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ALBION IS AT WAR.Ruled by the murderous King Ulric for too long, its people are desperate for justice. Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, is their last hope. Now of age, Arthur can fulfill a long-standing prophecy by freeing the enchanted Caliburn from its sheath on Stone Hill. Finally the land will have its true king. But Arthur's future is uncertain. Not only does his half-ALBION IS AT WAR.Ruled by the murderous King Ulric for too long, its people are desperate for justice. Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, is their last hope. Now of age, Arthur can fulfill a long-standing prophecy by freeing the enchanted Caliburn from its sheath on Stone Hill. Finally the land will have its true king. But Arthur's future is uncertain. Not only does his half-sister Morgana, have a vengeful score to settle; those whom he trusts most are also destined to betray him....

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Number of Pages : 150 Pages
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  • Sesana
    2019-04-27 22:04

    I wasn't enthused by this. I'm by no means a huge fan of Arthurian legend, so it's not like it bothers me when a new work deviates from the standard. It only bothers me when the changes lead to moments that don't ring true. For some reason, Lee felt like he had to make the whole Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot love triangle even more complicated. See, Arthur was really in love with Vivianne, the Lady of the Lake, all along. He just had Merlin erase his memories of loving her because as king, he would have to get married. And marrying for love was totally something that royalty was worried about back then. So when he does remember, he's really not all that upset about Guinevere cheating on him with Lancelot, because fair's fair, right? Yeah, no. The art didn't wow me either, and on several pages looked more like a rough draft than a finished product.

  • Nikki
    2019-05-20 20:08

    Obviously, when I saw this in the library, I couldn't pass it up. It's Arthurian, it's a graphic novel, and it's not just a straight retelling of the original stories. To me, that's actually a good thing as long as it hangs together, and this more or less did. I think the main problem is that there's far too much of the Arthurian legend to reduce into a single volume. Either you have to pick something particular to focus on, or you have to take your time. This felt a bit rushed. (On that score, there's a rushed quality to the art, but mostly I quite liked it.)I'm not really sure what to think of how they put this together, which sources they used or ignored. The whole Vivianne thing was a little confusing to me, as Nimue and Vivianne are meant to be the same person.It's hard to believe in deep enduring love when it takes about two pages to set up, if you're lucky, so emotionally this story didn't really work for me. I don't know if Arthur will ever transfer well into comic book form (though this now makes me tempted to make my comic for my class be based on Arthuriana), but this is a good effort. Apparently the same people did a Robin Hood comic as well, and I'm willing to bet that worked out better -- Robin Hood ballads were the comics of their day!

  • Martin Earl
    2019-05-10 20:48

    Really? This is what you give me for an Arthurian legend? You keep Cei from the sword in the stone, but you make him the funny, sunny foster brother? Then there's all that stuff about Avalon and you've got good fairies (I'm not going to call them Fae or Faeries, I'm going to spell like we spell now!)...I just don't buy it.Look, we've all had a lot of fun with Arthurian legend, but until you're ready to produce a full scale, really well put together cohesive legend,* (and by well put together, I include not having drawings in the middle of pages that look like they were the conceptual drawings for what would become the final drawings) don't go making up a brand new set of things that have whole back stories that we cannot possibly know about.*Let's also not forget that this is a LEGEND. Arthurian legend is based on a 6th century leader, and while the whole thing has probably been blown WAY out of proportion, it is still based in some ancient stories. I'm not saying that we can only write Arthurian legends that are 100% historically accurate, but I do think that adding this much stuff is going a little far. This might as well have been the story of Fernando and the Axe in the Tree but for a few details that linked it to Arthur.

  • Ashley Kempkes
    2019-04-22 19:44

    Warning: I don’t know the legends of Arthur very well… and by very well, I mean that everything I know has been told to me by either one of my best friends, or from the BBC television show Merlin (which, don’t freak out, I know is VERY inaccurate according to the legends, but is fun to watch nevertheless).In a graphic novel, the most important thing to me... is the art. A good story can be ruined if the art doesn't match the tone of the book or if the art is just plain bad. Fortunately, the art matches the feel of the book well and stands on its own as well.I love the way the Vivianne/Arthur/Gwen/Lancelot love plot resolves itself. Mostly because, Arthur and Vivianne are an amazing couple and I feel bad that he WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO HAVE MERLIN ERASE HIS MEMORIES. Ugh. What. I was really surprised about how Merlin was portrayed in the beginning of “Excalibur.” I suppose that’s because of Merlin BBC and how he is such an adorable fellow but Merlin being so mysterious and seemingly unfeeling toward Arthur and Camalot’s plights… that was just weird to me. However, he is an old wizard; I really shouldn’t have expected anything else. I was very happy the way Arthur and Merlin became such good friends while in Avalon though. I was so glad Morgana was redeemed! I wanted her to be redeemed in Merlin, before she got annoying by never dying. I’m glad Merlin helped her in “Excalibur.”

  • Namratha
    2019-05-12 23:54

    The Arthurian Legend is an enduring classic of epic proportions. It has been tweaked, twisted, twirled and rewritten from varying viewpoints over the ages. And when you translate it into a hefty graphic novel and add the supernatural element of the Faery realm to it, you have yet another superb retelling of the ultimate medieval hero-king.While it is difficult to encapsulate all the trysts and adventures of King Arthur, what we have here is a coming-of-age tale. The transformation of a scrawny lad who pulled a sword from a rock and claimed his lineage to one of the greatest kings that ever lived is captured in a tight and almost-never meandering plotline. Throw in the unwavering allegiance of the Knights of the Round Table, the despairing blend of deceit and loyalty by Lancelot and Guinevere, the abiding love of The Lady of the Lake, the magical support of Merlin and the evil (rooted in painful origins) mechanizations of Morgana and the story has the power to transport the reader to Camelot and a forgotten time.The artwork is simple yet powerful, awash in shades of brown and yellow. And for me, the story is clearer thanks to the graphic representation. The fanciful twist with the involvement of the Seelie and Unseelie courts just ups the ante and makes this book an assured winner .

  • Susan
    2019-05-14 19:07

    While I am a fan of the Arthur legend, I was not impressed by this novel. First, I found the graphics to be on the 'meh' side and that is the driving force for me to read a graphic novel in the first place. The drawings were simple and the colors almost seemed one-toned. There wasn't anything unique about them at all.Because of this, I decided to give this one a pass.

  • Cannon
    2019-05-17 20:42

    While a good book, I don't like this take on the Arthur series and found it was involved too heavily in boring magic like stuff.

  • Lisa Schensted
    2019-05-02 00:50

    in a sentence or so: Albion is at war and Arthur knows he is destined to unite the land. the problem is, there are many who stand in his way - purposefully or unintentionally.Uther Pendragon makes a deal with the fae of the Unseelie Court that results in the kidnapping of Arthur (for his own safety) and the abduction of Morgana (not for her own safety). Albion is in turmoil as they wait for the once and future king to return and rescue them from craptastic King Ulrich. just when Arthur starts to believe that Merlin was in fact lying about his destiny, that wily wizard pops up and facilitates a showdown between Arthur and Ulrich. winner takes Albion, loser takes death.i am a huge Arthurian legend geek. i'm pretty sure it started with watching The Sword and the Stone when i was a wee one (i wanted my very own Archimedes SO bad), but whatever the roots - i'm a die-hard. i love reading about the legend of King Arthur and his knights and Camelot and Albion and all that jazz, so i was pretty stoked to get this graphic novel retelling of the story.i did not expect for there to be so much mention of Avalon, the Seelie and Unseelie courts (light fairies and dark fairies), and the back story of why Morgana is such a nut. however, i was pleasantly surprised to read and see the background of the boy who becomes King. the bulk of the book focused on leading up to Arthur's death, with very little spent on his time in Camelot. and honestly, i liked that a lot. i felt like i knew enough about the Camelot days (and obviously wouldn't mind reading about them again), so reading and experiencing some of the coming-of-age lore was super fun.the imagery was a perfect compliment to the story. i loved the tonal shifts - purple at dusk, orange at daybreak, vivid contrast in Avalon. you get your basics - Lancelot/Guinevere, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Lady of the Lake, Merlin, Mordred, etc...but to have it delivered to you with intentionally bare-bones dialog and heavy imagery is quite a treat. the images helped me slow down while reading and absorb the emotions that were developing within the plot. if you're looking for a new way to experience the Arthurian legend, give this a shot.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-30 20:09

    The art has its ups and downs, which really shouldn't be brushed aside because this is a visual medium, not just a book. I'm not a big fan of characters not having eyeballs 99% of the time (think if every character were Brock from "Pokemon" and walked around 24/7 with their eyes seemingly shut). I generally liked it on my first read-through, but it doesn't survive a second very well at all.I'm very confused about why Arthur has such acclaim. Most of his great works appear to happen 'off-screen' or in-between time skips. He makes the selfish decision to stay in Avalon extra-long because he'd rather be with his girlfriend than do his duty. He knocks Vivienne aside when she's trying to help him even though he has no reason to suspect that she would do so even though he knows what magic is and doesn't bother to ask questions. And he makes Merlin erase his memories for no apparent reason. There's some vague implication that it's important he marry Guinevere for united the people, but I don't remember her having much standing at all. She's not a nobody, but honestly: is it so bad that Arthur stay single until he can find someone of higher standing (or at least use that as an excuse because he misses Vivienne). In fact, Merlin actually calls Arthur out for it as STUPID decision in a conversation that ultimately doesn't matter because the spell makes Arthur forget about it. Was this the writers attacking some editor who forced them to add in melodrama?In short, I don't know why Arthur is such a great king in the tale, or the only blonde.I largely enjoy this version for the women: Guinevere's ending and Vivienne. I love that Vivienne helps teach Arthur and that Arthur directs Guinevere to rule after him. Nimue saves Merlin's life out of love rather than the creepier versions of their relationship, and Morgaine's story is more interesting.Overall, the story has too many timeskips, poor character development, and the plot doesn't flow well. The art is nothing amazing. If you're a fan of Arthurian stuff, you might like it. It's rather short, anyway.

  • Jane
    2019-05-19 02:06

    Both author and illustrator come to this graphic novel with an impressive portfolio of previous works. Lee has admirably compressed the story of Arthur, making it accessible to comic book aficionados and reluctant readers alike. Illustrator Hart works the narrative in shades of ambers and grays, alternating between startling closeups rife with detail and mysterious distant scenes in which there may be only a suggestion of an eye on a face. When Arthur pulls the sword Excalibur from the stone, Hart devotes a whole glorious page to the event. Count on interesting angles of persepective throughout this book. In this telling of the Arthurian legend, faeries have a heavy hand in shaping the young man's destiny. There is a distinct difference between the “seelie” and the “unseelie,” the latter being equivalent to Star Wars' dark side of the Force. The faerie folk from the seelie are responsible for preparing Arthur to go into battle to win the crown and lead his people. Those from the unseelie bear a grudge from before Arthur's birth: his father Ulric sought their help in winning the woman of his desires. When they came for payment, in the form of his firstborn son, he gave them his wife's daughter, Arthur's half-sister Morgana, instead. The unseelie, and Morgana, will closely watch Arthur's life and exact revenge in their own time. The unnumbered pages of this book fairly tremble with action: loyalty, bravery, battles, betrayals, love, and treachery. It's a terrific introduction to this classic, and a worthy version for those already familiar with it.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-05-01 22:04

    Reason for Reading: I had read Lee's earlier book Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood and was anxious to read this one.This book, surprisingly, takes very different angles of the King Arthur legend to focus on than the usual run-of-them mill retelling aimed at children/teens. The story of Camelot and the knights' adventures is not a focus here. Camelot is briefly in the story but the main focus is on Arthur's early years, obtaining the sword in the stone and his early years as king. All the major plot points are there: the sword in the stone, Guinevere & Lancelot, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Morgana & Mordred, and The Lady in the Lake. Major focus is put on the Fairy Realm in this retelling. On Morgana's background story that made her hate Arthur so much, the seelies and the unseelies, the Realm of Avalon, the love story of Arthur and the Lady of the Lake and, of course, Merlin's part in all this. I especially enjoyed this version of King Arthur's tale. There are plenty of battle scenes but more than anything it is the coming of age story of Arthur as a great king and the coming to pass of the vision he has seen since his early childhood of his dying for his kingdom. The unique focus brings a fresh presentation of the story forward to even die-hard Arthurian readers. The artwork is exquisite using various monochromatic colour schemes throughout to match the mood of the story with an emphasis on golden yellows and browns. A masterful new retelling of an ancient legend.

  • Mikey T
    2019-04-26 00:07

    Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, is a stable boy that is destined to one day be King. All he has to do is pull the sword from the stone. In doing so, he begins an adventure of betrayal, deceit, and discovery that will shape the ages.I always was a fan of the Arthur legend. I even enjoy Monty Python’s spoof of the legend. However, I have always waited for that one version of the story to get it exactly right. After provoking up this graphic novel, I was hoping this would be it. It was not. However, it was not bad either. This version is more of a YA inspired version. Some elements were changed to suit the format. For instance, when Morgana changes her appearance to seduce Arthur, it is described as “stealing his essence” as opposed to what it really is, impregnation. Also, by mixing in the fairy world, Arthur is able to age years in a day’s time. This shortens the tale, but still provides the bulk of the material. I would use this graphic novel in the classroom not only as a way to introduce a great story to students, but to also introduce a new type of material to students: the graphic novel. By having the illustrations, students are able to see the story as well as read the story. It provides a full experience for the reader. Many discussions can be pulled from this novel, ranging from duty/service, desire/loyalty, and free-will/ destiny.

  • Lizz
    2019-05-22 01:40

    One of the things I love most about Arthurian legend - and the thing that fascinates me the most - is how varied it can be. Details, names, events can change, both subtly and dramatically, depending on the source material. This provides a lot of leeway when telling an Arthurian story; since there is no 100% definitive legend, you can use what you like, discard what you don't. That being said, I was disappointed by what the author kept/discarded/changed for this GN adaptation. The introduction of Avalon as a faerie realm, where Arthur grew two years in a human day and Mordred grew from infant to grown man in a matter of weeks purely for convenience sake, didn't ultimately add anything. Merlin as a barely tolerated magician, rather than the widely accepted trusted advisor, felt wrong. The only change I found welcome was Guinevere at the end of the story, fighting alongside Arthur and his knights as they battle the Saxons. Guinevere is usually only used in Arthurian legend as a tool in Arthur's downfall - and she was that here as well - but she was granted some redemption, some usefulness as she fought alongside the knights and earned back their trust to become Queen of Camelot following Arthur's death.And though I don't have as much to say about it as the story, I did really like the art.

  • Stephanie Gamache
    2019-04-30 00:07

    Lee, T., & Hart, S. (2011). Excalibur: The legend of King Arthur, a graphic novel. New York, NY: Candlewick Press.Target Audience: Ages 10 and up (4.6 stars)Genre: HeroThe legend of King Arthur is brought to life by Lee and Hart in their graphic novel adaptation of a world renowned folktale. The rise and fall of King Arthur is a tale that has been retold so many times it is hard to believe it could still be told in a unique and moving way. However, that is exactly what Lee and Hart accomplish. Graphic novels are unique in that they use less dialogue to get the story across, relying more on the artwork to fill in the gaps. Hart’s use of light and dark illustrations is perfectly paired with Lee’s dialogue to create a story impossible to put down. Never would I have thought I could read another story about King Arthur and his sword Excalibur, the love affair between Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, or the war the brings about the fall Arthur, and still feel it was completely new but Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur has proven me wrong. This is the perfect version of the story to introduce a reluctant young reader to the legend of King Arthur because it uses little dialogue and a lot of rich imagery making it an effortless read.

  • Kim
    2019-05-04 20:04

    I enjoyed this overview of the Arthurian legend, going from Arthur's obscure beginnings as the ward of Sir Ector, to the pulling of the sword from the stone, to the affair of Lancelot and Guinevere, and finally his sacrifice and fall at Camlann. The author provides a good, many-layered story, creating interesting subplots (such as Arthur's time in Avalon learning king-craft, his love for Vivianne, the Lady of the Lake that he begged Merlin to make him forget so he could do his duty as king, and his final reward to go to rule in Avalon with Vivianne after his work was done in Albion).A great story. I was even pleasantly surprised by the treatment of Guinevere. Aside from the affair, she arrives at Arthur's final battle to fight alongside him and the knights, even though she had been banished and Arthur protested. Then, as he lay dying, he left the rule of Camelot and Albion to her, and the knights, even those who had disliked her for her affair with Lancelot, supported her claim. A very nice touch on the author's part, not leaving Guinevere to just what the legends assigned to her.

  • Laura
    2019-05-09 01:47

    I read the Robin Hood graphic novel from these same guys and I really enjoyed it, so I picked up this title.To be honest, I don't actually know much at all about the King Arthur's legend, except what I learned from Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Sword in the Stone (ie Merlin turning Arthur into various animals to the tune of bad Disney animation and poorly written songs). The former gave me more actual knowledge of the tale.Yep. That's Camelot alright.Anyway, reading this graphic novel was like opening a door into that legend. I learned so much backstory that I never knew. The art was top notch once again, gritty for a story like this, as it should be. In depth and does not miss a beat. I did not know that there would be so much faerie lore in the legend, which I liked, or that there would be so little bloodshed, which I didn't really like. But, that is how it goes in truth, so I must be satisfied. 3.5-4.

  • Erik
    2019-05-10 19:09

    Other than my childhood obsession with Arthur – aided by a traveling exhibit of medieval armor that my friends and I drooled over at the Seattle Center back in the early 80s, as well as one summer between eighth grade and freshman year in which I devoured both Roger Lancelyn Green’s and John Steinbeck’s books on King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (Sir Thomas Mallory’s seminal text was still a few years away in sophomore year) – what initially drew me to this was writer Tony Lee himself, who is the scribe on the IDW’s Doctor Who series.No surprise, Lee proves masterful at weaving together the disparate Arthurian legends. You’ll not only find the Pendragon curse, but Guinevere, Lancelot, the Lady of the Lake, Merlin, Nimue, Morgana, Mordred, Sir Gawain, and the Green Knight – all classic standbys – but new permutations (Guinevere, Lancelot, and Mordred’s conception) and additions (the faerie realms of the Seelie and the Unseelie, the former of which Arthur is sent to before being crowned king). True, the Grail Quest is missing here. But even with its conspicuous absence, Lee and Hart manage to breathe some fresh life into a well-trodden and frequently retold legend.

  • M
    2019-05-04 20:07

    Tony Lee and Sam Hart combine to bring the classic Arthurian legend to the graphic novel crowd. Beginning with a very short recap of Arthur's birth and the duel that left Ulric in charge of Briton, the book sets the stage for a very rushed interpretation of the legendary leader. Arthur is thrust into the faerie realm to prepare for his destiny, growing in prowess while eyeing the mystical Lady of the Lake, Vivianne. Upon defeating Ulric, we jump to a duel between Merlin and Morgana - the outcome of which sends Merlin ten years into the future. Married to Guinevere and surrounded by his famous Knights, love and betrayal threaten to undue the balance Arthur has crafted. While the initial origin of Arthur sets the stage for a promising book, the focal shift to a displaced Merlin pulls him - and the reader - out of the story. Very little is made mention of the tryst between Lancelot and Guinevere; the same can be said for the remaining knights. A nice introductory graphic novel to hook new readers, but it still falls short of capturing the glory of the classic legend.

  • Matt
    2019-04-25 00:54

    Tony Lee and Sam Hart have crafted a nice interpretation of Arthurian legend with this graphic novel. It definitely strays a bit more into the post-Tolkien realm, what with the elf-like fae of Avalon, but it makes sense for Lee and Hart to make it this way in an age where every person who reads it will most likely have seen the Lord of the Rings movies. They also do a good job of tying together several of the tales into one singular narrative. If I have a complaint, it's that it moves from one POV character to another that makes the story feel a little less focused. (MINOR SPOILER: For example, they use the plot development of Merlin being sent seven years into the future as a device to skip over a large amount of time that would have made the book prohibitively long. Unfortunately, since Merlin is only one of many POV characters, it feels a little out of place.) Still, it's a fun read and would be a great way to introduce a kid (age ten or older) to the mythology.

  • David
    2019-04-28 01:02

    If I'm honest, I'm not really that much of a graphic novel/comic book kinda guy: I usually prefer to let my imagination do the work rather than have it 'shown' to me (which is also why I don't always like TV/movie adaptations).Having said that, I thought I would give this one a go anyway. A retelling of the Arthurian legend, this takes in pretty much all the main characters and events of that legend, but not necessarily all how I was familiar with them (it involves the seelie/unseelie (i.e. faeries) which I don't remember ever having been part of the legend before).Starting with Arthur's conception and ending with his 'death' at Badon Hill, the novel also glosses over some of the less savory actions that Arthur is supposed to have carried out (ref Tristan and Isolde). An OK read, and while yes, I may pick up some of the others in the series, this failed to really change my perception of graphic novels as a whole.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-20 20:53

    The artwork is good, but that's the only nice thing I can say about this book. The dialogue, which in my opinion is the most important part of a comic book like this, becomes so awkward and unnecessary at times that it becomes almost unreadable. At the same time, the entire comic book feels rushed and this becomes worse as the book goes on. Arthur's two year visit to the fairy realm must have taken all of six pages. Even in a comic book, making huge passageways of time that short doesn't do the story any favors. Seven years passed without any transition when Merlin was sent seven years into the future, most likely because the book's creators didn't feel like writing that much. Romantic relationships appear without warning. My biggest complaint is that Sir Lancelot's most elevated vocabulary word was "totally," but that might just be my personal taste. Whatever, it's simply not a book that's worth your time.

  • J
    2019-05-18 21:43

    In this graphic novel author Tony Lee tackles the very complicated tale of King Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Lancelot, Morgana and the kingdom of Camelot, and does it well. It’s a nice introduction to how Arthur pulls the sword Excalibur from the stone and becomes king, marries Guinevere and amasses his knights of the round table, and has to save his kingdom from the external forces of Morgana and the internal conflict of Guinevere and Lancelot’s growing love for each other. Not to mention his own undying love for the Lady of the Lake. Stylistically this looks like a grown up graphic novel drawn in sharp angles and colored in muted tones of brown and gold. My only complaint is that many of the words are unnecessarily in bold font (not where the emphasis in the sentence is supposed to be), which is very distracting. I’ll recommend this to older readers as the complicated plot and large cast of characters might be confusing for young students.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-28 17:39

    A fair but not amazing adaptation of the core Arthurian story. While there are many, many ways to spin this story Lee takes the tactic that Arthur and his kingdom are tied up in a competition with Faerie folk, good vs. bad, or Seelie vs. Unseelie. Not bad in concept, but surprisingly little action. I kept wanting to see Arthur really take charge or Merlin really outsmart Morgana or whiny Lancelot really do something more heroic than pine for old Guenevere. As it is I came away feeling like I read the outline of a story and not the real thing. I did appreciate some of the nods to other Arthurian stories, like Gawain and the Green Knight and the Quest for the Grail, but would have enjoyed more. I admit, though, I may be a bit jaded because I've read a lot of Arthurian adaptations over the years and I may have set the bar too high with loving Lee's treatment of Robin Hood last year. It's probably a good intro for anyone who hasn't read too much Arthur.

  • Jonathan Dorsay
    2019-05-12 21:54

    Excalibur: The Legend of King ArthurExcalibur, who doesn't know the story? Even if you know the story, this graphic novel will give you a new outlook on the original legend, but will still maintain the key elements of the magnificent story. Arthur is a young boy who is destined to pull Calibur (a magical sword) out of a mossy stone. By doing so he would be rightful king of the land. Urlic, the present tyrant of the land, challenges Arthur to a duel. To train for the duel, Arthur goes to the mystical land of faerie to train. Although Arthur wins the duel, his visions tell him that his path into the future won't be straight. This story really excited me and each time I put it down, it wasn't because I wanted to! The artistic visuals and the story itself create an incredible graphic novel that kept me interested until the very end!

  • Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
    2019-05-20 19:48

    Here is another graphic novel on the reading list of my YA book club: Excalibur by Lee and Hart. I don't think I need to justify why I picked this one. It's a King Arthur legend. 'Nuff said. I really liked the overview of the legend of King Arthur that this graphic novel gave. Some of the finer elements of the legend were missing, but a novice wouldn't notice. All of my favorites were in the story: Morgana, Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The way everything fit together made the plot feel more like a well-developed story than the other graphic novels I've read. I wasn't that impressed with the illustrations, though. They were only so-so. I found them to lack facial expression and detail. This made the pictures seem like they were better suited for a low end comic book.

  • Brayam Mendez
    2019-05-21 00:55

    The hole book is about Arthur he was told by Merlin the magician his destiny was to be king because it was said that the true king will pull the sword and be king he will die, protect, and fight for the people. Merlin was taken to a place where he was take to trained to become a king while there he fell in love with the lady of the lake at Avalon. Merlin the sister of Arthur takes a thing that is Arthur but it will be grown in a week she will use him to kill her brother Arthur. The next days their was a war. Arthur was hit by a spear in the chest he said to give it to the lady of the lake. He went to Avalon. The Arthur of the book is Tony Lee I think he uses old facts and uses to make people like it. The Arthur makers it confusing to make people comprehend books like that. I recommend to many people how like graphic novels because it many cool parts.

  • Sinai C.
    2019-05-12 18:45

    Star 1: It's a remake of a story that has honestly been remade...oh..so many times. But since this was my first Arthurian Graphic Novel, it's unique in that way. I give it props for being different and actually telling a very wonderful story through the pictures. Sometimes the words didn't say it all. Star 2: The drawings weren't my favorite...so only one star out of two again. I do think however, that the coloring and shading was gorgeous, even if the drawings themselves looked a little too sketched-out for my taste. Star 3: My reading experience--I did want it to end eventually but it was a happy ending, and honestly--I have to love it just for that. Arthur was a great guy, maybe a bit...agnsty at times, but he was always fair, he was kind and compassionate, and you loved his step-brother, Morgana, Lancelot, the little characters like that that.

  • Cameron C.
    2019-05-15 18:09

    I don't usually read graphic novels but I liked this one because the ending was a lot better then what I predict it was going to be. I predicted that a Arthur was going to die and it would show who was going to be the next king. Instead, Arthur went back to the other realm and continued to live on. But the only question I have is: If Merlin was good, then why did the darken his face through out most of the book?

  • Sandy
    2019-05-21 00:41

    I liked the art, and I didn't mind too much that they took a different sort of aproach to the legends of King Arthur. Some will hate the liberties taken with the story, but I guess that's the way legends work.What I really didn't like in the end was the fact that the entire cycle of Arthurian legend was jam packed into such a short book. None of the elements was explored too its fullest and characters were underdeveloped, and I just felt a little short changed.

  • Rosa
    2019-05-01 21:08

    This graphic novel tells one of the many versions of the King Arthur tale. Arthur's time in Avalon, his relationship with the Lady of the Lake and Merlin and the betrayal of Lancelot and Guinevere. This was a version of the King Arthur tale that seemed to pull from lots of different versions of the story. I thought it was an interesting version of the tale. I loved the art style, I thought it fit the story very well.