It's 1950s Los Angeles, but the Night War has changed everything. Monsters are the norm, and humans are the minority. Nick Moss is the last human detective in a city full of monsters, and he's tracking down a missing mummy. Along the way, almost every monster he meets wants to turn him into one of them. ''[[http://captainsupermarket.com/city-of-devils.html City of Devils]]'' is a neo-noir comic novel with b-movie monsters.

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!! City of Devils provides examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Sure, [[spoiler: Oculon is a crawling eye responsible for the kidnap and forcible turning of humans into monsters]], but he's a nice enough guy.
* AffectionateParody: Of both film noir and monster movies.
* AnthropomorphicFood: Several forms of killer vegetable are mentioned, including a carnivorous carrot that's apparently working as a teamster. Sam Haine the pumpkinhead also qualifies, as at least his head is presumably edible.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Chops has a very good reason for picking off the New American Benevolent Society. They turned her into a gremlin as a form of pornography.]]
* BadassBiker: Cacophony Jones and the rest of the Howlers are a biker gang composed entirely of phantoms (as in "of the opera").
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three most prominent female characters are the doppelganger Imogen Verity (who usually appears blonde), the siren (brunette albeit with green highlights) Serendipity Sargasso, and the witch Hexene Candlemas. Imogen is the untouchable movie star ice queen, Serendipity the loyal and starstruck secretary, and Hexene the pugnacious hex slinger. This trope also shows up with the Salem Sisters, the close harmony group/witch coven, with Hyacinth, Verbena, and Lily respectively (in the roles of crone, mother, and maiden).
* BrainFood: Lampshaded, as the zombies of the world can only say "brains" with different inflections.
* BrainInAJar: The brainiacs, seen briefly, are a kind of monster. They're brains in jars.
* BrandX: The book features a number of products for monsters, the most prominent being Pharaoh brand bandages for mummies. The book features these in vintage advertisements for the Oldsmobile Brainwave (a car for brainiacs), Ocutol (eyedrops for crawling eyes), and the Para-Sol (to keep vampires and gremlins out of the sun).
* ChekhovsGun: The moonshine in the storage room of the Bomb Shelter is later used [[spoiler: by Nick to knock Sam Haine unconscious.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Nick Moss is a nervous, stuttering, weasel of a man. He was also a paratrooper in WWII, remained human through the Night War, and is shockingly resourceful when backed into a corner (which is constantly).
* CuteMonsterGirl: Serendipity Sargasso, the siren secretary, is pretty darn cute. Assuming she doesn't smile.
* CuteWitch: Hexene Candlemas is a subversion, what with her hex-dealing, habit of punctuating curses with obscene gestures, and saturnine toad familiar Escuerzo.
* DefectiveDetective: Nick Moss isn't an impressive man.
* DetectiveAnimal: Lou Garou and Phil Moon, the wolfmen LAPD, and Sheriff Lobo Castle, the werewolf in the Sheriff's Department are a form of this.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Sam Haine, the pumpkinhead, really thinks Nick would be a good pumpkinhead. He's mostly nice, but some of his behavior is a little questionable, and he seems not to be clear on "no."
* EverybodySmokes: Subverted with Nick's pathological inability to smoke.
* {{Familiar}}: Every witch has one of these, from Hexene's toad Escuerzo to the songbirds of the Salem Sisters.
* FantasticNoir: City of Devils is a noir, with all the supporting characters being monsters from b-movies or legend.
* FantasticRacism: Humans are the downtrodden minority. Monsters call us "meatsticks."
* GenreBusting: It's a noir plot, there are monsters from horror fiction, it's urban and fantastic, and it's a comedy.
* FemmeFatale: The doppelganger movie star, Imogen Verity, who hires Nick to find her missing husband.
* FogFeet: The ghost housekeeper Bloody Bridget has these.
* GiantMook: Ogres are often employed as security guards. They're twelve feet tall and can eat entire sides of beef like sandwiches.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Nick's earliest clue is a matchbook for an unknown club that turns out to be [[spoiler: a seriously weird monster brothel.]]
* GripingAboutGremlins: The ''City of Devils'' Gremlins appear to be highly reminiscent of the film version, and are generally named for the shock of white hair on their bodies. One has giant white eyebrows (Brows), and the other has massive muttonchop sideburns (Chops). As a race, they're obsessed with candy, clever (if weird) inventors, and allergic to sunlight.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Lampshaded when Nick says, "That's what you get when you hire a human dick, ma'am."
* HeadlessHorseman: Headless Horsemen are one of many monster kinds. They tend to work as drivers, either for taxis or limos.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Hexene Candlemas and Lily Salem are both redheads. Of course, they're also maidens in their respective witch covens. It's averted, since Nick doesn't get either one of them.
* HotWitch: The Salem Sisters are all extremely hot.
* HulkSpeak: The [[FrankensteinsMonster meat golems]] communicate entirely in mostly monosyllabic, two-word sentences. "Fire bad" is a particular favorite.
* LosAngeles: The L.A. of ''City of Devils'' is recognizable, despite the odder additions.
* TheMagnificent: Ogres use this trope when picking rebirth names: Kizok the Backbreaker, Ugoth the Castrator.
* MeaningfulName: A central part of the novel is that, once turned into a monster, the new monster chooses a "rebirth name." These names are inevitably meaningful, or at least cool sounding. Many of the monsters have specific naming conventions: mummies tend to prefer things that sound Egyptian and dynastic (e.g. Juba II, the missing City Councilman), while ogres like barbarian titles (e.g. the security guard at Visionary Pictures, Ugoth the Castrator). Some names include: Imogen Verity (doppelganger), Hexene Candlemas (witch), Oculon (crawling eye), Lou Garou (wolfman), Cacophony Jones (phantom), Bloody Bridget (ghost).
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Nick is hired to find a missing mummy and discovers [[spoiler: a ring of powerful monsters creating pornographic movies of them turning humans into monsters.]]
* {{Mummy}}: Juba II, the missing man, is a mummy. He's also a city councilman. Mummies, in this world, are politicians.
* MonsterMash: The book features werewolves, gremlins, crawling eyes, meat golems, mummies, robots, doppelgangers, phantoms, ghosts, killer vegetables, ogres, sirens, gill men, bug-eyed monsters, and many, many more.
* MundaneSolution: The various monsters all have relatively normal weaknesses and phobias that humans use to drive them away. Crawling eyes have a problem with sand, zombies with salt, werewolves with wolfsbane and silver, robots with Escher paintings, and so on.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The book features both werewolves (turn into large wolves) and wolfmen (who look like Lon Chaney, Jr.). Each side has a long-standing feud that manifests in their chosen career paths. Both do law-enforcement, but the werewolves work for the Sheriff's Department, while the wolfmen are regular cops.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mayor Oculon has... well, ''is'' a giant red eye. With tentacles.
* SamusIsAGirl: For the majority of the novel, [[spoiler: the gremlin known only as "Chops" due to its magnificent white muttonchop sideburns]] is assumed to be male. She is revealed as female when [[spoiler: Nick finds the film depicting her being turned into a monster.]]
* SequelHook: The end of the book has Nick's next case coming through the door: Hexene Candlemas, hiring him to find her missing familiar.
* SexySecretary: Serendipity Sargasso. She's definitely cute, but when she smiles and shows off her huge mouthful of needle-sharp teeth, she becomes more scary than sexy.
* ShotInTheAss: Nick Moss was shot in the ass during World War II.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Hexene Candlemas, as the maiden in a witch coven, has red hair and green eyes.
* StalkerWithACrush: Sam Haine the pumpkinhead visits Nick at his apartment most nights (driving from San Bernardino to Watts, which is a serious trip, especially in the days before freeways) and later [[spoiler: follows Nick to the Bomb Shelter.]]
* TapOnTheHead: Nick punches out Largo (piano player of the phantom rock band The Disasters) and is later knocked out by lead singer Cacophony Jones. Neither one displays any ill effects, though, to be fair, Largo was already pretty stupid. Imogen Verity also conks Harley and Raven on the head (that would be drummer and bassist) of the same band. It was a bad day to be a Disaster.
* WakingUpElsewhere: Nick wakes up (after Cacophony knocks him out) in the back of the Bomb Shelter, a biker bar. This presumably happens earlier when Harley, drummer for the Disasters, wakes up in Imogen Verity's basement wondering why he's in a low-rent sarcophagus.
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