Since Lovhaug has other priorities to attend to (also another webcomic called Revolution of the Mask), Lightbringer has not updated since August 19, 2012. Lovhaug eventually deemed it too time consuming and officially released the comic and all of its characters into the public domain. In the meantime, earlier strips are currently being redone by Mark Banilbo here.
PlotThe comic is about the coming of superheros in modern times, specifically the one who starts the movement. Carter Granholme, a humble furniture store owner living in Pharos City, possessed light-based abilities all his life, but abiding by the wishes of his ultra-pacifist parents Carter never used his powers. Years after they were killed by a criminal organization, having become fed up of the crime in his city, he goes against what his parents taught him to become fight crime and become Lightbringer, the world's first superhero.
With the rise of the superhero comes the rise of supervillains who tend to have a philosophical point to make. As a result, Carter often struggles with the nature of good versus evil and the role of a superhero in society. One of Carters employees, Hannah Ments, gets wise to his double life and actively helps him in his fight against crime. She has since become a fan favorite.
Lightbringer and one of his enemies the Smiling Man also play a big part in The Crossoverlord.
Not to be confused with...This hero has nothing to do with the 1993 Beat 'em Up released by Taito, outside maybe being a violent Epic Fantasy. We hope he's unrelated to the other guy called Lightbringer, and thus is not THE FUCKING UNIVERSE! Also unrelated: The Lightbringer Series, Uther the Lightbringer.
- Action Girl: Osprey, the Girl Wonder Hannah's alter-ego
- Actual Pacifist: Carter's parents denounce all forms of violence.
- Anti-Hero: Lightbringer. Although generally portrayed as an idealist, he has shown a willingness to use the ends to justify the means. Examples include his interrogation of the Serpent (which qualifies as torture), use of excessive force when handling General Werres (ie. chucking him through a window), and defiance of the mayor to continue vigilantism.
- Arch-Enemy: Darkbringer to Lightbringer.
- Art Evolution: Although he has since stopped drawing the comic, Lovhaug's illustrations did improve over time.
- Author Filibuster: In the earlier chapters, Lightbringer would voice a lot of Lovhaug's opinions for entire pages.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The Gentleman claims he was Jack the Ripper and a few other famous serial killers.
- The Big Guy and The Smart Guy: Hannah doubles as both, giving Carter technical support but providing the lion's share of fisticuffs.
- Black-and-White Morality: Outright stated a number of times.
- Breakout Character: Hannah has become popular among the comic's fans.
- Breast Expansion: Subverted. Smiling Man stole a device for this purpose because it was also a reality warping weapon.
- Cameo: A few characters from other webcomics have appeared in the comic without speaking roles. The device mentioned above was also from another webcomic.
- Casting a Shadow: Darkbringer's abilities, as indicated by his name.
- Crapsack World: Pharos city when it was in control of the Slavers. Kidnappings happened every day and gang members would walk the streets with their victims in toe. Lightbringer put an end to this.
- Character Filibuster: Darkbringer... oh, Darkbringer...
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Hannah is capable of hoisting a stone table over her head without any sign of strain or effort despite her only mildly muscular frame and Lovhaug's insistence that she does not have any superpowers of her own.
- Clueless Aesop: In the original comic's author's notes, Linkara states that he made the antagonists slavers because slavery is a real life issue, yet not many comic books cover this subject... Except the depiction of slavery in this comic, where a gang of slavers took over an American city, killed all the policemen who dared to opposed them, and paraded their slaves around in broad daylight just made them come off as cartoonishly evil and about as far from reality as it gets.
- Crossover: With Linkara (a character from Angel Armor, not the creator), a character from a fantasy trilogy written by Lovhaug when he was 13. Mindmistress also appeared for one story as part of the Crossover Wars.
- Dating Catwoman: Carter's girlfriend becomes a supervillain thief.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Carter's parents were shot to death before the events of the comic.
- Disc-One Final Boss: General Werres, in the third issue.
- For the Evulz: Smiling Man's first appearance had him killing people and causing mayhem for fun. In The Crossoverlord, his more complex motivations were made clear.
- Hard Light: Lightbringer's powers enable him to create this.
- Hope Bringer: Lightbringer makes Pharos city a much better place to live after the slavers are defeated.
- Lampshade Hanging: A few issues in, Lightbringer is apparently tired of all his enemies acting on some kind of twisted philosophy about hurting people to do the right thing. "If this is about how you need to do evil things for the greater good..."
- Large Ham: Darkbringer. Behold your savior, Pharos City! Bear witness to his defeat!
- Legacy Character: Referenced when Lightbringer thinks that if he dies, there would be no one to be his Legacy Character.
- Light 'em Up: As indicated by his name, Lightbringer can control and manipulate photons.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
- Not So Different: This happens so often, that Lightbringer quickly becomes tired of listening to villains compare him to themselves.
- Really 700 Years Old: The Gentleman claims to have lived over four centuries.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Darkbringer started as a servant of Angel Armor's Big Bad, but here became a Lightbringer villain.
- Shout-Out: A lot of them, mostly to DC Comics, particularly Watchmen. Carter even quotes Doctor Manhattan in a romantic way.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Darkbringer get one from a whole crowd of people.
- Lightbringer also does this to General Werres, by throwing him out a window.
- Slasher Smile: The appropriately named Smiling Man is usually sporting one.
- Take That!: Some people believe Darkbringer is one big Take That! to the '90s Anti-Hero archetype.
- Technical Pacifist: Lightbringer will fight crime and in one case tortured a criminal for information but does not believe in killing.
- Wall of Text: The aforementioned filibuster tropes would often result in this.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- Darkbringer believes that the only way to defeat evil is by embracing darkness and despair. He wants to kill Lightbringer because "he brings false hope".
- General Werres, who rationalizes all the terrible things he has done with the fact that part of his ill-earned money goes to charity.