White Noise is a post-apocalypticscifi webcomic by Melinda Timpone, aka madsniper. It follows the story of Wren, a genetically engineered experiment. Following an attack on his colony, Wren must leave the underground Deadlands and venture out into the world, seeking the truth of his origins. Although, with mysterious forces after him and those who would kill him for being a Deadlander, he may have enough of a challenge just surviving.White Noise updates on Mondays (or used to) and has full-color art. It's worth a look for fans of the superhero, scifi, or post-apocalyptic genres.Not to be confused with the postmodern novel by Don Delillo of the same name, nor the 2004 film starred by Michael Keaton.
This webcomic provides examples of:
After the End: Humanity was reduced to a few thousand, at most, survivors during the invasion. The Earth was reduced to a barren wasteland with roaming clouds of poisonous Murk on the surface.
Apocalypse How: Class 4. The aliens stopped the rotation of the Earth, causing everything not directly attached to bedrock to be thrown into the atmosphere and the air itself to ignite due to the massive friction. The only survivors were those on the three space stations. In the present, Earth is habitable, but barely.
Fanservice: Anna's belly-dancing scene, and Anna and Wren's Christmas backgrounds.
Freakiness Shame: Wren has a long, fluffy, white tail, but in this society, anything that marks one as a mutant is a killing offense.
Genetic Engineering is the New Nuke: Wren's superlative fighting skills probably came in part from the engineering done by GECOW. His tail and superior balance definitely did. Lohaun says they were attempting to make human weapons.
Humans Are Special: Subverted. The aliens came to Earth because there is something special about our DNA, and they apparently wanted to create god-like beings from it. Sadly, this specialness wasn't even close to enough to stand a chance against them when they resisted the invasion.
Super Soldier: It's heavily hinted that Wren might be this. He manages to fight off several armed guards despite suffering from starvation, dehydration, exhaustion and murk poisoning. In another fight a character remarks "You must be running on fumes, if you were at 100%, even 50% I'd be toast already."
Talking in Your Dreams: It's implied that Winter may be real and that the dreams are how he communicates with Wren.
Terraform: The aliens attempted to terraform Earth after destroying everything on the surface. Their efforts resulted in the poisonous (to humans, anyway) clouds of Murk that roam the surface.
Took a Level in Badass: What seems to have happened to Wren here. Although he has also proved quite capable when not being taken over by his imaginary friend
We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: The aliens who visited Earth a century ago wanted to do genetic experimentation on humans. When the humans resisted, they killed every last one on the surface. Oh, and everything else living on Earth, too.
The Wall Around the World: The Wall around the States. The citizens within hate and fear those who live outside and only bounty hunters are allowed in or out.