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 Philipe Cardona and Florence Torta, the authors and illustrators of Sentai School who also happen to play Bartémulius and Nostariat in the series.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, with the eight published as of October 2013 covering all the guild's members and their Honorary True Companion.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. Their chronological situation seems to be between Seasons 2 and 3 of the series 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.
Gaea seems to live alone until the short story that reveals Golgotha to be her roomate. In the series, 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 series 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 series.
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.
Call Back: In one of the early short stories, Omega Zell refused to take possession of a looted outfit because it was litterally a Harley Quinn costume with good stats but a cost in charisma. Later, Tenshirock punishes Relic Tracker's guild for interfering with his projects by putting them into an Involuntary Dance while wearing Harley Quinn costumes.
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.
Decoy Protagonist: Once the player whose Day In The Life has been shown at the beginning of the book 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 books 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.
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.
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 beacause he thought it would be fun, then switched to running after a smourbiff right when they happened to have their backs turned.
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.
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 series, 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.
Nazetrîme's Empire berserker avatar never appeared in the comic while its existence is a plot device of both the webseries and novels. In the comic, the player behind her mentions playing Horizon before meeting Master Zen. Any idea of what her former avatar could have been ?
A scene of the webseries had Arthéon mention 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.
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.
Non-Identical Twins: Gaea's avatars got treated as this by Omega Zell in the sixth comic. While the face is the same, one is a light brunette in an nice pink and black dress and the other is a blond wearing what may very well be the Starter Equipment for female archers.
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.
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.
Status Quo Is God: Frequently played straight in the first three books (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.
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 one under a coat that looks like the pink part of her dress.
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 beacause 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.
Welcome to Corneria: Bartémulius and Nostariat in the short story introducing them, otherwise averted.
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).