A kid and a monster.Apothecia
is a short webcomic written by Taz Muir and illustrated by Shelby Cragg. An eleven-year-old girl named Jessie finds an intergalactic mass murderer trapped in the woods behind her house. It wants her to free him or kill him, but she instead keeps it alive
until it can be found by the extraterestrial authorities and punished for its crimes. In the end, she faces the consequences of that choice.
The webcomic can be found on Tumblr
and on Tapastic
. It began on March 27, 2014 and ended November 21 of the same year.
This comic provides examples of:
- Aliens Speaking English: Jessie and the alien are able to communicate through English, though the alien's English is generally broken and sprinkled with strange phrases.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Jessie is possessed/merged/infected by the alien at the end of the story.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The alien appears to have innumerable eyes and mouths. It's also made of some kind of fungus.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Neither Jessie nor the alien can comprehend the other's morality.
- Blob Monster
- Came from the Sky: The alien is stuck in a crater.
- Call a Human a "Meatbag": In just the first few pages, the alien refers to Jessie as a "meat wheel," a "limb treat," and "bone mass."
- Children Are Innocent: Discussed, when the alien brings up how Jesse promised to kill it.
Why do I have to pull the trigger? Alien: Because you don't go back on promises! Jesse:
I was just a kid. You were a monster in a hole. Alien:
And now I am a monster in a tank. And you are still so very young. Jesse:
Kids don't know about death. They don't know what it means.
- Fate Worse Than Death: What the Interstellar Protectorate will apparently do to the alien when/if they find it.
For what I am they will keep me dying
when your Sun squashes in on itself. And it will not be my torment even half done. HAHAHAHAHAHA
- Flowery Insults: Every other word out of the alien's mouth is a weird insult towards Jessie.
- For the Evulz:
Alien: Murder is a profession. Job. Employment, you tiny leg dog. There you are, walking along. Walk walk walk. Now you are a walker. Good job. Special child. Murder is like this.
- Friendship Denial
Jesse: Augh, you're not my friend! You're just. You're my duty. I got you. When you're through, I'll be done.
- Gorn: Pages 39-41 show with no lack of detail a man being devoured by the alien.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Jesse's explanation for why she killed the kidnapper and will kill the alien.
Jesse: But nobody stops being wrong, they just keep it going so they can watch the news. So I'll do it. I'll stop you, and then I'll turn myself in. After I make right happen as hard as I can.
- Last of His Kind: Though the alien is this, it claims to be proud of this fact and even offers to make Jessie the last of hers.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It has teeth everywhere.
- No Biochemical Barriers: Jessie feeds the alien rabbits and dog food.
- However, it's unable to escape the crater because the environment around it is incompatible with its ability to create spores.
- Not So Different:
Alien: The girl has got no pity! This is why you and I are one.
- Serial Killer: The alien claims that killing and causing suffering is in its nature, just as walking is in Jessie's.
- Sparing The Aces/Not Worth Killing: Something between these is why the alien let Jesse live.
Alien: But I had long ago concluded that your death would have been the death of a star. So joyous! Much radiance. So pointless.
- Starfish Aliens
- Strange Syntax Speaker: The alien.
- Superior Species: The alien seems to think so.
- Take a Third Option: Jessie refuses to kill or save the alien, instead opting to leave it where it is.
Alien: To make no choice is not a choice.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: The alien's gang terrorized galaxies just because they wanted to.
- Time Skip: Partly through the comic, to nineteen years later.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Jessie kills a child abductor and throws his corpse to the alien.
- You Will Be Spared: The alien promises to spare Jesse if she lets it out. It keeps its word.