Re: Dracula vs. King Arthur
- Has anyone else picked up DRACULA VS KING ARTHUR? It seems to be
the most Arthurian of anything so far this year. Morrison's work is
(as usual) odd, and the point of BEYOND AVALON seems to be that
Arthur (who was in No. 1, along with Joseph of Arimathia) has gone
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I think Beyond Avalon has potential, but the second issue was not very interesting.
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> I've not read Beyond Avalon. Is it interesting?
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- --- Michael Torregrossa <mtorregrossa@...> wrote:
> Has anyone else picked up DRACULA VS KING ARTHUR?I read the first issue this week. The "most
> It seems to be
> the most Arthurian of anything so far this year.
Arthurian?" I guess so. Not the most interesting,
though, IMHO. I'd rate it as not quite as bad I'd
feared, but not as good as I'd been led to hope from
some of the online reviews.
> Morrison's work isI'll agree with you about *Beyond Avalon* -- the first
> (as usual) odd, and the point of BEYOND AVALON seems
> to be that
> Arthur (who was in No. 1, along with Joseph of
> Arimathia) has gone
issue was interesting, but with the second we're
launched into what seems to be pretty generic heroic
fantasy -- not badly executed, but nothing special,
As for Grant Morrision -- I suppose he's an acquired
taste, but I acquired it a couple of decades ago and
am willing to follow him quite a long way. You've got
to give him points for audacity if nothing else --
e.g., this speech from *SS: Shining Knight* #3:
"Would you believe me if I told you this weapon was
carved by artisans of the first Arthurian epoch,
10,000 years ago, somewhere in the 81st century
BC?...There were of course several Arthurs; a pagan
gneral in Roman Britain, a medieval Christian
What the -- ?
But my favorite bit so far is probably the appearance
of Gawain in issue #1, where Morrison manages to make
reference to Gwalchmai ("Hawk of May"), the Silent
Knight, and the latter character's connection to
Hawkman with one elegant (if continuity-bending)
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