Claude & Monet
is a sci-fi webcomic created by Rob Barba and Ayne Hart, updated with a new page every Tuesday and Friday (originally Tues and Thurs).
Mostly a caper comic featuring a team of "professionals" (soldiers-of-fortune) in a galaxy torn apart by war.
Tropes seen in this webcomic:
- Absent Aliens: None at all.
- Action Girl: Monet, Miki, and Ambika.
- Animesque: Both creators frequently acknowledge an overly long exposure to the medium as inspiration.
- Artificial Limbs / Neural Implanting / Super Senses: Monet is shown using her artificial eyes three times so far.
- Additionally, Claude and Monet both use built-in neural communication devices as opposed to Miki, who uses an earpiece.
- Bad Ass: most of the characters, in one way or other.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: Averted in a big way, at least with Monet and to a lesser extent Miki.
- Black and Gray Morality / White and Gray Morality: So far, all the characters presented seem to fall somewhere in the nexus of this complexity.
- Monet, didn't kill any of her opponents but had no problem stripping Ambika down to nothing in the winter cold.
- Brenner, on the other hand, ordered Monet killed, but takes care of his subordinates even if they fail.
- Casual Danger Dialog: the heroes generally thrive on this.
- Chekhov's Exhibit: The vase from in the first story arc.
- Classy Cat Burglar: Monet mostly, but in general the organization she, Claude, and Miki work for.
- Clothing Damage: Monet ends up with this after an attempt to cause a distraction Goes Horribly Wrong.
Miki: "Um...you're a little under-dressed for the weather."
Monet: "The flaretapes were supposed to be distraction outside the biosuit - not inside."
- Monet, of course, solves this problem by stealing Ambika's clothing and throwing away the assassin's undergarments...after spiderlining her to the nearest pole.
- Deadpan Snarker: Monet even taunts Ambika for her lack of quipping.
- Don't Call Me Lily: Monet really, really, really doesn't like her first name.
- Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: Brenner is well into his fifties and is in better shape than most of the people half his age.
- I Know You Know I Know: Brenner knows that Monet knows what he's up to and vice versa.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Miki.
- Mid Development Genre Shift: The writer has mentioned the story was supposed to originally take place in the modern day before a series of modern-day soldiers-of-fortune webcomics made the creative team rethink that.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Yin-Feng seems to be the Yamato Nadeshiko (despite being of Chinese ancestry instead of Japanese), while her identical twin Yun-Feng is a Wrench Wench and pilot.
- Post Cyberpunk: The creative team have stated the world is designed with a lighter Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex feel.
- Psycho for Hire: Ambika. Just...Ambika.
- Schedule Slip: This happened to the creators several times during their first year of the comic for several reasons, the worst being a two-month hiatus due to their server being repeatedly hacked. After the artist burned out on a Tues/Thurs schedule, they've since moved to a Tues/Fri schedule with better results.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Lampshaded in both the distance and time senses in that that hyperspace travel is so confusing the average person can't figure it out in their head.
Yin-Feng: "Oh, we started about four hours ago, sir. That or two days ago. You know how hard it is to tell time between star systems."
- Shout Out:
- At one point Claude steals a car belonging to a celebrity with a peculiar name.
- The creators have a fondness for retro brands as seen in the fact that Pan Am and Eastern Airlines are two competing transport shuttle companies.
- We Help The Helpless: Both Claude & Monet's parent organization and Brenner's organization fit this trope. Sometimes.
- Xanatos Speed Chess - Brenner was already several steps ahead of the game. Possibly more.