Webcomic / Runners
In a galaxy far, far away, a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
are scraping by, smuggling not-necessarily-legal things to not-necessarily-legal places, whith an occasional firefight along the way. Then one day, a Mysterious Waif
who alternates between being shy and kicking much ass
drops into their lives...
No, this is not Firefly
. Not even inspired by Firefly (see author's account
). But there are similiar Star Wars meets western
Enjoy it here
- Action Girl: Sky is more than able to pull her own weight in everyday operations of the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Yes, weird alien wolves are practically domesticated from the get go. Really.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Sky.
- Artificial Human: Sky and her "sisters" are implied to be such.
- Asteroid Miners: Ril and Roka have a hideout in an abandoned asteroid mine.
- Bandito IN SPACE!: The hilariously inept green guys at the beginning of "The Snow Job".
- Bar Brawl: Averted here - the brawl gets out to the street pretty quickly.
Bar owner: Hey! Who's gonna pay for my window?!
- Barrier Warrior: One frequent use of Bocce's shapeshifting power arm.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: Climax of The Snow Job
- Beware the Nice Ones: Bocce hates, hates Kaagan-Vas. Murderously.
- The Big Guy: Bennesaud, Sky
- Big Damn Heroes: Bocce, using an alien-dog-pulled sled. Which is way cool.
- Binocular Shot: A star-warsy one here
- Boarding Party: Our heroes, when scavenging the Tique Amara. Also tactic favoured by pirates.
- Bookends: The gang's dinner in The Snow Job.
- Bounty Hunter: They exist and are likely to target the gang, so Grissom says.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: The Ulon Dosi, native to Ciceron, have very much this sort of esthetic, along with quite a lot of badassitude.
- Casual Interplanetary Travel
- The Captain: Roka
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Cember, Ril and Bennes tease each other, joke and make bets while fighting.
- Cattle Drive: The Snow Job consists of driving Ciceron yak. Ostensibly.
- City Planetoid: Oniaka city station. Vaguely inspired by India.
- Chekhov's Line: Several, in The Snow Job.
- Cloaking Device: Standart pirate trick.
- The Conscience: Bocce, for Roka mostly.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Candy Bandit, natch.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Bocce's lost his father in a pirate raid, Bennes used to work for a dhama, until something was demanded of him that he dissaproved of, a bit of Roka's is shown in his Flashback Nightmare.
- Deflector Shields: On ships (essential in Space Battles) as well as around individuals ("body shells")
- The Don: Called "dhama" in this universe.
- Double Caper: Dhama Hes couldn't have been lying, suave buisinessman that he is, could he?
- Dramatic Gun Cock
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: Silver Sky has no trouble lifting Bocce.
- Escape Pod: Plot point. More than once.
- Exactly What I Aimed At: Bennesaud throws a rock.
Ril: You missed!
Bennesaud: I did?
An avalanche ensues
- Exact Words: Forty heads of cattle...
Dhama Hes: Very clever.
- Extended Disarming: Ril, the Walking Armory
- Evil Is Hammy: There is a Black and Grey Morality in effect, but still... Hamron seems starved for the scenery.
- Fan Film: The DAVE School has prodused two animated shorts based off of Bad Goods. One in 2006, the other in 2015
- Fantastic Drug: Crush. Double duty as a Fantastic Explosive. Going Cold Turkey will kill you gruesomely.
- Fantastic Slurs: "Horn-Beak" is one for Ril's species.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Hamron the Handsome, dreaded pirate and ladies' man.
- Flashback Nightmare: Roka has an understated one, with no dialogue, to drive his Survivor Guilt home.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Brimia crew, besides leukine Bocce and Sky, who doesn't know herself yet, consists of:
- sanguine: Cember: the Candy Bandit and Fun Personified who looks good in firefights
- choleric: Ril: gruff Knife Nut, frustrated over not running the ship, does not think things through, loves guns as much as he loves knives, bit of a Troll
- melancholic: Roka: very smart, analitical and serious, responsible, levelheaded captain with hints of Stepford Snarker
- phlegmatic: Bennesaud: Gentle Giant, Submissive Badass (to an extent), quiet and reliable, smart, but not bragging about it, relaxes by reading
- Game-Breaking Injury: Suffered by Bocce in Damaged Goods, carries over to The Snow Job because healing technology is expensive.
- The Gunslinger: Cember. Ril, while quite Trigger Happy, just doesn't have the flair.
- Hand Cannon: Averted for Bennesaud, whose usual guns are tiny (in proportion to him).
- The Heart: Bocce
- Heel Realization: Roka actively avoids having one. He tells Bocce so after the gang finds clues of Super Human Trafficking they might be committing.
Roka: It's not our job to know.
- Honest John's Dealership: Dealing in ships on Oniaka, we give you the anglefishman. Basically Stan IN SPACE!.
- Humanoid Aliens: Many flavours, one with vestigial radial symmetry. Bocce could pass for human (if not for the arm, but it's not a trait of his species). Sky is a Blue-Skinned Space Babe.
- Identity Amnesia: Sky. If she has anything to remember...
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Baso's initiation into Kaagan-Vas consists of killing his own father and sister. He has absolutely no problem with that.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Cember can shoot through a fingertip-sized opening. Improbable in-universe.
- Inertial Dampening: Trumped by Rule of Funny, otherwise played straight.
- Intimidation Demonstration: Pacifies Ril. Makes Roka grumble about how much forks cost.
- Ironic Echo Cut: Happens every now and again.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Ril in The Snow Job:
Ril: THAT'S IT! I can't DO this!! I can't believe we TOOK the beetles!
Roka: What was I SUPPOSED to do, Ril?! They couldn't PAY us!
Ril: We can't LIVE like this, Roka!!
- Kill It with Fire: Flamethrowers are used in The Snow Job, to deadly effect.
- Knowledge Broker: Dhama Hes believes knowledge is power.
- Last Name Basis: Ril only ever refers to Cember as "Cember" once. Every other time it's "Kogi".
- Lured into a Trap: The gang, having missed the significance of the Chekhov's Gun a couple of pages earlier, walks right into this one... Oh Crap!
- MacGuffin Super Person: An entire shipload of possible Human Weapons...
- Mexican Standoff: How we meet Grissom.
- Mistaken for Junkie: While Keyla needs crush for research (on curing addicts), her father forms conclusions of his own.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Harmon. It would be sad, if it wasn't so hilarious.
Harmon: My beautiful face!
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Silver Sky. Also quite strong.
- Off Bridge, onto Vehicle: In the Damaged Goods. Less than graceful, but at least no-one got hurt.
- Old Friend: Grissom, to Ril and Roka.
- Only in It for the Money: Why Roka is in the business.
- Opium Den: The ruined village of Ulon Dosi (ruination in this case caused by most of the population being addicted to crush).
- Perpetual Poverty: Money's tight for Brimia crew. This is a source of tension.
- Power Fist: Bocce has some sort of blue energy arm. That shapeshifts. Very handy.
- Retired Outlaw: Grissom, at least for now.
- Reduced to Root Beetles: In The Snow Job. But they're actually quite good, unless Cember's tastes are that odd.
- Revenge Before Reason: Harmon has an issue to set with the Brimia crew. Also, if you're Kaagan-Vas, keep as far away from Bocce as possible.
- The Rustler: On Ciceron. The gang is supposed to rustle a herd of cattle back from them.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Not their fight.
- Shout-Out: Flying out of Oniaka. Millenium Falcon, anyone?
- Snowball Fight: The crew play a bit upon arrival on Ciceron, where it's very snowy.
- Snow Means Death: Frozen-to-death guy on Ciceron.
- Space Clothes: Refreshingly averted for everyone except Sky, the one person able to pull modest Future Spandex off.
- Space Elves: The Jondhi seem to be Hidden Elf Village kind of people.
- Space Fighter: Ships like Khorusya Brimia have one or two "Mosquitos" for discrete landings and dogfights.
- Space Police: In Jondhi space (Space Navy? Space Coast Guard?)
- Space Pirates: At least two distinct groups, Harmon's one comes complete with a Boarding Party as their favoured tactic. The Kaagan-Vas seem to be Always Chaotic Evil.
- Stab the Salad: In their very first scene, Cember's fully intending to kick Roka's ass in a cardgame.
- Standard Starship Scuffle: Khorusya Brimia vs. Space Pirates, with dogfighting and star-warsy Explosions in Space
- Street Smart: None of the crew is exactly dumb: Roka and Bennes are tacticians, Ril gets to play the mechanic, Bocce got into the crew because he thinks on his feet, and Cember's a good shot and experienced in fights.
- Superpowered Blood Knight Side: Silver Sky
- Super Soldier: The blue-silver girls, most probably.
- The Syndicate: The Six Tal'Dhamas organize the crime in this universe.
- Those Two Guys: Cember and Bennesaud, best pals since having been on the same pirate crew.
- Token Human: Bocce (or Human Alien, since there seems to be no Earth around).
- Used Future
- Wretched Hive: The ironically named Free Kespa.