Comic Book / Whiteout

The first comic book written by novelist Greg Rucka, Whiteout is the story of U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko's investigation of a murder in Antarctica. It lasted for four issues (July–November 1998). A sequel, "Whiteout: Melt" (September 1999–February 2000), deals with the theft of hidden nuclear weapons from an ex-Soviet base, and a film adaptation was released in the United States on September 11, 2009.

Whiteout contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comic book, Carrie is somewhat heavyset and not particularly attractive. In the movie she's Kate Beckinsale. Yeah.
  • Almost Kiss: Carrie and Lily. Repeatedly.
  • Bi the Way: Carrie has heavy Homoerotic Subtext with Lily in the first book, and then sleeps with her male Russian ally in the second book.
  • Butch Lesbian: Carrie, though she still wears her hair in a feminine style, and she was married to a man in the past. The second series revealed that she isn't purely lesbian.
  • Chickification: Greg Rucka mentioned that he did not like the film adaptation because they made Carrie weak, although "At least they got rid of the scene in the script where she hears someone following her and runs away — what was she gonna do, call the cops?"
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Carrie killed a crook whose testimony would have been integral to a major trial, but she wasn't fired because she killed him in the course of saving her superior, whom the perp had incapacitated. And her husband died of cancer just before their first anniversery.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen/Deadpan Snarker: Carrie
  • Empty Quiver: Whiteout: Melt.
  • Fanservice: In the film, there is a scene of Carrie taking off her clothes and taking a shower.
  • Fingore: Carrie has to have her right index and middle fingers (left middle and ring fingers in the movie) amputated due to frostbite-induced gangrene.
  • Flashback Nightmare: The incident that led to Carrie's assignment to Antarctica is presented in a hypothermia-induced hallucination.
  • Human Shield: Gets done to Carrie. See below.
  • Indy Ploy: When Lily encounters a hostage crisis. See below.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Lily taunts a killer using a Human Shield into pulling the trigger because she knows the extreme cold will prevent the pistol from firing. At least, she hopes it will.
  • Lesbian Cop: Carrie. Not exclusively, however, as she sleeps with a man in Melt, and she was married to another.
  • Lovely Angels: Carrie and Lily in the first Whiteout, but averted in the film adaptation.
  • Rape as Backstory: Carrie was sent to Antarctica after she killed a suspect in her custody who had tried to rape her and had already nearly killed her boss.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Literally, in Carrie's case.
  • Shout-Out: Carrie drinks coffee out of a Dykes to Watch Out For mug.
  • Shower Scene: Kate Beckinsale has one in The Movie for purely fanservice reasons, even though "Hollywood showers" are not allowed at the South Pole due to water restrictions.
  • Shown Their Work: Greg Rucka did extremely detailed research into the nature of Antarctica before he began writing the first story. Details on the Antarctic environment, the operations of the research stations and international treaties concerning the continent are woven into the narrative.
  • They Fight Crime!: Despite its locale and the nuclear issues, both stories (and the film) are about a U.S. Marshal investigating a murder and the surrounding conspiracy.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Lily and Carrie have a lot of tension between them, deliberately, to reflect the same tension that often arises in Buddy Cop Shows. Thoroughly resolved without Lily in Melt.
  • U.S. Marshal: Carrie.