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Hilda and the Midnight Giant

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Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Credits

  • Words: Luke Pearson
  • Art: Luke Pearson
  • Colors: Luke Pearson
  • Publisher: Nobrow Press
  • Price: £11.95
  • Release Date: Nov 26, 2011

Enchanting, captivating and utterly delightful, Hilda and the Midnight Giant establishes Pearson’s place as one of the most outstanding new talents on the British comics scene.

When Hilda and her mother find themselves terrorised by invisible elves, intent on driving them out of their remote valley house, this indefatigable little girl sets out on a quest to protect her home from their supernatural assault. But, as she seeks to petition the elves to cease their campaign, Hilda becomes aware of another strange character haunting the valley. Who, or what, is the mysterious Midnight Giant and what part will he play in our heroine’s future?

Introduced in 2010’s Hildafolk, as part of Nobrow’s 17 x 23 series, Luke Pearson’s charming Hilda was a standout creation in a line of titles that were already nothing short of remarkable. Hilda and the Midnight Giant recaptures all the magic of that first outing, this time in a striking hardcover edition that consciously echoes the presentation values of the European bande dessinee traditions. Truly all-ages in spirit – children can enjoy the book as pure, straightforward fantasy while adults may find other allegorical levels to it – Pearson gives us a plucky, self-sufficient little heroine in a world where reality and Scandanavian-style mythology go unashamedly hand-in-hand.

Pearson’s art has a fittingly storybook look to it, perfectly capturing that childlike feeling of inquisitiveness and wonder at the world around us. A carefully chosen colour palette enhances the magical atmosphere of Hilda’s valley as the story jumps between her nocturnal exploits investigating the giant and her daytime adventures with the elves.

Hilda and the Midnight Giant establishes not just Pearson’s place as one of the outstanding new talents on the British comics scene but also affirms Nobrow’s position as one of the most exciting new graphic novel publishers to have emerged in the last few years. Enchanting, captivating, and utterly delightful, we can only hope the wait for the next Hilda album is not a long one.

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Comments

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jan 17, 2012 at 10:24am

    Oh man I still need to get the first book, big Pearson fan. And my Bookdepository wishlist is already over 8 pages :-s

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Jan 17, 2012 at 3:15pm

    You need to bump both Hilda books up to the top of the queue Bart!

  • JasonClyma

    JasonClyma Jan 18, 2012 at 1:14pm

    Anyone know where I can buy a copy?

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Jan 18, 2012 at 4:55pm

    Looks like it's not released in the States until May Jason (from what I can make out from Amazon US). You can order it from the Nobrow Press site direct but the postage is almost as much as the cost of the book on top. Look at it this way - it'll be worth the wait for a few months! ;-)

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jan 19, 2012 at 4:19am

    Europe Rules Everything Around Us!

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Jan 19, 2012 at 8:32am

    Indeed it does Bart. You know I've never even been to the Nobrow shop/gallery and it's only 20 minutes away from work on the tube. Could my credit card take the hammering though?

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jan 19, 2012 at 8:38am

    Wait, is UK Europe? Let's see you use the Euro first, then talk to me :p I heard the Nobrow shop is a very nice store design-wise.

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Jan 20, 2012 at 11:33am

    I shall definitely make a trip there soon. Will report back on the demise of my line of credit shortly after...

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