Webcomic / Ice
Earth has been plunged into Endless Winter
Once upon a time there was spring, summer, fall and winter. Now there is only winter.
. Humanity ekes out a living, barely, although money can get you a lot of things. Maybe a heated apartment, if you're really rich.
Hunter isn't. She lives with her boyfriend, Cirr, whom she literally rescued from a garbage bin, in a not-very-nice part of London, earning their living scavenging and fixing things, until a slightly odd electronic device
falls into their hands by accident.
And things of this sort are always wanted by someone...
A completed, or at least abandoned (it sort of stops within the second scene of the epilogue) comic by Faith Erin Hicks of Demonology101
. Read it on her website
These tropes are freezing their butts off:
- After the End: Energy crisis, Endless Winter, the United Nations is a thing of history...
- The Artful Dodger: Reann. It's in the chapter title. And Ayume, although she does have a home.
- Broken Bird: Both Hunter's and Cirr's backstories are straight out of a Hurt/Comfort Fic. That this works somehow is only a testament of the author's skill.
- Catapult Nightmare: Hunter's Bad Dreams cause her to fling herself out of bed and into the bathroom, where she throws up.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: While this one is, actually, what happens to him would be Disproportionate Retribution.
- Condescending Compassion: The Prince, while doing all this charity work, doesn't seem to have much of warm feelings towards its receivers.
- Deus ex Machina: Our heroes, on the mercy of Munsch and Saul, are suddenly rescued here by the Queensmen
- Dialogue Reversal: "Do you stay with me because you feel guilty?"
- Distant Finale: A year later, things are taking a turn for the better. And Sarah comes to visit.
- Distressed Dude: Cirr tends to be. Rescuing him for the second time makes Hunter grudgingly reconcile with her sister.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Hunter's real name is Sarah, like Cirr's sister. It's plot-relevant.
- Endless Winter
- Even Evil Has Standards: Munsch. He and Saul may be ruthless murderers, but they aren't deviants.
Munsch: We must have our moral standards, or else we are no better than the rest of the rabble.
- Everybody Knew Already: Hunter worked out on her own that Cirr is a noble - he has no tatoos whatsoever (believe us, she looked).
- Fantastic Drug: Heat. Makes you warm and horribly addicted. And often dead, if overdosed.
- First-Person Perspective: The story starts with Hunter monologueing introspectively. Later, she narrates several times.
- Flashback: Many.
- For Want of a Nail: Discussed
Hunter (narrating): The old timers would say that people before would now wonder "if I'd never taken home that stupid little dog, would things have turned out different?
- Granola Girl: Hunter used to be one before turning all cynical. Remains egalitarian, though.
- Hacker Cave: This guy's lair.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Hunter, despite her insisting otherwise and calling the hardly Post-Apocalyptic Dog who follows her home "Useless".
- Hero of Another Story: Prince William, seems like. His story and Hunter's only intersect in one place.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Mercy, just a bit. She's a stripper who helps our heroes, because Hunter is her long-lost little sister.
- I Don't Have A Sister: Hunter claims in so many words at the beginning of the comic.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: It's better that way.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Present day Mercy. The coming-out was a difficult process for her.
- MacGuffin: The super-plug Reann and Ayuome found.
- Misery Poker: An interesting variation between Cirr and Mercy, who compete on how much each of them has hurt Hunter.
- Mundane Luxury: Warmth, and energy in general, is very, very coveted.
- Police Are Useless: With a side helping of Police Brutality
- Power Source: Plugs. They power things.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Queen Mary. Also, Ms. Exposition.
- Recovered Addict: Cirr. With strong The Atoner vibe.
- Reduced to Ratburgers: Some poor are, according to Hunter.
- Rescue Romance: In a way, between Hunter and Cirr. She found him in a dumpster and nursed out of a Heat withdrawal.
- Revenge by Proxy: In a flashback, Hunter tries to avenge herself on nobles by selling the battered Cirr to a gang - but finally doesn't.
- Scavenged Punk: For the poor, at least. Hunter's sister can afford premade stuff and good housing, barely.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Cirr, in the process of being nursed back to health by Hunter, apologised to Sarah (his sister) in his feverish dreams. This convinced her to let him stay.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Munsch and Saul. A very Croup-and-Vandemar pair of Boxed Crooks, recruited by the Prince for a task of utmost importance.
- Treasure Chest Cavity: Hunter feeds the super-plug to Useless.
- Upper-Class Twit: Cirr used to be one, and comes from an entire family of those, with Sarah as the White Sheep.
- The Wise Prince: Prince William cultivates the image, but is really The Evil Prince and The Starscream.