Accent UK may be better known for titles about zombies and gunslingers but the rise of more family orientated comics conventions has led them to release The Troll by Danish artist, storyteller and co-founder of the Copenhagen Comics Festival, Martin Flink. This is an unashamedly all-ages title that, being silent, can be read just as readily by early primary school children as by the more mature members of the family.
The story of The Troll tells of a modern day boy who ventures, with his parent’s consent, into the nearby forest. There, as the trees close in around him, he makes for higher ground to see just where he is and inadvertently wakes a giant troll. A rather one sided chase ensues as the boy tries to get away but is inevitably caught by the massive creature – but is it dangerous or just curious?
Martin is the creator of Accent UK’s earlier boxing story Man Of Glass but for The Troll he was inspired by his young son, Malthe, whose imagination took hold after a walk in a Danish forest. This 28 page full colour comic is the result and what a lovely result it is. From the safety of his parents and the cabin in the forest, we see the trees close in around the boy and the forest canopy blot out the sky as Martin reduces the size of his panels to emphasise the claustrophobic feeling.
Yet as the boy climbs a grassy hill to see his surroundings the panels open up again until, as he disturbs the troll, they each take up an entire page. The single page of the boy and troll looking at each other for the first time, illustrated from ground level and almost entirely in silhouette, is particularly effective, before the panic of the chase ensues. It would be unfair to give away any more of the story but suffice to say, being an all-ages comic, no one gets eaten.
Being short and silent, other than for a few sound effects as the troll awakens, this will not take you long to read but I assure you that you will go back and reread it.
The Troll is an absolute gem and, at £3, a bargain to boot.
Accent UK are appearing at the MCM Manchester Comic Con this coming weekend 25/26 July 2015 where they will have copies of The Troll for sale as well as their other titles. The Troll will then be available to order worldwide from Diamond Comic Distributors in the August edition of Previews for October shipping, when copies will also be available to order direct from Accent UK’s website.