Thursday, October 20, 2011
TCJ Review: Prince Valiant vol. 4: 1943-1944
In my most recent appearance over at The Comics Journal I banged out some serious praise for the latest volume of Hal Foster's masterwork Prince Valiant, newly reprinted by Fantagraphics. Prince Valiant is an interesting comic -- when I think about it I know abstractly that it has no case for being called the best comic ever, as it was for decades from the 1940s to the '70s or thereabouts. But whenever a new volume comes out I get so deeply lost in Foster's art and the romance of his stories and settings that I'm constantly thinking to myself "this is the best comic ever!" I guess I will have to conclude that Prince Valiant isn't NOT the best comic ever, and leave it at that. Or actually, I won't be leaving it at that, because I've got another 1500 words on it right here. Go read them.