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Particle Fiction is a monthly webcomic by writer/artist David Wynne in the tradition of 2000 AD (Sort of). It describes itself as 'a monthly comic book that just happens to be online' and is in some ways an attempt to bring a more traditional style of comic books to the webcomic medium.

Currently consists of

  • Volume One:
    • Issue #1 - Eye Of The Tiger
    • Issue #2 - Ideasman
    • Issue #3 - Scorched Earth
    • Issue #4 - Ideasman 2: The Mite of God
    • Issue #5 - The Complex
    • Issue #6 - Ideasman 3: Skeleton Vanguard
  • Volume Two:
    • Issue #7 - Ideasman 4: Personality Clash
    • Issue #8 - The Catch
    • Issue #9 - Scorched Earth 2
    • Issue #10 - Ideasman 5: Ideasman and the Cataclysmic Plot Device
    • Issue #11 - Hypergirl
    • Issue #12 -

After this, the plan is to transition to a fully Ideasman comic.


Particle Fiction provides examples of:

Issues of Particle Fiction provide examples of:

  • Take My Hand!: In Issue #8, whilst he does want to escape the cop, Rey does his best to keep him from falling.
  • Take That!: Ideasman: 'Control, what the hell was that thing in the last cage?' Control: 'The one with the body of a lion, and the head and wings of an eagle? That was a griffin.' Ideasman: 'No — I know that one —! I mean the one with the body of a slug, the head of a pig, and an anus where its mouth should be...' Control: 'That's a Nick Griffin.'
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Ego has been subjected to this by the villain of the piece, and is increased to Incredible Hulk-like proportions by Ideasman's Rousing Speech.
  • Thought Caption: Gray, being trapped in a prison with no sane companionship, spends most of his time thinking in this way, and only rarely uses speech bubbles.
  • Thought Eater: The eponymous Mite of God from Issue #4 consumes ideas. Later, this becomes an aversion of Gods Need Prayer Badly
  • Titled After the Song: Issue #1 is called Eye of the Tiger.
  • Torches and Pitchforks / Fantastic Racism: The refuge town at the end of Scorched Earth #2, perhaps wisely, hates Freaks. And of course, Dawn is traelling with a cute 5-year old who can melt people's heads.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Humans living near alien hive cities may develop psychic powers. And madness.
  • Troubled Fetal Position / Downer Ending: The ending of Issue #5, to beautiful gut-wrenching effect.
  • Unfortunate Names: Flatulax the Malodorous. It may well be accurate, but it is unfortunate.
  • Unhand Them, Villain!: In The Hook, whilst Rey has not wanted to kill the cop, just escape him, The Don Jake Mulligan has no qualms about pushing him to his death.
  • Unsound Effect: In Issue #2, EXPLOSION, followed by BLAST, DETONATION, ERUPTION and CONFLAGRATION.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation / Unusual User Interface: The closest trope This Troper (Tetrarchangel) has got to how the prisoners in The Complex are held in paralysis/sleep - specifically, a huge cable that plugs into the back of the neck.
  • War Is Hell: A literal interpretation - the background of the war flashback contains wall-to-wall flame.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The psychic human held by the slavers and released by Dawn.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: Hellvetica and Thesaurus Rex together are almost unstoppable thanks to their power over words.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Fluffykins makes light work of the Hands of Boom.
  • Writing for the Trade: Mostly averted. Ideasman is episodic, and Dawn Garrett has yet to be returned to, though more stories are said to be planned.
  • Written Sound Effect: Conventional ones from the dinosaur in Issue #2, as well as the more unconventional Zammow! for Ideasman's blaster. Later, when Ideasman sets his blaster to italics and strikethrough, the Zammow appears appropriately formatted.
  • Zoom / Eye Open: The opening of Issue #5 mixes this with Flash Back and Dream Sequence, eventually zooming in onto the opening eyes of Gray after decades of sleep.