Angels 2200 is a webcomic done by Peter Haynes and Nathaniel Savio. The webcomic combines Space Opera, Improbably Female Cast, Girls Love, and War Is Hell.Humanity on Earth and its colonies has undergone a plague that has killed off the vast, vast majority of men thus humanity's armed forces are now entirely women. Concurrently, the colonies have been rebelling against Earth. The Terran Navy has sent one of their more minor resources—the aptly named and obsolescent carrier Outcast—to deal with an uprising on the Risae asteroid belt.But even aboard the Outcast the Icebreaker flight squad stands out as a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, both poorly trained and untested. Unfortunately, it looks like Icebreaker squad will be the ones called upon to be the heroes. They include:
Sasha "Hammer" Carelli (Hometown: New York City): Squad Commander. Daughter of a decorated Terran Navy pilot.
Franchesca "Kid" Martines (Mariot, France): The Ingenue, probably the ship's most naturally-gifted pilot. Sensitive and idealistic to a fault.
Juanita "Quetzalcoatl (Quetz)" Valdez, (Mexico City): Hammer's wingman. Squad' s best pilot. Not Good with People
Mary "Whiskey" O'Riley (Limerick, Ireland): Walking Irish stereotype. (Which she intentionally plays up). Would probably be the team's "Heart", if Kid weren't around
Mitsabi "Bubblegum" Kiseko (Kyoto, Japan): Less emotionally stable than Kid. Fancies herself a detective. Based on the author's wife.
Aborted Declaration of Love: Hammer considers telling Kid how she feels when choosing to stay behind on the Ellie Arroway, but chickens out at the last moment.
Absolute Cleavage: Hammer's zipper keeps riding lower and lower during her escape attempt from the Ellie Arroway
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Subverted by the sexbot Lance, who after sustaining physical damage appears to have gone rogue, but in fact continues to function perfectly safe. Also inverted and lampshaded when Whiskey out of the blue bludgeons the nice pastor who was sent to guard her.
Lance: This is why I find it amusing that people worry about robots going crazy...
Amazon Brigade: The entire military, both terran and colonial, is female.
An Arm and a Leg: After Hammer is captured, the mother of a little boy who died on the Ellie Arroway tells her she's going to make Hammer suffer one day for every day he lived. They start by cutting off her hand.
Darker and Edgier: The comic becomes this progressively. While never a comedy, the first two chapters were considerably lighter. From chapter 3 on the comic took on a darker and darker turn, with the second half of chapter four being one huge Wham Episode.
Data Pad: Two different versions are shown: A security guard accesses the ship's message system with one and the pilots carry something called "Jmlad" that functions as a personal organizer and storage device.
Disappeared Dad: Most of the cast's fathers are dead. Whiskey claims her father somehow survived and then abandoned his family, but circumstances imply it may have been an act.
Dropped A Bridge On Her: Most of Corona Squad except Scimitar, perishes almost instantly as a result of debris when the Outcast is hit by a Wave Motion Gun. Loser is accidentally killed by Whiskey.
Exact Words: Lance, despite being unable to lie, is able to avoid compromising his having assumed Loser's identity because the captain is asking for her specifically. When the captain asks the occupant of his/Loser's vac suit to respond, he's found out.
Grey and Gray Morality: Neither the Terrans' nor the Colonials' cause is portrayed as more justified, and both sides perform questionable actions to further the war effort. The pilots are more concerned about staying alive and protecting their friends than whether their mission is right or wrong.
Ironic Echo: Quetz tells Kid "Cheerleading tryouts are down the hall" when she oversleeps and rushes into her first meeting late. This is later repeated on Quetz herself after she takes over as squad leader after Whiskey tampers with her alarm.
Modern Major General: Bubblegum is the worst pilot on the Icebreakers, but is reasonably talented in other fields, like investigation.
Moral Myopia: The rebels torturing Hammer for the death of of a child, even though it looked they were bringing him along on a suicide mission. Subverted when we find out that the Ellie Arroway was intending to broadcast a pirate signal exposing Earth's Goverment's role in creating and spreading The Plague, then surrender or run for it.
Nothing Up My Sleeve: Captain Kurosawa, while being confronted by Toat, hides a pistol in her sleeve. Toat later takes command of the bridge at gunpoint at a crucial point in the last battle of the first part, but after Loser's death distracts her for a moment, Kurosawa manages to shoot the gun out of her hand and send her to the brig.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Investigator Toat. It's only one of her eyes and it's a cybernetic prosthesis, but still...
Reality Ensues: A half dozen conscripted 18-19 year olds do not merely rise to the occasion and become crack fighter pilots. Any successes they achieve are arguably because the enemy is similarly poorly trained.
The ship's message system closely resembles the forum that could be found on the comic's website at the time the particular strip was created. Most of the user names shown on screen in the comic are slight modification of user names of regular posters on the real-life forum at the time.
Unequal Pairing: Kid and Hammer, the implications of which are explored on several occasions (notably when Hammer has to dress down Kid for hesitating in battle, which nearly costs Bubblegum her life).
The War of Earthly Aggression: The comic milks the "morally ambiguous" version of this trope for all it is worth: the Terrans have a State Sec and use biological warfare; The Colonials use Child Soldiers as kamikazes and torture their prisoners. On balance the Terrans come out slightly on top, since most of their viewpoint characters are noble warrior types whereas the Colonials' commander tends to do Magnificent Bastard things like deliberately sacrificing his own troops as bait.
War Is Hell: The entire plot is pretty much build around this.
Wave Motion Gun: Ship to ship combat seems to consist of capital ships firing their particle beams, powerful laser cannons that can blow right through another ship, at one another, then letting the fighters duke it out while they wait for the beams to recharge.
Kid: Ze particle beam?
Quetz: Jesus, Kid, have we been riding in the same ship the past few months? It's the big honkin' boomstick at the front!!!