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Webcomic / Without Moonlight

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Without Moonlight is a war drama set during the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II, a group of Athenians attempt to resist the enemy and pass on vital information that could win the war. Fotis, a young boy who receives a microfilm from an injured British spy, is captured by the enemy as a prisoner of war while his friends and family wage war with the Nazi invaders on their own doorsteps.

Fotis, one of the main characters

Read the comic here, and see also Brave Resistance, by the same author.

This webcomic contains examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Part of Basil's backstory, where he got serious injuries during a mission resulting in an amputated arm.
  • Action Girl: Martha is the Resistance leader's second.
  • Children Are Innocent: The kids sometimes try to exploit this in order to fool the enemy, but with little to no success. In reality, this is averted; given the setting, innocence is a luxury they can’t afford.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Happens to Fotis in the prologue when he's being interrogated.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma Pelagia and her pleasant but sassy personality.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Father Yiannis and occasionally Martha.
  • Defiant Captive: Fotis refuses to talk, despite everything he goes through. He even tells off Arthur when he tries to ply him into confessing, calling him out on the Nazis' hypocrisy.
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  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: At the end of chapter 3, Raban dies in Arthur's arms.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Basil got his facial scars from a mission he doesn't want to talk about.
  • Funetik Aksent: Father Yiannis seems to have a more rustic accent than the rest of the cast.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Martha can pick off her targets even with a scopeless rifle.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted multiple times. First with the kinds in the unnamed family during the block, then with Anna. It is WWII, after all.
  • Kill the Cutie: Anna get shot in the head during a raid.
  • La Résistance: A rare example set in Greece.
  • Last Words: Raban says "Every single one of them is the enemy" right before he dies.
  • Oh, Crap!: Basil when carrying a badly hurt Fotis out of the building and meets Arthur.
    • And shortly after this, Arthur when realizing several of his fellow soldiers are likely already dead, including Raban
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  • Street Urchin: Fotis, as well as a number of other kids.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: A dead serious example. The Nazis are occupying the area and treat the local people with smug disdain at best.
  • Plot Device: The microfilm holding important information for the Allies to use against the Nazis.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Some of the Nazi soldiers are portrayed as merely doing what they do to serve Germany.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Anna
  • Shown Their Work: There is an impressive collection of historical context and background information accompanying the comic. It’s not necessary to read it in order to understand the story, but it does shed more light onto some of the more obscure elements of the setting.
  • Translation Convention: Different languages are signaled by different font colors. Most of the dialog is understood to be Greek, but for the benefit of the audience, it’s all written in English.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: There is abundant bickering within the Greek Resistance, and Basil doesn't trust it enough to join.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Raban and Arthur are this, being Nazi soldiers who don't especially like what they have to do, but feel it's for the greater good.
  • World of Badass: In a setting where war and death is a constant threat, even the kids have to be pretty tough.
  • Would Harm A Child: Bohm and his brutal interrogation of Fotis.


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