Webcomic / Karabear Comics Unlimited
Karabear Comics Unlimited
is a superhero
anthology comic on The Duck
, written and drawn by Ave Messer as a supplement to her Karabear Comics main universe
(which has yet to debut). Each issue is a single story, but the comic bounces amongst different characters.
The characters given spotlight so far are:
- Tempore: a guardian of cosmic order and the prime focus of the first two issues
- Time and Laser: another guardian of cosmic order, this time from an adjacent multiverse. Cameoed in issue 1 and teamed up with Tempore in issue 2 and received billing on said issue's cover
- Eiderdown: a transwoman superhero and focus of issues 3 and 4
- Fractal: a hero who constantly changes between sex, race, height, weight, and age; shown in issue 4
- Sparkle: a transwoman hero in the HUniverse with Hulk-like powers
- Astral: a transman in the Heroes Unite universe and friend of Sparkle
- The Swimmer: a transwoman in the Superherouniverse.com universe
- The Runner: a transman in the Superherouniverse.com universe
This series provides examples of:
- Art Shift - Issue 1 starts by using altered photos and pictures made in Hero Machine before showing Ave's art mid-issue. Ave states that this is in part because she doesn't think her art is any good and wanted to spare the reader from it for as long as possible.
- Astral Projection - how Astral's powers work: he astral projects into a Flying Brick form.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space - Tempore may not need to breathe, but he still may qualify, as well as the chaos agents. Time and Laser seems to play this trope much straighter.
- Bilingual Bonus - The Spanish in issue 4 is supposed to describe the sexual acts that took place a little more, but they were mangled with Babelfish. One may still be able to get what was meant to be said, though
- Bland-Name Product: Eiderdown has a job interview at Burger Mania in issue 3 — an amalgamation of McDonald's (in which such an incident took place), BurgerKing (name) and Wendy's (basis for the location). In issue 4, you get Jogermiser in the background.
- Blue and Orange Morality - Order guardians and chaos agents see the world, not in "good" and "evil", but "order" and "chaos", going to whatever ends are needed to uphold said concepts.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall - In a photo segment at the end of each issue, Ave (and/or the mascot, Kara Bear) will address the audience. Also, the Zx*@!!s, a race of chaos agents, will sometimes wave at the reader, look at the book binding or read a previous issue, among other things.
- Chest Insignia - On her chest, Eiderdown has a picture of a feather drawing a circle like a quill. Atral has an A in a circle on his chest.
- Chrome Dome Psi - Supporting character Noggin, who has psychic powers, seems to have no hair at all, even eyebrow hair.
- Cosmic Entity - The order guardians and chaos agents hold this power, or at least some of them. Chaos agent Qlrn was seen flinging a planet effortlessly and having the ability to break from the confines of the comic's panels, and Tempore was ostensibly stronger.
- Decompressed Comic - Issue 1 used a lot of splash pages, which the author lamented, and still the issues have had extended establishing pages.
- Disposable Superhero Maker - Eiderdown got her powers when a chaos agent fell on her from a battle in space with Tempore, when the kid later to be called Eiderdown was just a baby. It's presumable that, even under the same circumstances, such an event would not happen again, since the chaos agents are completely unpredictable in all aspects.
- Domino Mask - Eiderdown wears one, complete with a string to tie it behind her head.
- The Duck
- Flying Brick - Astral, in his atral form
- It Only Works Once - Tempore lets out a burst of energy that kills all chaos agents in the vicinity in issue 2, but he states why he'll only use it once: he is risking causing chaos himself. It was originally supposed to be that it used too much energy, but Ave thought it didn't sound right.
- Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros." - Eiderdown and the Swimmer first appeared in Lite Bites as comic reviewers.
- Mascot - Kara Bear, a yellow teddy bear (despite, as Kara mentions in issue 1, "Kara" meaning "black" in German and "Gelb" meaning "yellow").
- The Multiverse - Multiple multiverses, actually. Tempore is the order guardian for one, and Time and Laser is for the one that contains Eiderdown's universe.
- No Biological Sex - Tempore shows no differentiating sexual characteristics. He is called by male pronouns primarily out of convenience.
- Now Buy the Merchandise - After every issue, Ave (or rather, the mascot Kara Bear) begs readers to buy the print comics.
- Oh Crap! - Eiderdown's response to her attempt to blast some criminals with feathers during her first night, when the wind blows them away shortly after leaving her hand: "Crap". Of course, what she was intending the feathers to do isn't explained.
- Order Versus Chaos - The order guardians in their eternal struggle against the chaos agents.
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance - done by Celine Quickenice when she cameos and then later by Noggin.
- Space Is Noisy - In the author comments, it's said Tempore can talk in space because it isn't really talking, but that chaos agent Qlrn is talking, because he's a chaos agent. It still doesn't explain a sound effect that happens later, though.
- Starfish Alien - Qlrn, a chaos agent, is decidedly inhuman, in both look and mannerisms. Order guardians Tieltal and Shal'tatal, as well.
- Stealth Pun - Eiderdown starts issue 3 at a job interview at a burger place called Burger Mania. Initialled to "BM", it means their burgers (or business practices) are likened to excrement.
- Superhero - Eiderdown, Fractal, Sparkle, Astral, the Swimmer, the Runner
- Superhero Prevalence Stages - Eiderdown, as her world's first (powered) superhero, has an example of Early Stage.
- Super Strength - Sparkle
- Suppressed Mammaries - Eiderdown binds her (small) breasts when job applying, because she's still legally male.
- Three-Way Sex - in issue 4, Eiderdown hooks up with Jenny Everywhere and a superhero called Red Mind.
- Transsexual - Eiderdown, the MTF superhero introduced in issue 3. Also, Astral and Sparkle, introduced in chapter 5. Later, the Swimmer and the Runner, introduced in issues 7 and 8, respectively.
- Twofer Token Minority - Eiderdown is a four-fer: Mexican, Laotian, bisexual, and transgender.
- The Unpronounceable - Chaos agents shown so far have been the Qlrn and the race of Zx*@!!. Neither is particularly easy to pronounce.
- Weaksauce Weakness - Eiderdown seems to have a severe weakness to wind.
- Webcomic Print Collection - Each issue is put up for sale on Indy Planet after it's finished.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? - Eiderdown even laments her power—controlling feathers—as stupid. She still decides to fight crime, anyways.
- Would Hit a Girl - The first thing a (male) thug does to Eiderdown on her first night is punch her.
- Writing for the Trade - Each issue is read far better as a whole than waiting for each page to update. This despite the fact that the comic updates every weekday until an issue finishes.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry - an attacker learns the hard way in issue 5 not to make Sparkle mad.