April 5th, 2013


Posted in artwork by Joe Abercrombie on April 5th, 2013.

39 comments so far

  • Kyle Loechner says:

    I hope there’s a baby Ninefingers prologue in this graphic novel! 🙂

  • Get a haircut Logen!

  • Smoochie says:

    Looks far too swashbuckling and too much like a cross between Jack Sparrow and Darian Frey.

    In my mind Logan was an ugly fucker, unlike this pretty boy.

  • Chris E. says:

    Must be a younger Logen. I remember quite specifically TFL’s Logen having a “butcher’s block” or a “whipped back” for a face.

  • James N says:

    I see him more of like Mickey Rourke from Sin City with lots of cuts and stuff all over!!!

  • Gary says:

    YES! I really hope this is a hint of a graphic novel, I LOVE graphic novels and comicbooks.

    If you’re writing it, how have you found writing the comic book medium and it’s comparison to writing novels? Must be wonderful to have an artist attempt to realise your vision.

    Or is it another writer doing an adaptation? If so, I do hope you still have a great deal of input in it.

  • Gary says:

    btw – the picture would work for a young Logen. The Logen in the First Law I picture as being a lot more scarred and brutish looking from years of battle and hell. In keeping with the previous blogs, with grit smeared all over his face.

  • Adam A. says:

    Image makes me think more of what Sand might have looked like moments before being captured and tortured.

    I always tend to put these things in terms of actors, because their faces are well known and I have to agree with whomever suggested Mickey Rourke for Lamb. Actually, I always had this picture in my mind of Jim Jeffries at the end of his career – particularly after Jack Johnson pummeled his face in. Face just one huge scar and totally misshapen nose.

    Just like I can’t help but picture Eli Wallach when I think of Cosca (I was rather expecting a “YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE…?!” from him at some point during Red Country). I remember thinking that while reading BSC. Always wondered if that had any bearing on the tone and setting of RC.

  • Marc says:

    Way too pretty, way too clean.

  • The Grumpy Buddha says:

    I’m with these guys! A little too pretty, probably a little too svelte. Looks like he’s wearing a tie. Plus, what are those things on his right elbow? And that thing-you-can-never-have-too-many-of … I humbly suggest there should be at least one of them in his belt.

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  • Chris B says:

    Huh, I would go with Caul Shivers before he lost his eye? Logen (I thought) was a bearded tree stump that someone with poor aim had used again and again as a chopping block?

  • bobbby says:

    Logen is quite broad, a “brute looking” man. Face with too many cuts. This is a pretty boy, not a killing machine.
    And where are the knives?

    This is Prince Ladisla after the few days he spent with Threetrees.

  • Frank Fitzpatrick says:

    Joe, you’re an evil bastard teasing us like this.

    Have we got a graphic novel series on the way? Should I just send you my money now instead of waiting several months?

  • Dan says:

    Geez you can’t please any of these bastards around here. I love it! Would love to see a group picture of the original Northmen crew.

  • ColinJ says:

    He pops his collar and the bitches holler…

    This isn’t my Logen Ninefingers but it’s still pretty good. I can’t wait to see the rest of the characters. I always imagined Black Dow to look like a beefier Ray Winstone.

  • seruko says:

    too skinny

  • Jim Cormier says:

    Too pretty, and the sword looks wrong (I don’t remember the sword Bayaz gave him being described as a two-handed great sword), but otherwise not bad.

  • Philip Berghan-Whyman says:

    Too pretty, too much pirate, and too white. My imagine of Logan has more of an American Indian or maybe Russian steppe look to him. He’s not craggy enough. The hair isn’t bad.

    I hate the costume. Looks like something Kriss Kross would have worn in the 80s. And Logan in a scarf? Really? Sword also looks wrong. Looks like the handle of a claymore. Boots look ok, maybe.

  • Peter Haverty says:

    Whos this pretty boy cos it aint the Bloody Nine

  • We’re an ungrateful bunch eh, Joe? 🙂

    If there is going to be a graphic novel that would be just flippin’ amazing!

  • Matte Lozenge says:

    The Logen Ninefingers I know would never tie a fucking cravat around his neck. He would piss on that useless foppish frock coat sooner than wear it. The oversized belt buckle fashion statement is merely pathetic, but as a weapon it has possibilities.

  • AntMac says:

    It is a nice line drawing, and an appealing looking character, that is for sure. Looks like someone from a Manga set in the Japanese idea of Renaissance Europe.

    What it ain’t, is Logan.

    When he was a younger man, his swagger was nothing to do with “Hey ladies, check out my shoulders, i’m so pretty” and all to do with “That is right, it is Death to catch my eye, look down, you barstards”. This guy thinks he is pretty. Young Logan thought he was deadly, entirely different attitude.

    And it is too young for later Logan, who KNEW he was death and had nothing to prove, or project, and would never have acted like this “always appear less than you are”.

  • AntMac says:

    @ bobbby

    Arrrgh, well done with the knives comment.

    This guy is practically shouting

    “You CAN have too few knives”.

  • Curtis says:

    A cute Bloody Nine….? That drawing has a slight whiff of douche….

  • Eric Sean says:

    I always picture him as looking like Bruce Dickenson. For some reason.

  • droid says:

    It would seem a shame to take a work that pointedly defies genre expectations (with great success), only to have it adapted in a cliched, if proficient style.

    One of the things that has marred the GOT universe is the lack of quality control with the world of spin offs (bar the TV show of course) – the comics, for example are appalling.

    Dont fall into that trap. Find an artist or team that can produce something idiosyncratic and unique, not some mangafied, digitally coloured borefest. Find an Eddie Cambell, a Szeiniweickz, a Ted McKeever, a Paul Pope, even a Disraeli. ‘Grit’ is about dirt and atmosphere and character. The art and approach of the any spin off should reflect this. This looks like a character sketch for a MOR fantasy RPG.

    Sorry for being so presumptuous and negative btw.

  • Dangerous Jim says:

    I think I can count ten fingers…

    And yeah, I pictures Logen being wider, stubblier, wilder and wearing a sack with a belt round it and head/arm holes cut out.

    This is a guy that carries everything he owns on his back and is prepared for some extreme violence at any given moment.

  • Kirk says:

    In a word, NO!
    some suck ups saying its not bad while saying its nothing like they imagined. Get a backbone people.

  • Slogra says:

    @Kirk: Hang up your leather jacket, rebel without a cause. Maybe we LIKE it. You’re allowed to disagree and I respect that. You should do the same.

  • Shaymanbob says:

    That drawing is of someone known in military circles as a “Walt”.

  • JMM says:

    Everyone is allowed a few guilty pleasures.
    If Joe’s is stoked about a Willow prequel featuring Madmartigan, it’s cool.
    ((Dude, seriously, you had to anticipate that this would get a “mixed” reception here))

  • Sword1001 says:

    Terrible. Nothing like the image of the man described in the book. Nothing at all.

  • Remus says:

    Looks like Jezal, returning from the edge of the world… By no means Logen.

  • Marco says:

    WAY too pretty.

    Shouldn’t he look more like he’s been hammering in tent stakes with his face?

  • Nick D. says:

    Not Logen from First Law.

  • James Webster says:

    Hate to say it, but, no.

    Its not an accurate portrayal of the character described in the books. Fully aware you can’t please everyone etc, but you got to be realistic, and realistically this doesn’t seem right.

    Its a nice picture, and a talented artist, but its not the Bloody Nine, not by a long shot.

    Its not Northman/Barbarian enough in clothes and style.
    I think my main problem is the head, which appears far too pretty and far too small for the body. Make that bigger and uglier, maybe would help.

    The more recent posts with 3 panels seem better.

  • y3m3th says:

    Nah, sorry to say it master Abercrombie but this isn’t Logen. It is some cliche manga character. It has a feel of Street Fighter or Dragonballs. IMHO, I’d rather live without such comic than having it dilute my experience of the great story.

  • Tomek says:

    that is pretty far from the way Logen was described…

    1. too young

    2. too pretty

    3. too cartoon-y (i think the First Law should really go for as realistic style of drawing as possible, and that ain’t it. would i buy it? i probably still would but i am sure this art style is not very Abercrombie-like)

    4. too skinny

    5. clothes don’t seem right but that’s the least of this drawing’s problems

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