboxed options.
%% Does anyone have a scan to illustrate this? I can't scan it myself and the keywords I tried in google images didn't bring it up. - Insanity Prelude
* ShoutOut: Pete and Anna's last names, respectively, are [[Franchise/StarWars Taifighter]] and [[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Greengables]].
* WorldOfPun: a characteristic of Brandon Graham's writing style.
* WretchedHive: The city is full of gangs, covered in graffiti, with no visible law enforcement, and a map seen in one chapter has several ''body dumps'' marked on it.
* ZombieApocalypse: Happened in Korea; 63% of Koreans are said to be undead at the time the comic takes place. They're called "xombies" here.