Comic Book: Murena

Murena is an ongoing French comics series written by Jean Dufaux and illustrated by Philippe Delaby, which follows the rise and, presumably, the fall of Emperor Nero. The setting being Ancient Rome, expect conspirations, assassinations, Gladiator Games and some Fanservice closely intertwined.

This comic provides examples of:

  • Ancient Rome.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Massam, though it's in the Prison Rape sense towards men.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: a Roman wrestler fends off an escaped lion during the fire of Rome, but doesn't survive.
  • Enemy Mine: During the Gladiator Games.
  • Fanservice: Many women appear wearing exactly nothing.
  • Gladiator Games: A central point. Later Chariot Races feature prominently.
  • A God Am I: Nero tends to think highly of himself. After he loses a chariot race, a poet survives making fun of this by appealing to this side of him: The gods, being perfect in every way, are always victorious, and find that Victory Is Boring. Nero, by nearly dying in his chariot's crash was searching for danger, the spice of a mortal life. Nero emphatically agrees, and rips off his toga to show his godly self. Cue the audience parroting "Your beauty is divine, O Ceasar!".
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Locust has more in common with Gollum than any other human in the series.
  • Parental Incest: Aggripinna is willing to go to any lengths to keep her son subservient.
  • Pet the Dog: Nero, despite being very unsympathetic, is very affected by the death of his newborn daughter.
  • Pyromaniac: Nero. Here, it's because the god Mercury appeared to him and showed him the sunset appearing to set the sea on fire, also turning him into an Evil Redhead.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Red Right Hand: Massam makes himself a metal glove after his hand is ruined with a great big spike in it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Nero (at first) just wanted to make the city of Rome into a better, cleaner center of the universe.