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Webcomic: M Yth
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 wife, Amphitrite.

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: Imflammation, has been announcied. It will tell Hephaestus' life story.

You can read or buy the comic here.

Not to be confused with the game Myth.

MYth shows examples of the following tropes:

  • 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.
  • Affectionate Nick Name: Zeus calls Poseidon "Po".
  • Afraid of Blood: Delphin, being the prince of dolphins, is a pacifist creature and the mere smell of blood is enough to make him pass out.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Apollo's crush on Delphin. Played for Laughs no less.
  • 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.
  • 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 kiss 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 Eater: One of Hephaestus' likes is "food".
  • Bi the Way: Apollo has a love for cute boys but he and Artemis have a lot of subtext.
  • 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 a isolated room, 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 too was in love with her, but he knew he was a Hopeless Suitor.
    • Apollo and Artemis have a lot of subtext. But they're Star-Crossed Lovers.
  • 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.
  • Butt Monkey: In much of the side material, the author seems to take delight in torturing Apollo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Omake of Sunny 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.
  • Different as Night and Day: Apollo and Artemis, pun intended. Apollo is kind of a cheerful goof while Artemis is more serious, poised and acts like his tsukkomi.
  • 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 Mother Earth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Hades is practically Uchiha Itachi.
  • 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 locked the Cyclops in Tartarus and ordened his brothers to keep a human-like form. He even hit Metis for forgeting to hide her squamous ears and cheeks in his presence.
  • Foregone Conclusion: If you know about the original myths, you can foresee the endings of the stories.
  • 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.
  • Full-Name Basis: Pretty much all of Zeus's offspring.
  • 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.
    Question #7: 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.
  • Godiva Hair: Amphitrite's only coverage are a few flowy scales and her very long hair.
  • Hot Gods: The gods naturally are stunning. Even Hephaestus, who's considered ugly.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Metis took Nike's form just when Cronus decided to kill her in order to prevent that victory were someone else's.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Amphitrite, inicially, considered Poseidon to be too good for her, after all he's kind, handsome, divine, etc. This is thanks to her past life as a mortal girl, who was made believe she was cursed so she still hold some issues about a Olympian god loving her.
  • In the Hood: Seems to be the mandatory outfit for the current smith of the gods, as Prometheous wear it before his succesor Hephaestus.
  • 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.
  • 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 focus his curse on her and to be his support.
  • The Lost Lenore: Metis at the end of A Promise. Will deconstructs it. See Curse above.
  • Love Freak: Aphrodite. Ironically, Eros is a llittle 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.
  • Meet Cute: Hephaestus and Aphrodite's first met when Aphrodite's pet bird flew near by Hephaestus' underground jail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: True to the original myth, Inflammation begins impliying that Hera keeps child Hephaestus locked away in a room.
  • Punny Name: The "MY" in "M Yth" 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 him killing Metis, despite the narrative showing how much this 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.
  • Retcon: In the final chapter of A Promise, Zeus said to Athena that Nike wanted to be with her to protect her on her mother's place. But in the Distillation omake, Nike was given to her by Zeus as a birthday gift.
  • 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 it's not sure until Prometheous assure him of them. Officialy, Athena is a girl that Zeus took in from Cronus' castle after Metis' death. The only one knowing the true behind Athena's existence is Prometheous 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~
  • 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 omake of Sunny, 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 
  • The Stoic: Athena barely shows emotion because she considers it unnecessary.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Athena looks a lot like Metis.
  • Supreme Chef: Hades' cooking is legendary amound the gods. This is good, because his wife is a Lethal Chef.
  • Their First Time: Zeus and Metis' in A Promise and Zeus and Hera in Will.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Artemis and Persephone. Also Athena and Aphrodite.
  • Tsundere: Hera in Will.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In A Promise, Metis' love for Zeus make her defy Gaia's will. She knew she was doing wrong and was willing to suffer the consecuences but she never thought that Gaia will make her suffer by making Zeus suffer all he went through Will and Distillation.
  • Urban Fantasy: Sunny is the only story, so far, to be settled in modern times.
  • 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: Bia, Zelus, Kratos, Nike, Eos and Eros.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In Eternal Gift, Poseidon's grief over Poseida's death causes massive tsunamis for days until he doesn't give a damn anymore and the sea enters a death-like calmness.
  • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Artemis only calls Zeus "father" when she's really pissed at him.
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