This morning I got to read the first 8 issues of a series called Knights of Pendragon
, published in 1990 as part of Marvel UK. It had British writers, artists, and editors, and was -- despite the appearance of an occasional superhero -- really more of an ecological thriller/horror story.
The first 6 issues tell a fairly unified origin story, quoting liberally from the Penguin Classics edition of Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight
. In this tale, the Green Knight is no less a figure than the Earth itself, who taught Gawaine that no one should take more from the world than they're willing to give back. Centuries later, mankind has strayed from the path of righteousness, the environment is being plundered, and the Green Knight is pissed. He demonstrates his ire by going medieval on an evil corporation before our heroes -- including a reincarnation of Gawaine -- track him down at the Green Chapel in the middle of the South American rain forest. Gawaine's modern surrogate, a Welsh detective named Dai, forges a new pact and, for the moment at least, the Green Knight stops murdering poachers.
It's an interesting tale and Arthurian scholars have known about it for years, but no one has really given it any time. It's never been explicated beyond a few brief summaries in places like Alan Stewart's wonderful Camelot in Four Colors
site. I look forward to giving it at least a few pages. I wanted to read all 18 issues, but it is time to meet with Stewart and talk about the job hunt.