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Camelot 3000 Paperback – July 30, 2013
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About the Author
Mike W. Barr has written for some of pop culture's most enduring icons, including Sherlock Holmes, Ellery Queen, Doc Savage, the Shadow, Captain America, the Hulk, Batman, Star Trek, Star Wars and The Simpsons. He's also created some icons of his own, including the comic book series CAMELOT 3000, BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS, The Maze Agency and Mantra. He has written for the online sites Icebox and Stan Lee Media (and lived to tell the tale), and co-created the web comic Sorcerer of Fortune.
In 2003 Barr published the Star Trek novel Gemini, and he was a contributor to the Trek e-novel Mere Anarchy, published in 2009. His book on science fiction comics of the Silver Age, The Silver Age Sci-Fi Companion, was published in 2007 and was followed by the encyclopedic The Wolverine Files in 2009. In 2010 his original science fiction novel Majician/51 was released by the Invisible College Press.
He lives in a house with too many cats and not enough books.
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But it wasn't deluxe at all. Printed to dark the pictures look too rude and bold not as in other editions where you can recognize the good job of the penciler.
I like the extras but they are the only thing that look rigth there.
You can see it by yourself in the preview page I upload to Amazon site.
I will like to know if there is any other version better than that because is sad that being as expensive it will be no really a deluxe one.
There's just too much black everywhere. I'm not going to say that the original edition featured the best and most detailed Brian Bolland drawings, but the blacks in this new print are just way too dark and eliminate too many of the finer lines.
I had to run over my 25+ year old, bad paper, spanish reprint version of the original comic to remember why I liked this book so much.
I'll try to update my opinion once I've re-read the whole thing. Right now I'm sorry I bought it.
It's true that the story is predictable (and not just for those who know their Arthurian legends), and the adult situations wouldn't cause much of a stir today, but so what? I don't read a classic comic expecting something that fits with modern sensibilities; instead, I prefer to immerse myself in the time in which it was written. Barr kicks things into high-gear from the first page and never lets up. An alien invasion of Earth in the year 3000 leads to the resurrection of King Arthur, who makes good on his promise to return and defend England in its hour of need. Arthur frees his mentor Merlin from imprisonment, and Merlin orchestrates the return of the Knights of the Round Table. These certainly aren't the familiar knights of old, but they eventually prove themselves to be none other. Unfortunately, it seems that you can't have this cast of characters without their infamous flaws, which influence their actions just as much this time around. As the alien invasion is actually being orchestrated by the evil Morgan Le Fay and Modred, the ancient conflict is shown to continue on Earth, thousands of years in the future... and to worlds and times beyond. In Barr's story, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
So while my opinion of the story has moved a few steps forward, this particular edition also takes things a few steps backward. The dimensions of the book are a bit larger than a standard comic, so the artwork has been enlarged accordingly. This should be a good thing, as Brian Bolland is responsible for some of the most fine-lined and detailed artwork in the industry; in fact, his attention to detail is one of the reasons that this series took so long to be completed. Factor in the painstaking inks of folks like Terry Austin, and the reader should be able to count the individual hairs in Merlin's beard. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen here, due to DC's abominable printing job. Compared to the intricate images I once viewed in the original comics and trade collections, this so-called Deluxe Edition is a bust. Bolland's normally-crisp lines are heavy and blurred, with an astounding amount of detail being lost. It looks as if DC scanned the pages from the comics, but even a reasonable scan should look better than this. Enlarging the pages is supposed to enhance the details, not obscure them.
The only things that are truly "deluxe" about this edition are the excellent new cover illustration by Bolland; Barr's introduction, providing his thoughts on the series almost 30 years later; and a sketch gallery by Bolland. In their defense, DC kept the price low on this volume, but it makes me wonder if we'll ever see a new softcover edition of this story that is priced accordingly. Even more importantly, would another edition correct the problems with the art? Quality material like this deserves better treatment, but as this edition is the only option currently available, I suppose it's better than nothing.
The legends of Arthur call him "The Once and Future King." It is said that in England's darkest hour he will return to lead the fight against evil. Barr takes this idea and runs with it.
It starts off in England in the year 3000 (hence the title). Earth is being invaded and the aliens seem intent upon killing all the humans. Young Tom, driven off the road by an attack, flees into an archeological dig in which he works. Getting lost in the tunnels, he finds the tomb of King Arthur.
Arthur searches for Merlin. Merlin reveals that the reincarnated souls of some of his court are currently alive. And so the search goes out for Guenivere, Lancelot, Gawain, Galahad, Percival, Kay, and Tristan. Merlin’s magic released their memories of Camelot and Arthur. The souls of Arthur’s court now inhabit the bodies of a very diverse group of people. It is not just a bunch of (formerly) dead white dudes. Tristan’s reincarnation as a woman is probably the most interesting—especially when the reincarnated Isolde is given her memory.
I found this to be full of some interesting twists and turns as Arthur and his knights work to save the Earth from the alien invaders. Intrigue abounds as post-modern life and chivalrous morals collide. And the old enemies that are behind it are less surprising than fitting.
I recommend this book whole-heartedly. It’s a lot of fun.
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