Set in an undetermined date in the future, a space station houses a starfighter fleet, each ship manned by a fighter and a navigator. Navigator Abel is assigned to the notorious fighter Cain, who kicks off their partnership by permanently scarring Abel to mark him as his property, then threatening him. Forced together by circumstance and military command, Abel does his best to be a professional partner and navigator to loose-cannon Cain, while entering into a brutal, messy relationship with him even as hints arise that Cain is even more dangerous than he appears.Can be found here.NSFW for graphic sex, but has a SFW filter page.This webcomic contains examples of:
The Ace: Both Cain and Abel show signs of being this: Cain's a darker and nastier version, while Abel plays it straighter, being both skilled and the first Navigator to volunteer for what may be a suicide mission.
Art Evolution: It's not dramatic, but the comic slowly got prettier, smoother, and more professional looking over time.
A Date with Rosie Palms: Cain has an impromptu one in his cockpit after barely missing the antimatter cannon fired by the space station at the enemy fleet. If Abel hadn't figured out his Fighter was a tad unstable before...Also, Praxis has this, while looking at a picture of Abel, and fantasizing that Abel comes to his room, all beat up, and seduces Praxis.
A Real Man Is a Killer: Cain's a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie. Abel is the type to put himself in harm's way to save a stranger's life. Guess who tops?
Psychologically? Abel definitely tops. Cain tries to be the intimidating establish-dominance-through-sex type, and Abel completely undermines this by wanting to bottom, initiating the sex after the first time, calling the shots on missions, and generally taking the rug out from under Cain's initial attempts to control him. Physically being the one taking it up the ass means little compared to the rest of their interactions.
Ax-Crazy: The nastier Navigators seem to think all Fighters are this. They're probably wrong, but Cain doesn't do much to avert the stereotype. However, Praxis and Encke seem relatively stable, and there are hints that is is less an issue of disposition and more a class issue.
Bastard Boyfriend: Cain acts like a classic Unconflicted type at the outset, but some of his behaviour might mark him as a candidate for Conflicted development, or bring him out of the category altogether.
Give Abel his due, though, he's far from a whimpering Love Martyr.
Abel: You unbelievable son of a bitch! I do NOT take orders from you!
As of Chapter 3, Cain has gotten a lot better, and his relationship with Abel is starting to look more egalitarian.
Bio-Augmentation: Word of God has it that Abel and the other Navigators have this, explaining both their intellect and their uniformly pretty looks. The Fighters don't have this advantage, so they apparently have to compensate in other ways. Link here.
Curse Cut Short: "You mean you can fly a starfighter but you don't know how to suck - NGH!"
Dogged Nice Guy: Praxis obviously feels Abel deserves better than someone like Cain, and has ignored warnings not to even talk to Abel at all. It's not until later that we learn that he does indeed have feelings for Abel, at the very least a physical attraction to him.
Jerk Ass: Cain's idea of saying hello and getting to know his new roommate/navigator involves biting his face to "mark" him as his property. As of the latest comic, it's been made clear he's warned all the other Fighters not to even talk to Abel, and he's ready to hand out a beating to Praxis for daring to speak to Abel for a few moments in the hallway.
As of the mission into Colteran space, with Abel taking the helm more in their relationship, Cain seems to be slowly evolving into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
The Masochism Tango: A fairly literal example, as Cain gives Abel a permanent scar, and really seems to take an interest when Abel tries to punch him out and later returns the lip-scarring favour by scratching Cain bloody in the heat of the moment.
"Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Messes around with this one. Was Cain being a pushy abusive jackass? Well yeah. Abel, despite being none too happy with Cain's charming personality, never tries to stop Cain, is explicitly enjoying himself, and gets off multiple times. At one point, he even tells Cain to stop...and although Cain complains, stop he does.
Pet the Dog: Subverted at first, then more frequently with Cain as the comic goes on.