RWBY is a seven-issue comic series based off of RWBY. It is published by DC Comics. It was initially released digitally with each issue split into two chapters, with the first issue coming out in August 2019.
The comic consists of side-stories (mostly set around Volume 4 with the group splintered) and goes into depth on topics the show hasn't.
This comic provides examples of:
- Adaptational Jerkass:
- It's implied that Raven appeared to a young Ruby and mocked her family. A raven yells at Ruby that Summer was weak, Ruby is weak like her mother, and Summer wasn't Yang's real mother.
- Willow is depicted as a manipulative Alcoholic Parent. In the show itself, she's a gentle-but-neglectful Broken Bird.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- Ruby's hair is inconsistent in media. Whether it's dark red, varying types of red-and-black, or just black depends on the piece of artwork, merchandise, or model. The DC comics gives her black hair that turns red at the tips.
- Summer is depicted with black hair instead of very dark red hair (alternatively, black and red hair). This causes an issue since Ruby's seemingly natural red-tipped hair now makes less sense considering her dad is blond.
- Arc Words: In Weiss' internal monologue: "Look at me.note Look at me now." It comes up in different situations as she reflects on her own development.
- Childish Tooth Gap: In childhood flashbacks, Yang is depicted missing one front tooth as a way of hinting at her rambunctious nature.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Qrow implies that Summer had something like this, as she didn't know who she was when she wasn't helping people and sometimes went against her own good sense to save people.
- Comic-Book Adaptation: The comic is a spinoff of the web-cartoon RWBY.
- Crossover: In January 2021, DC announced a crossover with their premiere superhero team, the Justice League of America, with RWBY/Justice League.
- Cutting the Knot: Cardin gets through his glyph-door by smashing it open instead of solving the lock.
- Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: One of the bandits Yang fights claims that he has to be a marauder because his hands are ruined. Yang, a recent amputee with lingering PTSD from the incident, is furious.
- Hedge Maze: Haven has one in its gardens. Within it, Ruby confronts visions of her team and her own depression from being isolated from them.
- Midquel: The first few issues take place between volumes 3 and 4, with the first issue recapping what happened in the first three volumes.
- Parental Title Characterization: The affluent Weiss calls her neglectful mother Willow a distant and formal "Mother" (while she uses an affectionate "Mom" in the show).
- Series Continuity Error: Nearly every issue has had a scene that conflicts with the main show timeline, if not basic facts of the show. The people making the comic have admitted that this is partly due to them simplifying events for new readers unfamiliar with the show and them trying to convey the emotions of the moments, which caused them to depict them differently to get the point across.
- Ship Tease: While on a boat, Blake throws away a bottle cap, which is later revealed to be a souvenir she kept from a date with Yang. When on Menagerie, she fishes up a dirt-caked object she at first mistakes for the bottle cap (in actuality a legendary ring said to have belonged to a Faunus Princess who fell in love with a human). Yang then later finds the bottle cap washed up on the beach as she's leaving Patch.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: A talking raven mocks Ruby for Summer's death, claiming she was weak, that she would have been a poor mother to Yang and that Ruby would be just as weak.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Blake's mother tells her a fairy tale of a Faunus princess who fell in love with a human.
- Straw Misogynist: Cardin Winchester gets played up a bit as one in Weiss's issue, taking issue with Weiss and Pyrrha attending Beacon and referring to them as "battle-axes".
- Tell Me About My Father: One issue involves a younger Ruby trying to find out more about her mother Summer. Her father Taiyang won't talk to her about Summer and her sister Yang tells tall-tales.
- Ungrateful Townsfolk: One story had Team RNJR being driven off by a walled-off town after saving them from Grimm due to believing everything Cinder said in Volume 3. They save the village again, but Ruby tells the people for their blind belief. She only takes relief that they're finally opening their gates.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Yang finds an old letter from early at her time in Beacon from Qrow, who let her know that running off with her other friends and leaving Ruby by herself was a stupid thing.