Woody and The Noble is a comic book that pays homage to the child detective genre, celebrates the bizarre, and pokes fun at anything “normal”. Woody, a precocious child investigator (complete with business card), joins his dog The Noble (that’s his full name) in seeking out mysteries in their new home of Deeproot, West Virginia. Through a mistake, they end up teaming up with a young Morlock named Little Sir, and living next door to some (currently popular and slightly deranged) gods. In the world of Woody and The Noble, Woody is the adult, and everyone else, including the reader, is the child who’s just along for the ride.
The book’s 80 pages are divided into three chapters, with a bonus chapter at the end that is a reprinting of the earliest appearance of Woody and The Noble. As I first started reading, I thought that Woody and The Noble would be a great all-ages book. While it would be appropriate for most children, it goes from a relatively harmless Morlock infestation (Woody bashes them with a wiffle ball bat), to dark, twisted, and slightly more violent by the third chapter. Add in the subtle adult jokes and and cynical humor, and it’s obvious that this book was made for adults who have a dark sense of humor.
The characters are great. Woody is adorably smart and quick-witted. While he’s never actually “snarky”, you get the feeling that he knows that he’s a lot smarter than everyone else around him. The Noble is more dog-like than your typical animal sidekick, but he is definitely smarter than your average dog.
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