Webcomic / Waterworks
is an Interactive Comic
, created by LuFa as a MSPA Forum Adventure
; apart from normal and animated panels, it also makes use of Flash animations accompanied by music, Homestuck
It follows the adventures of Connie Cohen, a "concerned citizen" who arrives at the local waterworks to investigate the mysterious lack of water in her household. As it turns out, the facility has been taken over by a gang of thugs who apparently wish to steal the water for reasons unknown, and it is up to Connie to stop them. And, of course, then it turns out that there is far more at stake than that...
Combat and action abound throughout.
It can be read here
, and the original forum threads are here
This comic displays the following tropes:
- Abandoned Area: Derelix. Actually another planet.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The thugs are blue. Well, Slick is white, and only his suit is blue.
Slick: THAT'S RACIST
- An Axe to Grind: Acquired from a can of Axe deodorant.
- Bad Ass: Heavy Maintenance Worker 01, who somehow managed to build and pilot a mech capable of going toe to toe with Tubs for extended periods of time.
- Tubs himself, who easily shrugged off a suplex from the aforementioned robot.
- Badass Cape: Acquired by Connie later on, made from a towel.
- Badass Moustache: Tubs.
- Battle Discretion Shot: This page, complete with the entire image shaking.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Connie and her Id wage war against an alien hivemind threatening to consume her.
- Berserk Button: Connie goes for an off-screen Extreme Melee Revenge after being splashed with what she thinks could be toilet water.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Tubs. "Tub's brow is too furrowed for the mace to get into his eyes!"
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Everyone in Slick/Rheo Wasser's underground civillization get four of these, on the arms and legs, at birth and are supposed to care for them until the end of their life.
- Bold Inflation: Pretty much every other word is bolded! Only in the original forum thread though; the mirror eschews all of this boldage.
- Brick Joke: The worker who "Spins on his head like a Hitmontop." Here, re-appears here.
- Bridal Carry: Slick carries Connie this way when they're heading to the elevator.
- Bucket Helmet: Kitchen pot.
- By Wall That Is Holey: Slick's repair module.
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: Connie's fantasizing about it.
- Cape Swish: Mwa ha ha.
- Carry a Big Stick: A mace (transformed from a CAN OF MACE).
- Chandler's Law: The plot stalls... suddenly, forklift mecha crashing through the door! Followed by Tubs..
- Crowd Panic: This page. Though it's more of a mass jawdrop.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The factory employees are referred to simply by their job titles. Connie herself is just a "concerned citizen" and doesn't get named until a few hundred pages in.
- The Faceless: Slick, except in his expository flashback.
- Flat "What.": Wat. (In reaction to this.)
- Gag Echo: "that's new" — When Slick and Connie each see the black goo "tree" for the first time.
- Genius Bruiser: Typhoon, apparently.
- GIS Syndrome: Most of the inventory items, as well as the backgrounds in José's Flashback.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Tubbs throwing severed heads at Juliet, right as she readies grenades.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Connie gets angry rather easily... usually with destructive results; as it turns out, this is pretty much the main reason she has barely any friends, let alone a boyfriend.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: The mood ring, where each specific mood is a separate inventory slot that can only be accessed when Connie is in that mood. A source of much frustration.
- Iconic Item: The subjects wearing special suits each has their own unique harpoon. Slick's is a pair of blades attached to a spinning pivot while Surge's is a Grappling Gun.
- Imagine Spot: An Easter Egg in the "Ride." animation.
- Improvised Weapon: A laser pointer.
- Informed Deformity: Mist. Supposedly incredibly ugly, but, as Connie lampshades, by media standards she's hot. However, it is apparently mostly because of the deformity affecting her wrist/ankle blades.
- Innocent Bystanders: The waterworks workers. At least initially.
- In Spite of a Nail: In an attempt to prevent her date with LL from going wrong like it did the first time, Connie convinces him to go to the Alpha Hall instead of the Skylight, which is where the Mist look-alike crashed their date. Unfortunately, she shows up at the Alpha Hall and manages to lure LL away anyways, much to Connie's frustration.
- Instant Costume Change: "Oh yeah. Now you're a hero."
- Jetpack: José can use his water hose (made of a toilet tank) as a primitive jetpack.
- Knife Nut: Flush. Subverted in that despite liking knives, he has no clue what to do with one in a fight.
- Knockout Gas: Juliet's specialty.
- Literally Shattered Lives: In the flashback, José freezes Pvt. Chambers and Caddie with a snowglobe, and shatters the former with the butt of his gun.
- Made of Iron: How Connie manages to survive through everything she does boggles the mind.
- Tubs is unfazed after being suplexed by the forklift mecha and keeps going after a direct hit from Endian.
- Mistaken Nationality: José hates being called "French".
- Most Common Superpower: Connie. And Mist.
- Must Make Amends: Connie needs to fix the situation once she destroys the fish whose smell was the only thing keeping the workers safe from Tubs.
- Neat Freak: Connie's fear of dirty toilets.
- The Noseless: The art style makes everyone into this.
- Perpetual Frowner: Mist.
- The Place
- Portal Pool: The Spatial Transport ability of Slick's suit allows Slick to use any puddle as a portal to any other puddle. Spatial Transport II is this for any body of water.
- Powered Armor: Slick's suit. Has a lot of funky features.
- Present Tense Narrative: Except for Slick's backstory exposition break.
- Punny Name: Some of the green people from the interlude, based on wordplay from their Theme Naming.
- Record Needle Scratch: When past-Connie's plan to get the Mist-lookalike drunk is derailed by LL taking the strong drink instead.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Flush gets these as soon as he boots up his Cyclone Cistern.
- Save the Villain: Connie, towards José, when she has a change of heart after almost killing him in a fit of fury.
- Second-Person Narration
- Shout-Out: Urist McWorkman is one walking Dwarf Fortress reference.
- Also, there's the aforementioned "Hitmontop" worker. In addition to spinning around on his head, he attempts to use triple-kick on Slick. Later, Slick is told to "mash the B button" to stop one of the goo creatures from evolving.
- The sisters Philia and Phobia are two overall & cap wearing plumber siblings, one red and one green. There's also one to Super Mario Sunshine when Connie asks José if he's going to use his pack to fly around collecting blue coins.
- Johnny from the interlude looks like Johnny Bravo especially when you consider his position in the team's Theme Naming.
- Spin Attack: Flush's Cyclone Cistern ability. It gets truly spectacular.
- Split-Screen Phone Call: Radio conversation between Urist and the supervisor.
- Street Urchin: José, in his youth.
- Super Strength: Tubs seems to border on this, at least. Wielding a stone pillar like a normal weapon and lifting the entire Rifle Tower into his bag is no normal feat.
- Sweat Drop: Here.
- Ultraterrestrials: Slick/Rheo's civilization.
- Talking Weapon: The axe. Despite its ominous red glow, it just wants to cut down trees.
- Theme Naming:
- Slick, Flush, Tubs, and José (Hose) all have a plumbing theme.
- Philia and Phobia, the heavy plumber sisters.
- Slick, Mist, Typhoon, Surge, Syphon and Mariner are water-related.
- The green antagonists in the interlude are based on the NATO phonetic alphabet.
- Tiny-Headed Behemoth: Endian from the interlude. Actually two different people.
- Unstoppable Rage: Connie... Has anger issues.
- Villain Protagonist: The flashback intermission has the blue boys as protagonists, where they fight a Felt-like gang of green people with powers.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Tubs's is the smell of cheap fish.
- Wham Episode: Derelix and the revelation that the black goo is some sort of organism. There's also the easter egg during the dance sequence where it turns out that Connie has been infected by the goo SO BADLY that her skin's turned completely black.
- What's a Henway?: The "updog" variety (warning: spoiler link.)
- Who Forgot the Lights?: A rare non-video game example. Whenever there's something happening in the underground, you really should turn your monitor's brightness up to the max if you want to be able to tell what's going on.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Connie is pretty germ-phobic, specifically in relation to toilets, and will freak out at the drop of a hat about them.
- Wingding Eyes: "he can't be dead! his eyes aren't X's!"
- Word of God: The author's tumblr account contains information not revealed in the comic.
- X-Ray Vision: One of the abilities offered by Slick's suit. Though it requires the suit to release x-rays which are harmful to living beings in the vicinity.
- "YEAH!" Shot: "We're gonna steal the water cycle!