This is definitely a late to the party review, but in the context of my comic book hobby it’s an important one. See, I collected comics when I was younger, and had a fairly modest, but decent collection that I kept long after I stopped buying them. I’d become frustrated with Marvel’s constant story line crossovers that required you to buy a dozen titles just to keep up. After years of not buying a single book I decided to sell my collection, which of course was a mistake. For one, I didn’t get nearly what it was worth because I just wanted to get rid of it, and two, I would soon find a comic that would reignite my love of the medium.
Lady Pendragon was that comic. I frequented gaming stores, picking up or looking at the latest RPGs and tabletop games, and one day I spied this comic. Of course, being a fan of all things Arthurian I was intrigued. I picked up the issue and flipped through it and was instantly drawn in by the story, character concept, and art. I was hooked, and eventually my addiction to comics came back in full force.
Lady Pendragon is the story of a woman named Jennifer, who lives in our own time, and has dreams of knights and heroes, lords and ladies. She writes them down and turns them into books. Already I can relate, right? Anyway, Jennifer soon learns that her dreams are actually visions of past lives and that she has the power to bring magic back into the world. She finds that by pulling Caliburn, sister blade of Excalibur, from its resting place she will bring back all the myth and power of her ancestors. For good or ill she does so and it leads to an epic battle between her and the resurrected (or is it reincarnated) Morganna and Mordred. See, it turns out that Jennifer is a direct descendant of the Lady Guinevere (that’s where the name Jennifer comes from) who pulled the sword Excalibur, from Mordred’s body after the final battle between Arthur and his son. Guinevere became the first Lady Pendragon and passed on her power to the women of her line.
The book is great, especially if you are a fantasy geek as well as a comic one. It blends so many of my loves, history, Arthurian legends, fantasy, and comics along with good art and great writing. I have since been trying to put together a complete collection, and have almost done so but for a few alternate covers that still elude me. Next time you are at your local comic shop, flip through the back issues and peek right between Lady Death and Lady Rawhide and see if you can spot some of these. Open it up and take a look, I think you’ll like it.