I prefer that the consistency of what you've already done be kept, though you've plainly shown that the 'canon' of this world could allow for a change like this. I suppose the better question is, "How would it serve the story?" And, if you prefer drawing him that way, so be it. This is your tale, and I trust you to know how best to tell it.
Sorry I was mourning the changes in Javert automatically. both these characters appeared. I loved the original movie.....The new changes are very well drawn but I haven't been to see the new movie yet.
(I'm still just in general shock over Javert's hair....o.O All men, with hair, should wear it long, it makes them look more sophisticated...At least my g/f tells me so.)
With all due respect, my arguments in favor of returning to your original Valjean.
1. Pale hair is closer to canon. 2. There is no particular reason that Valjean should be nearly as tall as Javert. 3. Avatars from different incarnations of the story provide a reminder of how different the book, musical, and film are because the contrast is concretely represented. 3a. It's fuzzy logic, but I would expect Jackman!Valjean to have a different understanding of Javert (and to a lesser extent, of himself) than Colm!Valjean, because they really were dealing with different characters and circumstances. By clear extension Brick!Valjean would have yet another idea. Sundry (admittedly obsessive) persons would never be able to stop thinking about that. 3b. It's fuzzy logic because the same reasoning would in theory bar Quast!Javert from thinking and acting like Brick!Javert, but I have no problem with that... in part because despite whatever I have convinced myself of regarding Musical!Javert being OoC, I will listen to the TAC "Stars" repeatedly, because I love how thorough he is. He does not simply rely on the power of his voice. There is conviction and fear and hope and reverence in his words, and I stop fretting over the details because the spirit is right on and this Javert might not be canonically accurate- and since when was that his fault?- but he is real. (Okay, so I just went and did that again.) 4. There is other fodder for actor allusions. 5. Whatever you think of Wilkinson, it would be well nigh impossible to deny that he played a sizeable role (even disregarding the double meaning there) in the show's history. His role in the phenomenon as a whole has been greater than Quast's, to be fair and frank. (I know that your image of Valjean is only partly based on him, but nonetheless that counts for something.) 6. I'm sure you can come up with a good in-Buildingverse excuse for why one of them reverts and the other doesn't, but there's probably a better use for your stockpile of suspension-of-disbelief chips. (Even in this crazy world there's occasionally a use and a need for them.)
This is where I stand, but feel free to remind me that if I must be so opinionated, I could always draw my own comic. It would be dumb for me to let this keep me from reading yours.
Well said! I don't think she'll take offense to this at all~
A friend once brought up a valid point to me, that anything not written by the author himself will be Ooc no matter how close to the original the characters are depicted. Considering this, I think the musical does a good job regardless~
This is far to split to make one decision, it's as close to 50/50 as I have ever seen. I would suggest you switch between the two depending on jokes or circumstances. This way both sides are happy, because right now it looks like either way half the audience will be disappointed otherwise.
I mean, if Javert can get affected by the movie and yet decide to change back, perhaps in this world a character can choose to change to their favorite actor that plays them. I believe Phantom changed at some point, and most the other mains (Jareth, Sarah, James, Legolas, etc) only have one actor to choose which is why they don't change.
Personally while I love Russel Crowe as Javert, nothing beats your version so PLEASE keep him. He is infinitely sexier... and yes I appreciate the irony of saying that about a cartoon over a real human, but there you have it. And he has fangs. I love the fangs. They deserve a fanclub of their own.
Personally I would prefer that Valjean stay in the old art too as again, I preferred your version, and the consistancy of sticking with the new however I don't feel as strongly on him as Javert so if he did change I would cope. JUST DONT CHANGE JAVERT!
Go back! I can't very well slash them together if they look like they could be father and son! Or brothers or something... It would be two weird. The first time I ever saw Hugh Jackman was as Wolverine. I think Javert would have to break up with him.
Although, if it meant he would end up with Jamie, I could be persuaded.
I really loved both of your original designs (Javert!!) and Valjean was cute so, if it suits you please return to the original. (If you ever feel like stirring trouble you can make them shift between or something, like the imfamous cold arch. )
I know in the end the choice is ultimately up to you. Your art is amazing, and I really don’t care one way or another….I just picked the “Return to the original style for consistency.” Because…well as stated….consistency….Good luck with this either way, can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
I love everything you have done, so really I don't care which version you go with. You are the artist and author... everything I have seen from you has been wonderful so far and I am sure it will continue to be so.
While I like both versions, he seems so happy with his current version, and it DOES lend itself to more jokes. And considering how much 'control' Eric apparently has (since it seems the phantom picks the youngest actor that played him but doesn't change his physical appearance to match judging from his conversation with Jareth where it was pointed out that the actors playing him are actually getting younger), which makes it seem like perhaps after the initial sticker-shock of a new rendition they settle into what they are the most comfortable with, even if its at a subconscious level.
I was originally in the Jackman camp, but...yeah, I think I prefer JVJ as he was. Partially because he's adorable like that, but also because I enjoy the fact that he looks more time-worn, and I feel like that's fitting for him.