Webcomic / The Demon Archives

Set in 22nd century Earth, over 100 years after the 3rd World War, the Demon Archives tells the survivors' stories as they struggle to rebuild civilization. Book One follows the exploits of members of Minerva, one of the few high tech organizations that survived the War, and tells how they established a beacon of hope in the dreary wasteland of central Asia.

Minerva: Book One of the Demon Archives follows the story of Tenzin, a Minervan Super Soldier, and his Artificial Intelligence, Jane, as they fight to protect the ideals Minerva stands for in an increasingly chaotic world.

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This comic provides examples of:

  • Action Hero: Tenzin. Heís as much a tactician as he is a fighter.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Inevitable for such a violent setting, but happens to protagonist Tenzin fairly early in the story
  • All There in the Manual: The website features an impressive amount of extra material about the comic's world, history, language, culture, and technology.
  • Anti-Hero: Tenzin is usually a Type 3, but the backstory shows that he's gone into Type 4 territory. Understandable, given how much he's suffered.
  • Anyone Can Die: By the end of Chapter 2, every one of the Keleres except for Tenzin and Viktor have been killed by the evil Giant Mecha. Provides many cases of SacrificialLambs, with Jorge's death being more of a Sacrificial Lion.
  • After the End - The story takes place about 100 years after a Cl*** 1 Apocalyptic War, involving nuclear and biological warfare.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Jane
  • Bilingual Bonus: Since the characters come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, there are bits of foreign language sprinkled in.
  • Call a Human a "Meatbag": Jane calls Tenzin a hopeless meatbag when he admits he didnít bother reading his own contract.
  • Cosy Catastrophe - Other parts of the world have survived decently well, maintaining high levels of technology and civilization, although most turn out to be Dystopias.
  • Crapsack World
  • Cute Mute: Lily, a little girl rescued by Tenzin, does not speak.
  • Dead Man Switch: Inverted with an unconscious child hung up on a wall. Removing the child triggers an explosion.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Downplayed. A doll is seen and zoomed in on, but itís not made a big deal of and the scene doesnít look particularly grim. yet.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As the flashbacks in Chapter 4 demonstrate, Tenzin is perfectly capable of kicking ass without his power armor.
  • Explosion Propulsion: Happens after the Dead Man Switch goes off.
  • Feudal Future - Some local civilization may be maintained in feudal city-states, such as a Divided States of America.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The hawks fire lasers.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tenzin is a master tactician as well as an expert at hand-to-hand combat and a superb marksman.
  • Gentle Giant: Viktor is a big guy, but heís pretty easygoing and mellow even in intense combat situations.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: The Giant Mecha that attacks near the end of chapter two has six glowing red eyes.
  • Good Morning, Crono: The story begins with Jane telling Tenzin to wake up.
  • Gorn: The battlefield gets very messy during the entire chapter Ambush, although they do try to keep it PG-13. It gets even bloodier in Tenzin's nightmares while he's in a coma.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D. : Following the grievous injuries Tenzin received in the second chapter, he's deep in a coma and is unresponsive to the rest of the world. His survivor's guilt over losing his men amongst many others in his life has subconsciously kept him from awakening.
  • Hurting Hero: Tenzin, unquestionably.
  • Husky Russkie: Viktor certainly fits this trope, although with less of an accent.
  • More Dakka: Machine guns are just of many weapons used in combat.
  • Motherly Scientist: Doctor Bellami, with Jane as her "child"
  • Powered Armor: All of the soldiers are equipped with high-tech combat armor.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Jane behaves so much like a teenager that you sometimes forget she's an AI hologram.
  • Robot Girl: Jane is an AI variant.
  • Scavenger World - For a good chunk of the world, civilization has crumbled, and people are struggling to get by on the remains of technology. A lot of Disaster Scavengers form para-military groups and spread chaos.
  • Scenery Gorn: The war zone is suitably distressed-looking, though certain shots are also quite beautiful, too.
  • Stat-O-Vision: The view from inside the soldiersí helmets show a certain degree of this, although Heads-Up Display or Augmented Reality may be more apt descriptions.
  • Tank Goodness: Very large, imposing tanks at that.