A master of stripped-down, powerful storytelling reworks the David-and-Goliath myth.
Goliath of Gath isn’t much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat. Nonetheless, at the behest of the king, he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: “
singled out because of his massive size, forced to wear ceremonial armor that crumbles around him and stand in the same place day after day, quoting the same prepared script after sleeping exposed to the elements all night, just to intimidate the enemy and prevent them from attacking.
he's just a big sweet guy who took a promotion he didn't really want that turned out to be a pretty boring job.
some punk kid comes on the scene.
and you know what happens next.
poor, po ...more
A senseless waste of human life.
And a waste of money.
We are soldiers you know.
Ok. Next time I'll kill somebody.
I got lost in Goliath's giant figure slumped against nondescript rock formations. Peaceful in their in the middle of nowhere nondescriptness. Day, night, almost day, almost night and behind your back. His face hidden under a beard I didn't attach my feelings to puzzlement. A longing to sit at a desk and do admin work. Goliath was good at admin work. Days behind your back. I imagine days would be better if the day before was cer ...more
At the start of the story Goliath ...more
Tom Gauld shows a different side to the famous David and Goliath story with Goliath portrayed as not the giant he was purported to be but an overly tall chap near 7 feet tall, who prefers working quietly at his de ...more
There's an implicit criticism of the kind of disinterested or incompetent leadership that gets good people killed unnecessarily. David wasn't even the bad guy ...more
A sad and lovely telling of the David and Goliath story. And now I have to go sit in a corner and feel terrible for Goliath.
**A day later and it continues to (this sounds melodramatic, but I'm going to use the word anyway) haunt me. In my world, that is a pretty sure indication that a book deserves five stars.**
But, anyway, in my sixteen years of religious education I have experienced, I never once thought of Goliath in such a manner as Tom Gauld does. And I praise him for that.
I bought it, I think, because of the artwork. I always buy comics on their art. No matter how could the writer, if the artwork sucks, the story loses me. B ...more
It’s a more interesting idea at its core than Mooncop, delivered in the same minimalist package. Gauld has a simple style where everyone looks ki ...more
Like Pedro, I read this not so much because I was planning to agree with everything it was going to say, but because it's beautiful.
So, it turns out that Goliath was actually The BFG. But even in this narrative, I found it hard to disparage David. Goliath had been taunting them for weeks, even if he didn't want to. And he was terrorizing a nation.
If there was ever a time to disobey orders, right? ...more
It's not Tom Gauld's fault, but I think I'm a little sick of fictionalized versions of fictionalized stories that show things from the bad guy's perspective and show us that *gasp* he's really not a bad guy.
See: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Once, just once, I would like to read one of these and walk away saying, "Wow, that Goliath really WAS an ass!"
This is Goliath's story. And one I found myself intrigued by up to the last second of the book. I found Goliath to be am empathetic character that I wanted to prevail, but we all know how the story ends.
All in all, I'm glad I picked it up as it is filled with quiet moments on the page.
Here we have the classic story of David and Goliath, except from Goliath's point of view. A paper pusher, Goliath is happiest when he's switched from patrol to administrative tasks. Suddenly, he's put on a top secret mission to end the war with the Israelites. Sent out into the desert, he's told to ...more
That is what this story is. The story of an admin assistant, not a fighter, but because Goliath is so tall, everyone assumes that he will be a good fighter, and he is chose to leave his papers and pencils, and go out in the filed and present himself, in fine armor, so that he can fight the champion of the opposing army. Every day he has to go out, and mak ...more
A very enjoyable quick cartoon read. I am definitely interested in checking out more by Tom Gauld in the future.
I really liked the simplistic art style of browns, whites and blacks. I read this very quickly in around ten minutes but it was very enjoyable.