Webcomic / My Life At War

My Life at War is a webcomic written by Luther Patenge and illustrated by Matt Materniak. It updates every Friday.

It is a mecha comic that follows the pilots of the 1st Investment Recovery Battalion, mecha pilots fighting to guard the recently acquired territory of Mega Fun Foods.

You can read it online here.

  • Armies Are Evil: How the Free Marketeers (especially the main cast) views the Dhuvalian army. See Your Normal Is Our Taboo below.
  • Blade on a Stick: The standard-issued weapon of the Dhuvalian infantry is a spear with a gun attached to. Although it looks more like an elongated crowbar.
    • The seemingly impractical design of the spear-gun is noted in universe. Dhuvalian infantry are not used against other infantry, but to support Dhuvalian LIM Bs and vehicles, by using their spear to pry out disabled LIMB joints, or to open hatches and clear out the crew.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Henry Macon's briefcase full of stock certificates counts.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Dhuvalian LIMBs
  • Corporate Warfare
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: The Dhuvalians, although this trait is limited to the Dhuvalian royalties.
  • Fat Girl: Betsy-Ray, maybe Jackie?
  • Hired Guns: The main characters are members of a mercenary company.
  • Killed Off for Real: Vulture
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Dizzee Jenkins has a tendency to lose LIMBs due to his recklessness, in the chapter 3 battle he apparently lost two. It catches up to him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Terrence "Vulture" Uzzard
  • Mega Corp.: Mega-Fun-Foods. It's practically in their name.
  • Mildly Military: Free Market private military companies. Justified that they're not regular army, and even the "soldiers" of the PM Cs are treated more like employees, with them treating each other as co-workers.
  • Mini-Mecha: The LIMBS are too small to be called Humongous Mecha and far too big to be called power armor.
  • More Dakka: The "Chainsmoker", four barreled machine gun available as one of the many possible attachment to the LIMB's chest coaxial mount.
  • Never Learned to Read: Vulture, meant he couldn't tell what was in the employee handbook and it was too difficult to find his next of kin.
  • Oral Fixation: Vulture usually had a piece of straw in his mouth. While going through his stuff after he died the rest of the team found a box of pre-cut "max relax" hayseeds.
  • Powered Armor: The Bulls.
    • Mind you, literally powered. With a cable. From a truck.
    • Except when they initially put it on and they ceremonially walk in it under no power. Bulls are strong.
  • Pretext for War: A Dhuvalian noble sold one of his land to Mega-Fun-Foods some times ago. Then at some point said noble loose his holdings and must returns all his properties to the Dhuvalian state. Mega-Fun-Foods refuse to return the land because it's their private property now. Unfortunately the Dhuvalians refuses the idea of free market ownership, so they see it as an act of aggression and moves their army to retake the land. Mega-Fun-Foods hires several PMC groups to defend their assets. It sort of escalates from that point.
    • International Lawyers are apparently not a thing in MLAT. Maybe they all got used as cannon fodder.
  • Privately Owned Society: The Free Market.
  • Private Military Contractors: The 1st Investment Recovery Battalion are just that.
  • Robbing the Dead: Mercenary companies have specialists for that job.
  • Show Within a Show: Vulture was inspired to become a LIMB pilot by a show following a fictional mercenary called The Southpaw.
    • It isn't fictional! It's Based. Awn. Uh. True. Story.
  • Space Romans: The Free Marketeers have distinctly southern/Texan feeling to them, from the way people talk to the cowboy hats.
    • On the contrary, the Dhuvalians have something of a quasi-18th century French culture and aesthetic, mixed with African martial culture.
    • The Dhuvalians have a distinctly French feel to them, despite the comic taking place in an original world.
  • Speech Bubbles: The comic seems to use differently shaped speech bubbles to indicate accents. Round for Free Market and boxy for Dhuvalian.
  • Your Normal Is Our Taboo: At some point Dizzee talks about how the Dhuvalians are a bunch of sadist for fighting in the name of something like their country, instead of something more apparent like wealth.
    • Of course, the Dhuvalians views the Free Marketeers as murderous bastards who kill people for short-sighted reason like wealth, instead of something more honorable like their country.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Averted, The 1st Investment Recovery Battalion and the other two PMC companies Mega-Fun-Foods hired are taking heavy losses that their client has needed to subsidize. Macon says it himself:
    • As the story progress, it is pointed out in universe that there is simple no way a corporation with PM Cs can win against a nation state with a regular army. Due to the inherent numerical, organizational, and resource superiority a nation can have, while a corporation is bounded by their purpose of generating income. A nation can afford a lengthy and destructive war, while a corporation can't.
    • Played straight in the fact that the Free Marketers have a stock market based on battles. The corp fighting the war certainly can't make a profit, but the people playing the market? They can make bank.

Alternative Title(s): My Lifeat War