Webcomic / MYth
is a webcomic (later self-published) series by Zelda C. Wang. MYth is a collection of original short stories inspired by the Greek mythology
The first story, MYth: My Seasons
, tells the story of the rape of Persephone as a love story. Instead of raping her against her will, Persephone stays with Hades because she wants to and when asked to return to surface, she willingly eats the pomegranate's seeds to be able to be with him at least half the year.
The second one, MYth: Eternal Gift
, talks about Poseidon and how he found love. And no, it's not Medusa but his actual
The third and longest one so far, MYth: A Promise
, a three volumes long story that narrates the myth about Zeus and his destined fight against his father Cronus, who has being ruling the world with an iron fist. In this story, we found out why the three Olympian brothers' relationship, once so loving, became so strained and we met Zeus's first love, Metis.
The fourth story and the shortest so far, MYth: Sunny
focus on Apollo and a girl who still believes in him.
The fifth story, MYth: Will
is about how Hera, Zeus's big sister, has to deal with Zeus, who can't stop thinking about Metis.
The sixth story, MYth: Distillation
, deals with Athena's birth and its intimate relation with Zeus' mental maturity.
The seventh story, MYth: Inflammation
, has been announcied. It will tell Hephaestus' life story.
You can read the comic here
. You can buy the series and more here
Not to be confused with the game Myth
MYth shows examples of the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: Well, of course.
- Cronus, aside from neglectful and psychologically abusive, was borderline insane.
- Hera towards Hephaestus; true to the original myth, Inflammation begins with Hephaestus being kept underground and he's literally thin to the bones.
- That was only the first draft the official one has Hera tossing him from a cliff.
- Adaptation Expansion: Eternal Gift tells more about Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite's relationship than the myths. This applies to the series in general. Each story tends to tends to add more to the original myth or be a new take on it completely.
- Afraid of Blood: Delphin, being the prince of dolphins, is a pacifist creature and the mere smell of blood is enough to knock him down.
- All There in the Manual: The author's side drawings in her Tumblr and deviantart explain more about the characters' personalities than the narrative.
- Amazonian Beauty: Bia, being the personification of Force, is a well build woman, but many readers have said she's beautiful because of it.
- Angry Guard Dog: Subverted with Cerberus, thanks to be drawed in Super-Deformed style, loving getting treats and getting sad over Persephone's departure like any house dog would.
- Animal Motifs: Nike is compared to a bird. Her singing grants victory to whoever she sings for and can take the form of an eagle. When captive by Cronus, she was refered as an encaged bird.
- Anime Hair: Helios has hair that resembles flames. He's the embodiment of the sun.
- Art Evolution: Compare My Seasons with Will and see how much the artist has improved.
- Ascended Extra: Metis, Bia, Zelus and Kratos get a lot of spotlight in A Promise in comparison with the original myth.
- Back from the Dead: Poseida.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Delphin, Poseidon's assistant who's always worried about how Poseidon puts the paperwork aside. Hermes too to a lesser degree.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: In Will, Hera has been infatuated with Zeus since he kissed her in A Promise, but Zeus has been with a lot of other bride aspirants and he keeps her away; of course this drives her crazy with jealousy. Actually Zeus wants to protect her from himself.
- Big Brother Instinct: A Promise well could be named "Big Brother Instinct: Greek edition". The winged enforcers are desperate to save thier little sister Nike, Hades swore to his mother to always protect Zeus and Cronus' siblings helped him hoping that with time, he would return to be how he used to.
- Big Eater: One of Hephaestus' likes is "food".
- Blindfolded Vision: Thanatos is always seen with a blindfold over his eyes. He's able to see just fine.
- Break the Cutie: It wouldn't be Greek mythology without it.
- Zeus happens to be the most broken of the Olympian siblings since the end of A Promise, and Distillation is all about he trying to pull himself together.
- Hades is exiled to the Underworld and can't leave it unless Zeus gives permission. The thing is, Zeus hates him. And A Promise is a bigger break trip for him than for Zeus.
- Poseidon and Poseidra suffered big breaks in Eternal Gift. Luckily for them, their story ends happy.
- The first page in Inflammation, is young Hephaestus, in what it looks like an underground jail, longely looking to his mother.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Hades and Demeter, later replaced by Persephone.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Well of course. It's Greek mythology.
- Hera is as much of a Clingy Jealous Girl for Zeus. At the end of Will, they got married.
- Hades and Demeter were in love before Persephone entered his life. The beginning of Eternal Gift revealed that Poseidon was in love with her too, but he knew he was a Hopeless Suitor.
- Apollo and Artemis have a lot of subtext. But they're Star-Crossed Lovers.
- Brought Down to Normal: If the Irresponsable omake is indeed canon, this was Demeter's fate after dying. She was placed as a normal human in modern Japan by Gaia but she remembers her past.
- But Now I Must Go: In Distillation, Metis drained all the energy of her essence in order to give birth to Athena's in Zeus mind, so after a last dream with some advice, it's her time to go.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: A spring goddess faces her doom when she has a child, since she passes down her powers to her child and then returns to Gaia shortly after giving birth. Demeter suffers this after giving birth to Persephone. Averted in Persephone's case according the Irresponsible omake, because her father is the king of the universe.
- Child by Rape: Hephaestus is heavily implied to be result of the other Zeus raping Hera.
- Classical Mythology
- Cool Crown: Amphitrite's pearl circlet. In Eternal Gift is revealed it's the proof of the Seas' Queen, so Poseidon giving it to her is an indirect marriage proposal.
- Covert Pervert: Hilariously, the Irresponsable omake hints that Helios, of all people, is one.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Zelus, being the personification of Zeal, is energetic, cheerful, a little bit of an airhead and can't really read the mood. But he's for nothing one of Zeus' enforcers and he can get dangerous when the situation needs it.
- Crossover Cosmology: The Sunny omake implies that all mythologies' deities co-exist with the Greek gods. Apollo mentions that Amaterasu is very easy to talk to than the other sun deities, and that Artemis gets along with the Jade Rabbit better than with Tsukkiyomi.
- Cue the Sun: In A Promise, Eos's return to help Helios rising the sun just as Zeus is about to face his father in combat shows that hope is returning to the world.
- Curse: In A Promise, Gaia told to Zeus that he'll never know true love. Considering that he loses his first (and probably true) love Metis and will cheat on Hera a lot, she may be right. Will revealed that Gaia curse him to see Metis in every woman he sees and with that, his lust burns up, but when getting back to his senses, he'll feel as empty and lonely as ever.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Poseidon develops powers over earthquakes, something many other adaptations have omitted. Zelda really loved her Greek mythology.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Gaia's curse on Zeus is result of Metis falling in love with him enough to sleep with him try to keep him from fighting Cronus. So yeah, despite Zeus still following his destiny, he still have to suffer for his girlfriend's mistake. Nobody disrespects The Gaia.
- Distressed Damsel: Poseida in Eternal Gift and Nike and Eos in A Promise. The Olympians thought Persephone was one when she was with Hades, although that may have been a ruse on Zeus' part.
- Driven to Suicide: Poor Poseida.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Aphrodite and Eros were first show in the Irresponsable omake. Aphrodite's official introduction is in Inflammation and Eros is yet to be seen in the main plotline.
- Elemental Hair: The Olympian siblings. Hades has black hair to parallel his power over the dark flames, Zeus has golden locks like his mother and he represents light, Poseidon has clear hair that reflects everything around it like the water, Hestia has flaming red hair and she's the goddess of hearth, Hera has dark brown hair to show that she's more down to earth and Demeter has flaxseed colored hair as the goddess of harvest.
- Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity: In Distillation, Zeus' mental maturity affected Athena's growth thanks to her being tied to his mind at that moment. Also, while in his dreams, his mental maturity also manifested in himself growing up.
- Everyone Can See It: In Will, everybody could tell Hera was mad at Zeus because of jealousy.
- Eyes Always Shut: Selene is always seeing with her eyes closed whenever is her turn to shine on the sky; Helios has constantly closed eyes and they only can be opened with Eos' help, in order to bring daylight.
- Fantastic Racism: A Promise shows Cronus having a big disgust for anything not-human-looking. He left behind the Cyclops and the Hundred-handed in Tartarus and ordened his brothers to keep a human-like form. He even hit Metis for forgeting to hide her scaly ears and cheeks in his presence.
- The Final Temptation: In the Irresponsable omake, Demeter tries to seduce Hades into sleeping with her, now that she's human and not bound to the rules of a spring goddess. Hades doesn't do it because he realizes he loves Persephone more than her now. Demeter, though sad over Hades' rejection, is happy that her daughter has such a faithful husband.
- Foregone Conclusion: If you know about the original myths, you can foresee the endings of the stories.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: A Promise shows that the Titans are way more monstrous than they normally show. They look human because Cronus, the most human-like of them, is disgusted and/or scared of his siblings' true forms.
- For the Evulz: Iapetus mentions that Cronus kidnaping Eos had actually no other reason that enraging Hyperion.
- For Want of a Nail: In Sunny. Thanks to Apollo erasing the memories of both Sunny and her friend, the boy didn't have a reason to fight his illness and died. Once Apollo returns the memories, a second timeline is born where the boy lived and Sunny and him reunited.
- Four Girl Ensemble: Aphrodite, Artemis, Persephone and Athena.
- The Gadfly: Hestia knows and loves to push all her siblings' Berserk Buttons mostly because it amuse her.
- Genki Girl: Aphrodite is a very hype girl, especially when drunk.
- Girl, He's Like in a Coma: Persephone and Hades' first kiss, with him being asleep. Since Hades is very reserved with his feelings, Zelda likes to joke that he pretends to be asleep everytime he wants Persephone to kiss him.
Wedding time! If not, what about one of them discovers that their "better half" has a weird habbit? Persephone:
Does 'sleeping a lot' counts?
- God in Human Form: Apollo, Hermes and Artemis in Sunny. Zeus, Hades, Persephone, Ares, Hermes and Artemis in the Irresponsable omake.
- Godiva Hair: Amphitrite's only coverage are a few flowy scales and her very long hair.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Metis took Nike's form just when Cronus decided to kill her in order to prevent that victory were someone else's.
- Hot Gods: The gods naturally are stunning. Even Hephaestus, who's considered ugly. Zeus exploited it in the Irresponsable omake, by getting undercover as a model.
- The Ingenue: Persephone. She may be the most naive of the godesses, not even second thinking and saying straight out that Zeus is her daddy while in the mortal world and not knowing how the "bees and the birds" work in the Irresponsable omake, driving Zeus and Aphrodite insane. Also, thanks to her godly beauty and naiveness, Zeus had to put undercover gods to bodyguard her way to the place Hades can find her, so nobody does something to her.
- Insecure Love Interest: Amphitrite, inicially, considered Poseidon to be too good for her, after all he's kind, handsome, divine, etc.
- In the Hood: Seems to be the mandatory outfit for the current smith of the gods, as Prometheus wear it before his succesor Hephaestus.
- Is That Cute Kid Yours?: Thanks to Eros taking the form of a child in order to be around Aphrodite, many people mistake him for Aphrodite's child.
- Kick the Dog: Hera keeping young Hephaestus locked in an underground jail; and whe people were close to see him, she takes him away.
Hera: You were almost seen by others...You're not to be seen...You don't EXIST!
- Kill and Replace: In a fashion and done without ill intention, in Sunny, Apollo couldn't bare the thought of his only worshipper in centuries being sad for a dying friend, so he erased her memories of him, he died and Apollo took his place in her life. It helped that the mortal boy was named Apollo too.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Apollo uses this in Sunny. Since the boy Sunny befriended as a child was going to die from an illness, Apollo erased his and her memories from each other, to spare the girl from the pain of waiting for a friend who will never return.
- The Lifestream: Gods, when they die, don't go to hades like the mortals, but return to Gaia, the original mother.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Hera is one for Zeus. She's the only one who truly loves Zeus and she accepted to be his wife so Zeus could have someone to give him solace whenever his curse takes the best of him.
- The Lost Lenore: Metis at the end of A Promise. Will deconstructs it. See Curse above.
- Love Freak: Aphrodite. Ironically, Eros, the one in charge of getting people together in love, is a little more down to earth than her.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Variation. Zeus, being the dense dork he is, needed for Metis to reveal that the girl in his dreams is the result of their "embrace" on that night in Gaia's garden. Zeus, of course, freaked out.
Zeus: You...You mean she's my...?!
Athena: It's rude to point.
- Mark of the Supernatural: The first and second generation of Titans have marks on some place of their bodies. Those having an affinity with some heavenly body, like Helios and the sun, have marks resembling stars.
- Married to the Job: Delphin seems to be a Celibate Hero thanks to being the only one who does any sort of work in the Sea Palace.
- Meet Cute: Hephaestus first saw Aphrodite when her pet bird flew near by Hephaestus' underground jail. His first thought was that he never saw something so beautiful.
- Mistaken For Couple: In the omake of Sunny, Artemis gets involved in Apollo's shenanigans. Because he covers the true that Artemis is his twin sister, everybody starts to assume she must be his girlfriend. That a boy spied on them while they were sharing a headbutt (to Apollo show Artemis his memories) just cemented the rumor. Hermes then confirms it to keep the cover up, to Apollo's chagrin.
- Mood Whiplash: The first two stories, My Seasons and Eternal Gift, were both love stories with their perchant of drama, but they ended Happily Ever After. A Promise breaks the Lighter and Softer vibe of its predecessors, showing the oscure times of Cronus' reign and Zeus losing his first love. Sunny then comes as a short, happy story in order to ease the angst left by A Promise, for then Will and Distillation being melodramas about Zeus' emotional issues, ending both with a good note.
- More Than Mind Control: In A Promise, Hades reveals that he wasn't quite brainwashed into helping his tyrannical father but actually was seduced by his power and his own dutiful attitue as the eldest child. It was thanks to seeing Zeus again that he reminded his promise to his mother and Metis' potion weakening Cronus' power that he regained his senses.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Gaia is the only shown protogeneia and she calls herself the mother of every living creature, because she is the very Earth itself.
- Must Make Amends: In Will and Distillation, Metis' ghost is trying to fix some of Zeus' life by bringing Hera and Athena into it because she feels guity of all his suffering being result of her disobedience against Gaia's will.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Zeus has a big one when he's forced back to his senses by Athena to discover that he has raped Hera.
- The Night That Never Ends: Cronus's reign was surrounded by night because he kidnapped Eos (dawn) to stop Helios's (sun) rising.
- Not So Different: Cronus makes the comparations between himself and Zeus. Both were the youngest child of their generation, choosen and empowered by Gaia. What makes them different is that Zeus never breaks his promises.
- Offered the Crown: Zeus first intended Hades to be King of the gods, but Hades declined saying that it was not Gaia's will. He actually was ashamed of his weak will against his father.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: Zeus' meeting with Gaia. This is justificable because only souls can meet up with her.
- Parental Substitute: Thetis saved and raised Hephaesthus until he was old enough to go to Olympus to get revenge.
- Punny Name: The "MY" in "MYth" is, according to Zelda, a way to show that this series is her interpretation of the Greek mythology.
- The Promise: Many promises are explored in A Promise, and all of them are swore to be fulfilled. The most tragic ones are Hades and Zeus'. Hades' promise to Rhea of protecting Zeus lead him to willingly gaining his hatred in order to make him stronger, and Zeus swears to hate Hades forever for killing Metis, despite the narrative showing how much these siblings love each other.
- Rape as Drama:
- In My Seasons, Zeus raped Demeter in an attempt to hurt Hades, since she getting pregnant equals her death. Possibly subverted if Irresponsible is deemed canon. In which case, the entire thing was a lie intended to actually ensure Hades' happiness while still allowing both to keep their promises of hate one another.
- In Will, Zeus rapes Hera. Subverted because Zeus actually is sorry and angsty about it, and Hera is fine with it because she actually loves him.
- Really Gets Around: Zeus, of course. Played for Drama. Because of Gaia's "prank" on him and Metis, he sees an illusion of Metis in every woman and his lust gets out of control. Knowing this, he kept his sisters away to avoid hurt them.
- Really 700 Years Old: While this apply to all gods somehow, it's played straighter with Eros, who looks like a little boy but he's actually from Gaia's generation. That's right, that little boy is one of the oldest deities in existence.
- Ret Gone: Inverted. Athena writes herself into existence the moment she came out of Zeus' mind, to the point everyone already knows her from a long time ago. Even Zeus has vague memories of knowing her before but he's not sure until Prometheus assure him of them. Officialy, Athena is a girl that Zeus took in from Cronus' castle after Metis' death. The only one knowing the truth behind Athena's existence is Prometheus for being the one that took her out of Zeus' head himself.
- Running Gag: In memes the artist does for fun, Hermes always ends as the only option for "Which one of this X would marry?". Amusingly, the artist never picks the options on purpose and the results are pure chance.
Hermes: Looks like I'm the only one available again~
- Shout-Out: Artemis gets a crescend moon mark on her forehead after becoming Selene's attendant, a la Sailor Moon. No surprice since Zelda is a lover of the franchise.
- Sibling Rivalry:
- Zeus and Hades. Subverted thanks to A Promise which reveals that it's an act on both their parts. Though Zeus needed Athena to make him realize Hades' reasons.
- Apollo and Artemis, with a incestuous Star-Crossed Lovers mixed into it. Artemis started to grow apart from Apollo after he was made Helios' attendant and she became Selene's. Since sun and moon are supposed to be separated, she thought it was the best thing to do, but Apollo keeps trying to fix their relationship somehow.
- Significant Birth Date: Athena's birthday is the very same day of Zeus and Hera's wedding and his ascendence to the throne.
- Simultaneous Arcs: Will and Distillation's stories happen around the same time. The trope is played a little, though; the stories start separated, then unite, and then separate again. They unite at Hera's rape and then separate until Zeus and Hera's wedding.
- Sirens Are Mermaids: Subverted. Amphitrite is pretty much a mermaid (and in side art, she's drawed with a fish tail, to boot) but she's actually tone deaf and a horrible singer. Even the Muses' instructor, Apollo, couldn't help her and he had to made up the whole "you sing better underwater" to avoid her singing disturb land and Olympus. But now, the underwater realm have to suffer her.
- Someone To Remember Her By: In Distillation, Metis used all of her essence's energy in order to mantain Athena alive in Zeus' mind, so she would be unable to provide him with guidence in his life. But Athena inherited Metis' wisdom and will be able to do it herself.
- Spirit Advisor: What Metis originally wanted to be for Zeus after her death. She asked to Hades to make Zeus swallow her soul for her to be with him, but thanks to Gaia's curse on him she decided it was better for their tangible daughter to guide him instead of a "fading, intangible existence" like her.
- Stalker Without A Crush: In the Sunny omake, Apollo started to follow Sunny around in order to see if she ever shows signs of remembering the boy of her past.
- Stealth Pun:
- Aphrodite's seat in Olympus is in between Hephaestus and Ares. Get it?note
- In the Irresponsable omake, a little girl is seeing playing with an earth playball. It's heavily implied that little girl is actually Gaia. note
- Strong Family Resemblance: Athena looks a lot like Metis, Persephone is a mirror image of Demeter, Hades is a younger version of Cronus and Zeus is a male, younger Rhea. Even Rhea and her sister, the Titaness Phoebe look alike.
- Their First Time: Zeus and Metis' in A Promise and Zeus and Hera in Will. It's implied that Hades and Persephone did the deal at the end of Irresponsable.
- Three Faces of Eve: The Olympian sisters, Hera, Demeter and Hestia.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Artemis and Persephone. Also Athena and Aphrodite.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: You can argue that The Olympians' lives would have been more easy if Metis hadn't fall in love with Zeus.
- Urban Fantasy: Sunny is the only story, so far, to be settled in modern times. 2/3 of the Irresponsable omake is set in modern Japan.
- The Voiceless: Nike is an interesting case. While she can talk, her voice is unaudible for other people except her siblings, who sometimes talk for her. She's not mute however and her singing is her trademark.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Zeus. He uses this to change into a bird to get Hera invite him into her room...
- What Beautiful Eyes: In one of the very first pages of Distillation, Zeus describes Athena's eyes as the "most calming and mysterious eyes". We get to see a close up of her eyes as proof that he was right.
- Winged Humanoid: The Winged Enforcers, Eos and Eros.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In Eternal Gift, Poseidon's grief over Poseida's death caused massive tsunamis for days.