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Oxymoron is an independent comic about an afflicted police officer hunting down a masked serial killer obsessed with murdering anyone he perceives as contradictory.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Antagonist Title: Oxymoron is the Ax-Crazy psychopath carving a bloody path through Swanstown; the protagonist is Detective Mary Clark.
  • Black and White Insanity: How Oxymoron perceives the world, since he's obsessed with contradiction. For instance, he murders a ganglord who has some Pet the Dog policies, since in Oxymoron's eyes there is no such thing as a bad man with some good in him, or a good man with some bad in him. He also assassinates various public servants who were corrupt in some way.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Oxymoron announces his presence to the people of Swanstown through a live news broadcast by calling himself "a very bad man" and "a plain-dealing villain".
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  • Cop Killer: Oxymoron murders swathes of cops during his rampage in Swanstown.
  • The Corrupter: Oxymoron tries to goad Mary into becoming a killer just like him by tracking down and delivering an elusive criminal who killed her former partner, but she refuses and instead arrests him. Oxymoron responds by murdering her family.
  • Deadline News: Oxymoron forces SNN reporter Crystal Gaines to provide coverage for his crimes, promising to boost her career by giving her an exclusive heads-up on his rampage. He later murders her for this during a live interview, since this makes her a contradiction: a reporter who doesn't actually report news, but creates it.
  • Defective Detective: Mary Clark has Addison's Disease, an auto-immune disease that makes her dependent on steroids. She had an episode that inadvertently caused the death of her partner, which she still feels guilty about. It also got her booted down to beat cop, until the commissioner reinstates her to deal with Oxymoron.
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  • Disguised Hostage Gambit: One of Oxymoron's favored tactics is to blackmail people to dress up as him and force them to kill people.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The comic ends with Mary finally killing the Oxymoron, but she later finds a note sewn into her dog's abdomen indicating that he might not be truly dead after all.
  • Eye Scream: Oxymoron starts his rampage by scooping out the eyes of a middle-aged waitress.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Oxymoron's crimes inspires a legion of copycat killers who proceed to plunge the city into chaos.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Oxymoron's white mask, hiding his true identity. Later, people start to follow his example, dressing as him and going on killing sprees. There's an unmasking scene at the end, but it remains The Un-Reveal.
  • Man in White: Oxymoron uses an all-white outfit, which belies his Ax-Crazy nature.
  • Oxymoronic Being: The Big Bad Oxymoron has a modus operandi where he "corrects" (murders) other people for being contradictory. By his own logic, he himself is not an oxymoron since he strives to be pure evil. This is just in his head, however, and he'll come up with any excuse to kill someone, no matter how far-fetched.
  • Politically Correct Villain: When Oxymoron tries to find some contradiction in Nice Girl Agent Deborah's past as an excuse to murder her, all he could find was the rather lame "former small town girl who is also a lesbian". He acknowledges that it takes a pretty backward mindset to declare her an oxymoron on that basis.
  • Practically Joker: Oxymoron takes after the Joker with his insanity and rictus grin, though with an obsession over contradictions instead of dark comedy.
  • The Un-Reveal: Mary takes off Oxymoron's mask after finally defeating him, but the reader never gets a clear look at him since it's shown from Oxymoron's POV. Although Mary does say she is rather disappointed that underneath it, he's just an ordinary man.
  • Vice City: Swanstown is indicated to already have been a crime-ridden hellhole before Oxymoron shows up.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Oxymoron mails a bomb to a classroom full of children, and later murders Mary's son in front of her.

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