Thursday, May 30, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

A Siren's Tale

Journeying from Camelot to the Misty Isles, Prince Valiant and his family are shipwrecked on an island in the Mediterranean Sea – the "sea of myths." It's an apt description, as this particular island seems to be inhabited by the sirens of Greek myth.

After a miraculous grounding, Prince Valiant finds himself drawn to abandon his family and follow the lure of the sirens' song. This "female spirit," however, is not what it seems. And when at last the unearthly sirens appear, they are wielding very earthly weapons. And yet their leader claims to be Calypso of lore, capable of summoning the one-eyed giant Polyphemus and insisting that Prince Valiant is her long-lost love, Ulysses.

Escaping both Calypso and Polyphemus, Prince Valiant is reunited with his family and his friend Bukota. The shipwrecked party is soon approached by one of the "sirens," Zulfa, who offers to tell her story.

Art: Thomas Yeates (from pages 4025 and 4028-4030, March 30 and April 20 – May 11, 2014).
Text: Mark Schultz.
Source: Comics Kingdom.

See also the previous posts:
Bound for the Misty Isles
Sea of Myths
The Whirlpool
A Miraculous Grounding
The Siren's Call
No Desire to Engage
The Scylla
Down They Tumble
Polyphemus' Fall
Bukota's Discovery
“We Must Learn Their Game”

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Shield of Boudicca Reveals Its Secret

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Prince Valiant, his son Galan, and Yuan Chen have journeyed into the Fens in search of the tomb and treasure of Boudicca. They have the ancient warrior queen's shield and a long-passed down rhyme: "When lying flat on Turtle Knoll, with head turned toward the sea, a tiny hole will yield the goal: my treasure trove and me."

Now atop Turtle Knoll, the trio make a startling discovery.

Art: John Cullen Murphy (page 2818, 1991).
Text: Cullen Murphy.
Source: The Sun Herald newspaper (Sydney, Australia), 1993; from the collection of Michael J. Bayly.