Written by Nate Cosby
Art by Ron Salas
Cover by Darwyn Cooke
Published by Dynamite Comics
Release Date: 02/25/2015
Solicit: “I’ll dare ANY adventure!” Welcome to the KING, full of BRAWLING KNIGHTS and ARTHURIAN ADVERSARIES and MYSTICAL MEDDLING and COURAGEOUS CHIVALRY and SERPENTINE SORCERY and WITHERING VALOR and TIME-SHIFTING ADVENTURERS and CATASTROPHIC CONFIDENCE!
BRAVE THE BATTLES courtesy of NATE COSBY (Cow Boy) and RON SALAS (Spider-Man) with a connecting King cover by comic legend DARWYN COOKE!
- Dynamite has teamed up with King Features to bring us a comic book update of the classic newspaper comic strip, Prince Valiant.
- Prince Valiant has been appearing in newspapers since 1937.
- Written by Nate Cosby, art by Ron Salas, and colours by Luigi Anderson.
- Although Prince Valiant has a long history, this comic does a great job of creating an easily accessible starting point for new readers.
- Salas’s art, although not nearly as detailed as the originals, still manages to incorporate an impression of the old comic strip.
- Cosby fills the story with an epic battle, a meeting with the king, and what appears to be a otherworldly life or death situation.
- Anderson does a good job with the colours. I would say his work with lighting is my favorite part; the golden hues used inside the palace are perfect.
- Although Cosby manages to fit in fights and some plot there seems to be, as the story says, a lot of nothing going on as well. I am hoping the pace of the story picks up in the next issue.
- I think the over-use of splash pages, some in a landscape format, breaks up the flow of the story and limits the progression of the plot.
Overall: 7/10 (Art: 7.0 Story: 6.5)
- This comic was difficult to review. There wasn’t anything I truly disliked about the issue, it was just slow and left me feeling like their could have been so much more.
- Salas’s splash pages showcase his beautiful artwork at the expense of story panels that could have been used to further the plot.
- I’m going to read the next issue. Prince Valiant has even piqued my interest enough to read some of the old newspaper strips and I noticed that they often feature prolonged battles and lulls in the story. However, to keep my interest, the comic book version of Prince Valiant is going to have to pick up the pace to a gallop.
- By getting on with the “adventure” and keeping the brilliant fight scenes Prince Valiant the comic book will really shine!
Salas's art manages to incorporate an impression of the old comic strip.
I think the over-use of splash pages, some in a landscape format, breaks up the flow of the story and limits the progression of the plot.