BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures of King Arthur Graphic Novel by Russell Punter and Andrea Da Rold – A Literary Playground. The book is only $9.99.
I bought this book for my son who love wizardry and magic and fighting… I have to say that I am very impressed with the illustrations. The comic book feels like an old style comic book classic. click here for a brief history of this legend.
Synopsis: With the Kingdom of Britain facing chaos, the mysterious Merlin takes the infant Prince Arthur into hiding. Many years later, the young boy is shocked to discover that he is the country’s rightful ruler. Alongside his brave Knights of the Round Table, the newly-crowned King Arthur must fight many battles to keep his kingdom intact. Swords, sorcery and epic quests come together in this action-packed graphic adventure. Graphic novels are more popular than ever thanks to popular culture and the amount of exposure they get.
– Short Review –
Really great artwork bringing to life a classic of English folklore and myth. A little quick in places, without enough developing of certain characters, but made up for by brilliant action scenes. This is a nice introduction to the big stories of the Arthurian legends. Perfect for a reluctant reader or lover of comic books.
I agree that this is a great introduction to the legendary King Arthur novels. And I also agree that it is perfect for the reluctant reader especially for boys.
– Longer Review –
It is really great to see Usborne putting out a series of graphic novels. They have three so far: King Arthur, Robin Hood and Dracula. These are all great epic stories. I really enjoyed reading The Adventures of King Arthur, the story had some great moments, the artwork was brilliant and the book itself is a nice thing to hold, with a feeling of real quality.
The fight scenes were probably the best thing about the book for me. I would linger on the page, enjoying the art work. The art and the story telling also largely worked well together.
I did have one issue with the story as it was presented in the book. The problem with retelling the King Arthur myth, is that it is really a collection of myths, stories and poems which have been added too over the years. So, for example, the story of the quest for the Holy Grail is one of the later stories in the Arthurian myth. This was included in the graphic novel, but I felt it didn’t really fit in. A potential problem with the Arthurian legends and a graphic novel is that there are so many characters, with all the knights of the round table, plus all the other characters, and there isn’t a lot of space in this graphic novel. Therefore, I think the space taken up with the Grail story would have been better given to other things. I thought Arthur needed developing as a character. We actually don’t get to see much of Arthur and why he is such an important myth. He is supposed to be the just king, whose perfect court contains the seeds of its own downfall.
If I had been script editing this book, I would have said the start of the story is great, leading up to the sword in the stone. However, we are then just told Arthur brings peace and is a just king. We need to see more of this. What we do see of Arthur he seems a bit foolish and foolhardy, rushing off into fights, trusting people he clearly shouldn’t. This is his flaw, but it needed developing more for it to be understood. Arthur’s flaws are also ultimately why his myth endures. Heroes aren’t perfect people. They are imperfect but doing the best they can in difficult situations despite their flaws. The ending of the story is good but not as good as it would have been if we cared more about Arthur.
I noticed there isn’t an ebook version of Usborne’s graphic novels. This is a shame. Comics are maybe even better on a tablet. I have an HD screen and the artwork looks brilliant when I read comics on it. Also, you can’t see the next page on a tablet, which makes the anticipation of the next page even better. Usborne should definitely think about bringing out an ebook version.
To sum up, this is a good graphic novel and at around £10 it is a nice price. The artwork is very good, and they have written an engaging story with only a few flaws, but they do need an ebook version too.
The Adventures of King Arthur is published by Usborne Books and is available here. — www.google.com/amp/s/storgykids.com/2018/07/13/book-review-king-arthur-graphic-novel-by-russell-punter-and-andrea-de-rold/amp/