Yeah, just a typical day for her.Peculia
is a comic series written and drawn by Richard Sala. It is a spin-off of his original 12-issue series Evil Eye
. Basically it tells of the misadventures of the title character Peculia, a barefooted waif who has a knack for getting into some rather morbid situations. Usually involving some form of monster, cultists or murderers.
Combined with Sala's artwork and his penchant for macabre storytelling, it is a very interesting read to mystery and monster lovers alike. Along with the issues in Evil Eye, there a self titled book and a original graphic novel (Pictured) Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires
List of tropes in Peculia:
- Anyone Can Die: Well save for Peculia and her short list of recurring characters. Otherwise any new characters she runs into doesn't have a high chance of surviving.
- Big Brother Is Watching: The mysterious Obscurus whose taken an interest in Peculia.
- Creepy Child: One issue had Peculia run into a young neighbor of hers who overly cheery. The girl invites her to her house where Peculia finds the remains of the girl's parents. Without even dropping her nice tone, the girl admits she was the one who killed them. On yeah did I mention this girl can wield a shotgun too and her house sits on the edge of a cliff?
- Does Not Like Shoes: Well she did wear them in early issues, but completely abandons them later on.
- Literally abandons them at that. She had to escape the house she was staying at during the night (where she had taken her shoes off to go to bed), but never bothered to go back for her shoes or buy another pair.
- Probably Author Appeal since quite a few female characters go around barefoot. For instance, the group that causes the Zombie Apocalypse mentioned below consists of two girls who go barefoot (among other bare things) and two guys who do not.
- Fanservice: If there any cute girls around, they sometimes end up in, shall we say, compromising positions.
- James Bondage: Happens every now and then.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Despite her dainty figure, Peculia can defend herself when prompted.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Peculia herself again. As odd as she is innocent.
- Red Shirt: You can pretty much tell whose gonna meet a bad end in these stories.
- Weirdness Magnet: Seriously Peculia just tries to go through the days as normal as possible, but just seems to get into these situations without even trying.
- Widget Series
- Zombie Apocalypse: In one story, a experiment gone wrong rises zombies from a graveyard. Save the least, the experimenters quickly become snacks.
Tropes for Peculia and the Goon Grove Vampires
- Big Damn Heroes: The Gypsy woman from the beginning of the story.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Hawthrone Tree
- Evil Costume Switch: After the sitters turn, they switch to flowing nightgowns
- The Family That Slays Together: Nicola's family.
- Foot Focus: Peculia and all the sitters wind up barefoot in some form or another.
- No Sell: Nicola uses her powers on the sitters to bewitch them for some "fun" before feeding. Peculia oddly enough isn't affected.
- Obviously Evil: Nicola from her manner of dress and speech.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Nicola can apparently go out into sun as long as she has her sunglasses on. Also a certain tree is quite deadly to vampires.
- Sacrificial Lion: The babysitters.
- Spanner in the Works: Peculia herself, the sitters needed four people to do the babysitting job and randomly asked Peculia to come along as they were desperate. She unwittingly ends up being the vampires' downfall. If it had been anyone else, the sitters likely would've gone missing without anyone knowing. Granted they still get bitten, killed and turned. But their vampire forms are stopped before they spread more of the vampirism.
- Transhuman Treachery: The babysitters who Peculia runs into while fleeing from Nicola
- Undead Child: Two of them