Hilda and the Troll
After watching the Netflix series and enjoying it, @Lorcan_Nagle pointed me towards the comics. We tried the first volume tonight and really liked it.
The TV series is very true to the comics, but even having watched all of the show, the books still feel like their own thing and have plenty to offer. It’s whimsical without being twee, it’s fantastical while still feeling grounded in a tangible real world, and the art style is distinctive and beautiful in its own right, with a deceptive simplicity that’s part of its charm.
(More than anything, it reminded me of Jim Woodring’s Frank in the way it operates on its own logic and asks us to simply accept some very odd ideas - although it’s not as ‘silent’ as that book, and never gets quite as weird.)
It’s a kid-friendly adventure with a genuine sense of peril and danger, but is never so scary that it’s unsuitable for all ages. This is about as bad as it gets:
Plus, there are some really lovely cartoonist touches in there - a scene involving the sound of rain on a tent canvas is brought to life in a nicely understated fashion:
And there are moments when even just a simple facial expression or piece of body language is laugh-out-loud funny in its own right.
This is definitely recommended if you want a comic to share with kids - but even for adults, it’s a charming and well-crafted adventure.