Recap / Roommates

This is the Recap page for Roommates and is quite spoilerific as it collects the arc specific tropes. You might also be interested in the character sheets for all the Loads and Loads of Characters.

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Roommates Proper:

    Pages 485-506
School Daze 

School Daze

Pages: 485 Start of Term, 486 Mistaken Identities, 487 ART, 488 Health, 489 Turning Radius, 490 New Media, 491 Driver's Ed, 492 Rumble and Reunion, 493 Responsible, 494 That Place, 495 MLS, 496 Aunt, 497 Family Feud, 498 Art Major, 499 Time, 500 The Scottish Play, 501 Gee Officer Javert, 502 Social Justice, 503 Director, 504 Scholarship, 505 Good, 506 Don't Hug
Characters: Erik, James, Javert, Jareth, Sarah, Christine, Jack Frost, Erlkönig's Daughter (Aisling), Tracy Turnblad, Indiana Jones, Ten, Tony Stark, Gandalf, Aziraphale, Mrs. Norrington, Erlkönig, Darcy, Valjean
New Characters:Ichabod Crane, Abby Mills, Roy Walker, Baymax, Hiro, Tadashi, Dorian Pavus, Imperator Furiosa, Carlos, Stacker Pentecost, The Librarian, Flynn Carsen, Eve Baird, Jake Stone, Ezekiel Jones, Cassandra Cillian, The Pagemaster, Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell, Marian Paroo, Barbara Gordon, Steve Rogers, Lu Yan, the Silent Monk, Eames, Alec Hardison, the Jets and the Sharks, Enjolras, Amanda Waller
Running Gags: Dead in Canon, Science Bros, Javert's Stress Level
Summary: The school season starts once again and the campus is flooded with new faces.

     Pages 507-519
Lab Accidents 

Lab Accidents

Pages: 507 Install, 508 Power On, 509 Update, 510 New Hardware Detected, 511 Run, 512 Log In, 513 Load, 514 404, 515 Worm, 516 Databend, 517 BSoD, 518 Reboot, 519 Reset
Characters: Erik, Hiro Hamada, Tadashi Hamada, Dorian Pavus, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Javert, Jareth, James, Baymax
New Characters: Dum-E, GLaDOS
Running Gags: Science Bros
Summary: Finally deciding to drag Tesla's invention out of the basement, Erik tries to store it on campus. This does not turn out to be a good idea.
  • Big Damn Hero: Baymax bursting through a wall and fixing things.
  • Continuity Nod: Tesla's invention from very early in the comic makes a return.
  • Diving Save: Erik pulls this off to save Tony.
  • Dynamic Entry: Erik comes crashing through the ceiling to face GLaDOS
    • And then Iron Man burst through the door.
    • And after that, Baymax showed up by bursting through a wall.
  • Evil Is Petty: GLaDOS
    "I bet you think you're clever, but I can tell you I have stopped better scientists than you. They were also better looking. But that's not hard."
  • Foil: GLaDOS and Baymax. Both are Artificial Intelligence entities, but one is aggressive and spiteful towards humanity while the other is protective and kind.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Thor's lightning has some interesting effects on Tesla's invention.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't mess with Tony's bots. He won't like it.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Erik gives one when he decides to take on GLaDOS.
    "No, no, she's not wrong...not about me."
  • Symbol Swearing: Musical symbols, in Erik's case.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: GlaDOS, upon realizing that Roboticized Tony and full-Ax-Crazy-mode Erik both unleashed at the same time isn't a good idea.
    "Probability of convergance: 90.7%. Probability of (self) winning: .008%. Estimated incidental damage: incalcuable. Conclusion: Bad plan. Well. Shit.
  • Understatement: Javert's comment when coming upon a half-destroyed and GLaDOS-infested building? "Well, this is a bad sign."
  • Unwilling Roboticisation : Tony
  • We Have the Keys: Javert reminds James of this when the latter grabs some dynamite to get into the lab building. (Later, when they get a little closer to the situation, James still thinks he has the right idea.)
  • X Days Since: "Cataclysm Free for 7 days (New Record)." Gets changed to zero when Thor's lightning hits campus, and then breaks down entirely as things escalate.

     Pages 520-535
Standalone Pages, Spa Day 

Standalone Pages

Characters:Eve Baird, Jake Stone, Ezekiel Jones, Cassandra Cillian, Loki, Story, Aziraphael, Crowley

520 Query

521 Prose Edda

522 Communications Error

Spa Day

Pages: 523 Snowman, 524 Arrangements, 525 Shipper, 526 Collision, 527 Destination, 528 Sauna, 529 Scry, 530 Vicissitude, 531 Sloth and Envy, 532 Plot, 533 Photographs, 534 Fireworks
Characters: Aisling, Jareth, Erik, Sarah, Christine, Eponine, Darcy, James, Javert, Indiana Jones, River Song, Ichabod Crane
New Characters: Yuki-Onna, Stephen Maturin, Chihiro, Haku, Soot Sprites
Running Gags: Actor Allusion
Summary: Aisling decides to interfere in the lives of her brother and his friends by arranging a spa trip.

Standalone Page

535 Recall
Characters: Norrington, Socks, Disbelief
New Characters: Alexandria

     Pages 536-541
Hamilton, Fridged 


Pages: 536 Hamilton Part 1, 537 Hamilton Part 2, 538 Hamilton Part 3
Characters: Jareth, Javert, James, Erik, Eponine, Sarah, Christine, Socks
New Character:The cast of Hamilton
Summary: In which the cast of Hamilton comes to visit the roommates.


Pages: 539 Fridged 1, 540 Fridged 2, 541 Fridged 3
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert
Summary: The main four roommates argue with each other via notes left on the fridge.
  • Call Back: Javert doesn't want to get involved in anyone's bread problems.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each roommate uses a different color post-it note: Yellow = Jareth, Red = Erik, Blue = Javert, Green = James
  • Wham Episode: While the first two sets of fridge notes are amusing little discussions between roommates, the third one involves a missing shirt that was last seen at the start of the Kings War arc.

     Pages 542-
The Blank Arc 

The Blank Arc

Pages: 542 Accession, 543 Silent, Alarm, 544 Falling Into Place, 545 Blank, 546 Flee, 547 Encroachment, 548 Yuck, 549 Intercept, 550 Occupied, 551 Secret Identity, 552 Kerning, 553 Interlinear, 554 Keywords, 555 Four, 556 Target, 557 Leitmotif, 558 Tear Down, 559 Shredded, 560 Libretto
Characters: The Erlkonig, Jareth, James, Tony, Christian, Ariadne, Roy Walker, Alexandria, Sarah, Christine, Socks/Fanon, Disbelief, Harry Dresden, Bob, Javert, Erik, Story, Music
New Characters: Blank
Summary:In which a new Concept appears.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: In addition to Story, Disbelief, and the newcomer Blank, it seems that Socks might also now qualify. He's going by the new name of Fanon.
  • Big Red Button: While the color is unclear, the "Team Curiosity Scramble Button" seems to fit.
  • Character Title: Page 545: Blank
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Blank first appeared in the cover page Conceptualize
  • Enemy Mine: There seems to be a slight hint of this between Story and Disbelief and Socks/Fanon when it comes to Blank.
    • Story also tries to team up with Erik against the new threat, though there seems to be some insincerity on its part...
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: James makes this suggestion in order to look for Jareth.
  • Oh Crap!: Tony, Christian, and Ariadne all have this expression when they encounter Blank and Jareth has it when he senses something is coming, but that also that "there's nothing there."
    • James has this reaction when Socks tells him that Blank is targeting "the imaginative. The ones who create."
  • Red Alert: Tony tries to warn everyone about Blank, but he gets stopped before he can reach the button.
  • Rule of Three: Harry compels Blank to identify itself thrice. In his series, any magical being who is asked something three times has to answer.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Roy's decision when he catches a glimpse of something creepy up in the catwalk above the stage is to grab the kids and run.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Erik winds up on the receiving end of one of these for a change, thanks to Story.
  • Tempting Fate: Jareth says his wards will ensure that "nothing magical is getting in without a key." A few panels later and Blank is staring at the Building.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Javert apparently doesn't fit Blank's desires and gets rejected when he/she/it tried to target him.
  • Visual Pun: When asked to identify itself, Blank's speech bubbles are filled with blank sheets of paper and new document files with no writing yet.
  • Wham Line: This one in 556 Target.
    Socks: Don't you see the pattern? The ones its going after? What they have in common? Roy... Alexandria... Jareth... Lady Sarah... It wants the imaginative. The ones who create.
  • Willing Channeler: When the threat is deemed to be great enough, Erik plays host to Story and Music at the same time.
  • The Worf Effect: Blank attacks the Erlkonig with no issue on the first page of the arc.

Stuff not counted in the main series:

    The Proto-strips: 
New Characters: Erik, Jareth.
Story: Standalone gags about the two characters sitting in a bar. The last mentions moving together.

What Does He Have...?


A Cute Comic

Wrong Movie


What Is This Feeling...
  • Waxing Lyrical: A slight rewrite of What is this feeling... (Loathing) from Wicked.
    • There is a fan video that sets the comic to the song here.

     Covers & Standalone Extras 

Roommates: Erik and Jareth (Cover)
Characters: Erik, Jareth.
Published between the Pirates of the Caribbean Spoilers and 100 Years War mini-arc.

Halloween 07 Roommates Special

Roommates - Christmas Special

Roommates: Javert and James (Cover)
Characters: Javert, James.
Published in the middle of the karaoke arc.

Roommates - Happy Anniversary
Characters: Javert, James, Jareth, Erik, Aziraphale, Crowley, Sarah, Christine, Legolas, Todd.

[Roommates: Crowley and Azira (Cover)
Characters: Aziraphale, Crowley.
Published around the end of the First Vacation arc.

Roommates: Legolas and Sweeney (Cover)
Characters: Legolas and Sweeney.
Published in the middle of the New Hire arc.

Halloween 2009
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
Published before the 3rd Sketch - Clean-Up.

Roommates: Death and Misto (Cover)
Characters: DEATH, Misto.
Published at the end of the Killed for Canon Meeting arc.

Roommates: Rule Britannia (Cover)
Characters: Jareth, James.
Published at the end of the Second Vacation arc.

Roommates - Mist and Madness (Cover)
Characters: Erlkönig, The Erlking's daughter.
Published in the middle of the Dark!Jareth arc.

Roommates: Femme Fatale (Cover)
Characters: Christine, Sarah.
Published in the middle of the Zombies arc.

Commodore Catastrophe Card
Characters: James.
Published afer the Zombies arc. Club card for the Oh, No! James! club, or in other words the fanclub of the resident woobie.

Holiday Special 2011 - Mistletoe Mischief
Characters: James, Éponine, Javert, Valjean, Aziraphale, Crowley, Erik, Mag, Mr. King, Mrs. Norrington, Jareth, Sarah.
Published in the middle of the Jareth's cold arc.

While The World Spins On
Characters: Talahassee, Toby.Extra for #220 Hunch.

Roommates: Twilight Waltz (Cover)
Characters: Mr. King, Mrs. Norrington.
Published after Such Stuff....

Roommates - Keep Watching (Cover)
Characters: Jareth, Javert, James, Erik.
New Characters: Slender Man
Published in the middle of the Greet the neighbors arc.

Long Live The King (Cover)
Characters: Mr. King.
Published in the middle of the Wild Hunt arc.

Halloween 2013
Characters: Jareth, Javert, James, Erik.

Snow Day
Characters: Jareth, Javert, James, Erik, Éponine, Legolas, Captain America.

Roommates: Conceptualize
Characters: Story, Music, Disbelief, Blank, ???
Published in the middle of School Daze

     Roommates Sketches 
R-Sketch 1 - Random
Characters: Aziraphael, Crowley.

Roommates S2 - Pie
Characters: Legolas, Todd.

Roommates S3 - Clean-Up
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.

Roommates S4 - Butcher Job
Characters: James, Javert.

  • Brown Bag Mask: Javert after a shaving accident here. Not only Jareth is guilty in the sin of vanity.

Roommates S5 - Llama
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.