"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is
the most important of all the lessons of history."
ST NEWS BOOK REVIEW
"THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE: GRAPHICS NOVELS"
by Kev "Taffy" Davies
This is the story of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (or
rather "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Graphic
Novels") perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most
successful book ever to come out of the great publishing
corporations of Ursa Minor(or rather DC comics)...
Anyway, on with the review. The comics (there are 3) as I prefer
to call them ('cos graphic novel is just so pompous, it's like
calling a gardener a tree surgeon), are based on that major 20th
century literary feat, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The
Restaurant at the End of the Universe". It has to be said they do
a fine job of placing Mr Adams' warped imagination onto paper,
and not a sign of Dirk Gently.
For those of you who are unaware of the plot...WHERE HAVE YOU
BEEN! It is about Arthur Dent and his adventures around the
universe with a mixture a aliens, humans, and paranoid androids
thrown in to the pot and simmered for 50 minutes, assisted by the
Guide which provides information needed if you intend to tour the
universe for less than 30 Altairian Dollars a day.
Anyway, most of you know the plot so let us get on with the
review of the comic.
The artwork is of DC's usually high standard, although having
seen the TV and heard the radio series' I could not help but feel
that the butcher's knife of Americanism had performed surgery on
the style of the art; with Zaphod dressed in white T-shirt and
jeans it makes you wonder how he ever won the title of "Worst
Dressed Sentient Being". Meanwhile Arthur looks about 14 years
old, Ford looks like an elf on acid, complete with pointy ears
(how would he have remained undetected on Earth for 15 years
looking like this?). Marvin and Trillian, however, are passable
as characters. The artists, have such classics under their belts
as "Batman", "Legends of the Dark Knight" and the "X-Men", to
name but a few. It makes you wonder how they could do this kind
of artwork with this style of script.
The script, however is a different story, and isn't as
Americanised as the artwork, as Douglas Adams himself was
involved in adapting the story to make it compatible for this
kind of format. For all its faults this is a good compendium of
comics, which if your not a Hitchhiker's fan is worth a look but
at (I just lost balance , fell off my chair and cut my arm on my
desk and it BLOODY HURTS!) a total of £13.80 sterling it may seem
a little expensive, but if you are a big fan like myself then
give them a look, as they are a good way to experience the Guide
in a different format without leaving the planet.
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