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Webcomic: Monster Pulse
Monster Pulse is a Webcomic by Magnolia Porter of Bob White fame.

When walking home one day Bina Blum sees something out of the corner of her eye move behind a building. When she goes to investigate a strange creature jumps into her body and causes her heart to become its own sentient entity outside of her body. A mysterious organization seeks to control the process and use the phenomena for its own gain.

Bina interacts with various other children affected by this strange ability which causes one of their body parts to take on a mind and personality of its own, whilst still functioning somewhat as if the organ were in/attached to the body from which it came, which in Bina's case keeps her alive.


Monster Pulse contains examples of:

  • Action Survivor: Bina, although as the story goes on she is developing a less passive role.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Arma Energy SHELL uses. It is an amazing power source, with the tendency to create new life from existing forms of life, life that is still maturing.
  • Artistic License - Biology: The author has admitted that before designing Rixis she had believed the pupil to literally be a black spot on the eye. If she had known it beforehand he might have turned out different.
  • Animate Body Parts: The premise in a nutshell.
  • Attack Animal: The monsters, as far as the director of SHELL is concerned.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Bina's monster is her heart. While it is extremely powerful, there's the teeny tiny problem that whenever it fights, she is putting her life on the line.
  • Bald Women: Julie, due to her hair turning into a monster.
  • Blob Monster: Red, Nancy's monster, is made of her blood.
  • Body Horror: While the comic is meant to be all ages, (or at least around the PG rating) Bina's heart graphically bursting out of her chest and turning into a monster may cause a few restless nights for younger readers.
  • Body Motifs
  • Boring, but Practical: Julie's monster is her hair. It's not very powerful, but it's hair, so it can regenerate from pretty much anything.
  • Chekhov's Skill: West figures out that Greenie can throw his voice and spends their time together practicing it. It comes in handy when Bina and West are held up by the neighborhood patrol and need a quick distraction.
  • Embarrassing First Name: West isn't crazy about Desmond.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Abel, due to his left eye becoming Rixis.
  • Fiery Redhead: In a twist on this trope, Julie is shown to have been incredibly shy when she still had her long red hair, it wasn't until losing it and gaining Kera did she become the bold Plucky Girl we know today.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Bina-Phlegmatic, Julie-Sanguine, Abel- Melancholic, West-Choleric, Lulenski- Supine
  • Funny Afro: West, though he's more straight-laced than the trope might imply.
  • Genki Girl: Julie.
    • AND HOW, overlapping with plucky girl at times. She routinely breaks out of shady laboratories, isn't fazed by the idea of organs as monsters walking around (she actually seems thrilled by it) and only panics for a second when threatened by a creepy arm monster before deciding to fight it.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Roger's death.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: It may seem inconvenient for Bina's monster to be her heart, but Ayo is quite strong.
  • Heart Trauma: Bina's heart is literally gone due to transforming into Ayo, which initially freaks her out quite a bit. She can still function normally though, and is even able to feel her pulse.
  • Kid with the Leash: The kids and their respective monsters. West also acts as a surrogate one to Greenie, since her partner is a baby.
  • The Men in Black : Word of God says they're called "SHELL." Between the kidnappings, experiments on monsters, scary opaque glasses, and some ominous overheard conversation, they're not exactly looking like good guys.
  • Mon: A more serious take on the genre.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Bina and Julie use a recycling bin to bypass security.
  • Morality Pet: Roger functions as this for Dr. Lulenski...until she is forced to kill him. Red could also be considered one for Nancy, as Nancy only reveals her true feelings while talking to Red.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Two examples in quick (and effective) succession:
    • After Roger saves Lulenski he starts turning, very slowly. We never see his face in full (it seems to have LEGS), because...
    • Lulenski has a major Freak Out and picks up a rock. The next page is simply the kids staring in horror, with no noise, save the sound effects.
  • Organ Autonomy: Practically the entire premise—these organs aren't just autonomous, they're physically separate from the original body! And yet, somehow, the walking, talking organ continues to perform its function just fine—Bina still has blood moving around in her body, West still gets nutrition, etc.
  • Parents as People
  • Parrot Pet Position: West tries to do this with Guuzy. With interesting results.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Abel has apparently been living on the run from SHELL for a long time, and it shows. He has trouble showing emotion and becomes nearly hysterical at the prospect of being found by SHELL. This extends to the point that he is willing to threaten the lives of others to stay hidden from SHELL.
    • Nancy is an even more extreme example: Her Berserk Button is being called "stupid" or looked down upon, with disastrous results. She is easily one of the most violent characters, with a penchant for striking people in neck with her crowbar. She also has paranoia, claiming that everyone is a member of SHELL and even targeting children.
  • Taking the Bullet: Roger saves Lulenski from a Ghost. It seems he would have gained a particularly nasty face-based monster if Lulenski hadn't "stepped in."
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    West: It's been awhile since I've had a boy friend. URK! I meant-
    Abel: It's okay. I know what you meant.
  • Torso with a View: The result of Bina's Arma-fication.
  • Trauma Conga Line
  • Trial Balloon Question: While out drinking with Ned, Lulenski awkwardly asks if he ever had to kill anyone during his days with a cop. What might seem like random, morbid curiosity is in fact her way of testing whether he'd be a sympathetic confidant...or at least would have any advice for dealing with her own guilt over mercy-killing Roger.
  • Use Your Head: A rocket powered heart monster headbutt attack, no less.
  • The Voiceless: Greenie's kid is an odd example. Since Greenie is the voicebox, it "talks" in place of the kid.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 4, Page 13-14 is one hell of a reminder that this isn't just a bunch of kids and Grotesque Cute monsters running around. It also might go to show that Anyone Can Die.


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