If you want to know the story up to this, go to the bottom of this OP - otherwise, this will be a somewhat confusing comic. Reason that the text is below the comic is that having a bunch of text above a comic ruins your reading and will probably make you bored.
Story up to Coastal Damage:
- It’s 2012 and gaming has combined into a mass market of popular titles from FPS to RPG. The Game Helmet is a huge MMO device that combines the aspects of numerous past games.
- The Game Helmet company has been assholish to hackers, so the hacking community is striking back. They’re going after Servers, a program that is a safe for credit card info, personal info, and whatnot.
- The Hackers, led by former PHW found, Michael J. Clements, are the combined forces of most major internet communities.
- It’s December 2012 and a “newb training” program has been established. The teachers, who prefer not to get acquainted with students, rename their username (ex. Bravo 1, Bravo 2, Bravo 3, etc.)
- Frank, the creator Game Helmet, joins the training so he can keep an eye on Bravo 1 & 2. Bravo 1’s real name is Katie Izaki while Bravo 2’s real name is unknown.
- The Hackers catch up with Frank and kidnap both Katie and Frank. Meanwhile, Bravo 2 moved to an MMORPG game thanks to a glitch.
- NATO1337 saves Frank and Bravo 1; and they both join their cause.
- Katie is mysteriously given new powers of teleportation. She teleports to a heavily populated New York City map.
- Frank, who is aware that he is being watched by the hackers, logs off (in a dramatic fashion) for about a couple hours.
- Frank logs back in and see that Bravo 1 is captured by the hackers.
- Going back a couple hours a bit before and after Frank’s logging off, Bravo 2 returns to the MMOFPS and finds the NYC map under chaos.
- He teams up with his old friend, Devon, and unknowingly, partners up with Katie. It turns out that Katie knows Bravo 2 and real life while Bravo 2 seemingly doesn’t know who she is.
- Katie, afraid of Bravo 2’s retaliation for what she did to him in RL, says that her name is Mary.
- The three heroes escape out of the city while being chased by the hackers.
or in other words, vigilantes vs. hackers in a video game