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Hexed is an Urban Fantasy Comic Book series that ran from 2008 - 2009, with a second series in 2014 - 2015.

It's said there's no honor amongst thieves. Add to that a thief operating in the occult underground, and it's a whole different kind of nasty! After the events of Fall of Cthulhu, Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves, Lucifer for short, takes a new job that will expose her to the macabre underbelly of the city, and a secret that she'd rather nobody know.


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  • Afterlife Antechamber: The Shade is essentially this, a point where all souls go before crossing over. Some chose to stay longer due to circumstances. Crosses over with Eldritch Location.
  • A God Am I: Madam Cymbaline after being resurrected as a god to kill Lucifer as punishment for her summoning a devil.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Madam Cymbaline makes it clear she wants Lucifer to work for her to get the Yellow Crown, allowing her to make a magical shroud to hide from the Harlot, otherwise she'd kill Val and Raina. When she refuses next issue, Val is killed off-screen.
  • Anti-Magic: Dietrich has an amulet for this purpose.
  • Artifact Domination: The Yellow Crown is a Magical Crown that allows you mind control other people, but the user themselves are being controlled by something else in turn and their heads explode after a few days.
    • The truth is a bit different. It brings the world itself to the god.
  • Astral Projection: Lucifer has to do this from The Shade to communicate with Raina, although she calls it Haunting.
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  • Barred from the Afterlife: The Harlot has claimed Lucifer's soul upon her death to become the next Harlot. Nothing else can lay claim to her as long as the hex is there.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Madam Cymbaline wanted to become the next Keeper of Secrets. It left her crippled long enough for Fastrada to kill her.
  • Berserk Button: The Harlot doesn't like Necromancers. At all. Raina now being one by accident means she could bring the Harlot's sisters back to life.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The second series ends with Val and Fastrada dead, but Lucifer is freed from Divine Punishment and Madam Cymbaline is gone. Raina opens a new art gallery, and Val left a present for Lucifer in a painting, a feather from an angel who told her she could be redeemed, meaning she can atone now and find her way to heaven where Val is waiting.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Lucifer kills Corvus. With his own gun.
  • Broad Strokes: Though Hexed takes place in the same continuity as the earlier Fall of Cthulhu, the events of that series are only referred to vaguely. No mention is made of the gods and creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos, the only two characters who reappear are Lucifer and the Harlot, and no mention is ever made of Walter McKinley, the Miskatonic University professor who found Lucifer in Rio, saved her from a wretched existence in the streets and who pretty much was her surrogate father before his suicide.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: She was fatally wounded in the attempt, but she managed to banish the devil that other gods have died to get rid of from the human realm on her own. She's made a god for the effort.
  • Cain and Abel: Madam Cymbaline and Yves don't like each other much and she puts him down the moment she got the chance. Neither do the Harlot and her sisters. Though, this is because she sold them out to the Abbott after they tried sacrificing her daughter.
  • Came Back Strong: Madam Cymbaline, who returned as a god.
  • Collector of the Strange: Val has a museum basement filled with magical artifacts. They later get confiscated after Madam Cymbaline and Yves end up burning the museum down.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Lucifer.
  • Cool Old Lady: Lucifer's employer, Val.
  • Divine Intervention: An angel saved Lucifer's life after she was shot thrice by Dietrich via Magic Kiss.
  • Eldritch Location: The Shade, where souls cross over to the afterlife.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Madam Cymbaline against the Demon Lucifer summoned, mostly because she saw the world as hers and doesn't like competition. She won.
  • Exact Words: The Thief said that the last of the Hexerei would die in Issue 12. Lucifer transfers that power to Madam Cymbaline and then Fastrada ends up killing her.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Lucifer starts out as an experienced thief when the story begins.
  • Harmless Freezing: Lucifer freezes Banshee with a spell, which she notes was non-lethal....
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bob sacrificed his mask so that Fastrada, the former Harlot, could leave the Yellow Sands with her memory intact. He's still alive, but he has no way back and no memory of anything. They manage to pull him out about two days later though.
    • Fastrada who used the Yellow Crown to get rid of her sisters and the god-empowered Madam Cymbaline so that Lucifer would be safe.
  • He Who Must Not Be Heard: Madam Cymbaline is under a vow of silence not to speak personally, so she uses proxies. When she does it herself, it's enough to cause agony to all those who can hear her.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Dietrich threatens Lucifer with Val's life (since she has little regard for her own) unless she brings him the Carasinth and takes him to visit the Harlot.
  • I Know Your True Name: Plot-point. Dietrich is seeking to take over the magical underworld and needs Madam Cymbaline's true name to use the Carasinth, as it will let him kill her regardless of the distance.
  • Insistent Terminology: The Thief refers to the former Harlot as Mother post-change.
  • Kill the God: Madam Cymbaline has confessed to killing gods before, and she intends to kill the Harlot, who is near omnipotent. Later on, she moves on try and do the same to the Thief.
  • Knowledge Broker: Harlot, the Keeper of Secrets. She knows just about everything. Except the one secret she desires the most, the location of her child.
    • Lucifer, once she becomes the new Keeper of Secrets, Thief.
    • Madam Cymbaline, once The Thief gives up the power.
  • Loophole Abuse: The devil Lucifer summoned cannot be banished from the Mortal World. So she drags it into the world of the Graecea and then banishes him from there.
  • Loss of Identity: The sand of the Denazian desert makes you forget just about everything, including your sense of self. Lucifer tosses the Yellow Crown in that dimension to make sure Madam Cymbaline can't get it.
  • Magic Mirror: Using a mirror Lucifer can travel to the Harlot's realm. In the end of the second series, it stops because the entire realm is gone.
    • In the second series a mirror allows the users to peer into "The Shade".
  • Mama Bear: Val treats Lucifer and her intern like daughters, to the extent that she was more than willing to take a bullet for one and put a spear through Yves for the other. The Harlot sees herself as this to Lucifer in a spiritual sense.
    • Before she became the Harlot, Fastrada, pushed back some sort of demon and fought her sisters off to stop her daughter from being sacrificed. She then became the Harlot to protect the child, but lost her in the process.
      • In the final issue, she performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save Lucifer, thinking of her as her daughter.
  • Mark of the Beast: That "H" Tattoo on Lucifer's back, a hex put on her by the Harlot's "mother" after the Godwar in Fall of Cthulhu to mark her as the Harlot's successor.
  • Monochrome Apparition: Lucifer is drawn in shades of grey.
  • Morality Chain: Once Val dies, Lucifer gets mean.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Madam Cymbaline speaks through a nearby servant at all times, and the act alone makes said mouthpiece bleed from every orifice.
  • Mouth Stitched Shut: Madam Cymbaline's mouth is sealed by a piece of metal screwed onto her lips.
  • Necromancer: Raina, inadvertently becomes one.
  • Nothing Personal: When Madam Cymbaline tries to kill Lucifer so her brother can't get her soul and become more powerful she states that if she was in the same situation she would understand.
  • Parting Words Regret: Lucifer yells at Val for talking to the Harlot behind her back. By the time she's ready to apologize, Val is dead.
  • Portal Picture: Lucifer can enter into a painting within a binding frame.
  • Rapid Aging: The Harlot's price for information about Lucifer being her heir was that the person asking had to give up their youth.
  • Rescued from the Underworld: Raina makes a deal with the Harlot to pull Lucifer from The Shade, and later pulls Val's cat from The Shade after it was killed as well. In the final chapter, she pulls out Fastrada's sisters.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Once Madam Cymbaline kills Val, Lucifer burns down her building, kills all her men, and then summons a devil that gods had fought and died to keep out of their world, before killing the Harlot and taking her place as The Thief.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Lucifer casts her summoning spell in reverse.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Fastrada becoming the Harlot to keep her daughter safe was for nothing, because she ended up in the Orphanage and died of a plague three years later.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Madam Cymbaline and Yves don't like one another. If the two are allowed to fight then the war between the would drag in countless people. Lucifer traps Yves in a painting and lets her burn it, thus killing him.
  • Slashed Throat: Lucifer did this to herself in order to enter "The Shade" and died for it. She recovers due to Raina making a deal with the Harlot.
  • Spinoff: Of Fall of Cthulhu.
  • Summon Magic: Lucifer stores things Fang Worms like inside of an apple.
  • Take Up My Sword: Raina takes up Val's job after she dies and Lucifer becomes the Thief.
  • That Man Is Dead: After killing the Harlot Lucifer declares that she is no longer that person, but The Thief.
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  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Lucifer does herself up in pig-tails and yells that two men (Dietrich's enforcers) are trying to take her away in front of a police station. Given how old she looks makes her seem rather young, the police swarm the guys.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Yvesè schtick is that he gains power from stealing souls. Since Lucifer's soul is special because she's been hexed it would give him more than enough power to kill his sister.

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