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Power of Ether is a Sci-FI/fantasy webcomic, with some drama and comedy thrown in for good measure. The comic is about 5 young adults, who find themselves stuck on a ship headed to a continent full of people with superpowers. Thing is, these super-powered people, or “Gifted” as they are known in-universe, were all forcibly removed from their homeland several generations ago, so it’s safe to assume that they won’t be very welcoming of the protagonists. Presumably.

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The comic first started on the 12th of January, 2015. Since then the comic has been updated quite erratically, but consistently, and undergone a great deal of Art Evolution in that time. Written, drawn and coloured by Damien Stergio.

The home page be found here. Or go straight to the new readers tab, here, as the artist suggests multiple ways of starting to read the comic.


Power of Ether contains examples of:

  • Anachronism Stew: Genetic manipulation was invented before sea travel in this world. It kind of makes sense, as the whole of humanity was too busy being at war with each other to bother with exploring the world.
  • Art Evolution: Compare the first comic to one just 2 chapters later.
  • Berserk Button: For Cassandra. Don't call her "Sugar!”.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Isaac and Cassandra’s parents were drug addicts, often neglecting their children, or taking out their anger on them.
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  • Emotionless Girl: Downplayed with Blake. She generally has a neutral expression, though not always.
  • Fiery Redhead: Cassandra really has a temper sometimes. See berserk button above.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Leader: Dax. So far he’s made almost all the decisions.
    • The Lancer: Cassandra. Usually whenever Dax says something she’ll find a reason to argue with it.
    • The Smart Guy: Blake (Who is actually a girl), while she often doesn't talk much, is clearly the most knowledgeable in the group, though probably second to Dax who knows a lot abut history and technology.
    • The Big Guy: Isaac.
    • The Chick: Olivia. Granted, there’s 3 women in the main cast, but she fills the role the best.
  • Genki Girl: Olivia has her moments.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Cassandra and Isaac. Downplayed in that they have quite different physical appearances.
  • Hammerspace: Justified, as technology has apparently improved to the point where people can make "bottomless pockets." Nothing organic can go in though, only materials and inanimate objects.
    • Exactly how they work is still a mystery though.
    Dax: 'Alright, in layman's terms, they get a giant bag and squeeze the space insi-' (Olivia gets a little too close to covering her head with it) 'DON'T PUT YOUR HEAD IN IT!'
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  • Healing Factor: Lady Gwenovere can heal injuries. And apparently she reciving them.
  • In the Hood: Blake wears a full-body hooded cloak.
  • Nerves of Steel: Cassandra: What do you do when some stranger has teleported behind you and pulled a knife to your neck? Insult him and beat him up.
  • Noodle Incident /Noodle Implements: No one really knows what Olivia was planning to do in this comic...
    Dax: I am NOT your bloody Ken Doll! Ok?!
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: “No one. Calls. Me. Sugar!”
  • Retcon: The original first chapter has been redrawn, as Damien himself couldn't stand to look at the first few, let alone new readers.
  • Spiky Hair: Dax’s hair almost literally looks like a brown buzz-saw.
    • Quite a few non-main characters also have hair that consists of spikes.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Cassandra’s normal clothes are a tank-top and track pants. Though so is Isaac’s, so…
  • The War Room: Well, it's implied to be an emergency meeting room for all the faction leaders, but it still looks like it.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Inverted. There are only 2 guys in the main 3 characters, Dax and Issac.
  • Villain Teleportation: Alfie can teleport himself and at least one other person. Though it apparently has a cooldown, as he doesn’t use it to escape.

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