- Aesop Amnesia: In the Coldest Equations arc, a major point is that it's not right to accept a no-win premise in a "needs of the many versus needs of the few" situation and that the right thing to do is keep fighting to try and find a way, and that if a person was placed into a tragic situation, the people responsible for putting them there have responsibility. In the very next story arc regarding Kallifrax, it's stated that you have to accept that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, the wise thing to do is accept there are some things you can't change so there's no pointing fighting it, and if someone is placed in a tragic situation it's their fault and the person who put them in that situation shares none of the responsibility.
- While the comic raises some points about The Federation, it does get grating after a while and seems to offer absolutely no points showing the good things that they do, making them a strawman to beat upon.
- The "government bad" theme in the Coldest Equations arc.
- The genocidal culture that gets nuked in the Kallifrax arc is a pretty obvious Expy of Iran. Eerily prescient if you consider ISIS.
- Much more debatable is the economics that form the core of the arc; its detractors scoff that economics theories that have been vindicated for decades on Earth could lead to societal collapse, while its proponents see it as a good summary of the malicious intent behind Ridiculous Future Inflation - they find it kind of scary when a first-world nation's currency loses 95% of its face value in under a century.
- Broken Base: On Take That! to Warhammer 40,000 with one side claiming it as Shallow Parody due to the comic's ignorance on the Imperium Of Man being Necessary Evil in its xenophobia in a galaxy full of hostile aliens while other claiming that as Take That! to the franchise's Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy of its ridiculously bleak tone along with fans' ignorance on Imperium's worse aspects.
- Moral Event Horizon: Whatever the ambassadors did, the Confidantine considers it unforgivable enough to stretch her oath of secrecy), and it appears Quentyn agrees.
- Nightmare Fuel: The And I Must Scream fate of the neural templates.
YMMV / Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger