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Spiritus is a 2017 science fiction comic book published by Vault Comics. It is written by Tim Daniel and illustrated by Michael Kennedy, with letters by Lauren Norby.

In the future, humanity considers prison barbaric, and instead of being locked up, convicts have their consciousness transferred to androids that perform manual labor for the rest of society.

When Kinju "The Texas Tigress" Dayal, a world-champion fighter in the OCC (Open Combat Championships, a futuristic form of MMA), is convicted of her husband's murder, she is sentenced to the same fate. However, she takes a last-minute, illegal offer to have her mind transferred to a free, unprogrammed robotic body instead, as part of an attempt to create a machine revolution, and with the promise that she will get to see her husband again if she is successful.


The series debuted on August 2, 2017.

Spiritus provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Kinju is a champion MMA fighter and also beat up a few guards while in custody before her consciousness transfer.
  • And I Must Scream: As if having one's consciousness unwillingly transferred to a robot wasn't bad enough, the process destroys the cadaver and turns it into fertilizer, obviously making reversal impossible.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Flashbacks to some of Kinju's fights show her severely and bloodily beating her opponents.
  • Blood Knight: Kinju. Issue #2 reveals that when she was still a fighter, she didn't fight with the objective of winning, but sought to injure her opponents as badly as she could.