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Caliber: First Canon Of Justice Volume 1 (v. 1) Hardcover – December 3, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Radical Publishing (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980233526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980233520
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,816,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The first thing you'll notice about Caliber is the breathtaking art. Resembling something akin to lifelike anime brought to the page, Garrie Gastonny's work is so lovely, so perfectly filled with perspective and depth, that it's worth staring at for long periods of time. It's that good, and it's impressive to see Radical Books embracing such advanced work so early on.

The art is a wonderful complement to Sam Sarkar's fun story, a retelling of the Arthurian legend vis-à-vis the Old West. Caliber in this case refers to a six-gun that only one man will be able to fire. For the rest of the world, the gun isn't loaded, but for Arthur Pendergon, it will fire the power of the heavens themselves.
While lovely Gwen awaits Arthur's return (making time in a brothel, natch), Arthur tries to restore balance and justice to the lawless land ahead of him. Arthur and his men have been blessed by the powers of a mystical Native American shaman, and they have their work cut out for them. The story, which originally unfolded over a five-issue series, moves steadily along; Sarkar never strays too far from the action and keeps the tale close to its adventurous roots at all times. It's a slight problem at times, as the characters themselves are never given the full spotlight they deserve. In that sense, Caliber relies a little too much on our collective understanding of the Arthurian legend to propel our relationship with the cast, and it makes for some disconcerting moments in the storytelling. The flow of the story can be difficult to follow in those circumstances.

The idea itself is a clever one, however, and it's fun to see just how well the story of Arthur works in the gunslinging Pacific Northwest.
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I saw this book and had to get it. I mean a graphic novel retelling the tale of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table but as a Gun-slinging western? How can you miss? This was a very good graphic novel.

What this book is about it pretty straightforward. Arthur is a Gun-slinging cowboy, Merlin an Indian shaman, and the bad guys a group of corrupt sheriffs and outlaws.

The real hightlight of this graphic novel is the artwork; this is just a beautiful book. The quality of artwork you see on the cover represents the quality of the artwork throughout the book, it is just stunning. Page after page I just keep thinking wow this art is awesome!

The story is also very good. The author did some clever things in adapting this to a graphic novel. I was surprised how well the author was able to fit King Arthur's story to a good western, I suppose I shouldn't be, but it actually works really well and comes off as being very clever.

I have a couple small complaints. The first is that you get a lot of characters thrown at you and at times I had trouble distinguishing them because they looked similar. I really had to pay careful attention to not confuse them. Also this book basically just sets up the story; showing us how Arthur got Caliber (the magic gun) and set up his round table. I would really like to see a sequel to this book that goes into detail on some of the adventures these guys have.

Also this is a book meant for mature audiences. There isn't any nudity, but there are sex scenes and a boatload of graphic violence. I didn't have a problem with that, but some people might.

Overall I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It is a great twist on the King Arthur legend, a good story, and had stellar artwork throughout. A very high quality piece of work.
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The story is about excalibur but translated into the world of Indian and Cowboy world, I'm not a big fan of cowboy things but I must say the story is not bad. The cover art is definitely cool, it's Stanley Artgerm piece.

What I don't really like is the content art, it's not that bad if you look at it firsthand but when the more I read and see the art, the art was like a photo, it doesn't "move" like a comic book should be.
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By Joe on January 13, 2013
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This retelling of the King Arthur story as told in the American Old West is a so-so story - there are times when each panel gives an image but it is jumping from scene to scene and other times when they spend too many pages on a plot line - even though it is supposed to be different telling the names are the same for some and completely different for others - Arthur Pendragon has the same name but Merlin has a strange Native name - understandable, but they kind of throw the fable into your face where it doesn't make sense to - over all this was OK and I am glad that I bought it used and not new - it is good enough for what it is but not something that I would tell anyone and everyone to read - just an interesting take on an old tale
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By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I recently got back into comics after a 20 year break. I'm mostly sticking w/ TBPs. I'm really enjoying the stuff coming out of Radical and IDW. This is really top notch stuff.
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