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If Morgana wanted to conquer the world, why would she go after a boy with a sword and attack a school? Any villain with half a brain would have headed for Parliament instead.

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None of the Arthurian landmarks are used to any real purpose. Even the soundtrack is dull—music is essential for a film to make us feel emotion, but I was left not feeling anything. The most magical moment in the whole film might be when Alex explains to his mom that the Arthurian legend is real and to prove it, he fills the bathtub with water, then asks the Lady of the Lake to bring him the sword and her hand pops up with it.

This was a bit different, and manages not to be cheesy. I do give the film points for its sincerity—it never tries to make a mockery of the legend but tries to repurpose it for a new generation.

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Overall, I would give the film a C-. There are a few worse Arthurian films like King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Merlin and the War of the Dragons , but there are also many that are better, Knights of the Round Table , Camelot , and Excalibur lead the list; heck, even Quest for Camelot and Prince Valiant with Robert Wagner in a ridiculous wig are more fun to watch. The novel opens right after Lancelot has rescued Guinevere from being burnt at the stake. Guinevere and Lancelot are pursued, and Guinevere is told she is pardoned and can return to Camelot.

Arthur had not wanted a death sentence for Guinevere, but Father Marius went ahead with it. Although she is more merciful than Marius, her mercy turns out to be for naught when Arthur must travel to Brittany, leaving Mordred in charge. After Camlann is fought, the novel is only about a third of the way through. Guinevere has many other adventures that follow. Yes, the traditional version is that she went to a nunnery, and Evelina does work that into the story, but we also see Guinevere return to her warrior-queen roots as outlined in the first novel.

And while her husband, Arthur, is dead, other old loves are not. Not only does Evelina do a superb job of bringing life into all the Arthurian characters and often giving us new twists on their stories, but for plot purposes, she has also effectively introduced some new characters. Sioban, Galen, and Elga will long remain with me as favorite characters in this version of the Arthurian legend. Elga particularly fascinated me as a strong Saxon woman.

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She has given back to Guinevere, an often overlooked and derided figure, her dignity and endowed her with a true personality. While I enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy, I actually loved this one. Evelina has accomplished what good Arthurian fiction should—not just a retelling but a reimagining that challenges and stretches the borders of Arthurian literature into new possibilities, granting it new meanings and new importance, and ensuring that the legend will continue to burn in our hearts for generations to come.

For more information about Nicole Evelina and Mistress of Legend , visit www. This volume opens with Val, Aleta, and their family on their way back to Camelot, and other than a little subplot in which Arn gets kidnapped and is rescued, they arrive there safely. Prince Valiant, Vol. Once Valiant is back in Camelot, there are two key Arthurian moments in the book. Modred is complaining about how he and the other knights do all the work but Arthur gets all the glory and money. He has enlisted his four brothers of the Orkney clan, along with several younger knights, in his cause.

Valiant notes also that none of the established Knights of the Round Table are at the meeting other than those of Orkney. The Orkney clan still wishes to plot with Modred. Modred wants to catch Lancelot and Guinevere in a trap and include Aleta in it. At this point, Gawain is torn between his friendship for Valiant and Aleta and his loyalty to his brothers. Valiant and Arn realize where Aleta is and climb over the garden wall. When the garden is later unlocked, Modred sees Lancelot and Aleta together and starts to accuse them, only to have Valiant and Arn then step out to show there is no dishonor because the four of them have all been together.

Valiant then tells Modred he does not appreciate his insinuations. Modred, fearing Valiant will challenge him to a duel, flees Camelot, planning to continue to plot against King Arthur from a distance. The other major Arthurian moment in this volume is the Battle of Mount Badon. We have watched Arn grow up throughout the strip, and now he is old enough to go out as a scout, only to be captured by the Saxons.

The result is that Arthur knows exactly what to expect from the Saxons, so he takes them by surprise and soundly defeats them. One wonders whether Foster was starting to consider moving toward the fall of Camelot in the strip. Nevertheless, I imagine they will be quite able to manipulate men with their feminine wiles just like their mother before too many more volumes have passed.

I believe these are the first times he breaks the spell, reminding readers they are reading a story.

The first is when he mentions that two characters ride out of the story. He then picks up the story with Valiant and Aleta traveling to Thule. Volume 15 of the Prince Valiant reprints by Fantagraphics will be released in June. In it, there will be a return to the New World.

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Watch for the review later this year. Tyler Tichelaar, Ph. You can learn more about him at www. After all, it has a 3. Sir Galahad is the last of the Knights of the Round Table. He is accompanied by three younger knights, and together they go on a quest to find Merlin to seek his help because a sorcerer called The Arkadian is terrorizing Britain by releasing venomous moths and other creatures from a magical book called The Book of Beasts. Then he discovers that one of the knights is not only a girl, but she is Avlynn, the daughter of King Arthur and Guinevere.

Merlin still refuses to help, and the group leaves, downcast. Soon after the party is attacked by what appear to be zombie soldiers, and at the moment when it seems they will lose, Merlin comes to their aid, having changed his mind about helping.

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At this point, Merlin says several things that are difficult to understand because the actor playing Merlin, Jim Callis, talks like he has rocks in his mouth; he also sounds a bit disgruntled and demented. He unleashes more creatures from The Book of Beasts. In the end, Mordred is defeated and killed. The Book of Beasts is destroyed when Excalibur is stabbed into it. Avlynn has been enchanted by Mordred, who wanted to marry her and breed a new Pendragon line, but Lancelot rescues Avlynn by kissing her and breaking the spell. Now, clearly, with a little urging from Merlin, Avlynn will marry Lancelot and they will rule together, with Tristan as head of the army.

Here Goodrich suggests that Mordred was actually a twin, and his twin was none other than Sir Lancelot.

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Goodrich points out that both Lancelot and Mordred have stories of being thrown into a body of water. Furthermore, she states that in the Celtic world, the birth of twins was considered as a sign that the mother had committed adultery with a devil. It was believed that the firstborn twin was the son of the earthly father while the second twin was the son of the Devil; giving birth to twins resulted in the mother being put to death for adultery.

Beginning probably with the Lanzelet and carrying into later Lancelot tales, Lancelot is kidnapped by the Lady of the Lake, who then raises him as her own son. She either sets her son down for a minute, or else she accidentally drops him into the water. The Lady of the Lake then appears and steals away the child.

If she could successfully hide the fact that she had twins, she would not be put to death for sleeping with a devil However, the Lanzelet is the first source for this story and it is a late source. It seems unlikely that this German author would have knowledge of an actual tradition which the English, Welsh, and French writers never mentioned; therefore, it is more probable that Zatzikhoven invented this story from his own imagination than that he found it in a now lost Arthurian source.

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Furthermore, the Lanzelet states that Lancelot is a year old when he is thrown into the lake Obviously, if Lancelot were a year old, his mother would not try to drown him so late after his birth when his being a twin would already be known. Mordred was probably the first born child since in some sources his mother wished to prevent his death by casting him out in a floating cradle that allowed him to be washed ashore Goodrich, King Arthur , However, the cradle suggests that the writer may have merely been borrowing from other sources such as the biblical tales of Moses and the slaughter of the innocents by King Herod, or the classical tales of Perseus and Oedipus.

In these tales, children are ordered to be murdered by a king because that king fears a child overthrowing him when the child becomes an adult.