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From left to right: Aster, Phoebe, Puck, Buzz and Teddy
Aster is a spunky young woman looking to jump into the world of super-powered boxing, where boxers fight using Leather, gloves that enhance the fighters' performance by granting them special abilities. Despite initially being unable to use Leather, a chance encounter with the gloves formerly belonging to her idol and legendary boxer kickstarts her journey into the world of professional boxing, where she meets allies, rivals and enemies alike and discovers the truth behind the disappearance of her personal hero, Legend.

Star Impact is an ongoing action sports webcomic written and drawn by artist Jack McGee, and has been going on since October 9, 2018. It is currently on its third chapter with a new page posted every Friday, and has a Patreon page that can be donated to here.

Star Impact provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Phoebe. So much so that she isn't looking forward to sparring with less experienced boxers out of fear they become disillusioned of the sport and their lack of skill.
  • Alternate Universe: Star Impact has been said to take place on a fictional iteration of Earth. The first true indication of this is Chapter 2's cover, which depicts a zoomed-out view of Earth, but with a different arrangement of continents and landmasses.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Series creator Jack McGee has stated that "gloves are both called, and made from, a material called Real Leather." What goes into the glovemaking process, how Real Leather is made, and what else must be done for a new pair of gloves to take on their extraordinary powers, remains unknown.
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  • Battle Aura: McGee makes liberal use of visual metaphors at certain points in Star Impact's superpowered slugfests.
  • Blood Knight: Etna is a textbook case. She hardly seems fazed after taking multiple hits to the head, and her excitement only seems to double when she's dishing out pain herself.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Having no remarkable abilities by themselves, every boxer's special power is only given to them by the gloves that they brandish.
  • Combat Commentator: Yellow fits this trope to a T, being the Pro Boxing League's official commentator.
  • Determinator: Aster. Case in point: Jumping straight into a (metaphorical) wall of spikes.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Averted à la Hajime no Ippo; while almost all known gloves' powers are explained at one point or another, it is never done by the people wearing them.
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  • Flashback: Two have been featured thus far, the first detailing Urchin's fallout with the PBL, the second recalling a sparring match where Phoebe unintentionally left a rookie feeling disillusioned with boxing.
  • Flash Step: Phoebe's Moonlight Step, the special power of her gloves, Moonlight Dream.
  • Fragile Speedster: This also applies to Phoebe, as Aster notes to Puck in Chapter 2:
    Aster: "Yeah! We've seen her junior league matches! She's hard to hit but in her two losses it didn't take much to bring her down."
  • Glass Cannon: Armed with his Needle Palace gloves, Urchin can inflict ungodly amounts of pain, but a quick one-two from Aster knocks him down.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Near the end of the third and final round of Chapter 2's spar between Aster and Phoebe, Aster looks ready to keel over, and Phoebe prepares to deliver a finishing blow to her. Before this can happen, however, Aster astonishes her with a left hook that nobody saw coming, leading it into an attempted Star Punch that would've connected had the match gone on one second longer.
  • Hot-Blooded: Aster. Her sheer passion alone was enough to spur Urchin and Phoebe into enjoying a sparring match.
  • It Only Works Once: Partially averted, as Teddy states that Shooting Star's Star Punch can only be used once per fight.
  • Megaton Punch: Star Punch, Shooting Star's special power. Allows a super-powerful, once-per-match haymaker.
  • Non-Action Guy: Played straight with Buzz, who is stated to know "nothing about fitness or sports but has an endless supply of support and questions for his friends who do."
  • Oh, Crap!: Urchin, when he discovers that Aster had somehow obtained Shooting Star, the gloves of the bygone Legend.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite looking like a child, Puck has been stated to be eighteen years old as of Chapter 3.
  • Power Fist: Seeing how the comic revolves around a sport where competitors fight each other super-powered boxing gloves, anything involving the Leathers themselves inevitably count as this.
  • Punched Across the Room: At the tail end of Chapter 1, Urchin gets hammered by Star Punch, knocking him out for over a minute and costing him the fight.
  • Red Baron: All PBL boxers have a unique subtitle:
    • Bondi, "the King."
    • Dove, "the Mountain Eagle."
    • Etna, "the Dragon."
    • Mako, "the Hunger."
    • Phoebe, "the Prince."
    • Ponpon, "the Panda."
    • Urchin, "the Rookie Killer."
  • Scary Teeth: Urchin, Stryker, and Etna. Same goes for Etna's gloves, Happy Teeth, which amplifies the pain dealt with every punch.
  • Slasher Smile: Etna, while beating Ponpon into a pulp during Chapter 3's title fight.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Urchin. Same goes for his gloves, Needle Palace, which sport dozens of retractible spines.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Urchin used to be an official boxer in the PBL, who, while rough around the edges, genuinely just wanted to box for fun and sport. Both the crowd and fellow boxers booed him and treated him like a villain for his attire, his strength, and his gloves, to the point where he decided to leave the PBL and embrace the role.
  • Toon Physics: McGee has stated that this holds sway over the world of Star Impact, and that he wants "it to be grounded in some aspects but characters can take super powered hits no problem."
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Invoked by Phoebe and Stryker, but primarily Stryker, against Aster during Chapter 2.
  • World of Technicolor Hair: Many of Star Impact's characters have bizarre hair colors not seen in the real world.
    • Aster lives up to this trope most accurately, having purplish-blue hair and electric-blue eyebrows.
    • Puck's hair is pink.
    • Urchin sports a black-and-pink striped mohawk.
    • Remy, one of Teddy's friends, has purple hair.
    • Etna has a mess of two-toned red and lime hair, which one comic fan likened to a watermelon.
    • Additionally, her second and cutwoman, Liz, has sea-green hair.