Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur by Tony Lee and Sam Hart

This was one classic tale that was not too painful to get through -- in fact, this condensed comic version was quite enjoyable. It only covers the basic storyline of Arthur: pulling the sword out of the stone, Lancelot and Guinevere's affair and the battle with Morgan Le Fey, omitting other tales like the quest for the Holy Grail and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. But even the basic storyline offers lots of sword fights, treachery, and dark magic -- one of the best things about this were the evil fairies (no sparkly ones with wands -- phew!).
The tone and atmosphere is of course similar to that of epic fantasy novels -- serious and heavy -- but without the epic length.
Tony Lee is the author of some other comics including the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies graphic novel and Dr. Who series. Lee and Sam Hart have created a similar work to this one on King Arthur -- Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood.
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