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Excalibur by Tony Lee
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Apr 23, 2011

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, fantasy

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.

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