Comic Book: My Boyfriend Is A Monster

My Boyfriend is a Monster is a series of stand-alone graphic novels united by a premise that is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Each novel centers around a heroine who finds romance with a handsome otherworldly being. The writers and artists vary with each story, apart from Janina Görrissen, who handled the art in both the first and fifth books, and Dan Jolley, who wrote the third and sixth.

It is better than it sounds.

Examples from #1 "I Love Him to Pieces":

  • Adrenaline Makeover: Jack's response to seeing Dicey in a tattered sundress, wielding a baseball bat that she just seconds ago used to shatter a zombie's skull? "You look so hot."
  • Deadly Prank: Nearly. While snuggled up with Dicey, Jack pretends to have turned full-on zombie. This almost earns him a baseball bat to the head.
  • Distressed Dude: Jack, when the infection starts to worsen.
  • Egg Sitting: Dicey and Jack meet after being assigned a Health Ed project to care for an egg together.
  • Full-Name Basis: Dicey tends to call Jack by his full name.
  • Hidden Depths: It is mentioned that Dicey is an Honor Society student.
  • Lovable Jock: Dicey. Her baseball teammates as well, especially with them defending her from the team's sexist rivals.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Dicey calls out Jack for "staring at her chest." It turns out he was focusing on her t-shirt, which featured an inaccurate picture of an emperor penguin.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Dicey seems to think so.
    Jack: "That's not an emperor penguin! Emperors don't have a crest. That's a rockhopper or some other Eudyptes! Plus, emperors outrank kings! That's at least ten times stupider than my t-shirt."
    Dicey: *glomp* "You're such a nerd. Don't ever change."
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Dicey sets out to rescue Jack alone, in spite of the others' protests.
    Baron: "We have a saying in the game. 'Never split the party.'"
    Dicey: "Guys, Jack is my party."
  • Oh, Crap: Dicey and Jack's reaction to seeing the carnage caused by the zombies.
  • One of the Boys: Dicey, the only female member of her baseball team.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The plague is caused by a mutation of the real-life parasitic fungus Cordyceps unilateralis, which attacks an ant's brain and causes it to attach itself to the top of a plant before dying, thus helping the fungus to spread its spores. Although this differs from the more-commonly-seen viral origin, the novel's zombies behave like typical Hollywood zombies.
  • The Determinator: Dicey, who sets out to rescue an increasingly-zombifying Jack, armed with only a baseball bat.
  • The Men in Black: The agents who come to escort Dicey and Jack out of St. Petersburg. They are definitely good guys though.

Examples from #2 "Made For Each Other":

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Much like Bella, Maria seems to be able to stomach the whole Tom-is-a-monstrous-conglomeration-of-body-parts thing incredibly quickly and never lets it get in the way of her infatuation with him.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Frank, Tom's father in spirit, is killed trying to save the other creations from a fire. When Tom says, "I've got nothing left," Maria kisses him and says, "You've got me."
  • Cool Aunt/ Cool Old Lady: Maria's aunt Sophie.
    Sophie: "This is the 21st century, Maria! You don't have to wait for him to come after you!"
  • Deadly Prank: Alex and Logan are killed by Hedy while pulling a prank that involves sending a CPR dummy down the falls.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Hedy starts dressing in goth/punk clothing when she becomes blatantly evil. She also dresses the minions she created this way.
  • Follow the Leader: The story bears some resemblance to Twilight, particularly the scene where Mr. Graves calls Maria, tells her he's captured her music teacher, and orders her to come to him alone if she wants to save him. Tom of course shows up to rescue her. A strikingly similar scene happens in the first Twilight book.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Tom, Hedy, Mr. Graves, and of course the original. They are all super-strong and heal quickly, but are vulnerable to fire and are put into trances by music. They have no memory of their former lives and are essentially new beings created out of old parts.
  • Man Child: Hedy. She is still fairly smart but has the maturity of a child.
  • Public Domain Character: The original Frankenstein's monster. He's not a bad guy.
  • Punny Name: Franklin Stone, Mr. Graves, Tom B. Stone, Hedy Stone (headstone) (a possiblity pointed out by Maria when Tom explains Hedy's cover as Graves's relative) and Maria McBride, who is in love with a Frankenstein's monster. Shelly and Byron are probably also named after Mary Shelley and her friend and colleague Lord Byron.

Examples from #3 "My Boyfriend Bites":

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Vanessa admits she's drawn to people who need "fixing." Two of her ex-boyfriends were juvenile delinquents, a third was a basement-dwelling slacker, and her prospective new man is a janitor who drinks blood and shapeshifts.
  • Almighty Janitor: Jean-Paul is a janitor who moonlights as some sort of supernatural cop and can kick some ass.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jean-Paul for Vanessa. She rescues him from another pack of vampires later.
  • Classified Information: Who Jean-Paul works for. So was the fact that he's a werebat, before he spilled the beans.
  • Meaningful Name: Vanessa Shingle. Her last name is an anagram of Helsing, as in Van Helsing.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Most that we see have weakness to garlic, stakes, probably sunlight and other classic traits, but given how different Jean-Paul is from the vampire horde he fights, it looks like there are several different factions of vampires with very different abilities. Until it’s revealed that he’s not a vampire at all, but a Were-Bat.
  • Partial Transformation: Jean-Paul can change into bat form but retain his human head, for example. It's pretty horrifying.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When Vanessa kills a vampire with a pool cue, Jean-Paul tries to come up with a billiards-themed one but can't.
  • The Smart Guy: Stork, a languages expert who cracks the code about who the vampires will sacrifice.
  • Werebeast: It turns out Jean-Paul is a werebat, not a vampire.
  • Vampire Hunter: As a descendant of Van Helsing, it is Vanessa's destiny to be the world's most powerful monster hunter.

Examples from #4 "Under His Spell":

  • Hand Wave: In-universe. Bynal and company taking over the school is explained away as the antics of a "drug-crazed punk rock gang."
  • Insistent Terminology: They are the Fae, not fairies.
  • Not Quite Forever: Bethany gets a little spooked when Allein says he wants to be with her "today, tomorrow, and forever." She replies that she's only 16 and is not ready for that kind of commitment.

Examples from #5 "I Date Dead People":

  • Closed Circle: None of the ghosts can leave the house — everything beyond it is "nothingness" for them, according to Tom.
  • I See Them Too: At first, Tom makes it seem like it's remarkable that Nora can see him, setting the reader up to believe Nora will be unable to introduce him to her friends. But it seems none of her friends have trouble seeing ghosts, nor does anybody else.
  • It Was Here, I Swear: Subverted. Nora has no trouble showing the ghosts to her friends and family.
  • Ship Sinking: Nora and Tom have the only human/monster relationship in the series that explicitly doesn't last, due to the fact that Tom is a ghost.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Evidently, Peter for Nora. He can even be seen watching her undress in one panel.