Webcomic / Anti-Heroes

anti-HEROES is a webcomic created by Jordan Quigley that has since been taken over by two others, and now has a much quicker update schedule (for a given definition of "quicker").

The story starts out with a group of adventurers; Andil, an elven fighter who is competent enough to be incompetent; Xavier, a human who is (probably?) a ranger; Laldera, a human sorceress, and Lana, a human rogue. These are The Heroes.

Of course, there's a reason the comic is called anti-HEROES. Within the first few strips, Lana gets herself killed in a trap Andil shoved her into (though he probably didn't realize it); in typical D&D fashion, her allies loot her corpse and leave her behind. One strip later, she becomes much more competent when a mysterious necromancer in a fully concealing cloak resurrects her as a vampire. Originally shocked and upset, Lana ends up following him anyway, thus beginning the title team of anti-heroes. Eventually joining her and the necromancer are an incompetent illusionist ghost named Kaalinor, his equally incompetent ghost buddy Frank, and a tiefling ranger named Keriss.

Oh, and before we forget to mention, it proudly proclaims to be a fancomic for The Order of the Stick.

In the Author Comments of Strip 219, the author finally confessed that he couldn't continue to do the comic anymore and narrowed down two options for his fans to vote for: 1: that he simply releases all his notes, future characters, plot points and secrets (à la Chainmail Bikini), or 2: that he finds another artist to carry on with the comic. The fanbase overwhelmingly voted for Option 2.

And from Strip 220 onwards, Team Dypen (consisting of Giant in the Playround members Dyluth and leakingpen) has officially taken over. General consensus among the fanbase is that so far, they're doing a great job. Dyluth handles creating all of the art, and the primary scriptwriting is handled by leakingpen, whose real name is Alexander Hollins. Other writing of his can be found at www.dreamfantastic.com.

Sadly, appears to have stopped updating as of May 2015.

anti-HEROES provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl:
    • Lana is a vampire rogue that multiclassed to mage. She can definitely take care of herself in a fight.
    • Keriss is a tiefling fighter introduced by outmanuerving Aldran's proto group.
  • All Genes Are Codominant: Black wings and white wings leads to grey wings.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Keriss' guild is overtaken by the Ivory Veil.
  • Anti-Hero: Naturally, hence the name.
    • Aldran doesn't give a shit about anyone else's problems because he's too focused on revenge against an evil demi-god.
    • Lana gladly feasts on innocent people (turning them into vampires) and also has plans of revenge but she's otherwise a Nice Girl.
    • Keriss, the tiefling is more heroic than either of them.
  • Anti-Villain: Eldhin is probably aware of what Arderas has done and is capable of. However, he's only doing it because Arderas is threatening his mother.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • When Aldran says an archfiend and a celestial produced children, Keriss calls foul on this ("It's against the rules!") but since Aldran himself is one of those children and possesses grey wings it's hard to refute him.
    • Undead are supposed to be immune to psionic power but Quentas can still reduce Kaal to a quivering mass saying 'ow' over and over again. He claims it's because he's lived long enough to find a workaround.
  • "Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation: "He Makes Himself Clear"
    Lana: And what exactly makes you so important to know about about this prophecy, huh?
    Turrick: I wrote it.
    Lana: .... Oh. So, considering you're such a great guy and all, you wouldn't happene to be nice enough to explain everything to to me, would you?
    (Turrick blows her balloon with a spell)
    Lana: Aaah!! I'll take that as a "no."