Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur

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The Arthurian legend springs to life in another powerhouse graphic novel from the creators of OUTLAW: THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD.

Arthur Pendragon was raised in obscurity, but fate will not leave him to the shadows. In a moment of desperate need, he draws a legendary sword from its stonebed and commences the life he was born to lead. A series of adventures sparked by the elusive wizard Merlin launches Arthur through love and betrayal, domination and defeat, and toward the ...

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Overview

The Arthurian legend springs to life in another powerhouse graphic novel from the creators of OUTLAW: THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD.

Arthur Pendragon was raised in obscurity, but fate will not leave him to the shadows. In a moment of desperate need, he draws a legendary sword from its stonebed and commences the life he was born to lead. A series of adventures sparked by the elusive wizard Merlin launches Arthur through love and betrayal, domination and defeat, and toward the prophesied end awaiting him. Merging a faithful retelling with dynamic illustrations, EXCALIBUR invites long-time fans to relive the legend and those new to the story to experience it up close in a vivid graphic adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—A dramatic retelling of King Arthur's life, death, and beyond. With centuries of divergent, often contradictory, story lines to pull from, Lee was able to pick and choose those aspects of Arthurian legend that would best suit his vision. The final product emphasizes the magical elements of the tale, placing Arthur within a grand scheme of warring fairy factions. The artwork is certainly up to the task of recounting these events. In particular, the artist's use of color does a fantastic job of creating different moods. The work isn't perfect, however. The dialogue is written in a faux archaic style that lapses occasionally into anachronism; whatever your take on Arthur's historicity, it's doubtful that Lancelot would reply to a question with a Keanu Reeves-esque "Totally." The many characters and plotlines are often crammed together, giving short shrift to some elements. Still, this is a solid work, and one that will attract new readers to a classic story.—Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

The author of Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood (2009) proves once again that he's a master of graphic-novel adaptations. Teaming up with illustrator and colorist Hart, his partner for the previous title, Lee negotiates the terrain of medieval legend with finesse, rendering it easily accessible for a new generation of readers. They touch on it all here: the sword in the stone, King Arthur and his round table, the love affair of Lancelot and Guinevere. The magical stylings of Merlin and Morgana are also explored, making for one of the more interesting story lines in a book of many. The quiet exposition of tangled court scheming as well as careful introductions of an overly-vowelled cast of characters break down intricate plotlines for young readers unlikely to be familiar with much of the story's content. The author's striking, urgent prose sets the pace of the action, but it's Hart that truly shines here. The artist's use of color guides the reader through the heights and valleys of action and emotion subtly, while his paneling is varied and interestingly designed, always providing the reader with a fresh perspective of the scene. Masterful adaptation of medieval material. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763646431
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 298,032
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Lee, a prolific comic book writer, has worked on the titles X-MEN, DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE, STARSHIP TROOPERS, and OUTLAW: THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD. He has also written for radio, television, and national newspapers. He lives in England.

Sam Hart is a comic book illustrator who has worked on STARSHIP TROOPERS, BROTHERS: THE FALL OF LUCIFER and OUTLAW: THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD. He lives in Brazil.

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