Alastair Sterling (top-left), Brendan Pinsky (bottom) and Sulla Pinsky (top right).
"Are you just going to stand there?"
Alastair Sterling was the inventor who sparked the robot revolution. And because of his sudden death, he didnít see any of it.Until he wakes up 16 years later in an advanced robotic body that matches his old one exactly. Until he steps outside and finds a world utterly unlike the one he left behind Ė- a world where robots live and do business alongside their human neighbors and coexist in their cities. A world he helped create.Al seeks out his old research partner Brendan to find out if he is responsible for Alís unexpected resurrection, but his return raises far more questions for both of them.Like who the robot living with Brendan is. And why she looks like Al. And how much of the menís past should stay in the pastÖCreated by Blue Delliquanti. The webcomic can be found here. The rare page is Not Safe for Work, and the webcomic overall is intended only for audiences 16 and older.There is a character sheet.
This webcomic provides examples of:
Anachronic Order: Starts with Al's death, jumps forward 16 years, and then starting in Chapter Two there are flashbacks to when Al and Brendan first met.
Bonus Material: Oh, Maker, a mini-comic published before the webcomic began, set to song lyrics and depicting Brendan and Sulla's domestic life as father and daughter before Al came Back from the Dead. It also heavily implies Sulla knew even before Al's reawakening that the two men had been lovers, and has fed numerous other Epileptic Trees about the plot of the webcomic so far.
Brain Uploading: Done to Al when he dies. The scan is used to create Sulla and robot!Al.
Cassandra Truth: Brendan didn't bring Al back, and he doesn't know who did. Al doesn't believe him until Brendan notices Al has the multitool that he'd been desperately searching for:
Brendan: Where did you get that?
Al: As I recall, it was a birthday present, Brendan.
Brendan: How the hell did you get your multitool back? You can't have — there's no way.
Al: It's mine.
Brendan: Don't pull that with me. Only I knew where I kept it. You couldn't have found it.
Al: I woke up with it in my pocket. You ought to know that, seeing as you put it there.
Brendan: You don't still think I —
Brendan: Al, you died. I thought you were gone.
Al: Why wouldn't you give this back to me? Makes it a perfect picture, doesn't it?
Brendan: Stop it.
Al: Really completes the whole thing.
Brendan: I told you, I didn't bring you back —
Brendan: You're not supposed to have the multitool anymore —
Al: Then why do you care about this so much? Who is this for?
Kind of a weird example, because the first time it's said it's a deliberate Meaningful Echo, but the context isn't revealed until later. The first time the readers hear it, it's what makes Brendan realize he's talking to the real Al, because it's what Al said right before their first kiss.
No Communities Were Harmed: The setting of O Human Star is never stated outright, but is heavily implied (and confirmed Word of God) to be Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's actually more like the location isn't supposed to be a secret, but there has been no reason for any of the characters to mention the city's name — if they refer to it at all, it's just "the city."
Pick Your Human Half: Averted by Al and Sulla, who both look and act completely human (except Sulla can fly). Played straight by Brendan's Gimel 75 butler who acts fairly human but looks robotic.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Up to Eleven through most of the comic. It seems the general rule is, if Al and Brendan aren't having sex, or aren't settling into a relationship together, they quickly become UST incarnate.