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Mickey Mouse in SPACE!

A proper explanation: Frontier Chronicles is a comic series written by Giorgo Pezzin, Italian author, between 2000 and 2002. The story is set in the 24th century; two narrators prepare to write the biography of Mickey Mouse, with special emphasis on his role in the war against the "Enemy".

This series provides example of:

  • Ace Pilot: Mickey.
  • Adaptational Badass: Goofy becomes much smarter in this series, enacting clever plans at various points; while his clumsiness is toned way down. He even manages to become a fleet commander, and, at the end of the story, he's promoted to general.
  • Apocalypse How: A Stellar/Physical Annihilation is attempted on Earth 32 with a planetoid-sized bomb. It get's fortunately destroyed via Macross Missile Massacre.
    • The Enemy's MO is to cause Hostile Terraforming: he doesn't affect life directly, but destroys buildings and makes the earth sterile, forcing the population to escape.
  • Artificial Human: A plot point. The Enemy can create an unlimited amount of "Temporarily Autonomous Units" ("Unità Temporaneamente Autonome", or UTA in the original Italian), entities that look like people but are constantly under the Enemy's control and revert into inanimate matter when not needed anymore. They're vulnerable to Korkonium - see Weaksauce Weakness.
  • Cassandra Truth: Despite the heroes' protests, the military repeatedly understimates the Enemy.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Enemy. It's older than the universe itself. See also the other tropes.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After not getting any consideration for his work aside for being under inquiry, Goofy decides to leave the military. He ends up as a mercenary under Pete's command. Subverted: he is The Mole.
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  • Few Years Retirement: Mickey, after being rejected from pilot academy for being short, falls into depression. O'Hara fixes this.
  • Foreshadowing: In chapter 5, some creatures don't attack Goofy and his men, and Seline feels temporarily unwell. This is because the crashed cargo contained Korkonium, which was dispersed in the atmosphere.
  • Girl of My Dreams: Seline. Litterally: she is based on Goofy's fantasies.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Pete and Trudy. Pete starts as a normal (if a bit of a Jerkass) student, then joins the already-criminal Trudy in his criminal career, becomes even more ambitious than her, and starts working with the Enemy. When the Enemy breaks the alliance due to Pete's failure, Trudy makes the entire gang (including Pete, who initially had to be forced) switch sides and work for the Federation, in exchange for a pardon. Eventually, Pete decides that Good Is Boring, becomes again a criminal working for the Enemy, and convinces Trudy to join. By the end of the story, they're both in prison.
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  • Hidden Backup Prince: A prince child is sent to Earth 32 in disguise, to protect him from any attempts to his life.
  • How We Got Here: The entire series is a chronicle of Mickey's life, in particular his role against the Enemy.
  • In the Hood: The mysterious narrator wears a monk robe, and for the first part of the series his face is always hidden.
    • Rule of Perception: He removes the hood when he recounts the time he met Mickey - where he initially greeted him with the hood on before removing it and showing his face. This to hide the fact that he's Minnie's grandfather.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Suqquarth is implied to be this. He's a reclusive scientist who is said to not like visitors, yet he turns his planet into a refugee camp for rebels escaping the Enemy.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: The aforementioned prince seems to be kidnapped by a thug. Turns out he is is protector. Too bad Mickey and company's attempt to save him leads the actual killers to him.
  • Memory Gambit: Almost everyone involved in the anti-Enemy plan erases his own memory of the plan, so that the Enemy can't discover said plan.
    • Takes a more literal approach as a machine replicating Mickey's memories is used as bait for the Enemy's armies.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Enemy.
  • The Napoleon: Mickey. This is actually a plot point: see Few Years Retirement above.
  • Numbered Homeworld: Earth's more Earthlike colonies are numbered Earth 2, Earth 3 and so on in order of discovery. Mickey and co's homeplanet, the last in the series, is named Earth 32.
  • Plant Aliens: Used by a criminal gang, since it can turn invisible and its species is not publically known.
  • Psychic Powers: Mickey. Also the Enemy.
  • Reality Warper: This is the main power of the Enemy.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Pete and Trudy. The latter is calm and Knows When To Fold 'Em, while the former is impulsive and thinks BIG.
  • Single-Biome Planet: An ocean planet is mentioned, but never shown.
  • Start of Darkness: Pete was only a borderline bully whose worst crime was a theft, but after Mickey exposed him for that, he became obsessed with revenge.
  • Universal Universe Time: Averted: Earth's colonies may use the same units as the homeworld for hours and smaller, but days and years are based on the specific world.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: O'Hara snaps Mickey out of his depression by giving him a filing job.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Korkonium, otherwise a form of Unobtanium with no practical use aside for rarity and monetary value, can disrupt the Enemy's powers. To be specific: it destabilizes its creations, to the point of falling ill or even melting. On top of that, an artificial creature who's exposed to Korkonium and recovers gains free will, and cannot be changed or controlled by the Enemy ever again.