[[caption-width-right:350:Down and defeated]]

'''''The Red Star''''' is a HistoricalFantasy webcomic about a parallel Magitek world. It features Maya, who had been one of the sorceresses, with fire powers, in the army, on her way to pay her respects to her dead husband, Marcus, on the anniversery. She recounts the battle that destroyed the United Republics of the Red Star after its defeat at the hands of Al'istaan, and killed her husband.

Starts [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-1/page-1/ here]].
!!Tropes included
* BlackSwordsAreBetter: The Grim Reaper's scythe
* CommonalityConnection: Soldiers are connected by their common experience
* DarkIsEvil: The dark psychopomp revolts Marcus's instincts
* DistressedDude: Marcus is unable to fight the Grim Reaper.
* DueToTheDead: The train she travels on has a message about silence being respectful
* FramingDevice: It's all told by Maya
* TheGrimReaper: One psychopomp who comes for Marcus
* HappilyMarried: Maya and Marcus
* LastStand: Marcus had managed to survive one.
* LightIsGood: The Psychopomp who protected Marcus is bright
* LivingShadow: Al'istaan's magic turns its soldiers to this.
* {{Magitek}}: The sorceresses use machinery to focus their fiery attacks
* MundaneUtility: A sorceress can light a cigarette. Soldiers think it's lucky to have one do it.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Maya argues this when she is first told he's dead.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Alexandra forces Maya not to die with Marcus.
* PlayingWithFire: the sorceresses' abilities.
* ThePowerOfLove: Maya talks of how anyone who loved as she did Marcus, and he her, would never be the same.
* PropagandaMachine: Maya admits that the army was deluded by what they were told
* {{Psychopomp}}: Marcus faces two
* ShownTheirWork: The battle strategies used by the parallel Soviets are scarily like actual Cold War Soviet strategy, right down to leaving the infantry to "fight it out" when their attack peters out and to use Armour as a separate attack axis rather than attempting to support the infantry (which is close to being overrun). This is not heartless Communism; it's just a thousand years of Russian strategic doctrine.
* TalkingToTheDead: Maya is writing a letter to Marcus in the opening, and her friend Alexandra, having told her that Marcus was dead and forced her to safety, tells him that she knows he would have wanted it.
* TapOnTheHead: Alexandra uses a punch in the jaw to overpower Maya.
* TheTragicRose: Maya brings them to the grave
* WeHaveReserves: The attitude of the Republics' high command