''[[http://smbhax.com Supermassive Black Hole A*]]'' ("A star") is a sci-fi webcomic telling stories from a human civilization in the center of our galaxy, and more specifically, the covert search for a particularly powerful bit of LostTechnology, and the lives ruined by it. Here, energy and raw materials are abundant and life is cheap. ''A*'' is in a black-and-white cinematic format, and updates Monday through Friday.
!!''Supermassive Black Hole A*'' contains examples of:
* ActionSurvivor: Vero Plank, our hero, is a simple tramp freighter crewman. But the instant shit got real, he TookALevelInBadass.
* ArbitraryMaximumRange: Apparently, the 'boomships' have a greater laser range than standard MegaCorp fighters. Possibly justified, because they are stated to be faster, and therefore more capable of dodging incoming laser fire, and therefore capable of engaging effectively at greater ranges than a slower, less dodgy opponent.
* BiggerBad: Oswalt and Perriman are mentioned only in legend, and those legends make it clear they were not nice.
* BodyBackupDrive[=/=]RespawnPoint: Selenis has a cloning facility with dozens of bodies in reserve. However, the process is... [[CloneDegeneration inexact]].
* CasualInterstellarTravel: because the stars are much closer together at the galactic core than they are out in the vicinity of Earth, this is possible despite the lack of FasterThanLightTravel.
* ColonyDrop: A ship 10 times the size of a galaxy-class freighter, moving at 10 percent light speed, hits a planet. Only those important enough to get on the few evacuation ships survive.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Solvan Mar gets the most screen time, but it's implied that he's far from the only one.
* DeathBySex: The rare male example.
* DecoyProtagonist: It's been many chapters now since we last saw Vero Plank (not that Selenis is much of a protagonist to begin.)
* EarthThatWas: Suggested throughout. There's a historical society dedicated to collecting artifacts and data about Earth. They even have something called a "tree."
* FemmeFatale: Selenis.
* FrickinLaserBeams: on SpaceFighters.
* LostTechnology: Perriman's 'perfected' cloning technology.
* MegaCorp: Many, and powerful. Conventional government has been mentioned only once, and only in passing.
* StealthInSpace: Fusion engines leave a radiation trail that can be easily tracked, while chemical engines do not.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Distances in the core are much smaller, as noted above, but at best that would mean a journey of years between stars instead of millennia, and definitely not the days depicted.
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: There ''[[SuspiciouslySpecificTense was]]'' one.