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Jannah Station is an ongoing science fiction mystery comic created and written by Joseph Cadotte and Elizabeth Kidder. It was published by Old Sins in 2013 and 2014 and is on hiatus until an artist can be found. It follows the adventures of the only human detective, Faisal Werner, on a resort habitat. The first volume, "A Soft Murder" follows Faisal as he tries to balance justice and political expediency in uncovering the murderer of Jannah Station's most successful financier.

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  • Adventure Towns: The titular Jannah Station. Justified in that it is a popular resort habitat which has a very affluent population and a steady stream of tourists.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Although an actual elected senator, Shen Theisman functions as this when he's not being DaChief
  • The Butler Did It: One possible result of the investigation in "A Soft Murder" and, depending on the reader's interpretation the actual solution. Or not.
  • Da Chief: Theisman serves this function to some extent.
  • Daddy's Girl: Felicity Adams is devoted to her father and following in his footsteps.
  • Defective Detective: Faisal is trying really hard not to be this, with varying degrees of success.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Reina Adams is implied to be a benign version of this.
  • Mundane Dogmatic: The series, and all other works in the same universe, follow this rule.
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  • Our Robots are Non-standard: Robots and other artificial intelligences are extremely emotional and religious. Possible Truth in Television.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Zigzagged. Atheism is considered the silly superstition to humans living away from Earth and the reverse is true for those still on Earth.
  • Religious Robot: All robots on Jannah Station and elsewhere are extremely religious, more so than most humans. If anything, it creeps the humans out a little.
  • Reference Overdosed: Packed to the gills with references to other science fiction and mystery works. Everything from the name of the lead robot, Glem to Dune, the Musical to the shape and design of Jannah Station itself.
  • Summation Gathering: It literally happens in a parlor at the end of "A Soft Murder".
  • Troperiffic: Literally every page incorporates at least one trope and usually many more. Goes hand-in-hand with Reference Overdosed.
  • Truth in Television: Quite a bit, actually.
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    • Emotions are considered important in making artificial intelligence more effective.
    • Nanobots designed to help maintain organs are one of foci of life-extension research.
    • Inflatable habitats (Jannah Station is an inflated comet) have been proposed since the 60s. Modern companies like Space Hab are developing them for long-term space travel.
    • Jannah Station is modeled on multiple resort towns, especially Traverse City, MI during the late 19th and early 20th Century
    • Reina is modeled on the Roman matron and sponsor of the arts Fulvia
  • The Unseen: The Doge is often referenced but never seen Several readers have correctly deduced that the Doge is Jannah Station itself, which is something only the owners of the Station know for sure.
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