The comic to the eponymus web/TV series
and second addtion to the Noob
franchise written by Fabien Fournier (the series's scriptwriter and director) and drawn by Philippe Cardona and Florence Torta, the authors and illustrators of Sentai School
who also happen to play Bartémulius and Nostariat in the webseries.
Most of the story happens inside a MMORPG named Horizon 1.1
and follows a guild said to be the worst of the game. In addition to a being a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
that only seems to stay together thanks to the Guild Master and the cooperation-encouraging nature of the game, the guild has an actual Noob
as a healer. The first few pages of each book show a Day In The Life
for one of the players, making the comic first to reveal anything about the real life of some characters.
The three first comics are a collection of stories of varying length, while the series starts sticking to one story per book as of the fourth one. The chronological situation seems to be between Seasons 2 and 3 of the webseries for the five first books, with the sixth and seventh starting to tie in with Season 3 events. The comics would however need to be their own continuity
to avoid a Continuity Snarl
The character sheet
is shared with the other media.
The Noob comic provides examples of :
- Adaptational Heroism: In the novels and series, Tenshirock decided that all/most of the guild was off the hook during book / Season 3 due to them indirectly serving his cause. In the comic, Gaea negociated that immunity as part of their business relationship, while the extent to which she cares about her guildmates is usually ambiguous. The only part of the deal that doesn't make the trope too strong is Omega Zell's non-inclusion.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: To varying degrees, but Gaea is the most obvious case as her hair is a darker brown in the weseries and the pink part of her dress is actually red.
- An Adventurer Is You: Arthéon is the tank, Omega Zell the DPS, Gaea is the nuker and Sparadrap is the healer.
- All There in the Manual: Some elements that are at best implied in the comic are made explicit (at least much earlier) in the series and novels, notably the reason the former Noob guild leader stopped playing and the fact that Heimdäl is the leader of the Justice guild.
- Alternate Continuity/Broad Strokes: Implied by facts that aren't affected by the Negative Continuity that would otherwise cause a Continuity Snarl with the webseries:
- Gaea seems to live alone until the short story that reveals Golgotha to be her roomate. In the webseries, Golgotha moved in just prior to the events that got Gaea the dress she's wearing since the start of the comic.
- A Season 3 episode was the first real life meeting between Kevin (Sparadrap) and Catherine (Golgotha), who mentionned she would have liked to meet the absent Stanislas (Arthéon). The fifth comic has Catherine meet both Kevin and Stanislas at a convention that chronologically happened before Season 3. Out of the core members of the Noob guild and Golgotha group, Morgan (Omega Zell) is actually the only one who didn't meet the four others nor got noticed by them due to spending most of the time staring at the player behind Fantöm who was one of the convention's special guests.
- In the comic's continuity, Sparadrap is known to be able to change from The Millstone to a valuable asset in one situation (that doesn't involve collecting pets) : Fluxball games. The closest it gets to being referenced in the webseries is a Mythology Gag that has him fiddling with a fluxball in a moment of boredom.
- Tenshirock is seen giving items he takes away from players to Ash, while two or three discussions in the webseries have Ash complaining precisely of Tenshirock's refusal to do so. Tenshirock is also never seen criticising Ash's job joice. As a consequence, Ash and Tenshirock seem to be getting along quite well and possibly have a Villainous Friendship, while it seems to be more "I'm letting you do your thing only because you're an old friend of mine" in the webseries.
- The Noob guild seems to not know of Tenshirock's existence before the unbanning of Arthéon's old avatar incident. In the webseries's continuity, Tenshirock already shared a tavern meal with them and established somewhat of a business relationship with Gaea by the end of Season 2. The latter gets revealed to exist in the seventh comic, much to the suprise of the rest of the guild.
- In this continuity, Nazetrîme's berserker is hinted to be an avatar she used on Horizon before meeting Master Zen. Since "Nazetrîme" is an anagram of Master Zen's French name and can't be its actual name, the berseker's name is obscured by speech bubbles.
- Art Shift: The art changes towards a more manga-like style (specifically yaoi manga) when Gaea puts her Shipping Goggles on. There was also a Dream Sequence during which the style was closer to American comics.
- Beard of Sorrow: Both Fantöm and Omega Zell get one in the seventh comic.
- The Beastmaster: Gaea.
- Big Little Brother: Ystos to Sparadrap.
- Blessed with Suck: The battleground strategist position from Gaea's point of view. Away from the frontline, rest of the allied players mandated to protect you? Perfect for a Dirty Coward ! However, you'd better not screw up organising your army or enemy players will kill you on sight.
- Broken Aesop: An In-Universe case manifests as Feminine TV, the place of Omega Zell's day job. The channel is hinted to be quite feminist and have "women can be as good as men" documentarys... alternating with lame-sounding shows that are stereotypically associated with female audiences such as interviews of good-looking male actors or senior cooking contests.
- Call Forward: Due to the comic being late on the two other media, quite a lot of in-comic Foreshadowing alludes to events that that already happened in the webseries or novels when the installment containing it gets published.
- Call Back: In one of the early short stories, Omega Zell refused to take possession of a looted outfit because it was literally a Harley Quinn costume with good stats but a cost in charisma. Later, Tenshirock punishes Relic Hunter guild for interfering with his projects by putting them into an Involuntary Dance while wearing Harley Quinn costumes.
- Cassandra Truth: Master Zen tried to tell Gaea Worshipper's guild that he was the one who posted the Fantöm-incriminating video, only to be met with this.
- Class and Level System
- Continuing Is Painful: Little boxes list the penalties for cemetery resurrections: loss of experience and reputation, equipment damage. Gaea is seen putting off resurrection on two occasions to avoid the associated financial cost and would rather bid on a healer resurrecting her.
- Continuity Cavalcade: Sparadrap is seen walking a bunch of his pets in the eigth comic, including some he got in previous comics.
- Continuity Creep: Some early short stories seem to get Negative Continuity, while the later books are quite obviously part of an overeaching arc.
- Day In The Life: At the beginning of each comic for a different player.
- Decoy Protagonist: Once the player whose Day In The Life has been shown at the beginning of the comic logs on, he or she may not be standing out in the story two pages later. Actually averted with Omega Zell (finds out that his boss is in the Coalition), Arthéon (his level 100 avatar gets unbanned) and Sparadrap (the story with him and Dark Avenger gets established in the comic's continuity). May however get more frequent if later comics start with a Day In The Life for more secondary characters.
- Distaff Counterpart: Omega Zell's boss seems to be basically a Straw Feminist version of Omega Zell (who fits the Straw Misogynist description to a T), with Gaea even lampshading it. Couette also starts out as one to Sparadrap before showing character traits of her own.
- The Dividual: NPCs Bartémulius and Nostariat.
- Doomed New Clothes: The reward outfits from the fourth (for Omega Zell) and sixth comic.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- Castörga showed up much earlier in the comic than in the webseries.
- Ditto for Gaea Worshipper's guild, including Meuhmeuh.
- Expressive Mask: Heimdäl, from time to time.
- Fictional Sport: Fluxball.
- Foregone Conclusion: By the time the seventh comic's events merged with the series and novel's emerging Myth Arc, the comic was respectivley two Seasons and one and a half books late on the other media. Anyone following the two other media hence has an idea of where the comic will be going. It's actually possible to peek at the last page of the seventh comic and not be suprised at all as it's basically a retelling of the events between Fantöm's deletion and his new avatar joining the Noob guild.
- Doomed by Canon: Since both the webseries and novel had it happen, Sparadrap's pets.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Gaea has the ignored / mistreated good angel variation.
- Idiot Ball: In a battleground subject to Decapitated Army, Dark Avenger and Papy PK decide to leave Précieux, their army's randomly selected leader, so they can help Roxana in rendering the Empire's Respawn Point useless. Roxana has to leave right when they arrive to keep Justice from becoming extra protection for their own leader. This rotation of tasks leaves Précieux alone in a situation that seems to have suddenly gone for the worst for his safety the second his guildmates left and Dark Avenger in the same place as the Invincible Incompetent that has a steady record of accidentally killing him. All this apparently happened only because Dark Avenger got frustrated from Sparadrap (from his point of view) letting himself get killed early in the battle to keep the real range of his talents hidden.
- IM Standing Right Here: Played with. After Tenshirock gets mad at Master Zen for indirectly meddling with his plans, he takes over his avatar, places it in the middle of crowded tavern and makes it sound like he's insulting Judge Dead. The panel that shows this happening includes Judge Dead's presence in the tavern.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Sparadrap gets mistaken to have done this by Dark Avenger and Précieux in the fourth comic. All he really did? He first decided to go along with them because he thought it would be fun, then switched to running after a smourbiff right when they happened to have their backs turned.
- Joined Your Party: As a little text box a few times, and implied to have happened many more, notably due to Golgotha technically being a Psycho for Hire.
- Lethal Lava Land: The Brûlcan dungeon, the name itself a Portmanteau of the French words for "burning" and "volcano".
- Living Crashpad:
- Omega Zell to Fantöm in the fourth comic, made even more hilarious by Omega Zell not complaining because it means Fantöm is right next to him and the actual crash being seen through Gaea's Shipping Goggles.
- Repeat in the ninth comic, but this time he serves as a crashpad for Gaea falling off a tree.
- Magic Music: Bard Boléro.
- Mythology Gag:
- The looted dress that Gaea is holding on the cover of the second comic is identical to the one she was wearing in the webseries before getting the one she's depicted with in the comic.
- In the fifth book, Dark Avenger and Précieux accidentally fall off a cliff, reminding of a scene in Season 4 of the webseries where Dark Avenger has his avatar slip off a cliff after telling Précieux he was quitting the game.
- Depending on how accurately the later comics follow the webseries timeline, that scene may be more of a Call Forward.
- A story has Gaea disguise as a penniless player and claim that "a mean hacker" stole all her money. She has used a similar excuse in the webseries, this time explicitly naming Tenshirock, whith whom she actually get along quite well.
- While the Noob guild's visit to Max Middle/Fantöm seems to not have happened in the comic's version of the story, Max Middle is shown in his room, wearing only one sock ; the webseries version of the comic-absent scene has a throwaway gag in which Gabrielle/Gaea notices that Morgan/Omega Zell stole a sock during their visit.
- A scene of the webseries had Arthéon mentions he had flute lessons at his boarding school in a dreadful tone. Guess what instrument he ends up having to play for Magic Music in the eigth comic.
- The Come with Me If You Want to Live moment from the ninth comic is a nod to Warp Zone Project and would have involoved the two same actors in a similar situation if it had been done in the webseries.
- Negative Continuity: The events of some early stories would fall into Remember When You Blew Up a Sun? or a variation of it without that trope.
- Non-Combat EXP: The boxes showing quest rewards include experience points and a short story has Sparadrap attempting to gain a level only by exploring new places.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: Or "Fantöm" in Omega Zell's case.
- Perpetual Poverty: The Noob guild's finances are stated to be quite bad. The common funds however tend to be completly empty or just enough to pay for something essential to the plot. Since the situation is in part caused by the member's reluctance to contribute to them, their own finances are doing just a tiny bit better (especially Gaea, who's just greedy). Gabrielle, the player behind Gaea, is in that situation in real life, but also states to make a little money from the ads on her blog and gets good computers and consoles by participating in multiple constests in hopes of winning at least a few of them (and it seems to work). That is probably balanced out by all the geek stuff in her room and possibly having Catherine / Golgotha as a roomate.
- Pick-Up Group: The players Gaea was Ninja Looting in the third book and the one Omega Zell joined in a short story.
- Rainbow Pimp Gear: The end result of a short story involving Omega Zell and Gaea helping Sparadrap choose better equipment. Ironically, one of the stats Omega Zell was paying attention to while choosing was charisma.
- Seppuku: In the final panel of comic 9 that has Sparadrap be chosen as the strategist for a new battleground, Omega Zell is seen pointing is dagger towards his own stomach.
- Ship Tease: In addition to Omega Zell's ambiguous relationships with Fantöm, Gaea and Golgotha getting inherited from the webseries, Sparadrap and Couette seem to be spending much more time together than in the two other media.
- Snowball Lie: The comic points out more clearly than the two other media that Master Zen's Frame-Up of Gaea ended up being this via the existence of Gaea Worshipper's guild. Gaea herself starts maintaining it the second she finds out about it, because allies in an enemy faction can't hurt.
- Status Quo Is God: Frequently played straight in the first three comics (mostly longer stories that give time for actual changes). Zig-zagged as of the fourth one where progess is sometimes made, but some situations seem to have their own built-in Reset Button. This has stopped being true by the time comic 7 rolls in.
- Sticks to the Back: Omega Zell's sword and Level100!Arthéon's mace.
- Stripperiffic: Averted with the main cast, played straight with some background characters.
- A short story that has all the Noob guild drawn like American comics characters has Gaea wear a quite revealing outfit under a coat that looks like the pink part of her dress.
- Suicide as Comedy: The real life sequence at the beginning of comic 9 has a teenager about to jump off a building over a celebrity couple breaking up and changing her mind after finding some resemblance between the guy who kept her from jumping (Dark Avenger's player) and a famous actor.
- Tempting Fate: Two major cases from the ninth comic:
- At some point, Gaea hides from two enemy armies for whom killing her would be an Instant-Win Condition by climing up a tree. The second she hopes nobody will find her, Sparadrap calls her from the top of another tree quite close to hers and reveals that the other members of the guild saw him climb it. Cut to the rest of the guild looking up Sparadrap's tree and getting noticed by enemy scouts.
- After the Noob guild decides to do another battleground, Omega Zell states that the system randomly choosing the Empire's army leader can't do worse than Gaea. Cue the comic's last panel that is obviously the stategist selection for another battleground: congratulations, Sparadrap!
- Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Elementalist!Fantöm does this to Gaea in the eighth comic. Where the gauntlet came from is a lampshaded mystery as sunch an object isn't even part of his usual equipment during this part of the story.
- Trash of the Titans: The few times Gaea's appartement is seen before Golgotha turns out to be her roomate.
- Tropaholics Anonymous: Arthéon is seen attending a support group for players who lost their previous characters because they did Real Money Trade and are trying to resist temptation to do it again. His story tends to make everyone else feel better about themselves.
- Unreliable Voiceover: After it turns out that Master Zen is back on Horizon, he tells what he's been up to ever since escaping jail via flashback. Part of the anecdote includes him "patiently tracking down" the Noob guild. In reality, Sparadrap found him first, and apparently quite quickly.
- Wham Episode: Comic 7.
- Welcome to Corneria: Bartémulius and Nostariat in the short story introducing them, otherwise averted.
- Webcomic Time: The comic timeline is only about half-way through the time covered buy the webseries and novels, that cover a period of four or five years. Add to this that the release rate seems to have fallen to one comic per year and that the author wants to do several comics of Adaptation Expansion on the Fantöm in the Noob guild portion of the story that was subject to They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot in the two other media.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Gaea, who writes fanfiction about Omega Zell and Fantöm.
- You All Look Familiar / Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Ardacos is a strange mix between these two tropes, by technically being the first but claiming to be the second when asked about it. From his own words, he's just running several businesses at the same time and even advertizes for the others when players visit any one of them.
- In the fifth comic, the fluxball coach isn't him, but his identical-looking cousin.
- The hairdresser is hinted to be yet a third cousin, suggesting that the situation is slowly slipping towards Inexplicably Identical Individuals or Uncanny Family Resemblance ; new cousins however seem to be limited to professions that can create a pun or the original name in French (Ardacoach and Ardacoiffe are the names of the known cousins).