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:
- Action Survivor: Mona becomes one.
- An Arm and a Leg: Mona.
- Armor-Piercing Response: See "Reason You Suck" Speech below.
- Anyone Can Die: Even immortals.
- Apocalypse How: Could land anywhere from Class 1 to Class 3b, depending on how long the world is left without a functional Phagocyte.
- It's also debatable if the worst-case scenario would qualify as 3a or 3b.
- Belly of the Whale: Mona gets Swallowed Whole by a monster in Ringley's house. Fits nicely into the Hero's Journey, as Mona realizes that she can't rely on others to save her, and makes her first kill to get out of it. Abby even lampshades this with the title of the subsequent comic: 'Mona is Cool Now'.
- Black and Nerdy: Charon. Under his cloak, he's wearing glasses and a Fast Hedgehog shirt.
- Blood Spattered Innocents: Mona's costume started out white. It didn't stay that way, after she was Swallowed Whole and had to carve her way out.
- Break the Cutie
- 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 parent forgot to pay the cable bill.
"And there are wax lips in here! Who buys wax lips? EVERYTHING IS THE WORST."
- Complete Immortality: Monsters who kill their humans. Only one thing can kill them: other immortals.
- Creepy Doll: Robert, who was specifically created to make people around him more miserable.
- Damsel in Distress: A gender-inversed example: Mona is sent on a quest to rescue the Phagocyte's son.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mona and Shirley are more snarky than deadpan, but Robert is far more deadpan thanks to his expressionless face.
- Determinator: Mona has become one.
- Dwindling Party
- 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.
- Eternal Friendship: Ringley offers to turn Mona into a vampire, so they can be friends forever.
Ringley: I can make you a vampire and we can hang out for eternity! We can be buddies with all the animals when humanity dies out, we can have slumber parties until the heat death of the universe. We will float forever in the void, playing hide and seek in the absolute darkness of nothingness.
Mona: I'm cool with not doing those things.
- 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.
- Gorn: The other thing the comic runs on.
- The Grim Reaper: Charon.
- Guardian of the Multiverse: The Phagocyte. He is the one that keeps humanity safe from the shadow world, preventing monsters from killing their respective human.
- Hero's Journey: Referenced by Doctor Fugue while trying to persuade Mona to save the world.
- Actually follows the formula pretty well, including the Supernatural Aid (the scythe), Belly of the Whale (Mona getting swallowed up by the monster in Ringley's castle), and the "Night Sea Voyage" (the Shadow World).
- Heroic BSOD: Mona, after Duncan is killed, and Fugue tells her that it doesn't even matter, because the quest that he sent her on wouldn't have worked anyways. She throws up and passes out, although this might be more to do with her arm becoming infected.
- Heroic Safe Mode: After Mona wakes up from her Heroic BSOD and finds that her arm has been amputated.
- Immortality Bisexuality: Ringley's dad is very affectionate toward Mona's parent.
- 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. Though given more recent developments this particular monster doesn't seem interested in killing Mona meaning it's either not willing to become immortal but not ready to die, or it's not HER monster.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: Lampshaded. Mona and co. need to find Ringley's dad's car, hidden somewhere in his vast castle. Ringley suggests splitting up with a Shout-Out to the trope namer, and even Robert concedes that it would speed up the search, despite Mona's protests.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Fugue is a Ghost who seems extremely interested in carving up bodies and putting them back together.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: A non-villainous example: Charon, who carries the souls of the dead to the afterlife, appears to be a towering Grim Reaper, but under his hood and cloak he seems to be a small teenage-looking Black and Nerdy kid sitting on a comically-oversized stool.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Robert.
- The Mole: Dogman is a partial example: he really seems to consider J.D. to be a friend, and is helping her, but he also leaked out information that the Phagocyte would be taken out, which accelerated the monster invasion.
- Monster Mash: Literally every monster and supernatural baddie has come out to play thanks to the apparent death of the Phagocyte.
- My God, What Have I Done?: An extremely understated example, given the par for the trope. Doctor Fugue fucked up big, and while he never falls down on his knees and shouts the trope out loud, he clearly acknowledges how unforgivable his mistakes were. See the "Reason You Suck" Speech.
- No Name Given: Mona's dad and Ringley's dad. Mona only refers to her father as "Parent".
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: In case it wasn't clear, Mona is told by Charon that the world can never go back to the way it was.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Ringley. His dad saved him from dying of plague by turning him into a vampire, but it also appears to have frozen his mental development, forcing him to live out eternity as a ditzy Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
"He'd have been better off dying in his youth than spending eternity in it. It's had a damaging effect on him. He could be with my wife, but instead he is here, living out a cursed existence, dreaming of sunlight and an uninterrupted life."
- The Obi-Wannabe: Doctor Fugue. He educates Mona on the workings of monsters, the Shadow World and the Phagocyte. After sending the gang to rescue Duncan, he learns that the entire quest (which cost Robert his life, Shirley her body, and Mona her arm) was completely pointless, even before Duncan was killed.
- 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.
- Really 700 Years Old: Ringley and his dad. They're both vampires who were born in the middle ages.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Mona gives a bone-chillingly laconic one after losing her arm.
I suppose it's a little early
to be light-hearted about it. But someday I'm sure we'll all laugh about this whole mess!
Fugue: .... That's fair.
- Refusal of the Call: Mona points out the flaw in sending her on a quest during the monster invasion.
"I am a ten year old child, I will die very quickly"
- Retcon: Several strips have been edited since their initial posting, mostly revolving around the dialogue. For example, the strip introducing Mona's parent had their dialogue altered to make them seem less like a Creepy Crossdresser and more genderqueer, and Shirley initially had a speech about how "played out" calling oneself a ghoul had become, but has since been changed after Abby decided to make ghouls more uncommon. Readers who began with the comic's launch may want to reread from the beginning as a refresher.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Ringley is sent back to Dr. Fugue to get help. He immediately forgets this errand, but it does keep him out of harm's way while the rest of the group enters the shadow world.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog:
Please tell me you didn't send another group of untrained misfits
to their deaths without knowing what was going on?
Charon: Fugue no
Charon: How many times do we have to have this talk
- 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.
- Charon wears a Fast Hedgehog shirt.
- Swallowed Whole: Mona gets swallowed by a monster and is nearly assimilated into its Hive Mind.
- Wham Episode: Tons.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Robert.
"I've found immortality to be long and lonely, and perhaps more of a curse than any sort of prize."