Webcomic: Supermassive Black Hole A*
Supermassive Black Hole A*
("A star") is a sci-fi webcomic telling stories from a human civilization in the center of our galaxy, and more specifically, the covert search for a particularly powerful bit of Lost Technology
, and the lives ruined by it. Here, energy and raw materials are abundant and life is cheap. A*
is in a black-and-white cinematic format, and updates Monday through Friday.
Supermassive Black Hole A* contains examples of:
- Anti-Hero: Selenis seem to fall between this, Anti-Villain, and Villain Protagonist.
- Action Survivor: Vero Plank, our hero, is a simple tramp freighter crewman. But the instant shit got real, he Took a Level in Badass.
- Arbitrary Maximum Range: Apparently, the 'boomships' have a greater laser range than standard Mega Corp. fighters. Possibly justified, because they are stated to be faster, and therefore more capable of dodging incoming laser fire, and therefore capable of engaging effectively at greater ranges than a slower, less dodgy opponent.
- Bigger Bad: Oswalt and Perriman are mentioned only in legend, and those legends make it clear they were not nice.
- Body Backup Drive/Respawn Point: Selenis has a cloning facility with dozens of bodies in reserve. However, the process is... inexact.
- Casual Interstellar Travel: because the stars are much closer together at the galactic core than they are out in the vicinity of Earth, this is possible despite the lack of Faster-Than-Light Travel.
- Character Development: Selenis seem to gain some positive aspects after her time in a cult colony led by Hierophanta Episode 22.
- Colony Drop: A ship 10 times the size of a galaxy-class freighter, moving at 10 percent light speed, hits a planet. Only those important enough to get on the few evacuation ships survive.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Solvan Mar gets the most screen time, but it's implied that he's far from the only one.
- Cult Colony: Ended up in this trope in Episode 22.
- Death by Sex: The rare male example.
- Decoy Protagonist: It's been many chapters now since we last saw Vero Plank (not that Selenis is much of a protagonist to begin.)
- Earth That Was: Suggested throughout. There's a historical society dedicated to collecting artifacts and data about Earth. They even have something called a "tree."
- Fanservice: Selenis can be seen as this in swim suit, space suit, or without clothes.
- Femme Fatale: Selenis.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: on Space Fighters.
- Immortal Procreation Clause: Justified, according to Word of God, since Selenis' pregnancy may complicate the cloning process.
- Latex Space Suit: Most of her appearance in space suit is form fitting enough to see her curves.
- Lost Technology: Perriman's 'perfected' cloning technology.
- Mega Corp.: Many, and powerful. Conventional government has been mentioned only once, and only in passing.
- Older Than She Look: Thanks to her using cloning technology for decades, she appear younger than she would appear. Lampshaded in this comic.
- Stealth in Space: Fusion engines leave a radiation trail that can be easily tracked, while chemical engines do not.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Distances in the core are much smaller, as noted above, but at best that would mean a journey of years between stars instead of millennia, and definitely not the days depicted.
- There Are No Good Executives: There was one.
- We Can Rule Together