Noe: The Savage Boy
Plot: Robert Curle
Script: Malachy Coney
Art: Stephen Downey
Publisher: Atomic Diner
Noe the Savage Boy is the latest Irish comic book release and have to say quite intriguing it is too. It’s a historical from a story by Robert Curley, scripted by Ma Coney and drawn by Stephen Downey.
It’s a historical set in 1631 where the inhabitants of the village Baltimore are about to have their lives changed forever. A fleet of ships is approaching, the ships of the Barbary Corsairs, religious zealots and the armies of the Janissaries, monks turned mercenaries.
The story focuses around Noe, the titular Savage Boy, but here he is far from the savage. He is a normal God-fearing boy who loves his family. He will be ripped from them soon as life changes him forever but this debut issue deals with introductions.
Now I know the guys involved in creating this and I have to say this is bloody good. We see Noe with his family, the use of a spider and his web a nice metaphor and you know these people by the end of the issue. But all the way through we see the ships approaching, a dark cloud on the horizon. And by the climax, the happy lives of these people are shattered beyond belief and Noe is plunged into a horror that will change him forever.
The writing is subtle yet epic in nature, the artwork is excellent, reminiscent of the old comics I read when growing up. This is a great combo here with a taste for real adventure. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next.
5 out of 5 Nerds