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A webcomic by Dan Ciurczak. Find it here.

Vibe is about a young witch doctor named Baron Bones. Baron's job is to find people carrying bad vibes around, extract them, and fight the monsters that are formed from them with the help of his three Loa: Ogoun (Loa of fire), Jean Petro (Loa of ice), and Agau (Loa of storms). After his parents die, he and his sister Brigitte were taken in by their aunt. However, after Brigitte vanishes, Baron starts to have nightmares about her. Then, things go from bad to worst when meets a man named Furio, who claims that Brigitte stole a totem from him and tries to get Baron to tell him where she is, claiming that she's back in town.

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After discovering Baron doesn't know where she is, Furio manages to track her down on her own, but discovers that she's using the Loa Ghede and has grown dangerously powerful. Baron and Brigitte then begin to track each other down, while Furio struggles to figure out a way to defeat Brigitte and get back the totem. Additional problems arise when one of Baron's classmates is possessed by one of her bad vibes, and Baron struggles to hide the situation from his aunt to convince her he's grown up.


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  • All Your Powers Combined: Bonding with all three Loa. It's generally inadvisable, though.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Or sister, in this case: Brigitte to Baron.
  • Alt Text: Starting in chapter 4.
  • Art Shift: When Bree is telling her story, the art takes on a paper cutout look.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Bad Vibes born from powerful negative emotions can grow to enormous size.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Baron Bones. Seems to be his actual name, too.
    • Furio Mombasa.
  • BFS: Wielded by Baron when bonded with Ogoun. Gets an ever bigger one when he bonds with all three Loa.
  • Book-Ends: Volume 1 is bookended by the "plip" of raindrops and what appears to be a heart monitor.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Baron's Loas, with Ogoun, Agau and Jean, respectively.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Baron's loas. Ogoun is fire (magma, actually), Jean is ice, and Agau is lightning.
  • Funetik Aksent: Furio's strong Jamaican accent, which combined with his overuse of slang makes him borderline unintelligible.
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  • The Heartless: Bad Vibes, born from negative emotions coalescing into monsters.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: An interesting example. On one hand, it is most definitely not an accurate portrayal of voodoo. On the other, beyond the obligatory Voodoo Doll (which Furio even refers to as Voodo 101), most stereotypical depictions of voodoo are absent, going instead for a pseudo-shonen style.
  • Idiot Hair: Sylvia has two strands sticking up from the back of her head.
  • In the Hood: In Bree's first couple appearances after her return, she's wearing a hood.
  • Mana: Or rather, Mojo.
  • Off with His Head!: Done to Baron by his sister Bree. Perhaps unintentionally.
  • Only Sane Man: Jean, among the Loa.
  • Panthera Awesome: Jean, a Loa that takes the form of an ice-covered panther.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Furio Furio Furio. When Baron initially doesn't give him the information he wants about Bree, he initiates a fight that marks him squarely as a foe in Baron's mind, and doesn't explain himself after. He is completely surprised when, every single time afterwards, Baron not only refuses to listen to Furio's pleas for help but starts fighting him, even when Furio isn't being aggressive. The fact that Furio keeps using overwhelming force in turn doesn't help his case at all. However, this is somewhat justified; Furio never had a proper childhood, his mother instead making him have a life of duty. This kept him from really interacting with people, just knowing how to do voodoo.
  • Pungeon Master: Baron. He tries, at least.
  • Shōnen: An inspiration of the work.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Jean and Ogoun make references to AKIRA.
    • In chapter 3, when Sylvia's legs give way it makes a "QWOP" sound effect.
  • Straw Nihilist: Subverted. Bree seems to be this, creepily telling Baron that "life is meaningless" during her Motive Rant. But her actual reaction to this conclusion is that now she wants to become a god herself and give life the meaning she thinks it deserves.
  • Wham Shot: Near the end of volume 1, Bree suddenly turns and beheads Baron in a single movement.
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