Archer and Armstrong! The Eternal Warrior! Ivar, Timewalker! (And a very brief appearance by Faith!)
In the great Armstrong tradition of telling history as it really happened, join the immortal Anni-Padda brothers for a journey to King Arthur’s court, where the true history of the monstrous GREEN KNIGHT is revealed!
It’s winter at King Arthur’s court in Camelot, when the monstrous GREEN KNIGHT appears at the Round Table wearing no armor and bearing a gigantic axe. Eager for a challenge suitable for the weaker knights, he insists that they participate in a friendly “winter’s game”. Anyone can strike him once with his axe, but on the condition that the Green Knight may return the exact blow in one year’s time. Arthur agrees to the game, but the youthful knight, GILAD, takes up the challenge to protect his king. Much to the court’s surprise, the Knight doesn’t move as Gilad strikes his head off. The Green Knight picks up his own head and gives Gilad his own mighty axe, telling him he is fated to receive the same blow before the year is out. Now, Sir Gilad must solve the mystery of who the Green Knight is before his hour at the axe comes to pass! But first, he’ll need to find some help… in the form of his immortal brothers, who will be united once again!
New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente returns to Archer & Armstrong as Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar) joins in for an oversized, 48-page one shot epic!
Archer & Armstrong, aka the Immortal Brothers, are probably the dullest characters in Valiant’s lineup. I just can’t find their appeal. The whole “time-traveling characters appearing at interesting points in history”-shtick is thin butter to begin with; basing an entire series around it is like using one schmeer-knife on a whole Wonderbread factory.
Anyway…The Tale of the Green Knight #1 is kind of okay, perhaps because it steers away from the eponymous characters and instead focuses on the classic tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The sheer strangeness and gravitas of the story make up for the obligatory moments when series characters show up to say something snarky, or twist the fairy tale to incorporate their storyline (i.e., the Lady of the Lake turns out to be a Lovecraftian monster…sigh).
Ultimately, Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1 is a decent comic and a fairly entertaining read. It won’t grab you by the lapels or anything, but I think they did themselves a favor by keeping the Immortal Brothers’ involvement to a minimum, and mostly focusing on the classic story.
Final Verdict: 3 out of 5.
Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1 can be found at Valiant Entertainment.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.