A mad scientist’s assistant tours the space-faring future in “Quantum Vibe”

Webcomic Quantum Vibe starts with a bad week. Nicole is dumped by her boyfriend, fired from her job, and broke. It all brings her to her oddest of odd jobs: assisting a famous scientist as he travels the Solar System.

Scott Bieser's latest webcomic, Quantum Vibe is set 500 years into the future, when humanity has spread across our Solar System but hasn't yet traveled to other stars. Nicole Oresme lives in an orbital city, working odd jobs to support her musician boyfriend.

It's a contented existence (though not one that thrills her scientist mother), at least until Nicole comes home to find she's been unceremoniously dumped (via iPad, no less). Nicole sinks into a deep depression, and when she emerges, she finds she has no job and no funds.

But this breakup could be the best thing that ever happened to Nicole. She lucks into a job with Dr. Seamus O. Murchada, a brilliant physicist who resembles a giant Tom Baker. His research will take him – and Nicole – through the Solar System, studying a mysterious field called "Quantum Vibremonics."

A mad scientist’s assistant tours the space-faring future in “Quantum Vibe”

A quick glance at Quantum Vibe reveals it's a funny comic. Nicole is a fiery personality, prone to outbursts (both drunken and sober) and she's not above a little violence, and she plays well against the imposing (though not entirely humorless) Dr. Murchada.

But Bieser also takes care with the way he presents the technology of his far-flung future. On the one hand, there is the lovely visual spectacle of the bubble-shaped personal transports crowding the opening pages as they slam and jam their way through Nicole's orbital city. On the other, he explores the consequences of spending one's life in an enclosed city, the perils of human rejuvenation procedures, and perhaps the complicated relationships between parents and their cloned children. When Bieser takes the time to describe how travelers experience gravity with on a luxury space liner (without going into too much detail), it's clear that he has a great deal of respect for the genre he's working in.

Quantum Vibe is a fairly new comic, but it thankfully updates five times a week. So we will soon see Nicole insert her foot into her mouth on several planets – and hopefully get greater insights into Quantum Vibremonics.

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