"What do you think these things are for?"Cochlea & Eustachia
is a surreal
webcomic created by Hans Rickheit
, featuring a pair of identical masked and scantily clad
young women exploring a strange building. Later on they run into a third, but it's not clear where she's from.
Completed (for now) after just 66 pages, though further stories are planned.
Cochlea & Eustachia contains examples of:
- Apocalypse How: A hint of this in the field of bones stretching to the horizon outside the building.
- Bag of Holding: The narrow-necked bottle from which Cochlea pours hundreds of small objects in the hope of finding something useful.
- Body Horror: After Cochlea has finished stapling(!) what's left of their dismembered bodies back together, Eustachia and the third girl end up conjoined with limbs all over the place, like a bizarre human starfish. They don't seem too happy with the arrangement, but Cochlea doesn't see any problem with it, and soon finds a good use for their new shape.
- Contrived Coincidence: At the end of the story Cochlea finds a paddle-powered raft that's worked by the same kind of see-saw handles as a rail handcart. Just so happens, the handles are exactly the right shape for the now-conjoined Eustachia and third girl to operate.
- Dada Comics: Although comedy isn't a major feature of this webcomic, there are several amusing moments and visual puns.
- Fanservice: Cochlea and Eustachia's dress code. Skimpy at best.
- Fan Disservice: Eustachia mostly naked, but also dismembered and eviscerated. Ew. That's even before Cochlea starts stapling her guts back together... and getting all the bits in the wrong order.
- No Plot? No Problem!: The author has stated that coherency is the last thing that concerns him.
- Mind Screw: Trying to figure out where the story is going, or even if there is a plot.
- Recursive Reality: Certain objects inside the building, including one of the heroines, contain entire living rooms — complete with furniture and occupants.
- Squick: See Fan Disservice above.
- Surrealism: The building being explored by the female protagonists is filled with random objects, and has... unusual spatial properties.