Webcomic / Bio Apocalypse

Pain is the curse of consciousness.

In 2008, a Something Awful forums goon scanned and uploaded a 94-page graphic novel he drew back in sixth grade. Drawn in a composition book with only a pencil and many, many red crayons, it was an astonishingly deep (and gruesome) space opera about a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong, and the conflicts that followed between the survivors on the Moon: the Scientific community and New Jerusalem, and the ultimate struggle to destroy the Eldritch Abomination that engulfed Earth. Bio Apocalypse immediately gained a small cult following, complete with fan art and demands that it be professionally published or made into a movie. In 2011, the first third of what appears to be a narrated animated version was uploaded to its IMDB page. The original comic can be found here.

A physical copy of the book can be obtained here.

In 2012, the entire animated version was posted to YouTube. It is awesome. So is this fan trailer.

A modern spin-off is currently in the works.

Tropes seen in Bio Apocalypse include:

  • And I Must Scream: Every human being and intelligent animal on Earth ends up being absorbed into the organism, unable to move or speak but still conscious and able to feel the extreme amounts of pain felt by the entire biomass.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The fetus monster (in this case, 50 miles tall).
  • Badass Grandpa: The last living man on Earth not absorbed by the organism stands on top of the Eiffel Tower, fending off the creature with his cane.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: Taken to the extreme with the religious members of the Moon.
  • Bloody Bowels of Hell: Made physical on Earth by the super-organism.
  • Body Horror: A bit.
  • Brown Note: The "Floating Things" have to be censored, because just looking at them can make one die of fright.
  • Children Are Innocent: Played straight, when prior to the genocide of the religious fanatics, the children are abducted to safety.
  • Child Prodigy: The creator may have been this.
  • Description Porn: Used to complement much of the gory details, which instils a grotesque sense of wonder.
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally. The entire issue is resolved when God sends the Angel of Death to kill the fetus monster and make the Earth habitable again.
  • Deus Ex Nukina: Inverted.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The super-organism has a habit of spawning these.
  • Fetus Terrible: Where do we even begin? Kilometres high, the Fetus is capable of throwing Mount Everest at the moon.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: God (despite His existence being questioned several times) never does anything to aid the humans on the Moon or to eradicate the super-organism until the final part of the story.
  • Grey Goo: The super-organism is an organic version. Later on the Scientists use another version to vaporise the Organism.
  • Hypocrite: Both sides. The religious nuts denounce science, but use it to survive. The scientists either think God doesn't exist, or if He does, He's a monster. However, they secretly pray to Him in their sleep, thanking Him for sparing them from the super-organism.
  • Knight Templar: The people of New Jerusalem.
  • Little Professor Dialog: Most of the narration easily falls into this category.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Bio Apocalypse IS this trope.
  • Nuke 'em: This is the default strategy used against the super-organism it never works.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: The basic tenet of the Moon's scientific community.
  • Scenery Gorn: Well, when the scenery is literally Gorn, you know you have this trope on your hands.