Prince Valiant, Vol. 4: 1943-1944 (Prince Valiant (Hardcover) #4)
by Hal Foster
As this fourth volume begins, Prince Valiant, haunted by Aleta, seeks Merlin s wise counsel. This brief episode segues into one of Hal Foster s patented epics, The Long Voyage to Thule, which ran for seven straight months and featured Valiant s return to his birthplace and reunion with his father. Of course, Foster s astonishingly detailed and evocative depictions of Val s...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Fantagraphics Books
(first published July 2011)
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More superlative medieval adventure from Hal Foster. The cover image gives you some idea of what this stuff looks like. This volume sees the first format shift, when paper shortages led to the creation of a new bottom strip, which could be cut if space did not permit, costing the regular feature about a third of its former space. This is relfecte din generally less varied and complex page designs, which is unfortunate, as the strip depends so heavily on the setting and on Foster's ability to dep...more
More high adventure from Prince Valiant. It's still fun stuff, with amazing art, but is the first volume for me that felt like the hero was re-covering old ground. I like what seems to be foreshadowing of Camelot's fall, but I wanted a bit more variety.
While there are several adventures in this volume the most interesting starts at the very end where we see the very beginning of Val's "wooing" of his future wife. Quite un-PC as he ends up dragging her away by her hair.
Harold Foster, also credited as Hal Foster, was a comic book artist best know for Prince Valiant.More about Hal Foster...