As you know, last month I had the opportunity to participate in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. Unlike previous Readathons, where I tried to read a variety of literary genres and styles, this time I elected to read (almost) exclusively comic books, manga, and graphic novels. One of the books I was most excited to read was the graphic novel edition of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Since I have talked at length about The Hobbit in the past, I’m not going to provide a summary of the story in today’s post. If you are interested in learning more about the plot of the novel, please take a look at my post entitled “Book vs. Movies — The Hobbit.”
The graphic novel version of The Hobbit was adapted by Charles Dixon, and illustrated by David Wenzel, and it is fantastic!
Even though this version of the story has apparently been around for quite a while (it was originally published in three volumes in 1989-1990), I was not aware that it existed until a few months ago. I came across a copy by chance while I was browsing some Tolkien merchandise on Amazon. As soon as I saw this graphic novel, I knew that I had to get myself a copy, and I’m very glad that I did.
I absolutely loved this graphic novel, and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that this was my favorite book that I read during the Readathon. Charles Dixon did a marvelous job of adapting this story into graphic novel format! All of the major plot points are present, and the dialogue and narration are both very well done.
But what makes this graphic novel so special is the artwork. David Wenzel’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! The book itself is in full-color, and the character designs are exactly how I pictured the characters in my head the first time I read The Hobbit as a teenager.
If you are a fan of Tolkien’s original novel, or enjoy graphic novels or comic books, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. I’m sure you will love it as much as I did!