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Webcomic: Artifice
Actually I prefer the term... inhuman.
Deacon

A now complete webcomic by author Alex Woolfson and artist Winona Nelson. One of four finalists for the 26TH Annual Lambda Literary Awards in the "Graphic Novel" category. It can be found here.

It was supposed to be a routine "clean-up" mission on the isolated colony Da Vinci Four, but Deacon, a prototype android soldier, has failed spectacularly. Not only did he disobey orders, letting a 19-year-old business liability named Jeff survive, he also attacked and killed those who were sent to help him. Now, the brilliant and uncompromising robopsychologist Clarice Maven has been summoned by the Corporation to determine why.

With Deacon at her absolute mercy, Maven will find out exactly what happened between the android and this boy—and she will use her terrible power to make sure Deacon never fails the Corporation ever again.

Woolfson has a new webcomic, The Young Protectors, on the same site.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Wordof God says that this is what Deacon is afraid of.
  • All There in the Manual: According to comments left by alex in the comments section, the other four Deacon-lookalike androids all have names starting with "D" as well, though he hasn't yet revealed what exactly those names are.
  • And I Must Scream: Thanks to his immobilization codes, Deacon was paralyzed, helpless as the man he loved was knocked unconscious, then thrown into a cell when he laid inert on the floor for three days, having nothing but part of the wall and worrying about Jeff to occupy the time until his battery died. Yeesh.
  • Anti-Hero: Deacon shows contempt for humanity and has, in the words of another (more famous) android, "done questionable things" in the service of his masters
  • Artificial Human: Deacon looks and, for the most part acts, completely human, even though he rejects the term.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Deacon is an android soldier.
  • Berserk Button: Maven gets pissed when Deacon tries to steer the flow of conversation during their session, or when he tries (tries) to outsmart her with vague answers.
  • Blondes are Evil: Maven. She takes far too much pleasure in Deacon's grief at his impending fate.
  • Boys Love
  • Bullying a Dragon: The security guard does this in the opening, with predictable results.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Deacon.
  • Do Androids Dream? and Just a Machine: Two security guards taunt Deacon in the opening scene, referring to him as just "an appliance."
  • Fictional Field of Science: Robopsychology
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Jeff seems to have shades of this, twice employing the word "freaking" when an f-bomb would seem less shoehorned by comparison.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: While trying to protect Jeff, Deacon attacks members of the recovery team with... other members of the recovery team.
  • Grow Beyond Their Programming
  • In Medias Res: The story opens after Deacon has left Da Vinci Four. We find out what happened there as he tells his story to Dr. Maven.
  • Leave No Survivors: Deacon's team's orders, and nobody seems to see anything wrong with that.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Deacon estimates the odds that he and Jeff survive as 1,732,413:1. Subverted in that he's just pulling those numbers out of his ass.
  • Mega Corp.: the corporation that created Deacon has its own military, makes its own rules and has seemingly endless resources.
  • Psycho Psychologist: Even taking into account that Deacon has killed several people, the pleasure Maven seems to take in being especially vindictive towards him is unprofessional to say the least.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Maven.
  • Straight Gay: Jeff.
  • The Stoic: Deacon, at first, even when getting violent. Though this later seems to slip when he interacts with Jeff, and when Maven starts getting tough with him.
  • Traumatic Haircut: although it's got to be said— when you compare the 'before' and 'after', even though Jeff's pretty horribly beat up, it would seem that a lot of people think it's almost like a haircut version of The Glasses Come Off combined with Beautiful All Along.

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