Webcomic / Mystery Babylon
A thousand years ago, the apocalypse ended with Lucifer and all his demons bound into the Pit
. The only survivor was Mystery Babylon, the last demon
, prophesied to break the seal in a thousand years. But Babylon swore to her dying boyfriend that she would never break the seal—no matter how much she wanted to see all her old friends again.
One day, she comes across a priest who claims to have a map to the seal and is being attacked by a cult that worships Mystery Babylon. Babylon, also known as Kick Girl
, kicks their asses and steals the map from the priest (since she kinda lost her old map, and forgot where the seal was). But then she realizes she needs the priest to interpret the map, and the adventure begins.
Mystery Babylon is the continuation of the author's Kick Girl
comic book, taking place 1000 years after its end. Volumes of the comic are not available on the web, but can be purchased for digital download. However, the webcomic's FAQ says that the current story will stand on its own.
A webcomic updated every Monday, Mystery Babylon
is hilarious, but with some darker elements threaded throughout. The first page is here
, home page here
Tropes found in this webcomic:
- De-Power: As Heaven's Champion, J.J. possessed angelic superpowers. Once the demons were trapped in the Pit, however, he had fulfilled his role as champion and consequently lost his powers.
- Energy Bow: One of the ancient superhero relics that Kick Girl keeps in her lair is Cupid's Bow, which she gives to Delilah. It fires energy arrows that cause huge explosions.
- Every Scar Has a Story: Judas has a pair of scars under his eye in the shape of an inverted cross. It's only when he betrays the group that Kick Girl thinks to ask how he got them, and he reveals that they were self-inflicted: a symbol of devotion to Adrian, who is the Antichrist and whose Mark of the Beast is in the same shape and location.
- Hellish Horse: When the Horsemen of the Apocalypse rise from the Pit, the pale horse of Death is an undead skeleton.
- Holy Burns Evil: One of the three gifts which Red gives to Zero is a squirt bottle full of holy water, which is painful to demons like Kick Girl and Kill Boy.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: When the seal to Pit is opened, three of the Horsemen rise out along with Adrian, the Antichrist. Judas then joins them and mounts a white horse, completing the quartet.
- Kick Chick: Kick Girl. What gave it away?
- Kill the Ones You Love: Kick Girl to Kill Boy.
- Knight Templar: Twice over. On the one hand, you have the Crusaders, and on the other, the Babylonian cult.
- Magic Compass: One of the three gifts which Red gives to Zero is a magic compass. Rather than pointing North, it always points towards Heaven's Champion; however, only Zero can use it.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The third member of Mystery's party is named Judas.
Kick Girl: Yeah, you're definitely not coming with us.
- The Nothing After Death: Red saved Kick Girl from getting sucked into the Pit by removing her Mark of the Beast; but if she dies by non-mortal means before earning a new Mark, her soul will go to an infinite void rather than Heaven or Hell. Kick Girl has had nightmares about this, and regards it as a worse fate than going to Hell.
- Our Demons Are Different: Mystery Babylon is the last of her kind (at least, on Earth), is ageless, is mostly unkillable, and goes into a berserker rage when she loses control. No details have been given on whether or not other demons share these traits.
- The Pollyanna: Zero is a rare male example.
- The Promise: Kick Girl wanted to break the seal of the Pit in order to free Kill Boy, but as J.J. was dying he asked her to promise never to open it. Kick Girl promised, and spent the next thousand years protecting the seal on the Pit.
- Sadistic Choice: In one of the flashbacks, K Scum presents J.J. with a sadistic choice by imprisoning both Kick Girl and Sumire in chambers filling with nerve gas, forcing him to choose who to rescue first. Kick Girl tells J.J. to rescue Sumire first... and is annoyed when J.J. immediately agrees.
- Samus Is a Girl: The General is the woman seen shopping for swords.
- Satan: The main demon sealed in the Pit. When released, he takes the form of a dragon which breathes black fire.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Pit, in which all the world's demons were imprisoned 1,000 years ago.
- Serial Killer: In the Kick Girl prequel comic, Kill Boy is wanted as a serial killer known to the press as the Stalker of Babylon.
- Shrouded in Myth: The demons are actually ancient superheroes, the goddess Vesta is actually another superhero (not to mention mother of the protagonist), and most of the rest has been confused for Christian myth and prophecy.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: According to KG, Vesta wasn't the saintly Madonna figure she is worshipped as.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Kick Girl. She bears terrible guilt about whatever happened at the time of the sealing of the Pit, but it's pretty clear that she's nowhere near the monster legend makes her out to be.
- Sleep-Mode Size: When Red lived with Kick Girl and Kill Boy, he took the form of a tiny cherub who slept in their closet. When he appears to Zero, however, he takes assumes a human-sized angelic form.
- Super Hero Gods: Inverted. The gods and demons of the comic were once modern-day superheroes, now Shrouded in Myth.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: "Dark" Kick Girl, as the author calls her.
- Stop Worshipping Me: Kick Girl really hates the Babylonian cult. Especially the masks.
Kick Girl: After all these years, why do you guys insist on wearing these frickin' things?! Is this supposed to be my face?! Seriously?! It doesn't look anything like me! They're awful!
- That Man Is Dead: In the prequel Kick Girl comic, when Chris calls Kick Girl by her true name of Six, Kick angrily shouts that Six is dead.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: Kick Girl marked the path to her secret lair with a trail of weird garden gnomes. She breaks them as she follows the trail in an attempt to prevent Kill Boy from following after her, but that doesn't end up working too well.
Kill Boy: And then, even crazier still, there was this trail of smashed up garden gnomes... leading here. It really wasn't rocket science.
Kick Girl: Aw dangit.
- You Are Number 6: The young priest who joins Kick Girl is named "Zero". Additionally, Kick Girl's own true name is "Six".