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Gareth Hinds

Autor(a) de The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel

14+ Works 2,743 Membros 106 Críticas

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Image credit: reading at 2018 Gaithersburg Book Festival By Slowking4 - Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69292502

Obras por Gareth Hinds

The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel (2010) 820 exemplares
Beowulf (2007) 589 exemplares
Romeo and Juliet: A Graphic Novel (2013) 206 exemplares
King Lear: A Graphic Novel (2007) 153 exemplares
The Merchant of Venice (2008) — Adapter — 123 exemplares
The Collected Beowulf (2000) 61 exemplares
Bearskin: A Grimm Tale (1998) 8 exemplares
Beowulf: Gear of War (1999) 4 exemplares
Odiseea (Romanian Edition) (2020) 2 exemplares
Iliada Roman Grafic (2021) 2 exemplares
Beowulf: Doom of Glory (2000) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune (2016) — Ilustrador, algumas edições317 exemplares
Graceling Graphic Novel (2021) — Ilustrador — 139 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Beowulf has been one of my favourite legends since I was a little girl, so when I saw this after reading another of Gareth Hinds' illustrated/graphic novel adaptations, I had to check it out.

I liked it better than most adaptations of Beowulf I've read. I particularly liked how real the clothes, armour, ships, and surroundings in general looked. I've never before seen someone depict the sea monsters in Beowulf's boast-tale as actual sea creatures, either, which was interesting.

It also lent more contrast to the incredibly unreal depictions of Grendel and Grendel's mother. (I admit, when I was first reading, Grendel reminded me of a cross between a cave troll from Middle Earth and Venom from Spiderman.)

Perhaps my favourite of the artwork were those pages depicting the dragon at rest, or first waking, watchful over his hoard. The final pages of sea and sky were beautiful, however, and the fade through the story to a close was smoothly and subtly presented through shifting colours and lines.

The adaptation presented balanced nicely between the poetry and rhythm, archaic words and patterns, that hark to the original tale, and an easy to understand format that didn't require a reader to slow beyond what was needed to appreciate and follow the artwork telling the story. Or at least it began that way - it was honestly a little strange how quickly the text faded out to only pictures (which is acceptable enough for high-action scenes, although many of those pages were slightly hard to follow).

After it returned post the first battle scene particularly, the text began to switch between a drier 'report on a tale' feeling (as though I was hearing someone tell me about the tale of Beowulf, rather than telling me the tale) and the occasional resurgence of the nicely-balanced poetic/simplified tone.
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Kalira | 21 outras críticas | May 14, 2024 |
7 About as well-done as its companion adaption of the Iliad, but I think I find the Odyssey just a little more tedious of a story. I’ve never loved the structure of road movies or flashback-heavy movies, and this has both of those kinds of elements. The conflict Odysseus has is like personally involved as well. A survival story where everything that happens is as arbitrary as the will of the gods doesn’t excite.
bobbybslax | 31 outras críticas | Dec 5, 2023 |
Another good adaptation from Hinds, but less of the admittedly boring bits are included—namely, the drawn-out speeches these warriors make to boast about their impressive exploits. This composes the bulk of the poem (if I recall correctly) and the story of Beowulf’s fights versus Grendel and Grendel’s mom are a much smaller part. Not that I’m dying to see the long brag sessions recreated as written in this concise adaptation, but the spirit of those was not captured.
bobbybslax | 21 outras críticas | Nov 27, 2023 |
Again quite faithful to the spirit of the text, though not in the same poetic meter (which I don’t mind, since reading it isn’t really emblematic of how it was meant to be delivered). I had forgotten as well that this story isn’t the story of the Trojan War but specifically Achilles’ spat with Agamemnon, so I was surprised to see this end after Hector’s death instead of the fall of Troy. But that’s The Iliad, so that’s what we’ve got here, too. Very good drawings and the history of the gods and the Greek culture of the time is well represented.… (mais)
bobbybslax | 19 outras críticas | Nov 26, 2023 |



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