Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran

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Troll Bridge, a tale from the mind of Sunday Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman, has been beautifully adapted for the first time by Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Colleen Doran. This striking graphic novel will delight fans of Alan Moore, Dave McKean and beyond.

Young Jack’s world is full of ghosts and ghouls, but one monster – a ravenous and hideous troll – haunts him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack’s fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all.

One of my favourite graphic novels that I have read in quite some time. I picked this one up on a whim just a week ago while at a book launch for Caroline Busher’s The Ghosts of Magnificent Children, and I saw this sitting on the bookshelf, and couldn’t resist. I’m a long time Neil Gaiman fan, so when I heard that he had a new graphic novel coming out, I knew I was going to want to buy it as soon as it was in stores. And I was right. I loved it straight away, and the artwork that illustrated it just went perfectly with the story.

What I loved most about Troll Bridge was how it started off so innocently with Jack, our main character in the story, telling us his earliest childhood memories, and the adventures he would go on and how his imagination would bring him on brilliantly vivid journeys. Then suddenly, one day we meet the troll, who introduces himself: “I’m a troll. … Fol rol de ol rol.” and then suddenly the book takes this crazy turn and goes off on this dark tangent that neither me or my friend were expecting, which was great. It really keeps you on your toes, as you start off thinking this is just another troll under the bridge story, when it’s not–it’s something much more than that!

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Like I mentioned above, the artwork/illustrations that Colleen Doran provided for Troll Bridge, were absolutely phenomenal, and I find you don’t really get a sense of how much she enjoyed drawing/creating this graphic novel until we get to the parts where the troll himself comes along. You can really see the artwork come to life, especially the first page of the graphic novel where all you can see is a red brick wall covered in ivy with these two big round yellow eyes and bushy eyebrows staring back at you, nothing else but the words “Fol rol de ol rol.”. Colleen’s work is fantastic especially the parts that go from being all bright and bubbly, then all of a sudden transition to this really dark and Gothic scene. The transition from one to the other is truly flawless as she transports you into this world to the point where you almost feel like the troll is standing there right in front of you ready to “eat your life”.

I’d recommend this to all Neil Gaiman fans, of course. It really won’t disappoint. I’d also recommend it to those who haven’t read a graphic novel before. This is a perfect way to get into comics/graphic novels in my opinion. When I sat down to read this, I read it side-by-side with a dear friend of mine who had never read a graphic novel before, and she was totally entranced by both the story and the artwork, which really says something, especially considering she had never read a graphic novel before or read anything by Neil Gaiman before either.

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