Jack is a furry webcomic by David Hopkins. The main character, Jack, is a rabbit who is also The Grim Reaper. Most of the stories take place in the afterlife or involve death in some form.Oh, and fair warning, this comic can get veryNSFW: gore, sex, swearing, and all around blasphemy can be found.Also has awiki. Not to be confused with Jack Antonucci's webcomic of the same name.Now has characterpages under construction.
This webcomic provides examples of:
Action Girl: Farrago, Central, Brisk, Lita, and Specks.
Art Major Biology: In-universe. Aurthor doesn't really know that much about cancer himself (however he does know that cancer is a group of diseases), but his speech to the press essentially tells them cancer is caused by evil monsters.
Ascended Extra: Within the series' universe. When humanity died in the Human-Furry War and furrykind failed to learn from man's mistakes, God ensured that the ensuing history would follow that which came before (sans biological-warfare-apocalypse) as closely as possible. However, certain furry works of fiction, such as Extinctioners and The Funday Pawpet Show, are now mainstream works.
The Atoner: Too many to count, but Jack seems to be the most prominent one.
Pepe Val Pew, the Fursona of Dave Hopkins appears both as Pepe Val Pew and as Satan. Interestingly only when appearing as Satan does he appear to be able to discuss plot points and openly break the forth wall, other appearances are little more than cameos.
Author Tract: The pro-life themes get pretty thick, not to mention the lavish attentions paid to women being abused in various ways (and, most infamously, being made to apologize to their abuser).
Blessed with Suck: Most of the characters who are punished with being anthropomorphic personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins are given far greater powers than a normal denizen of Hell. However, they're unable to actually enjoy the activities that embody their lust. The angel Central told Jack that one of the reasons the Sins were given power was so that they would not seek out redemption, continuing their punishment in Hell.
Bloody Bowels of Hell: One punishment for those who are guilty of the sin of Lust is being fused into a huge, writhing gob of meat, similar in form to a Gibbering Mouther from Dungeons & Dragons.
Break the Cutie: This webcomic exemplifies more than any other work of fiction. Good, decent, cute people get REALLY broken and abused, sometimes just for being good, decent and cute.
It's no better exemplified than with Fnar, the Innocent in Hell. An unborn baby who died with his mother, Fnar was given the form of a small child and told that he's to stay in Hell for the time being but that Hell will not affect him since he did not do anything to be damned personally. His role in the comic is to wander through people's personal tortures not quite grasping what's going on, and acting as Jack's Morality Pet. Fnar even manages to acquire a girlfriend (a deformed demoness introduced in a previous arc as the aborted child of that arc's protagonist) and a pet (A Rework, which is a 28 Days Later style feral zombie). Fnar fails to notice anything off about either and they both become very much fond of him in turn. Everyone likes Fnar and wants to be nice to him (and those that don't stay uninvolved in his dealings) until Fnar is told he is finally going to leave Hell. This event is treated with a lot of build up and celebration, until Fnar's father Drip, serial rapist in life and the Sin of Lust personified in death figures out his connection to Fnar and molests him right before he was to leave, spoiling his innocence at the last minute. This causes Jack to have a Heroic BSOD where he lashes out at an angel who had been one of Jack's few true friends, spoiling their friendship.
ARC XXXII: Been Reading Job has a broken cutie. Fangs described himself as a Christian, but became upset about being a social outcast, with it changing to anger when observing celebrations for being free from alcohol or leaving rehab (due to molesting children), when Fangs received no recognition for avoiding alcohol or not requiring rehab. The story shows his breaking point when he perceives that people are expected to be flawed, and chooses to become wrathful.
Broad Strokes: The canon timeline is confusing, as time does not exist in Hell, so the plot wanders across earth's timeline. Plus, the "history repeats" stuff makes the timeline confusing and possibly broken. The timeline gets really confusing when characters from Rework The Dead start appearing in Jack. The two works seem to fit together, but it's hard to figure out how. Drip is the main problem. Are both Drips the same person? If so, Lita grew up during the events of Rework, but as we see her death and see her alive in the background of "Two For You" both of which are noticeably rework-free. So either the ability to recover from a Zombie Apocalypse ridiculously quickly is one of the lesser known furry attributes, or Drip died multiple times in the same universe, once killed by a rework that looks exactly like his hell-form (which given the Reincarnation and escaping from Hell bits may be possible). Or it's paralleled but related universes. Or the damage to the time line is worse that it originally seems.
The story arc "Hell is That Noise" tells the story of Todd, a fox that served in the World War I and obeyed the order to kill over a hundred children, a decision he regretted. When he comes home, he learns that his wife committed suicide, and Todd ends up committing suicide as well. In Hell, he refuses to take responsibility for his actions, arguing that he just followed orders and "fate" already decided what would happen in his life. Everyone in Hell (including Satan) calls him out on this and that what happened to him was his own fault. The Story essentially wants the reader to see Todd as irresponsible for following such an order, that he should have refused and that he should accept it's all his fault, but the problem is that a good deal of the tragedies that happened to him were beyond his direct and conscious control, including the action that condemned him to Hell. Later on, it's revealed that the major that ordered Todd to shoot the children was The Devil in disguise, who pointed out that the children would likely grow up to attack the country, and that Todd is a soldier and must obey orders. Todd would still be screwed even if he had chosen to refuse the order, because the devil tricked everyone into believing that he was a general, meaning that Todd would likely be arrested and killed for treason, and other soldiers would simply follow the order in his place, not knowing that the general is an impostor. So, as a result, the story simply prove that Todd's argument that he was a pawn of forces beyond his control is correctall along. There's a reason why David Hopkins isn't found on that arc.
The non-linear nature of time in Hell tends to screw around wildly with the concept of free will and personal choice; the Devil often resorts to directly manipulating the circumstances of the past and future in order to compel his victims to act, and then blame them for it all. This is most notable with Drip, of all people. His grandmother took him in after his parents were killed, directly blamed him for their deaths and used that guilt to force him to perform sex acts with her, setting him on an escalating path of sexual violence and depravity until he finally died, and became the Sin of Lust. After spending time in Hell and being raped literally thousands of times, the Devil offers him a treasured memento of his mother in exchange for a favor: the murder of two people. Drip agrees, because at this point, it hardly makes any difference... and then he realizes that the two people the Devil has just had him brutally kill were his own parents, sealing off a Stable Time Loop. And yet, the Devil closes his argument by saying that it was always Drip's choice, and it was always his own fault, just like Grandma said.
Jack stops Farrago from saving one of Drip's victims as he rapes and kills, saying that "It has to be his choice" in order for him to become Drip, illustrating that furrykind's ability to choose and free will are sacred. Aaaand then we have Central locking Bob and Lisa Vorsh into a walk-in freezer, just after Lisa openly stated that she wants to get away from Bob and start a new, non-serial-killing, non-cannibalistic life, and we already know they'll become the Sin of Gluttony. So, basically, the preservation of choice and free will only matters if it means a woman gets brutally raped and killed.
To be fair, part of Central's job is apparently killing mortals once they reached such levels of evil they qualify for being a Sin to prevent them from missing their appointed time and possibly being the biggest Karma Houdini possible.
Lisa was turning away from the sins that made her part of Gluttony and she didn't have an "appointed time", Central killed them when she did specifically so that Lisa wouldn't be able to turn her life around. It's not free will if the Powers That Be are specially tasked with screwing you out of redemption.
Lisa outright said if she was found out she would kill her new lover and go back to her ways. So yeaaaaaah, she was already pass the point of no return
Bug War: Arc XXIII "Debts," which takes place in the future of the furry earth.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Darkly subverted. Doctor Thalmus thinks that developing a cure for cancer entitles him to molest children, even going so far as to hold the cure hostage when Aurthor finds out. No one else seems to agree with his viewpoint.
Cosmic Plaything: Hopkins makes this one dance a jig when it comes to Todd: He believes himself this, so he becomes this, with the Devil controlling his life. Then he realizes the Devil told him about the Seventh Wall, which means he can invert it and make the cosmos (or at least the comic strip) his plaything, right? Wrong.
Crapsack World: Hard to place, as the comic is largely set in Hell, and our viewpoint of events is skewed. While there are some very optimistic bits, the facts are that humanity has been wiped out, humanity's successors are doomed to make the exact same mistakes as humanity in the same order. Hell may as well have a revolving door as far as some of its worse repeat offenders are concerned, and there's a Zombie Apocalypse as well as an Alien Invasion waiting in the immediate future. God seems to have taken a "hands off" approach to things, leaving the fate of the world to mortals, angels and Sins, of which only the worst of the Sins seems to have a clear plan.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: While Frigid McThunderbones is one the loose, a mob boss decides to hide out in a place where a murderous snowman would never set foot - a hot bathhouse.
Days of Future Past: Apparently, when furrykind annihilated the human race (their creators), they ended up being knocked back into at least medieval society, working their way back up to what we would call the present day and beyond. An obvious piece of evidence for this is the first official playing card deck, which shows that when Farrago was alive, she was a medieval-style knight or warrior.
Dead to Begin With: Most of the recurring characters are dead, or have been dead at some point.
In the "What's Pissing off Dalton" story arc, Dalton kills a man because of his speech impediment that causes him to draw out his "s" sounds, which annoys Dalton due to his headaches.
Also, Hell, for some of its victims. Not so much because they don't deserve punishment, but because the punishments are meant to teach them what they did wrong in life so they can realize their sin and repent, while often being too obtuse or too terrifying for the victim to interpret, or just plain designed to be hopeless. What can a person learn from being sealed naked into a wall with their arms, limbs, and head covered, and the rest left exposed to be raped by an ascended monster-version of the person who raped and probably murdered them?
Don't Fear The Reaper: While played straight with Jack (sometimes), "What's Pissing Off Dalton" has Satan showing Jack who will replace him if he ever leaves Hell. Dalton will be guaranteed to lead to an all-out aversion.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: If you're content with purgatory and don't want to reincarnate because you know you won't remember anything about the afterlife and are guaranteed a harder life than the one you had the first time (which, because you had only an okay life, is that much more likely to land you in Hell) a cadre of busty, horny angels will invite themselves into your house, refuse to let you leave no matter how many times you don't want what they're selling, and shove their hands down your pants until you admit that deep down, you really do want to fuck them. But they might let you go peacefully if you tell them that you "can't accept" their sexual assault. They're only spreading happiness and love, after all! They're angels, they couldn't do it if it wasn't good!
Driven to Suicide/Suicide Is Painless: A lot of the recurring non-angelic cast took their own lives out of either desperation or a desire for control. No less than three recurring characters were driven to suicide by Drip.
Both played straight and subverted regarding the denizens of Hell. Any one of them (up to and including Satan himself) is perfectly capable of ending their time in Hell at any time by recognizing their sins, repenting for them, and asking for forgiveness. Seems easy, but the subversion comes in the fact that the people who end up in Hell tend to, by their very natures, resist doing this, as pointed out elsewhere on this page.
Averted by a good number of Hell's victims who don't remember enough about their lives to account for their sins, particularly Jack, and thus can't repent and seek forgiveness for something they don't remember doing.
Inverted in "Hell Is That Noise", when the mother character recognizes her sins, repents for them, and asks forgiveness of the children she aborted. They angrily tear her apart instead.
If you commit suicide for any reason, you go to Hell. In "Games We Play in Hell," it was implied that accidentally jumping to your death also counts as suicide.
If your evil was of such a prodigious magnitude that Hell does not know how to punish you, you become Sin itself.
It is stated that if you don't believe in God, S/He cannot accept you into Heaven (but at least this version of Purgatory isn't that bad, amounting to a peaceful, idealized version of Earth).
If you're an unborn child whose mother went to Hell after being murdered, you go to Hell with her! But your innocence protects you from comprehending any of the horror you witness or being harmed. Except by your psychotic rapist sin-incarnate father. Fnar is called The Innocent In Hell and is told early on that he's just on standby before he can be born properly, but that doesn't really change the fact that he was sent to Hell for someone else's sins, and ultimately, to be someone else's punishment.
If you were aborted, you not only go to Hell, you also become a deformed demon.
If you make the decision to repent your sins and live a better life while you're still on Earth, an angel may come to kill you before you have the chance to act on that decision, so you'll go to Hell.
If you die and go to Purgatory, angels will sexually harass you until you agree to be reincarnated and live a harder life than the one you had the first time... which practically guarantees that you will go to Hell.
Even DRIP of all people can feel bad about what is happening to others, and when two characters are captured by Kane, Drip gives one a Mercy Kill and offers to do the same to another. He later goes on to being regular Drip, but look at his eyes in panel 4 here.
In "Games We Play in Hell," were are shown how Vince (the Sin of Greed) manages his empire. He frequently make sadistic shows on his coliseum and his followers generally enjoy the "spectacle." On days when Drip is visiting, he usually suggests the "Musical Holes" game, which is a Not Safe for Work version Musical Chairs. It's noticed that very few actually enjoy this game, the rest (including Silver Blue) only pretends to enjoy to avoid punishment.
Every Episode Ending: At the end of every main story arc: "TTFN" (Ta-Ta For Now). Lampshaded in the story arc "Twist, Twist, Twist."
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Even if they do have good in them, it's clear why the damned are damned: they shift blame around and say it's all the fault of a higher power they got condemned to Hell.note Excluding those who were actually sent to Hell by a supernatural being, as it's been shown that Satan, the Sins, and even the servants of Sins can do so. Some of them (like Lita) get disproportionately incensed at angels whenever they see them.
Eldritch Location: Obviously Hell, particularly in "Mr. Smith Goes To Hell" where the landscape changes not only in shape, but also it laws of physics and logic are distorted like a pretzel.
Explicit Content: Although there is the occasional display of nudity throughout the strip, "The Games We Play in Hell" has more than a bit of explicit sex, particularly of the non-consensual variety.
Furry Confusion: Furries are genetically engineered, apparently, so there's nothing weird in a family of crow-men farmers being pestered by crows. There is confusion about how the furry offspring looks like: a cat-girl's elementary school-old kitten looked like a real life kitten, but Littlest Cancer Patients looked like furry kids.
Genius Loci: The ground of Hell is the Sin of Sloth. He can feel every footstep and may never rest.
Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Whilst Sins, God, and the Devil have pupil-less eyes, all non-Sins in Hell are shown with pinpoint pupils until they realize their sin, at which point they are drawn with the full pupils used by Hopkins for the living and Angels. It's also shown that those who have realized their sin can go back to the ominous pinpoint pupils,if they fall in with the wrong crowd, or if they've been brutalized like Vinci in the side story "Pikri Alitheia" after trying to defend Bashful and being half-devoured by the Gorshes. Vinci's eyes, however, almost immediately returned to "open."
"Well, let me put it this way. In Heaven, they make love...on Earth, they have sex...but down here in Hell, down here...they fuck."
Gorn: This is one of the bloodiest, most grisly webcomics out there, period.
Government Conspiracy: The American government knows that furrykind was created in a laboratory by humans, who used to be the only sentient species on Earth. They currently have archaeologists doing research in the ruins of that lab, which is also heavily guarded. Anyone who blabs about furrykind's secret origins would likely be secretly killed, but given the widespread panic and existential angst such blabbing would cause (i.e. "We're all descendants of lab-grown creatures, therefore WE HAVE NO SOULS!"), this is a wise policy. However, they also have possible counter-proof of this in the form of Kane's resurrection machine, unless the Government thinks that being brought back to life sent that poor woman crazy and she hallucinated the whole thing. So if they didn't believe her, they're hiding perceived disproof of the afterlife. If they did, they're hiding perceived proof of religion. One wonders which would be more dangerous.
Gratuitous Rape: One of the biggest criticisms of the comic; the amount of female characters who haven't been sexually assaulted at some point is quite low...and the amount of female characters who actually tried to fight back instead of just lying there and taking it is distressingly lower.
Groin Attack: Megan delivers the mother of all groin attacks, with a sledgehammer, to Fiver after he rapes her. Visible cords are involved.
"Groundhog Day" Loop: "The Games We Play in Hell" has the protagonist stuck in one, until Jack intervenes to break the loop.
Guns in Church: "Angry Brian" contains Guns in School. Justified with Brian, since he was planning on shooting his classmates. Played straight with the NRA Preacher, who just happened to be carrying around a pistol in school.
On one page, Hopkins got so involved in the inking process that he accidentally lettered in some notes he had written to remind him how to ink things. Upon realizing he had done this he added a new one, reading "In Hell, you can see the notes."
Done again in "Mr. Smith Goes to Hell," a comic that was published. This time, a hand drawn backwards on one of the pages is...well, handwaved in the end notes by saying that "these things happen in Hell." The publishers weren't impressed.
Swifty at the beginning of "The Superman Project."
Brisk all throughout "Megan's Run."
History Repeats: Furry civilization and its history are incredibly uncannily similar to human civilization's history, right down to TV shows and individual people like celebrities, to the point where it can't all have been the result of reincarnation of humans, if that was ever a factor in the repetition of history at all. The main source of this phenomenon was probably the lynching of Mr. Grimm, an anthropomorphic vulture who, not long after the end of humanity, attempted to write a manifesto detailing a new society based upon lessons learned from the mistakes of humanity. He was killed by those who didn't agree with his ideas, and those who fail to learn from history are doomed to... well, you know...
Informed Flaw: The Sins' inability to enjoy the sin they embody. Supposedly they can't derive any pleasure from committing their namesake sin, but they very obviously do enjoy it and continue to do it, especially Drip, who (being the Sin of lust) can still become sexually aroused and achieve orgasms, and he has an entire stable of immobilized women to use as toys.
Being a Sin itself is supposed to be a terrible punishment, but except for Jack himself, being made a Sin means you get vast amounts of power, you're free to commit whatever atrocities you want without any interference, and you get to rule over the souls of the dead and use them in various ways.
Ironic Hell: Some of the punishments of the damned rely on this trope, although given that it's a long-running webcomic set in hell there have been surprisingly few; really just Todd, Sloth and Megan's mother.
It's All About Me: Most of the damned and the Sins really can't think (or care) about more than themselves.
Played straight with Farrago, whose negligence leads to Fnar being raped by Drip because she cares more about what Fnar's presence is doing for Jack than she does about protecting Fnar. Nobody but Jack calls her on it, and we're supposed to side with her because Jack was mean to her. And then she gets her memory erased at her own request, so she doesn't even have to deal with it herself. It says a lot for this trope when a kid gets raped on an angel's watch and the only guy to suffer any consequences is the one who thought she should have been doing her job.
Also played straight with Ordin,a pedophile serial killer. We see no punishment whatsoever in Hell except for when Drip tears his head off...a fairly quick death which will cause him to respawn hundreds of miles away out of any danger.
Lita does not recognize who The Sin of Lust is upon meeting him, as his damaged hell form has little resemblance to his appearance in life Jack likewise had no clue he was created by Dr. Kane.
It is not revealed to the reader that Drip is Fnar's father right away, and Jack seems to have been keeping the information from Fnar presumably to keep him from looking for Drip (he also neglects to give Lita the exact same "your dad is Lust" info. Neither time did it help).
Madonna-Whore Complex: The moral worth of any given female character is illustrated by how she treats her lovers and any children she elects to care for.
In Arc XXVII, "Why Do I Deserve To Die", Jack delays sending a group of people to judgement after they are killed in a bombed restaurant, allowing them to figure out who among them set off the bomb. Called as such toward the end of the Story Arc.
In life, Drip trained three proteges to continue his work after he died (presumably with the thought in mind that he would one day be executed), so that the people who put him away would forever be haunted by the possibility that they got the wrong guy.
The damned are all over this trope like white on rice. Truly admitting guilt and responsibility for your own actions is the first step out of hell, something most of them aren't capable of. This is one of the reasons a lot of the damned hate angels; it's easier to blame an authority figure who sent you to hell (even if they didn't) than to think you might actually deserve being where you are.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It's quite common in this webcomic for the protagonists' well-intentioned actions to backfire hideously.
Lita made a deal with Drip ( without knowing who he was) behind Jack's back. She also ignored Cliff when he tried to warn her, allowing Drip to heal his body.
Arloest, who used her gift to tell the future to save a couple of a highway accident. But it turned out that they where meant to die, and by saving them Arloest make them immortal, forcing them to outlive everyone they loved in life.
The entire "Megan's Run" saga is around the titular character trying to fix what she broke. More specifically she saved a little girl and friend, Susan, from death by kidnapping her from the hospital and running from the reaper, which not only made her immortal, but also prevented her from growing up and having a life of her own.
Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Played straight for Jack and Jill, presumably as Kane was Genre Savvy enough to realize making the first batch of his experimental AIs self replicating was a bad move. Noticeably averted everywhere else.
Oh Crap: Happens a lot. It's bound to, since much of the plot revolves around people dying. The Seventh Wall has an epic one, where Todd learns how to break the seventh wall to escape Hell... except The Devil, who controls the seventh wall, has kept him firmly in Hell. Todd never stops being fun for Satan.
Only Six Faces: It's not uncommon for furry comics to have characters that are distinguished only by the features of their unique species. It's less common for them to still not be distinguishable despite being radically different species.
Red Eyes, Take Warning/Glowing Eyes of Doom: Played with somewhat. Jack's eyes are pure glowing red most of the time. Since he's the reaper, people tend to take warning. But his actual Wrath Mode turns everything but his pupils black. ...and those go after his memories are restored. The other Sins also have similar eyes. Emily has bright yellow eyes, Drip has green eyes and the others have red ones if they have them at all. God and Satan have uniquely pure black eyes until "Sever The Hunger".
Ring... Ring... CRUNCH: Silverblue stabs her alarm clock. It's not known if she always did, or if she just started because she's been woken up by the exact same sound at the exact same time each morning for 125 years.
Running Gag: The demon of loneliness protesting that his mom's not a whore... and then proven wrong, once even by said mom in "Frigid McThunderbones".
Sadistic Choice: This comic being what it is, this comes up often. In one particular example, Satan introduces Jack to the guy who will be replacing him should Jack actually manage to escape Hell. He's... lessthanpleasant.
Self-Deprecation: Aurthor makes fun of the artist, saying that "when he's not being gorey, he's being preachy."
Self-Inflicted Hell: You can't leave until you let yourself, but whether you arrive in Hell in the first place is pretty objective.
Self-Made Orphan: Drip was told by his horrific grandmother that he had killed his parents, in some roundabout way about his birth forcing them to live in a bad neighborhood where they got brutally murdered. But then in an arc showing how he became the Anthropomorphic Personification of Lust it's shown that thanks to the odd nature of time in the afterlife he actually did kill his parents, Lucifer led him to believe that they were an ex-girlfriend of his and her husband, and he didn't realize his mistake until he dropped their baby on his mother's torn open ribcage and got a good look at him. And Drip's daughter Lita is more than a bit obsessed with killing him for what he did to her mother and to herself, even committing suicide in order to follow him into hell and kill him again, though she really had no idea what she was getting into.
In a recent arc, a character Richek reveals that he's seen the grim reaper numerous times and considers him somewhat of a friend, but no one else has ever seen him, and he doesn't know his name. What does he call his tall, rabbitty pal? "Harvey!"
This installment of. The same arc shouts out to Redwall again with the fact that Sue is in "Saint Ninian's Hospital.
So Bad, It's Good: Invoked in the side arc "Frigid McThunderbones.". David Hopkins has quite clearly set out to use this trope in the entire arc. Not only does he parody a wide variety of awful material, but he does it in such a way it's actually funny at times (which is somewhat surprising, considering that Jack is normally a serious story comic).
In "Games We Play in Hell," only red things are colored (usually blood).
In "Two for You," only Hell is colored.
Stable Time Loop: Drip ends up being the Butt Monkey for one, ending with him murdering and raping his own parents in front of his infant self, making him ultimately responsible for all of the tragedies that happened in his life.
Wham Episode: "Sever the Hunger". It reveals just what Jack did in life that made him become Wrath. Long story short, he wiped out humanity and so thoroughly wrecked the universe that he caused Generation Xerox on a cosmic scale, with furs going through the same kind of history that humans did. The kicker to this is that he himself did not know this beforehand—prior to his own demise, he asked to forget what he had done.
While the main characters have odd colors such as green or blue, most other furries tend to have more realistic fur colours This makes some sense as adding non-natural pigmentation to transgenic creatures to identify them as such in case they escape into the wild is common real-life practice, although how someone could not notice that a bipedal talking rabbit is genetically modified is another question.
Both Drip and Lita have bright blue fur (though it's easy to infer that Lita inherited it from Drip). Penelope in the arc "Been Reading Job" also has maroon fur.
In some of the early colored arcs such as "Falling Angels," the population is positively Day-Glo.