Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1 Review
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Art: Cary Nord with Clayton Henry
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Brian Reber
What do you get when you combine Arthurian legend with three immortal siblings who are hard pressed even to get along with each other? You get Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight, Valiant Comics expanded, one-shot weaving of old and new mythology. The result, I believe, is one that you will want to pay attention to.
Faith is laid up in bed with a nasty head cold and boyfriend Obadiah Archer visits to cheer her up and read to her at her bedside. The book is the well known Arthurian tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, but the story that is familiar to millions is missing some crucial details. Thankfully Archer’s friend and partner Armstrong has provided him with the lost, and somewhat apocryphal, bits of the story. And it is this recovered story that entertains Faiths convalescence.
Fred Van Lente, well known to Valiant fans for, among other things, writing the Archer and Armstrong series, takes the Anni-Padda brothers and places them at the heart of this retelling of the story. It is an ingenious pairing of the classic legend with three of Valiant’s most engaging personages. Van Lente cleverly plays the the brothers clashing personalities off of one another in ways that I feel are sure to delight the fans faithful to those characters. There is a lot of humor in this story, and the central theme of the Green Knight becomes almost secondary to the interactions of Gilad(Gawain), Ivar(Merlin) and Aram(A monk. Yes, you read that correctly).
Cary Nord along with Clayton Henry, bring their very familiar artistic styles to bear on rendering the story in what I tend to call the “classic modern” approach which is so prevalent in the major publishers today. It’s clean, detailed, but not overly so, and adroitly combines with the script to lift the story off the pages and into the senses of the reader. The colors are ever so slightly muted and quite satisfying.
Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight is a delightful, light-hearted and thoroughly satisfying read. Unless you are one who demands rigidly serious comics, you should find it well worth picking up.