Aria is a Belgian comic book series of Heroic Fantasy created by Michel Weyland. First published in comic magazine Tintin in 1979, the series later moved to Dupuis Edition.
Aria is a woman warrior who travels in quest of adventures and is always willing to help others.
Aria contains examples of:
- After the End: The plot twist of "Les Larmes de la déesse": the water that turns men into fish people are caused by a nuclear barrel polluting a river. Modern technologies show up in later books as well.
- Androcles' Lion: In "Les indomptables", Aria rescues a Taurok from an arena and later the Taurok rescues Aria who's about to be eaten by dragon-dogs.
- Bat Out of Hell: In "Le Méridien de Posidonia" , Zonkre's pet is a giant bat named Srizi who catch anyone who attempt to escape the mines.
- Continuity Creep: With the exception of the two-parter "Les Chevaliers d'Aquarius"/"Les larmes de la Déesses", the earlier books are all standalones adventures. Starting with "Janessandre" (where the sculptor from "La Montagne aux sorciers" and Glore from the aforementioned two-parter come back), the series regularly references earlier storylines.
- Feminist Fantasy: Aria challenges multiple times men who look down on her.
- Fish People: The Knights of Aquarius lead by Glore, are men who turned into fish people after falling in a cursed lake.
- Facial Markings: Arcane in "La septième porte" draws magical powers from her marks she paints with blue color.
- Marital Rape License: At the beginning of "Ove", the title character is forced to consume her Arranged Marriage. That traumatic event makes her remember her past life.
- Protagonist Title: Aria is named after its heroine.
- Recycled Script: "Le Diable recomposé" (the recomposed devil) has almost the same plot than the earlier "Chant d'étoiles" (song of the stars). Aria finds out her son Sacham is in trouble. She finds him suffering a strange illness and his girlfriènd Marvèle dumped him when it became too severe. Meanwhile villagers suspect Sacham of being an evil wizard so they plot to kill him. Aria manages to cure her son, put him in safety and both stories ends with Marvèle asking Sacham to take her back.
- Screw Destiny: In "L'Oeil d'Ange", Aria learns a prophecy that she and the titular Oeil d'Ange (Angel Eye) will be the parents of a prophet. The free and adventurous Aria refuses to follow the prophecy.Later, Oeil d'Ange adopts the prophet with Aria's look-alike Ganiel.
- Status Quo Is God: In "La Fleur au ventre", Aria is seemingly forced to abandon her adventurous lifestyle when she learns she's pregnant with her boyfriend Tygron's child. In the next boook, Aria gives birth to a monstruous child named Sacham. Tygron attempts to kill his son. Aria immediatly dumps him when she learns that. Sacham himself undergoes a Plot-Relevant Age-Up and is Put on a Bus in the following book. After all of this, Aria is free to travel alone again.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: At the end of "La Montagne aux sorciers", Aria refuses a monster's offer for immortality because she wants to keep facing death.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In "La Fleur au ventre", after killing Arie's escort, Arobate injures himself to pose as a hero who saved her.