Webcomic: The Last Halloween
The Last Halloween is a comedy-horror webcomic by Abby Howard of Strip Search fame. On Halloween, the world is being overrun by monsters, and it is, unfortunately, up to a reluctant young girl named Mona (and her undead "friends") to save the world. It's very funny and also very gory.
The Last Halloween contains examples of:
- Apocalypse How: A Class 3b, at minimum.
- Body Horror: An early monster is at least two creatures sewn together.
- A later chapter allows the creature to explain itself, where it tells a doctor that it is not a monster, but a god.
- Comically Missing the Point: Mona sees monsters beginning their horrific assault on mankind on live television, including several stations that simply go dead. Mona just assumes that her father forgot to pay the cable bill."And there are wax lips in here! Who buys wax lips? EVERYTHING IS THE WORST."
- Creepy Doll: Robert, who was specifically created to make people around him more miserable.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mona and Shirley are more snarky than deadpan, but Robert is far more deadpan thanks to his expressionless face.
- The End of the World as We Know It: With the Phagocyte dead, every monster has taken the opportunity to emerge into the human world. The result is, at the minimum, a major blow to human civilization, if not the end of humankind.
- Establishing Character Moment: The supernatural characters Mona has to travel with are first seen digging up a corpse, while arguing over who has to carry it.
- Everything Is Online: Shirley is practically glued to her cell phone, and one of the first things monsters do when getting into the world is create social media accounts.
- Eye Scream
- Gallows Humor: The comic runs on it.
- Genre Savvy: When Dr. Fugue tries to get Mona to go on an epic heroic journey to save the world, she repeatedly insists that "I am a ten year old child, I will die very quickly."
- Hero's Journey: Referenced by Doctor Fugue while trying to persuade Mona to save the world.
- Immortality Inducer: All monsters are bound to a particular human, and all monsters die when their humans die... with one exception: if a monster kills "their" human, they become immortal. This is why Mona's monster is protecting her for the time being- if she dies by any other means, it will die as well.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Fugue is a Mummy who seems extremely interested in carving up bodies and putting them back together.
- Monster Mash: Literally every monster and supernatural baddie has come out to play thanks to the apparent death of the Phagocyte.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: All monsters are physical representations of the greatest fear of the person they're tied to. They also become immortal if they kill the human they're tied to, but die if their human dies by any other means.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Banjo, the were-opossum.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Ringley actually seems to be a fairly traditional vampire, albeit somewhat ditzy.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Shirley is quick to call Mona out on the "zombie" moniker, saying that she prefers to be referred to as a "ghoul."
- Police Are Useless: Robert notes that the police will simply write off reports of monster attacks as prank calls, and says their foolish pride makes them most useful as diversions or bait. Cut to the police station, where the police are getting slaughtered.
- Plot-Triggering Death: The events of the story are triggered by the death of The Phagocyte, the entity that kept balance between the human and monster worlds.
- It appears, however, that the Phagocyte didn't die in the fire and was merely incapacitated. Whether or not he'll survive in his weakened state is still up in the air.
- The corpse being exhumed in Chapter 1 is Jeffrey Combes.
- The oblivious trick or treater Mona meets is dressed as Rose Lalonde from Homestuck.
- The concerned young man at his desk being watched by a skeleton during Fugue's exposition about the realm of monsters bear a striking resemblance to Wadsworth and Young Maddie.