I saw this book and had to get it. I mean a graphic novel retelling the tale of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table but as a Gun-slinging western? How can you miss? This was a very good graphic novel.
What this book is about it pretty straightforward. Arthur is a Gun-slinging cowboy, Merlin an Indian shaman, and the bad guys a group of corrupt sheriffs and outlaws.
The real hightlight of this graphic novel is the artwork; this is just a beautiful book. The quality of artwork you see on the cover represents the quality of the artwork throughout the book, it is just stunning. Page after page I just keep thinking wow this art is awesome!
The story is also very good. The author did some clever things in adapting this to a graphic novel. I was surprised how well the author was able to fit King Arthur’s story to a good western, I suppose I shouldn’t be, but it actually works really well and comes off as being very clever.
I have a couple small complaints. The first is that you get a lot of characters thrown at you and at times I had trouble distinguishing them because they looked similar. I really had to pay careful attention to not confuse them. Also this book basically just sets up the story; showing us how Arthur got Caliber (the magic gun) and set up his round table. I would really like to see a sequel to this book that goes into detail on some of the adventures these guys have.
Also this is a book meant for mature audiences. There isn’t any nudity, but there are sex scenes and a boatload of graphic violence. I didn’t have a problem with that, but some people might.
Overall I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It is a great twist on the King Arthur legend, a good story, and had stellar artwork throughout. A very high quality piece of work.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– The 100+ Book Reading Challenge