Comic Book / Chassis

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Chassis is a comic book series set in a time when science advanced at an amazing pace. New technology meshed with the past bringing with it zoot-suit robots, jet pack gang-bangers, art deco skylines, and rocket car racing!

Rocket car racing, also known as the Aero-run is the world's most popular sport. It's a high stakes spectacle of speed and peril where flying rocket cars race at breakneck speeds around hairpin turns and gut wrenching drops. Its drivers are legendary, but the money and power behind the sport is deeply corrupt. Chassis, the 17-year-old daughter of Charles Foster McBain, one of the Aero-run founders, desperately wants to be a rocket racer but her father won't allow it. Partly due to the dangers of the sport, but mostly because of the nefarious gangsters and corporate thugs who control it. So the brash young girl, with the help of her robotic mechanic and best friend, SLIC, devises a plan to enter the race under an alias in hopes to prove to her father she's up to the challenge. But Chassis' daring decision only leads to more danger for her, her friends, and her father!


Tropes:

  • Ace Pilot: By definition, anyone who competes in the Aero-run has to be an ace pilot.
  • Action Girl: Chassis is not only an Ace Pilot who competes in the world's most dangerous sport, but she also takes on the gangsters who control the sport.
  • All There in the Manual: Due to the short run of the title (and the fact that it moved between three publishers), many details of the world where only spelled out in the #0 issue which was intended as an introduction for new readers. This included profiles of characters who never made it into the series proper.
  • Biker Babe: Chassis was the 'car driver' variant (with a flying car for bonus points).
  • The Cheerleader: Twist, who became so obsessed with her favourite racer she started killing his rivals.
  • Fanservice: just look at the covers
  • Flying Car: Rocket car racing, a.k.a. the Aero-run, is the mosrt popular sport in the world, and the series centres around Chassis's aattempt to break into the sport.
  • Grease Monkey: SLIC is Chassis's mechanic and keeps her rocket car flying.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Chassis is normally dressed in a skintight leather flight suit.
  • Hood Ornament Hottie: The covers often showed Chassis draped across her aero-car.
  • Most Common Superpower: Just take a look at the page image.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Twist once set her personal droid to sabotage Chassis's aerocar during a race. His sabotage initially puts her behind. However, her then causes one of her rocket engines to explode. The sudden boost of power propels her to the lead and allows her to win.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: In Chassis' alternate 1949, Adolf Hitler is a cartoonist.
  • Robot Buddy: SLIC is Chassis's best friend as well as her loyal mechanic.
  • Spy Catsuit: Chassis' one piece racing suit.
  • Underside Ride: Twist's personal droid clings to the underside of Chassis's aerocar to sabotage it during a race.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Twist sends her personal droid to sabotage Chassis's areocar during a race.
  • Wacky Racing: The Aero-run is raced over a variety of courses, all of which have unique obstacles and dangers.
  • Wrench Wench: Although primarily a driver, Chassis did know her way around an engine.
  • Zeerust: Deliberately invoked. There are flying cars and robots, but people still go to cinemas to watch newsreels.


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