Lego Space: The Comic is a photo comic about LEGO's classic Space line. While mainly a comedic series, it can get surprisingly dramatic depending on the currently-running arc. There are many storylines, all running concurrently, with three identifiable main ones:
The first and most prominent focuses on Space Agency members Schwartz and Galanos in a Slice of Life style, save the occasional 'action sequence'. This is also the section where most of the 'minor character arcs' originate from, generally focusing on those related to the main two in some fashion.
Then you have Lance and Vance Gemini, twin agents on a mission from the president to track down a mysterious ghost ship and learn about the phenomena behind what appears to be an undead version of the Space Agency's founder, Captain Dash Jefferson, haunting the star systems in said ship. Genre-wise, this plays out as a mix between Mystery and Horror with stronger Action elements than Scwartz/Galanos arcs.
The last stars Scouse, leader of the M:Tron scientists with an ever-changing accent, and details his "abduction" by an alien invasion force with mysterious intentions for the Space Agency. This is a little harder to classify than the other two, though 'surrealist' definitely applies.
Each of these, and mini-arcs focusing on minor characters, are intertwined; plot points from all storylines affect each other, making for an elaborately woven plot, yet the presentation of the strips makes it such that the reader never gets confused when this happens. Add the fact that each character is distinct in their characterization and you have a well-written comic that keeps the reader guessing while being fun to read as well.
Lego Space: The Comic contains examples of:
Ace Pilot: Schwartz is implied to be this with his craft the Gamma-V.
A Day in the Limelight: Occasionally there will be a single page that focuses on a minor character and what they do, like Bruce and Cheryl musing, or the Space Policemen and their mishaps with the sniffer frog.
Alternate Universe: Where the 'clones' of Schwartz and Galanos may come from in 'Bootlegs'.
And I Must Scream: The Crater Crawler pilot in 'Last Face you See'. Technically he does "die", but he's taken by Captain Dash to a mysterious location. His fate is left unknown but implied to be horrifying.
Another Dimension: Scouse seems to be jumping from dimension to dimension. The truth seems to be something more like he's somehow become trapped in Ronald's mind.
An Aesop: Somewhat averted/parodied in 'Hairbrush, Chainsaw, or Popsicle?'.
April Fools' Plot: The 100th episode celebration, with Schwartz pulling a very expansive one on Galanos.
Author Appeal: Harrison Ford clones that show up in many of the storylines. In-universe, Harrison Ford is said to be the reason that the Earth started a cloning program!
Author Avatar: In 'Back Under The Old Management', first with what's assumed to be a fairly-accurate representation, then with various figurines of Lupin III's Fujiko.
Awesome McCoolname: Ralph Gunbar, who renamed himself after his two favorite things: drinking and shooting.
Bad-Guy Bar/Good Guy Bar: Depending on who's inside, the Raven's Port Bar can be either. The unnamed cafe in 'Meteor Madness II' is a more straight example of the former.
Bad Boss: The Commodore is implied to be this when he asks Valkyrie to 'bump off' one of his henchmen. This is of course part of a Goodfellas parody...
Batman Can Breathe in Space: Kind of- the Classic Space minifigures have no visors, yet we see them breathing perfectly fine in the vacuum of space. Perhaps justified; the characters are made of Lego, after all.
Bar Brawl: Whenever the M:Tron scientists inhabit the Raven's Port bar, this inevitably happens...at least until Schwartz shows up.
Beware the Nice Ones: To get back at Schwartz for his prank in the 100th episode, Galanos engineers a situation where Schwartz is forced to watch his least favorite show, the Lawrence Welk XVI show live ('Revenge is a Dish Best Served with Champagne'). This ends up backfiring on him however, as Schwartz finds himself liking the show instead!
Big Damn Heroes: Officer Freundlich, Masoch, Mr. Marx, Gunbar, and Vanilla Snowball as the cavalry in 'House Call'.
Bigger on the Inside: Mostly averted, as the author uses the interior of the actual set he's using; played straight for whenever The Doctor's TARDIS is shown.
Big "NO!": Used once or twice, as when Schwartz is the unwilling viewer of the Lawernce Welk XVI show.
Biting the Hand Humor: In one comic, Red berates the author for not putting her in more comics despite her (supposedly)
Chekhov's Gun: Used very frequently. Often details that seemed small or dialogue that was inconsequential in one storyline comes back in a later storyline, making the whole thing seem rather connected and whole.
Civilian Villain: The Commodore, who's seemingly trying to make Blacktron into a legitimate operation. This seems more and more like a ruse the further the comic goes on- while not supportive of Valkyrie's brazenly pirate-ing ways he does allow her to continue if just for the money, and he did order that hit in 'Meteor Madness II'.
Clip Show: Episode 100 starts as this, then quickly subverts it in the manner of 'making stuff up that never happened'. There is however an overall plot to the episode beyond the clip show.
Cloning Blues: Averted for the clones in 'Bootlegs'; the two don't care that they're clones and just go about living their lives without thinking of this fact.
Note that this is based more on the character's personality than their role in the story; Schwartz is actually the main character, with Galanos being the main secondary character, and the others, while important, falling somewhere below them.
Hoist by His Own Petard: When Amarillo, Lt. Coldwell, and the M:Tron's scientists attempt to escape the 'Jersey Devil' dragons only to have their magnetic ship become attached to the Mega Core Magnetizer's magnets by mistake in 'Blank Attack'.
Home Base: Every character has one. For the Space Agents, it's mainly the Inter-Galactic Command Base, with the Android Base being secondary; for the Blacktron pirates, the Alpha Centauri Outpost; for the M:Tron scientists, it's officially the Mega Core Magnetizer (though in a sense the Raven's Port Bar could count too); and for the future Space Police it's Space Police Central Precinct 78.
Latin Lover: Manuel Rotondo De Beauvis in 'Party Hardy!', naturally.
Last Name Basis: Schwartz and Galanos are both character's surnames; as of the current comic, only Galanos' first name has been revealed (Micheal). Schwartz doesn't seem to like his first name, avoiding questions on what it is ('400'/'Schwartz...On [X]').
Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Blacktron trying to go 'legitimate' as a corporation. In reality, the thieving and pirating still goes on, it's just in more of a 'behind-the-scenes' capacity.
Loveable Rogue: Valkyrie is played somewhat in this vein, though she's more of an Anti-Hero than a straight hero version.
Meaningful Name: Scwartz, Weiss, Amarillo, and Red all have names that are the color of their uniform. Lance and Vance Gemini are twins, Verwaand is German for 'arrogant', and Conor McNewsbreaker's is...rather obvious.
New Jersey: Schwartz has a strong connection to this state, and 'Fun on the Runway' takes place here but in the comic's timeline. Notably this is because the author himself lived here when he was younger.
No OSHA Compliance: The M:Tron's mining operations tend not to be too safe, though this is more because of Mr. Marx and his men's carelessness than any equipment failure.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Valkyrie pulls this off in 'Meteor Madness II'. Schwartz invokes it on some occasions as well.
Only Six Faces: In a sense- the most common face characters have is the classic Lego 'smiley', but the poses and the gear a character has often makes up for any lack of expression this causes. Ronald, the Gemini twins, and Red are prime examples.
Our Zombies Are Different: Captain Dash is currently a Type O, but only due to lack of in-universe information on his zombie status.
Secret Identity: Valkyrie had one at first that was unknown to even the viewers. She still tries to keep hers secret from the general public in-universe, though her cover is almost blown in 'Date Night'.
Space Pirates: The Blacktron Forces have been called this a few times.
Space Police: Naturally, Lego's own Space Police line (in its various incarnations) shows up frequently, usually trying to stop the Blacktrons. One of them, Officer Freundlich, is a (semi-) recurring character; otherwise the future Space Police do factor into the 'Jenny' storyline.
Space Suits Are SCUBA Gear: A side effect of using the original Space minifigures, as their 'space suit' has always been a helmet of some kind and a set of oxygen tanks.
Stalker Without a Crush: Jenny spends most of her time stalking Schwartz. This has not yet been (explicitly) explained, though plenty of material for fan theories is given. Interestingly, she is also seen stalking Valkyrie on occasion...
Sticky Fingers: Valkyrie "suffers" from this, as seen in 'Ketching Up' (though she does rather enjoy it).
Super Prototype: The Gamma-V is said to be one of these, a prototype model never put into production. Naturally due to this it's the fastest ship in the Space Agency's fleet, and only Schwartz, who had to make a special request to get it, knows how to pilot the thing.
The Cavalry: In 'House Call'. It's even named as such by one of the characters.
The Cameo: In one storyline, famous rock idols like Bruce Springsteen and Freddy Mercury, among others make a guest appearance. Notably Huey Lewis first appears in this storyline but continues to haunt Galanos long after it's finished. Other kinds of cameos include figures from other themes both classic and new, like the Black Falcons and some Collectible Minifigures.
The Dandy: President Weiss really seems to like his various fashions- his page in the 'Advent Calendar' storyline shows this.
The Dragon: Verwaand is this to The Commodore, although he's not quite as threatening as a typical version.
The Faceless: Ronald and Galanos' mother was like the benign version of this at first, before the subversion in 'Party Hardy!'. The author states that originally she was intended to stay as this for the run of the comic, but he found a figure that was just perfect for her portrayal, and thus she was included.
The Password Is Always Swordfish: The password for the computer in the Gamma-V is VanillaSnowball. It's explained in the commentary that Schwartz is actually smart enough to know how to make a good password, it's just that he's too lazy to make one that's hard to remember.
Title Confusion: A bit; the main URL refers to the title as 'Lego Space', the banner refers to it as just 'Space' (as a One-Word Title); the bottom blurb names it as 'Space: The Comic', and it is referred to on other websites as "Lego Space: The Comic' by the author. For the sake of this article, we've gone with the most specific title, as 'Space' is a bit generic and Lego Space is already taken by the toy line.
Clarified a bit in the blurb for 'Bootlegs Part 22'; the author prefers to go by the title of 'Space: The Comic' so as to not interfere on Lego's copyright/"Fair Play" policies. Currently this page is still under "Lego Space: The Comic", but if anyone feels this really needs changing, perhaps we can set up a discussion in the appropriate section.
Time Dilation: Possible explanation for Schwartz and Galanos' extended absence in 'Bootlegs'.
Tomato in the Mirror: Happens to clone-Schwartz and Galanos, though they don't much care, so downplayed. The real Schwartz and Galanos discuss this in one comic before deciding it doesn't apply to them.
Too Kinky to Torture: Commander Masoch. He goes out of his way to experience pain, once hunting out the Blacktron I group and taunting them just to make them hurt him! They catch on however and leave him alone- which just makes him search for other places to get his fix of pain.
Twin Banter: Lance and Vance Gemini tend to do this in their appearances.
Under New Management: In the strip of the same name, the author is 'fired' and replaced by someone chosen by 'The Management'. This is actually the setup for a guest strip of course.
Visual Pun: Ever seen Masoch put on his work face? ('The Search', Part 6)
What the Hell Hero: Schwartz seemingly leaving Valkyrie to die in 'Thursday Night at Last', and Valkyrie calls him out on it. Of course, it was all part of a tactic to try to kill the yeti (don't ask)- Valkyrie was being a bit quick to judge.