King Lear (Graphic Classics)
In a graceful adaptation, Gareth Hinds transforms Shakespeare’s timeless tale of pride and defiance, loyalty and ambition, betrayal and revenge into graphic-novel format, packing it with visual drama and providing accessible notes. This artfu...more
To the text he has added superlative composition. Dialog is presented in a script typeface of his own design that’s clear to read and complementary to the composition. For most of the work he either adapts or abandons the t ...more
This graphic novel is very well done, I particular...more
But once acclimatized, it all made sense. Hinds alternates comic book panels with other graphic organization, often using dotted lines and arrows to follow characters as they move within a scene. I ...more
This book is based on Shakespeare's play, King Lear. The story is about a king who is dividing up his kingdom among his three daughters. His two oldest daughters flatter him and are given large portions; the youngest daughter, who is the only one who actually loves him, refuses to flatter her father and is disowned. Then the two older sisters get all tyrannical and treat their father horribly, and he ends up going mad. The two older sisters also fight over which one of the ...more
Shakespeare is, of course, the backbone of many literary studies. But is there a way to add something fresh and new to the works of the ancient bard? Gareth Hinds has created the graphic novel interpretation of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, KING LEAR.
Although the presentation may be unique, the story holds true. The great king is dividing his realm. Three daughters will receive three portions, but each must prove herself wort ...more
Myself (a self proclaimed Shakespeare nerd) enjoyed that the feel of the original play was preserved, in iambic pentameter but if this is your first introduction to King Lear you will be confused.
I found this work was a bit harder to visually follow than Macbeth even with the dotted arrow lines. There were a few times when I had to trace the line with my finger and then figure out which text bubble was associated with that next spot. Frustrating? Yes. Worth it? Also yes.
That said, I don't see why the illustrations in this story were so cheerful. Like, the illustrations of a children's book, not a YA retelling. I would see a lot of dark earthy colors, or a blood red kind of palette. They weren't bad. They just didn't fit.
I didn't love the artwork, but again, the graphic novel format allowed me to follow the action a little better.
3 1/2 stars
He creates "theatre production" style visuals that fills in the minds eyes without being too descriptive or distracting from the actual text.
It truly was like sitting in a theatre watching a production of King Lear.
Gareth Hinds lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.