Title: The Iliad
Writer: Adapted by Gareth Hinds
Publishing House: Candlewick Press
Date of Publication: March 12th 2019
Rating: 5 stars
‘’How I wish that Discord could be banished from the world.’’
There have been many novels that chose the greatest war story of all time as their setting. Trilogies, plays, you name it. This graphic novel by Gareth Hinds is probably the best adaptation I’ve ever encountered.
Narrating the rhapsodies of Homer’s immortal epic is no easy task. However, Hinds succeeds in transferring the Trojan War in the contemporary art of the Graphic novel and retaining the beauty of the Homeric language and the violent atmosphere of the bloody dispute between the Achaeans and the Trojans. I was impressed by the style of the illustrations, the way the Greek deities were depicted, the clothes, the weaponry, the architecture. Every characteristic of the Bronze Age is brilliantly portrayed. The impressive moments are many. The fury of Achilles, the interventions of the Olympians, Helen’s guilt, Agamemnon’s arrogance, Hector’s despair. The futility of a war for power and greed, the sacrilege, the dubious glory. Brilliant translation, extraordinary artwork.
Imagine a universe where Homer returns to life, in our world, and decides to become a Graphic Novel artist. This would be his ‘’new’’ Iliad. Thank you, Gareth Hinds.
Many thanks to Candlewick Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.