Comments have driven me to explore the "scribble figure" and I just found him. Close-up studies of the arm touching Toby reveal that the text says "They say curiosity kills the cat." Furthermore, the scribble figure is made up of words in every panel he appears in, we just can't read them.
I speculate that a being made of words in a comic strip potentially has the power to possess beings, or at least affect them. I find it no accident that immediately after the scribble figure touches Toby, he asks a curious question. I also find it no accident that the position of the scribble figure (that no one sees, by the way, which we know because Sarah is insanely protective of her little brother) is exactly the same as the position Jareth stands in just before Toby slices him up.
Ok that scribble figure is getting on my nerves! I mean we saw him when the guys were on vacation and he or it obviously gives everyone the creeps! Ecery nerve on my body is screaming that this weirdo is bad news! Can no one else see him?! I mean he's on the bench then coming towards them and then he touches Toby! How do we know that this guy isn't responsible for Jareth's accident? For all we know he could be influencing Toby and gave him the strength to wield the sword. No normal little boy would've been able to do that so something must have been helping him! I hope you explain this soon! I'm already mad and off my rocker but this is pushing it!
More potential subtext, depending on personal interpretation. Shippers could, if they wanted, run with it in their direction. Non-shippers can take it as Thranduil's reluctance to support any kind of association with the dwarves. 'Sup to you, really.
It's...certainly not what I expected when I randomly found it (and squealed a lot more than needed). But I wouldn't say it was terrible; it at least expands on the world and gives our dear a little more back-story (not childhood or parent stuff though).
The plot is 'meh' and Sarah isn't around much (and I think that's what people REALLY hated about it), but the art looks alright and there IS a scene when Jareth and Sarah talk in the third volume that's bittersweet. So it anyone wanted to read it I'd go in with low expectations.
The art is horrendous!!! I own all four. It's fun on its own, but Roommates is way better. The guy is great at drawing non-human characters but holy hell is he terrible otherwise! First time I saw Sarah I thought she was a dude! It's interesting enough but don't let the drop-dead gorgeous covers fool you-they got a legitimate manga artist to do the covers.
It was, is, and will be. As logic goes this takes place around the timeline of the Hobbit. But Legolas seems to be after Lord of the Rings, so he probably knows that he will give Thorin the sword, because he already did... Timey Wimey!
Well... me too... but If not directly, but Legolas definitely knows that the sword will end up as Thorin's, as he already went through both the novel and the film versions of the LotR. Cursed nonchronological adaptations screwing with continuity! :]