Webcomic / Star Power

Star Power!

Star Power is a webcomic created by Michael "Mookie" Terracciano and Garth Graham which places a Super Hero in a Space Opera setting. Though the series is still young, those familiar with the author's previous works will recognize Mookie's style in the writing and design, and Garth's touch in the art.

Danica Maris, a lab assistant on a research Space Station spots an otherwise unremarkable star that turns out to be a remnant of the cosmic force of Star Powered Sentinels, turning her into a cosmic Super Hero. However, the awakening of the last Star Power attracts the attention of the ancient enemies of the Sentinels...

This webcomic includes following tropes:

  • Androids Are People, Too: Enforced by the Zori, who have created true artificial intelligence and consider them the children of their species. When Black Hole Bill is finally arrested, the Zori-made A.I. he killed to cover his tracks gets him marked as a child killer by their race and sent to their homeworld for his punishment. It's implied that his prison term there will be very, very unpleasant.
  • A.I. is a Crapshoot: See The Reveal.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Pretty much the only strategy in the Countess's arsenal. Not because she lacks competence or imagination, but because she considers anything less to be cowardice, especially in the face of her race's long-hated enemy.
  • Author Appeal: Both creators are big fans of space exploration and superhero comics.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The newly-introduced Quincy Polgar is able to determine the Countess' attitude just from her contemptuous stare.
    Countess: Are you some kind of mutant mind reader?
    Quincy: No, Countess. I'm with Psychology Ops.
  • Benevolent Precursors: The Zel-Gux Dynasty who uplifted the worlds of the Kioleth system in ancient times, then vanished.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do NOT call Roarboar "Porkchop", or prepare for a metal fist in your face.
    • Mentioning the Zel-Gux to the Countess, they're the two most "blasphemous" words in the Scintillian language: Love and Compassion.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The Countess has Danica at her mercy but opts to rant exposition at her instead of just killing her.
  • The Cavalry: when Danica is about to be killed by the Countess, Mitch calls forth several Star Powered Sentinels. Double Subversion: it turns out the cavalry were holographic projections, but it buys a few seconds for the Galactic defence forces to arrive.
  • The Chosen Many: The Star Powered Sentinels, before the Countess wiped them out. This subversion was intentional on the part of the creators, who were cited as saying superheroes are more special when by themselves than on a team, citing - you guessed it - Aquaman as an example.
  • Defector from Decadence: The Star Powered Sentinels in general, the Star Powered Sentinel Scintillian on the countesses' viewscreen specifically.
    • The Zel-Gux were renegade Scintillians. Of course, by renegade, in this context, it means "Actually decent people who gave the Star Powered Sentinels the means of overthrowing the Scintillians in the first place.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: A number of characters go barefoot, most prominently Danica in her Star Powered Sentinel uniform, as well as the Chief of Security, the Countess, and various aliens aboard Space Sanctuary Six. Danica's case may be a quirk of the uniform; it's possible all of the Star Powered Sentinels lacked foot coverings, or the Star Power may not have given her any because she was barefoot when she was empowered. The other cases are justified due to alien physiology and cultural mores.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Inverted: To the Zicuri, the explanation is the actual punchline.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Mitch, the Star Power... thing.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Played for laughs. When Danica gains a new costume with black aspects from the Star Power reemerging, one of her guards keeps insisting it means she's turned evil.
  • The Federation: The Millennium Federation.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: Millennium Federation technology has short-range "jump drives" that are normally only used for in-system travel and gates for inter-system travel. One of the Star Power abilities is a personal FTL drive.
  • Future Spandex
  • Game-Breaking Injury: In late February 2014, Garth broke his collarbone so badly that he needed surgery, as well as a metal plate implanted into him.
  • Genocide from the Inside: The Countess did this to her species, for their "cowardice" in trying to avoid extinction against an enemy they couldn't conquer.
  • The Good Captain: The Chief of Security.
  • Grey And White Morality: The heroes and main characters are wholly noble, upright and just, and consider the use of lethal force either a Godzilla Threshold or a Moral Event Horizon. Some, if not most, of the villains have sympathetic motives despite doing terrible things. Utterly despicable characters like Black Hole Bill are rare, and tend to eventually get their comeuppance one way or another.
  • The Greys: The Graidani seem loosely based on this concept, and the Graidan who enslaved them before liberation by the Millennium Federation are probably the taller "leaders" featured in some accounts.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Thoroughly and justifyingly averted. Of the two guards watching The Countess the rookie prepares to go in guns blazing, while the more senior officer instead opts to use knock-out gas when she breaks containment and starts ranting about the Star Power.
  • Hero's First Rescue
  • Humanoid Aliens: Many of the aliens have a roughly human bodyplan. This is stated to be a deliberate choice of the artist, because people can identify more with them.
  • Honor Before Reason: At the end of the Eighth Wormhole, when the Scintillian fleet was on the verge of total destruction, the Countess tried to order a counterattack against the Imperial fleet with nothing more than civilian vessels and hatchery ships. She literally considers the extinction of her species to be preferable to retreat from battle. When the fleet carried out said retreat against her wishes, she even went so far as to bring about her species' extinction herself. She also considers the fact that the Scintillians' ancestral enemies, the Star Powered Sentinels, actually saved them from annihilation at the guns of the Imperial fleet to be an unforgivable insult on the part of the Sentinels.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Humans have a reputation in the Millennium Federation as violent barbarians because they were fighting a generations-long war amongst themselves when First Contact was made. In fact, the announcement of Galactic Defense Diplomacy ships incoming only intensified the fighting. However, their presence also sparked a rebellion against both warring governments in the name of peace, United Earth, which slowly unified humanity with aid from the Federation. Still, humans are rather prominent in both Galactic Defense and the criminal underworld.
  • Insistent Terminology: Whether it's a tiny star or her personal empowerment/intergalactic database, Danica will always insist on calling the Star Power "Mitch".
  • Just Between You and Me: The Countess further cements her status as an insane megalomaniac by ranting about her people's history with the Star Powered Sentinels, despite having Danica in her custody for God knows how long instead of just killing her and being done with it.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Black Hole Bill not only beats to death one of the semi-conscious guards who imprisoned him, but he spends so much time doing so that he nearly gets caught. Then he destroys his sentient starship for getting ID'd, even though the reason it got that way was because he wasted so much time beating the guard to death.
    • Void Archangel gleefully tries to blow up the ships near Sanctuary Station Six to spite Danica, though unknown to both of them, they've been disarmed by that point.
    • The Countess wipes out her entire species because they refused to die uselessly in an unwinnable battle.
    • One of the three Void Angels who escaped The Countess, Void Archangel, and imprisonment not only attacks Galactic Defense when the latter was trying to save their lives from the Super Nova Dragon Lords, but then shoots at Danica as they're escaping while she's busy fighting RoarBoar who was trying to kill them.
  • Last of His Kind: Danica is the last of the Star-Powered Sentinels. The Countess is the last of the Scintillians, as the result of her own actions.
  • Lean and Mean: the Countess
  • Legacy Character: of the Star-Powered Sentinels
  • Monochromatic Eyes: when Danica uses the power her eyes become white
  • The Nicknamer: Danica has a habit of giving names to everything.
  • No True Scotsman: The Countess feels that no true Scintillian should ever retreat, offer or accept surrender, or otherwise allow themselves to be defeated in combat without dying in the process. She is very disappointed in her species for fleeing back to Timeless Space following the defeat of the Eighth Wormhole. And by "very disappointed," I mean "killed literally every other member of her species as punishment for their cowardice."
  • Oral Fixation: The Chief usually has a "chew stick" approximately the size of a cigarette in his mouth. When reports of an incident with the Supernova Dragon Lords and Danica getting her powers back arrive in quick succession he switches to something bigger.
  • Pardon My Klingon: "Zuck" is apparently a common swearword in this universe.
  • Precursors: The Galactic civilization that created the Sentinels. Whose empire dwarfed the Millenium Federation.
  • Portal Network: How the Millenium Fedaration gets around.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Doctor and Chief. While they clash heads over how to deal with Danica's situation, they both want foremost to keep her safe.
  • The Reveal: The Scintillians created the Star Powered Sentinels to be their enforcers, only for the Sentinels to betray their despotic creators.
    • The Zel-Gux are Scintillians who rebelled against their leaders, and took a new name for themselves. It literally means Love and Compassion, the two most "blasphemous" words in the Scintillian language.
  • Revenge Before Reason: One of the three Void Angels initially sent to kill Danica, the Star Power, has become fixated on killing her to the exclusion of all else, even his own survival, or that of his two wingmen, for having the audacity to... NOT DIE! To date, he has attacked Galactic defense officers who were saving his life, and the lives of his two wingmen from the Super Nova Dragon Lords, has shot at Danica while she was fighting the Super Nova Dragon Lords to save the lives of the Galactic Defense officers he beat up which unwittingly let the Void Angels escape with their lives, and after finding out that Danica is still alive, the guy is furious that he didn't turn around for a second shot despite the fact that doing so would have put him right in the cross hairs of the Super Nova Dragon Lords who were going trying to kill him at the time! And he's STILL fixated on her despite not even having enough money to buy food, let alone fuel or ammo for his ship's guns!
  • Secret Keeper: Dr. Brightman and the Chief for Danica, initially.
  • Self Made Last of her Kind: The Countess killed first her mother, then the rest of her species for retreating from certain extinction.
  • Shown Their Work: Danica uses the astronomical telescope, research equipment on Sanctuary Six, and actual astrophysics to track incoming otherwise-undetectable Void Angel battleships the same way NASA tracks extra-solar planets.
  • Starfish Language: The people of Zicuri Ro speak in what looks like wingdings when written down.
  • Star Power
  • Stealth in Space: Void Angel stealth-tech works by causing light to go around their ships, rendering them invisible.
  • Superheroes in Space: The series is a more traditional Space Opera universe than most examples of this trope. It's the distant future and humanity has spread to several planets, and the heroine is empowered by an ancient being as the newest (and last) of the Star Powered Sentinels who wield stellar energy to defend the galaxy from evil-doers.
  • Super Villain: the 9th Wormhole
  • The Svengali: Mitch, to some extent. It's clearly withholding information from Danica regarding the history and abilities of the Star Powered Sentinels, though to what end is not currently clear.
  • Talk to the Fist: Danica just can't seem to stop punching Void Angels in the middle of their sentences, from lowly troopers to the Void Archangel himself.
  • There Are No Therapists: Thoroughly averted. The Countess gets one. Court appointed apparently.
  • They Would Cut You Up: The initial reason why the existence of the Star Power isn't made public.
  • Time Dilation: Danica ask Mitch if her FTL causes this. He answers that they figured out that problem a long time ago.The Scintillians call it timeless space and use it as a last method of escape.
  • Title Drop: The first time it happens, it even comes in the same font as the title logo, so you don't miss it.
  • Translation Convention: The flashback from The Countess where only Scintillians have speaking roles consists entirely of this. They are clearly speaking their native language, but the dialogue appears to be the same language as the rest of the comic.
  • Translator Microbes: Everyone in the cast speaks a common language. Everyone. Despite the cast coming from various independent planets and cultures, Language Barrier is never an issue. While it can be Hand Waved among the characters from the Federation, as they all have to work, if not live together, The Countess, aka The Ninth Wormhole is literally a Fish Out of Temporal Water, and there's no explanation given as to how she learned to speak "common" especially without biting her tongue off in the process.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: What few Void Angels still exist still want to kill Danica, even after she saved their lives. Some have more pressing matters, like getting food, while others just won't listen to reason.
  • We Can Rule Together: The Void Angels want Danica to join them.
  • We Have Reserves: The Void Archangel believes in this trope. The Countess, however, warns him not to waste troops so carelessly. Which is quite the case of the pot calling the kettle black, as the Countess literally murdered her entire species for daring to retreat in the face of imminent annihilation.
  • You Have Failed Me: The villains have a nasty tendency to murder their own when they don't get the results they want, even at times when they're the reason things screwed up. All told, far more bad guys died because of the villains than the heroes.
    • Black Hole Bill disposed of his sentient starship because it got ID'd by Galactic Defence, despite the fact that they were only able to do so because he spent too much time beating a guard to death.
    • The Void Archangel has threatened to blow up his own ships when they failed to accomplish their mission and to force Danica to do his bidding (half because Danica doesn't want him to casually murder his own troops, half because them blowing up would take out the space station she was living on).
    • The Countess wiped out her entire species because they refused to live by her Proud Warrior Race edicts and die fighting in a pointless last stand.