Open Critique Day #8 / Mini review: The Hobbit

Good morning! It's Sunday, and that means Open Critique Day.

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So, I just watched The Hobbit.

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/still/the-hobbit-wbp03.jpg

This one.

Yeah, I'm a bit late to the party, I guess, but I was waiting until I could see it on dvd with a good friend of mine.

I liked it. It was very much what I expected.

But I'm not really here to talk about the movie, half a year after its release. See, I was reminded of the 1989-1990 comic book adaptation by Chuck Dixon and David T. Wenzel.

http://comicbookcollectorsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Hobbit-1.jpgThis one.

Dixon has condensed the plot expertly to 133 pages over three issues. Nothing feels left out, but nothing feels rushed either. The transition from novel to comic works incredibly well, arguably better than for the movie, and it makes me a bit surprised how these sorts of adaptations are so rare.

http://tolkiengateway.net/w/images/d/d8/David_T._Wenzel_-_Thorin_in_Esgaroth.jpg

Thorin has come to ride barrels and kick *ss. And he's seriously sick of barrels.

Wenzel's art is just beautiful. His previous work mostly consisted of children's book illustrations, and his soft colours and generally friendly style fits the narrative well, while also providing a nice contrast to elements like Gollum, the goblins and the spiders, who all look genuinely creepy.

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/0/77/1306308-riddlesinthedark.jpg

Yep.

And not to spoil anything, things do get suitably epic towards the climax.

I highly recommend this book if you're a Tolkien- or a fantasy fan, if you're looking for a present for a child (gotta get them hooked on fantasy while they're young, you know) or if you're just looking for a pleasant bit of reading.

5 Responses to Open Critique Day #8 / Mini review: The Hobbit

  1. Maybe 13 or 14 year ago when i last read that book, so i really don’t remember, but tell the truth now don’t interest, i think it to need to see this film, because i really big fantasy fan, but i don’t know why this movie is really not interest me.

    This comic looks nice, very soft and intresting drawing.

    2. My critique asking for this picture.
    http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/2636/harlekindreamwithme.png

    The title is Dream with me
    I love the girl smile, because it really selfish.

  2. Superb as always! Love the face, that smile is great.

    The flowers look a bit flat in comparison to the character, though. Perhaps they could use a bit of shading.

  3. I adore this graphic novel. The illustrations are the perfect balance of dark John Howe-esque edginess and soft Alan Lee whimsy. I have to go dig up my copy for a re-reading…

  4. You are absolutely right!

  5. This week’s Open Critique Day is now closed.