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Webcomic / Coga Nito

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A modern Sci Fi Webcomic that started in late 2014, written/drawn by Toby Durr (also did Coga Suro and Operator, though these have since been taken down). It runs on an update schedule of two pages per week, Mondays and Fridays. It can be read here. It also has a Tumblr.

As of now, it is officially ended, though the author has indicated that other content will be coming at some point in the future.

According to author comments, it is following the same vague plot outline as Coga Suro, though with different themes, elements and characters- though as noted, since Coga Suro is no longer online, this isn't greatly relevant.

We open with a pair of cohabiting slacker buddies, Eric and Matt, as they do typical twentysomething slacker stuff. Their lives soon take a turn for the bizarre, though, when a former acquaintance of Eric's introduces him to 'The Corpse'— the apparent dead body of an extradimensional entity, forming a seperate physical plane that can be accessed via a unique computer program. Within The Corpse, Eric— and every other human who finds their way there— is transformed into a strange inhuman being with supernatural powers called a Piece.

Coga Nito contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Niko almost never calls Eric anything other than 'Captain'.
  • All There in the Manual: The character bio at the end of Chapter Two contains some extra information about Pieces, including the tidbit that each has a single power, based around a verb that they can 'do' to things. Which of the characters know this, if any, is unclear.
  • Animesque: The comic's overall style is manga-like, particularly in the character designs.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Super-8, according to Matt's bio page.
  • Body Horror: Potentially with Pieces. The user's body physically turns into the Piece, along with anything they're wearing and any objects they're holding. They can also potentially take horrendous damage, as long as the head is unharmed.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Smooth Criminal commonly sports one of these, enhanced by its wide mouth and row of identical, flat teeth. Appropriately for Niko's efforts to present herself as cryptic and mysterious.
  • Cute Bruiser: Niko. 'Cute' in her human form, and 'Bruiser' as her Piece, Smooth Criminal.
  • Discard and Draw: A side-effect of Niko's initial Piece being stolen by BB was that, once BB was defeated, she could gain an entirely new one. Smooth Criminal certainly looks different, and she implies the power is different as well.
  • Easter Egg: In Chapter One, Niko provides Eric with a biturl link. Typing this link into a browser gets you this.
  • Eldritch Location: The Corpse, so named because, although it appears as a [blue] forest strewn with machine parts, none of it seems living or active in any way. Thought to have been formed when an extradimensional entity entered the Internet and died, forming a pocket of physical space from what should be data.
  • Eyeless Face: Some Pieces- the design notes mention that they will typically either have eyes or a mouth, but not both.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Niko's default hairstyle has it pulled back into a pair of low pigtails. In the epilogue, her daughter has adopted the look instead.
  • Green and Mean: B.B.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Pretty much the only weapon used in the entire comic is the sword Niko gives Eric as a birthday gift. It later becomes a true Cool Sword when he transforms using the Heart, and the sword transforms along with him.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Characters do show some variation in wardrobe, but this is rare. Each of the main four characters has one staple outfit with occasional tweaks.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Niko as Smooth Criminal gains an additional pair of arms when she combines with both Snowy and B.B. at the same time.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Robin in the Hallowe'en special mentions she's wearing one as part of her Vampira outfit.
  • Powers as Programs: The intention seems to be that Pieces become stronger and gain their powers by gaining experience in a video-game-like fashion. This experience is tracked by the same program individuals use to enter The Corpse. It's shown to be possible to hack into this program and essentially trick The Corpse into thinking you have more experience than you actually have.
    • Literally in the case of the Breach ability, which is described as a program that must be installed in the user's brain.
  • Power Fist: Anyone who combines with Snowy gets a pair of these. When Niko combines with both Snowy and B.B. at once, she gets four.
  • Red Is Heroic: Eric's Piece form is the appropriately-named Red Special. Niko mentions when naming it that she's jealous that he got to be red, and favours wearing a red jacket herself in her human form.
    • Referenced more directly when a character does a tarot-style reading using collectible cards themed around anime tropes, one of which is the 'Hero In Red'.
  • Resigned to the Call: Eric's usual attitude.
  • Robot Hair: Played with. Sleepy's robotic body has hair, but it's said to be some form of [bright pink] hologram- along with their face- that disappears when 'inactive'.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Eric's first reaction to the robot BB is to scoop Niko up and attempt to flee.
  • Shout-Out: A few music references [Wonderwall, Red Special, Smooth Criminal] which, in themselves, look like a Shout-Out to Jojos Bizarre Adventure's various musical Shout Outs, especially when you consider that Pieces resemble Stands.
    • An Easter Egg early on in Chapter One is a direct reference to 'It was me, Dio!'
    • The Corpse and the main character's ability being spinning-related put one in mind of the Steel Ball Run arc in particular.
    • When Niko is introduced to Robin, she makes a remark about 'like the strawhat' when she hears how their names sound together.
    • At one point Tetsuo and Kaneda can be heard shouting each other's names from a TV off-screen.
    • In a couple of panels, a set of brightly-coloured trains can be seen pulled in at the local train station.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Eric's 'Piece' power is to force any object he can touch to spin, with a direction and velocity of his choosing.
  • Super Mode: Achieved in this case by combining with one of the available robotic characters, granting armour and an additional power as well as a merging of the minds. Even more powerful forms are achieved by either tacking on a second robot, or merging with the Heart, an artifact that grants the ability to manipulate space/time.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Sleepy, an artificial being with a robot body, a bright pink, holographic face/hair, and the power to divide anything they can touch or split it neatly in half. When not slobbing around watching movies, they work as a barista.
  • The Blank: The lifeless robot shell Eric builds, as well as the black duplicate BB later inhabits both sport blank glass domes for faces.
  • Theme Naming: Niko is clearly trying to go for this, naming both her and Eric's Pieces for musical references. Matt realises what she's doing, though, and deliberately names his Super-8 to break the pattern. Later on we get Apex[sic] Twin and Delirium Trigger, though it's not yet clear exactly who named those.
  • Tornado Move: Eric attempts to achieve this by spinning the air around him, but only succeeds in hurling himself through the air uncontrollably.