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"I'm covered in demonic cat pee!"
Dr. Ong, our hero

Creature Tech is a comic book produced by Image Comics, written by celebrated author Doug Ten Napel, that takes Rule of Symbolism to the max.

Dr. Michael Ong, former seminarian-turned-athesist-scientist, is assigned to a government warehouse in his hometown which the locals have dubbed Creature Tech. Ong's job is to categorize boxes of mysterious artifacts, as the government doesn't know what to do with the artifacts. Unfortunately, Jameson, an English ghost, is after one of the boxes, which contains the Shroud of Turin. Ong and company have to stop Jameson before he enacts his fiendish plan to resurrect a giant space eel.


Tropes used in Creature Tech include:

 Dr. Ong: Jameson! Come out of that closet right now!

Jameson: In this town? Are you crazy?!

  • Area 51: RTI/Creature Tech functions as this.
  • Badass Longcoat: Lampshaded by Ong's father. Justified, since it's to hide the symbiote.
  • Back From the Dead: The Shroud's ability to raise dead people and creatures becomes a driving force of the plot. Also, Blue gets killed by a cat-monster, and his soul is briefly shown in insect heaven, but he gets sent back by God because his friends on Earth need him.
  • Batman Gambit: Ong defeats Jameson because he understands that the alien symbiote is an intelligent, moral creature, and thus is able to anticipate its reactions. Ong allows Jameson to punch a hole in his chest and crush his heart--at which point the symbiote leaves Jameson and reattaches itself to Ong, because it likes Ong better.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Blue, the giant CIA-trained mantis.
  • Bishounen: Jameson's defining feature is apparently his feminine appearance. Even though by that point he's also a zombie.
  • Book Ends: The comic begins and ends with a Splash Panel of giant eels in space.
  • Cats Are Mean: Played with. Jameson gains his powers from a cat devil, and one of those powers is the ability to turn any cat into a monster under his thrall. However, when Jameson turns Katie's cat into a monster, it eventually rebels against Jameson and dies trying to save Katie.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Ong really doesn't like having the alien symbiote attached to him. Even after discovering the superpowers that it gave him, he still intends to remove the symbiote and attach it to a dog after the whole Jameson incident blows over.
  • Deal with the Devil: Dr. Jameson trades his soul and his hand for knowledge, magic power, and a devil's hand.
  • Death From Above: Happens twice. In the opening scene, Jameson's giant space eel attractor works a little too well, causing a giant space eel to crash into his laboratory with the force of an asteroid. At the end Jameson rides on the back of the resurrected space eel and summons lightning to destroy Turlock.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Jameson's aformentioned deal is made with a demon named Hellcat.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Katie.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Creature Tech has a large one. It doesn't see much use because it takes a full day to charge up.
  • Extranormal Institute: RTI.
  • Flying Seafood Special
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:

 Dr. Ong: I always feel funny drinking Kool-Aid at church functions.

  • Giant Flyer: Giant space eels.
  • Happily Adopted: After being rejected by Dr. Ong, Blue the mantis runs away from RTI and is adopted by rednecks.
  • Hated Hometown: Dr. Ong hates Turlock, CA, because he thinks there's too many rednecks for his taste.
  • Heroic Host: The alien symbiote that serves as Ong's new heart also provides him with extra limbs and kung-fu skills, and even stranger powers when he gets angry.
  • Healing Potion: The folks at Creature Tech realize that the Shroud of Turin is the real deal when the blood on the shroud heals the injuries of anyone who touches it.
  • Horse of a Different Color: The giant space eel even has a saddle on its back. When Jameson tries to destroy Turlock with the eel, Ong foils him by finding and resurrecting the eel's original rider, who's able to convince the eel to immediately ditch Jameson.
  • If Jesus, Then Aliens: Very pointedly avoided. Mike Ong has no difficulty accepting the existence of the paranormal artifacts he's cataloging while rejecting Christianity. Even when he realizes that the Shroud of Turin is the real deal -- and that Jesus must have really been the Son of God -- it still doesn't compel him to actually convert.
    • On the other hand, Pastor Ong was driven by the strange things he studied to turn to religion, so he plays the inversion straight: If aliens, then Jesus. He also objects that the Shroud of Turin can't be what it seems, since having conclusive evidence of Jesus' divinity would deprive people of the right to choose whether to believe in Christ.
    • Michael does convert eventually, but only upon witnessing the death of an alien Christ analogue on another planet. If alien Jesus, then human Jesus.
    • It's probably safe to say this trope drives the plot of Creature Tech.
  • Kiss of Life: A rather bizarre example with Blue. Since he's a mantis, they have to blow air into his spiracles rather than giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Lampshade Hanging:

 Secretary: Fluffy's in there!

Dr. Ong: *facepalm* Don't tell me... Fluffy's a cat.

Jameson: *finding the cat* Deus ex machina!

 [A suburban family has said grace and is beginning to eat dinner. Dad notices a cat monster looking in the window.]

Father: What in the sam hell is that?

Mother: Dear! Don't use that language in front of the children!

[The cat monster reaches through the window and grabs the baby out of the high chair.]

[There is a look of abject horror on the mother's face, then she grabs a steak knife and lunges towards the monster.]

Mother: Get your hands off my baby, you son of a bitch!

  • Museum of the Strange and Unusual: Not Creature Tech itself, but another local tourist trap displaying (and selling) items that are alleged to be, for example, a South American mummy, Excalibur, and the face of Jesus on a cinnamon roll.
  • No Such Thing as Space Jesus: Averted hard. It's the entire reason why Ong converts.
  • Oblivious to Love: "Something about that girl..."
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Meat Man.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The terms of his deal with the devil specify that Jameson won't enter Hell as long as he has the demon hand given to him by Hellcat. As a result, he remains on Earth as a ghost after his body dies.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Jameson is basically a revenant after he uses the Shroud to raise himself from the dead. He has full intelligence and mobility, but still looks partially-rotted.
    • Arguably, the Meat Man, who formed from a composite of animal meat cuts given life (and apparently sapience) by the Shroud.
  • The Place
  • Raising the Steaks: The steak is very happy to be alive and goes off to "find himself" but then gets hit by a truck. Which leads to the immortal gem:

 Jameson: He went to meat his maker.

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