Bluewater Productions have released their biographical comic book, Orbit #8: JRR Tolkien: The True Lord of the Rings, based on author J.R.R. Tolkien in e-reader form, and today it becomes available in print!
This was the first time I downloaded a comic book for my Kindle Fire, and I really liked that it satisfied my desire for instant gratification, as well as a great price point ($1.99). That being said, I think this comic is really one to own in print and it is a great way to support your local comic book shop. The price will be $3.99 in stores, and from what I understand, you’ll be lucky if you can just stroll in an pick up a copy. You many need to ask your friendly neighborhood comic store employee to special order one for you.
For starters, the artwork by Luis Chichón was different than I imagined it would be. It’s not in classic comic book style; the pictures look more like watercolor paintings. And instead of using flashy, bright colors, Chichón opted for a more earthy, warm look for Tolkien’s childhood and English home life. Exotic locations and natural settings have more color, while the panels depicting World War I take on a red hue.
I think this comic would be a great way to introduce someone to Tolkien. It gives an excellent, if brief, look at the prodigious author’s life and the way he was affected by the people and events around him. It also suggests certain moments that may have influenced Tolkien enough to make it into the pages of his books.
It’s a perfect item for the collector and Tolkien enthusiast, too! Make sure you snatch up your copy soon, because Bluewater Productions expects Orbit #8: JRR Tolkien: The True Lord of the Rings to sell out quickly!