Legendary illustrator Michael Hague takes readers on a strange and fantastic journey in Eye of Newt! As a young wizard’s apprentice, Newt, embarks on a wonderful and perilous quest through the mysterious Netherworld and beyond, he learns a dark secret that could shape his entire destiny!
Among the many popular tales that have been retold in many different ways, that of King Arthur is probably one of the biggest. It has had more than its share of movie, TV, book and even comic retellings. One such variation comes fresh out of Dark Horse with their Eye of Newt tale, even if you don’t know it at first.
Starting off as what seems to just be an average wizard’s apprentice tale, you soon realize who Newt actually is. Later on in the series, he is revealed to actually be Arthur Pendragon, questing to become a full fledged wizard. Competing with a witch who just happens to be Morgan Le Fay, the two travel through many a world in their journey to become all powerful.
The artistic style that was chosen for this title is so appropriate to the genre it’s almost too perfect. With an old school feel like that which Tolkien himself would have chosen, it illustrates everything really nicely. There are certain areas that are a bit more difficult to navigate, but otherwise visually moves the story along well.
Admittedly, I really struggled with this title, most especially with the ending. Once I realized it was a King Arthur retelling it helped a bit, but still did not grab my attention by completion. Although it may appeal to hardcore fantasy fans, it’s unfortunately not one I’d readily suggest to anyone.
For more on Eye of Newt or other Dark Horse titles, check out Dark Horse Comics.
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