New Hicks "Hunger Games" comic makes it all too personal

hunger games faith erin hicks New Hicks "Hunger Games" comic makes it all too personal
A while ago we alerted you to Faith Erin Hicks’ experimental HUNGER GAMES comics adaptation (PUBLISH THIS, SOMEONE, PLEASE!!!!!!), but she just completed a new one about Hunger Games for Tor.com. And this time it’s very, very personal…and sobering.

Warning: spoilers for the book and movie.

Comments

  1. Chris Hero says:

    I don’t get it. Maybe it’s because I’m also the son of a Vietnam War vet (who also had one Hell of an alcohol problem), but I don’t see anything sobering.

    But I also don’t get the appeal to the Hunger Games. It just seems like a poor Battle Royale knock-off to me.

    I dunno, this whole thing is lost on me.

  2. Chris Hero says:

    Although…Faith Erin Hicks is a phenomenal talent and I’m looking forward to getting my copy of Friends With Boys soon.

  3. I really like that piece as well as Hicks’ adaptation test pages. Her stark artwork touches some of the same notes as Harvey Kurtzman’s war comics.

  4. @Chris – Have you read the book or are you just going on impressions from the pop culture?

    I read it maybe a year back, and it wasn’t quite strong enough for me to read its sequels, but I found a lot to like in it. If I’d read it as a teenager I’d probably have loved it, and if nothing else it’s a memorable way for teens to explore a bleak future vision without going to quite the exploitational depths that Battle Royale does. It also focuses more on media culture than Battle Royale. And world-building. And, yes, its romantic sub-plot.

    The two versions of Battle Royale I know are the movie – kinda meh – and the manga, which I loved. The manga had much more depth than I expected, even as it delivered on the exploitation front. I definitely liked it more than The Hunger Games, but The Hunger Games was different enough to easily justify itself.

  5. Chris Hero says:

    Dave,

    I’ve read the English translation of the Battle Royale novel and only skimmed through the Hunger Games novel…and even that was not even thorough by skimming standards. I probably missed a lot. Your comment has encouraged me. I’ll pick it up next time I’m in the bookstore and give it a proper read.

  6. Could Faith even publish this without stepping on some copyright toes?

  7. @Chris – that’s disgustingly reasonable.

    And I still need to read the Battle Royale novel. When I’ve talked about the franchise with people who know it in multiple formats, it seems there’s a consensus that the book is the best iteration.

    Hope you find stuff to like in The Hunger Games.

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