YMMV: Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger
- While the comic raises some points about The Federation, it does get grating after a while and seems to offer absolutely no points showing the good things that they do, making them a strawman to beat upon.
- Ditto the "government bad" theme in the Coldest Equations arc.
- Gets outright ridiculous in the Kallifrax arc - the comic basically assumes that economics theories that have been vindicated for decades on Earth would somehow lead to societal collapse, and the genocidal Kallifrax subculture that gets nuked is a pretty obvious Expy of Iran.
- Or at least a Composite Character of the various Middle Eastern hotbeds. There are so blasted many...
- Marty Stu: The main character. He's nearly unbeatable; smarter and saner than almost anyone else; and never, ever wrong, no matter what. Of course, unlike his ancestor, Quentyn had to go through a rigorous training program to become a ranger. It's stated in the opening that rangers are essentially considered elite professionals: best trained, best equipped, the cream of the crop of all the forces of the empire. They have to be in order to operate pretty much independently for extended periods in potentially hostile environments. It helps if you consider the main character as the sci-fi equivalent of a Green Beret, a Navy Seal, or a Spetsnaz.
Omnibus: Our crispy subatomic particles get swept under the rug?
- Of course, it's also noted that Rangers tend to lose years of time in transit, and are selected to be abrasive discipline problems. Not to mention, as the next comic after that link points out, they are (in the most family-friendly vernacular) "oops boys". Everything goes well, start the celebration. Something goes wrong...
- Moral Event Horizon: Whatever the ambassadors did, the Confidantine considers it unforgivable enough to stretch her oath of secrecy), and it appears Quentyn agrees.
- Nightmare Fuel: The And I Must Scream fate of the neural templates.
- What Might Have Been: The Federation arc was originally going to be a good deal longer, but the readers' complaints regarding some of the Author Tract tendencies led to a shortening of the story. Thus, the readers never got to see Babbage (Data) confronted about his creator's obvious shortcomings in the software and design departments, nor Lothario (Riker) getting a brief analysis of his sexual mores. (This was well after Riker had sex with a neuter...) To say nothing of the far-too-familiar-to-Trekkies argument regarding why Geordi needs a VISOR. Ironically, some readers believe they would have complained far less if the Author Tract had eventually moved on to these potentially-more-entertaining scenarios.