Pocket God Comics is a digital comic book adaptation of the Pocket God video game for iPhone and iPad.The series follows the adventures of a tribe of pygmies who can resurrect from death with the help of their Gem of Life. Unfortunately for them, they die a lot.Originally planned as a four-issue miniseries, the comic was very well-received and was made into an ongoing series. Bolt Creative, the creators of Pocket God, has a website here, where you can order print copies of the comics.
The series provides an explanation for the pygmie's respawning abilites with their Gem of Life. It also places them on a larger island.
In the games, the pygmies are all identical. The comic gives the pygmies distinct personalities and character designs to distinguish them from each other.
A tribe of female pygmies was introduced later on. A common complaint about the games is that there are no female pygmies.
A House Divided: The story arc "A Tale of Two Pygmies" revolves around this. Klik doesn't like how Ooga treats the tribe like a joke and is jealous at him for meeting the gods. When their hut burns down, he accuses Ooga and exiles him. However, Nooby and Booga go with him; splitting the tribe in two. Turns out the culprit was a female pygmy named Sun, who manipulated the tribe into fighting amongst each other so she can steal their Gem of Life.
Pygmy Peril, Pocket God's newsletter, sometimes contains information not found in the comics. For example:
Booga's hair-bone is a horn that he can blow into to alert the other pygmies. He has yet to use it.
Dooby's hair-bone is a bone flute, but he never plays it.
Bolt Creative's website has bios for the characters, including their likes, dislikes and favorite food.
Always a Bigger Fish: In "A Tale of Two Pygmies", Ooga and Nooby fall into piranha infested water, but the laser shark zaps the fish to eat the pygmies first.
Ancient Astronauts: In issue 3, the tribe finds a temple with hieroglyphics depicting UFOs and aliens. They were the ones who put the laser gun on the shark.
Art Evolution: The pygmies originally had round heads and large, round eyes. As the series went on, the pygmies became slightly shorter, their heads more elliptical, their eyes smaller, and there was more definition and improved shading.
The girl pygmies gain wider hips from issue 20 onward.
Sun and Teela get longer grass skirts in issue 15.
Beast Men: In issue 23, Klik's group meets a settlement of benevolent bird people. They offer to help Ooga's group and worship Nox; the Spirit Advisor Klik sees in his dreams.
Black Comedy: Much of the humor comes from the deadly mishaps that befall the tribe. Fortunately for them, they can resurrect. In fact, they die so often that they treat it like a normal occurrence, with Nooby playing with their corpses and the tribe creating games revolving around who stays alive the longest.
Blood Sport: Squidball, a dodgeball-like game that uses a killer squid instead of a ball. Last one alive wins.
Bloody Hilarious: In issue 2, Booga gets most of his blood drained by a giant tick. The tribe pulls it off and smashes it, covering them head to toe in blood.
Canon Foreigner: Pretty much everyone that's not the original six male pygmies.
Sun appeared in episode 47 of the Pocket God video game. She's also a playable character in Ooga Jump.
Some of the comic's designs for the original six have been put in the games. In the Facebook version of Pocket God, Klak's design is a possible costume choice. Ooga Jump has Nooby's design as a playable character.
Cerebus Syndrome: The first couple of storylines were more comedic and had the pygmies die often. Later storylines started to get more serious and the pygmies started to die less often. The story arc, "The Pygmies Strike Back", gets stone cold serious when Nooby is killed off for real.
Character Focus: With twelve main characters, some are going to have more focus than others at times.
Nooby's evil clone, Newbie, is not tied to the Gem of Life and thus is mortal. He tries to fix this by stealing the girl tribe's Jewel of Life and transferring its power to his own gem. However, his gem was flawed and couldn't contain the power.
Every time Newbie is thought to be dead, he survives, but retains injuries after each ordeal. He was impaled in the chest by an icicle and has a circular scar in its place. He survived a temple collapsing on him, but walks with a limp and crutch afterwards. The constant pain he is in motivates him to find immortality even more.
Nooby's other clones, the Noobs, are not only deformed and dumber than Nooby, but are also very explosive. One touch and BOOM!
Cross Through: With IDW Publishing's Infestation. A woman named Britt comes to the island and reanimates the previous corpses of the pygmies to make a zombie army.
Crucified Hero Shot: When Sun tries to hold off the giant robot to save Kinsee, it grabs her by the arms and holds them outstretched before cutting her in half.
Near the end of the first story arc, the pygmies that died came back as zombies.
the InfestationCross Through has a woman named Britt appears on the island and reanimate the old corpses of the pygmies, along with a zombie T-Rex. While the pygmies battle the zombies, Nooby befriends the T-Rex and has him eat Britt.
Face Death with Dignity: In issue 25, When Nooby is permanently killed by the Gem of Death, everything becomes clear to him and he dies a happy pygmy.
Fantastic Flora: During the "Gem-Cell Research" arc, the tribe gets attacked by a giant seaweed monster. In issue 19, it's revealed to be a robot covered in seaweed. This raises the question: who sent it? Issue 23 reveals where it came from.
Fastball Special: In issue 17, Booga tries to stop the seaweed monster by throwing Ooga at it. The monster smashes him between its claws like a mosquito, leaving him comically flattened.
The Fog of Ages: When Klik asks Teela when she made her gadgets, she replies that she remembers making them, but not when. Kilk admits he's been experiencing similar memory loss as well and thinks it's a side effect of their Resurrective Immortality.
Foreshadowing: In issue 2, the pygmies find a piece of wood that says "Beware the bark". This doesn't come into play until issue 4, where they're attacked by a giant barking spider.
Funny Background Event: In issue 21, while everyone is deciding whether to leave the island or not, Nooby is playing with his "thingy" (the cosmic wayfinder) behind them.
Frickin' Laser Beams: The laser shark, naturally. In issue 16, Teela manages to remove the laser so they can use it to make another Jewel of Life after their first one is destroyed. The pygmies also use it as powerful weapon, but it needs to recharge if shot too much.
Fridge Logic: Done in-universe when Ooga asks the Gods how the tribe was born if there has never been a female pygmy on the island note This before they met the female tribe. Their response?
Human Resources: With the corpses of their previous lives lying around, the pygmies find ways to make them useful.
Nooby likes to play with the corpses, oblivious to how messed up that is. He once made a decorated hair-bone out one of his own corpses to give to Sun.
In issue 16, Klik tries to catch the laser shark by using Klak's corpse as bait. He admits how wrong it is, but the shark loves to eat pygmies. When Klak finds out, he gets fed up with how much crap the tribe gives him and starts demanding respect.
Informed Ability: Booga and Dooby are said to be the best squidball players. When the game starts, they're the first two to die.
Informed Flaw: Likewise, Klak and Nooby are said to be the worst squidball players, but Klak is the third to die and Nooby is actually the last one alive.
Irony: For some time, Klik questioned his faith in the gods because they showed themselves to Ooga instead of him. In "The Pygmies Strike Back", Klik's questionable actions cause the tribe question their faith in him.
Killed Off for Real: Since the pygmies are immortal, one way for there to be danger is to throw the possibility of permanent death into the mix.
The first story arc centered around the pygmies going on a quest to revive their Gem of Life before they die for good.
When the girls' Jewel of Life was destroyed, the possibility of permanent death became very real for them.
In issue 17, Teela is shot by a stray laser. In the next issue, the tribes try to save them by transferring the energy of the the first Jewel of Life to the replacement, but it fails. During the funeral, they're attacked by a seaweed monster. When the boys are knocked out, Sun tries to fight it and gets cut in half. The monster's about to kill the rest of the girls when Teela and Sun return alive and well with the laser cannon in tow. Turns out the replacement Jewel needed to recharge.
Issue 24 gives us the Gem of Death; in which anyone killed with it stays dead. In issue 25, Newbie uses it on Nooby because he not only hates him, but knows that Nooby's the heart of the team. When he doesn't respawn afterwards, it's clear to everyone that Nooby is dead for good.
Lame Pun Reaction: In issue 12, Dooby makes a pun about carpe diem after seeing a carp, and Kinsee groans at it.
Kinsee: Oh for crying out loud. I don't know what's more annoying about your tribe, the fact that you're all a big, lame joke, or the big, lame jokes themselves.
Let's Split Up, Gang: In "The Pygmies Strike Back", the tribes split up. One groupnote Ooga, Sun, Nooby, Moon, Booga, and Kinsee. goes after whoever is sending the killer robots and the other groupnote Klik, Teela, Klak, Toola, Dooby, and Linsee. going back to the boy's island for safety. However before Klik's group can leave, his Spirit Advisor tells them that Ooga's group is walking into a trap. Klik instead leads his group deeper into the jungle to find a way to help Ooga's group.
Marshmallow Hell: In issue 9, Nooby meets Britt, a woman from another dimension. He becomes curious of her soft fleshy chest bumps and at one point hugs his face into them while she looks confused as ever.
A humorous one happens when Ooga tries to save Nooby from being eaten by a giant fish. He fails and gets all dramatic about it, but Sun reminds him that Nooby will just ressurect when he dies.
The ending of issue 17. The pygmies are having a party to celebrate the near-completion of the girls' replacement Jewel of Life. Suddenly, Linsee accidentally shoots Teela with a stray laser and everyone looks in horror.
In issue 18, everyone is preparing for a funeral. During the funeral, the giant seaweed monster from issue 17 appears and the tribes are forced to fight.
Mythology Gag: Many things from the game make a cameo in the comic.
Issue 2 has Klik get snatched by apes. When he comes back as a zombie in issue 4, his face has been peeled off; like how the monkeys peel off pygmy faces in the game.
Issues 2-3 have the tribe get chased by a T. Rex after messing with its egg.
Issue 5 has the ice monster from the game's ice island appear.
In issue 15, Ooga loses his hair-bone and his hair falls over his face; like one of the game's Idle Animations.
No Party Like a Donner Party: In issue 23, Ooga's group has spent days trekking across the desert; with their food and water running low. Kinsee gets so hungry she considers eating the others. While they can always resurrect, they keep her from doing it because they don't want to be cannibals.
Official Couple: A few of the pygmies have shown hints of romance between each other.
Oxygenated Underwater Bubbles: In "A Quest Called Tribe", the pygmies meet a tribe of anthromorphic crustaceans called Bubble Breathers. True to their name, they blow bubbles with their oxygenated saliva; which the pygmies use to breathe underwater.
Real After All: In The Pygmies Strike Back, Klik is told by his Spirit Advisor to have his group find a race of bird men deep within the jungle. He tells the other tribe, but they are skeptical, with Klak bing the most vocal. Issue 22 ends with Kilk sinking under a river, but a talon reaches out to grab him.
Robotic Reveal: In issue 19, the seaweed monster that has been attacking them since the previous issue is revealed to be a robot when the damage it takes knocks off the seaweed covering it. It's then defeated when they remove it power source, a green gem.
This is foreshadowed when Ooga thrusts a spear at it and the spear just snaps, as if it hit something hard.
Series Continuity Error: In issue 2, the pygmies bury Klik when they think he's permanently dead; marking his burial site with a gravestone. However, in issue 14, everyone but Klik is perplexed when they come across some graves; not knowing about burials because they are immortal and never had to bury one of their own.
Dooby ties his dreadlocks in a flute made out of a bone,
Nooby has half a bone. Newbie's bone is broken on the other side.
Linsee wears a claw.
Moon wears a tiny skull and a stick.
Teela uses two tiny bones in her pigtails.
Toola doesn't wear a bone, but what appears to be coral in her hair.
Stay in the Kitchen: Justified and Lampshaded in issue 14. Ooga tells the girls (and Klak) to stay put while boys find supplies for the raft. Kinsee claims that's sexist, but Ooga retorts that without their Jewel of Life, the girls' can't risk dying or else they'll stay dead.
Super-Deformed: Emphasized during the InfestationCross Through in issue 9. When they meet the more realistically-proportioned Britt, the pygmies only come up to her knee.
Super-Persistent Predator: The laser shark really likes eating pygmies and will go to great lengths to eat one. Lampshaded in issue 5.
Dooby: That is one persistent aquatic carnivore.
Town with a Dark Secret: The Bird People village looks peaceful and friendly, but it starts to become clear that things are not what they seem. In issue 24, Klak gets kidnapped by one of them.
In the first story arc, the tribe gets chased by a T. Rex that Nooby names Chicken. He squishes Dooby before being tricked into falling off a cliff.
During Infestation, Chicken is reanimated as a zombie by a woman named Britt to attack the pygmies. Nooby befriends Chicken and sics him on Britt instead. Unfortunately for Nooby, he has to let him go.
In A Quest Called Tribe, Chicken rises out of the ocean to battle the giant octopus that was about to eat the tribe. The two fall back into the ocean and haven't been seen since.
Vague Age: The pygmies may appear to be small children given their size, but most of them don't act like it. They don't even know their own ages or how long they've been around; probably as a side effect of their immortality.
Verbal Tic: The Bubble Breathers pepper their sentences with their names when they speak. This is because they have bad eyesight and need to identify each other.
You Mean X Mas: In issue 5, the pygmies celebrate Fishmas; in which they give each fish to each other as presents. They're also visited by Red, a fat Mad Scientist in a grass skirt who abducts Nooby and clones him; the first attempt creates an Evil Twin named Newbie.