A dark science fiction webcomic set about 1,000 years in the future, where a religion called Rulerism based on Earth has spread across the galaxy, leaving much of space under its banner. Despite the growing unity among the galaxy, all is not well, as Rulerist troops seem to be responsible for a growing number of massacres, seemingly targeted at those whom refuse to convert. In an age where morals are twisted for the greater good, what is a human being?
Known for its unique art style (see Art Evolution) and mature themes; not for viewers under 16. Updates weekly.
Also, since the Inhuman website uses robots.txt, the comic is not saved by the Wayback Machine, so if you want to keep up a copy of it and post it when a rainy day comes, be our guest.
Tropes used include:
- The Alcoholic: Kyotoshi Lypha, starting after his parents were killed in a planet-wide massacre. His fridge contains only vodka and a clean, folded towel.
- Alien Non-Interference Clause: The consensus of spacefaring species is known as the Exploration Laws, the highest of which is "No species may trade technology to a less advanced species unless that species faces imminent extinction." Also, there is "Species who prefer to live in the technology status of 'moderate' but have the scientific advancement to be considered 'advanced' may be traded such technology as to permit space travel."
- Aliens Speaking English: Subverted, with most aliens speaking a Universal trade language when dealing with other species, and their own languages the rest of the time.
- All There in the Manual: A lot of information on the various alien species, planets, and even characters' backstories are never mentioned in-story, instead being relegated to various places on the artist's website. The full cast list is found here, while everything else is here
- Anyone Can Die: Despite being a rather popular character, Juu was killed off very suddenlynote .
- Backstory: Jet and Koji's backstory appear in sidestory chapters.
- B-Side Comics: Jet's Story, Cemetery, War Buddies, and No Booty Calls, plus a couple of semi-related comics that take place in the same universe, Unintentional Mishaps and Fairy Tale. No longer available, after the update during Arc 15 that changed the site's layout.
- Creating Life Is Bad: This is involved in the backstory. A company that until then created equivalents of Star Wars's droid army had the bright idea of creating the equivalent of the clone army for theocratic clients. Furious, they had the whole company exterminated, from CEO to janitor. The protagonist's parents worked there.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: The minor character Chovek. The fact that he's pink doesn't help.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Grey almost has more scars than regular skin on his body. The main reason it's just almost is because his face is almost unscarred... aside from a huge scar over the bridge of his nose, which admittedly does make for the "cute but deadly" look.
- Grasp the Sun: Cinne's thought process is punctuated by him "pulling up the sun".
- Humanoid Aliens: Most of the alien species seen are humanoid — the comic has been mistaken for a Furry comic, to the artist's great annoyance.
- Improbable Age: Subverted; the youngest member of the main cast is 19, with most characters ages 24 or older.
- Insistent Terminology: They're not furries, they're aliens.
- Instant Sedation: Used when Cinne is stabbed with an anesthetic to keep him from running away. They do note that it won't take effect immediately, and the doctor is using an injector, rather than a straight needle. Played straight, however, as in the confusion of the situation, the doctor only managed to get the needle in at his shoulder blade, yet it is still treated like it will affect him as fast as getting stabbed in a vein.
- Kick the Dog: Subverted. Naitec's Inhuman experiments were quickly destroyed once the Rulerists realized what had gone on... except said Rulerists did even worse in the process.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Nikitaks have four arms, all of which can also be used as legs, and razor-sharp claws on every arm.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Subverted with Ashido, who refuses to let himself take revenge for his brothers' deaths.
- No Control Group: The Naitec scientists had no control group at first, but corrected this error a few years into their Tyke-Bomb army project.
- Older Than They Look: Despite appearing to be in their twenties, Koji is 32, and Sartre is 38.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Nikitaks are six-limbed, furry aliens. They are capable of bipedal locomotion without difficulty, resulting in four arms that are widely spaced.
- People Jars: This page is a great illustration of People Jars.
- Samus Is a Girl: Ashido is shown to be an example of this when another character walks in on her changing.
- Science Is Bad: Zig-zagged with the Inhuman project at Naitec and the Rulerists' willingness to accept its immorality.
- Scars are Forever: Grey is horribly scarred all over his body from various apparent tortures and experiments at the hands of his Rulerist captors.
- Schizo Tech: A large portion of the comic takes place on a world only recently opened up to intergalactic trade, leaving the world in the technological level of 1970s Earth... with spaceships.caveat
- Sick and Wrong: Said word for word, in reference to the treatment Grey has received.
- Space Mines: The ports of Hekshano are guarded by minefields.
- Species Loyalty: Myches have this as a borderline hat, after the whole species spending a long time in slavery.
- Speech Bubbles: Each character has a different color shadow for their speech bubbles for easy reading.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The comic started off being about Soshika, before it moved to being about Grey and Kyotoshi. After Arc 10 it started having Solla and Koji taking Soshika's role as protagonist, up to having her being kidnapped at the start of Arc 15.
- Too Dumb to Live: Several of the characters in the comic would earn this spot, major and minor, but special mention goes to Solla, who releases a captive Suega, a political prisoner who tried to kill her and several of her crew mates, and gives her a copy of the cure to a plague without any thought that she could have killed Solla at any time or lead the Rulerists to her crew during Arc 14.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: While the comic ostensibly takes place in the far future, even on planets like Earth where it's expected for futuristic technology to be widespread, the setting ends up looking like a modern day piece, just with spaceships.