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Reyn is a comic book published in 2015 by Image Comics and written by Kel Symons, with Nate Stockman as the illustrator.

Following the events of the Great Cataclysm, a "noble" swordsman named Reyn wanders around the lands of Fate helping those in need. But when Reyn encounters a sorceress named Seph and attracts the Venn, Reyn and Seph soon find themselves on a quest to defeat the Venn and discovery the secrets that Fate holds.

Reyn provides examples of:

  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Venn species are actually aliens, and all of them want to either enslave or eradicate all of humanity.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Reyn has his arm cut off in the ninth issue.
  • And the Adventure Continues: In the end, Seph decides to let Aurora wipe Reyn's memory of everything that took place in the comic. They then head to a village to help its residents fight off monsters, which was exactly what Reyn was doing in the first issue.
  • Big Bad: Brother M'Thall, the leader of the Venn.
  • Cataclysm Backstory: The Great Cataclysm is only vaguely referenced in the first issues of the book. Brother M'Thall reveals that said cataclysm was a result of Fate's control systems being damaged, which triggered an ice age, amongst other disasters.
  • Eaten Alive: Issue #2 shows that the desert is populated by strange arachnoid animals that hide beneath the sand. Some of the Venn and human soldiers fall into their pits and are consumed by them.
  • Eye Scream: Seph removes Reyn's eye so she can use it on a scanner and gain access to Fate's control room.
  • Genre Shift: The first four issues seem like a typical fantasy setting set in medieval times. It quickly turns into science fiction once it's revealed that the comic takes place on a giant spaceship.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We don't see the human and Venn soldiers get devoured by the arachnids in Issue #2. We do, however, see blood squirt into the air, implying that none of them were Swallowed Whole.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Played for Laughs. A flashback in Issue #10 shows Reyn having been impaled with a sword. He doesn't seem fazed by it.
  • Interspecies Romance: When we first see Brother M'Thall, he's in bed naked with another human being. While it's not outright stated, it's easy to figure out what the two of them were doing.
  • Never My Fault: One of the reasons why Brother M'Thall hates the humans is because he didn't expect them to kill so many Venn when he and his minions invaded the Fate spaceship. At no point does he address that he was the one who started the fight by invading human territory with the intent of stealing from them.
  • Precision F-Strike: How Reyn responds to getting impaled with a sword.
    Reyn: "Well...fuck. Just how bad does this look?"
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Or amphibians, in this case. The Venn species all look very similar to salamanders. And all of them are evil and malevolent towards humans.
  • The Reveal:
    • Issue #5 reveals that Fate is actually Fate, a giant spaceship that's been in outer space for hundreds of years.
    • Issue #9 reveals that Reyn is actually not human, and is in fact some kind of cyborg or android.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Brother M'Thall's death isn't shown in full detail. We only see a black shadow of Seph blowing his head apart with her staff.
  • Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb: In Issue #9, we find out that Bram secretly reprogrammed a power core's igniter to self-destruct once it was plugged back in. Which it does, right in front of several Venn soldiers.
  • Talking to Themself: Reyn is frequently seen talking to an entity known as Aurora, and everyone, naturally, assumes he's crazy. We find out later that Aurora is real, and she's actually Fate's A.I.
  • Your Head A-Splode: How Brother M'Thall dies, courtesy of being zapped in the mouth with a techno-magic staff.