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Title:
The once and future queen. Volume one, Opening moves / script by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride ; art and cover by Nick Brokenshire ; letters and logo design by Frank Cvetkovic.
Title Variants:
Opening moves

Once and future queen.
ISBN:
9781506702506
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, November 2017.
Physical Description:
124 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
General Note:
"This volume collects The Once and Future Queen #1-#5"--Title page verso.
Abstract:
"Rani Arturus is a chess prodigy with no plans to be a leader of any sort, let alone QUEEN. After she pulls the legendary sword Excalibur from the stone . . . well, no backsies. Now she must form a new round table made of friends and family to protect the Earth from an invasion of Fae, who'd like a new planet to call their own"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Rani Arturus is a chess prodigy with no plans to be a leader of any sort, let alone QUEEN. After she pulls the legendary sword Excalibur from the stone...well, no backsies. Now she must form a new round table made of friends and family to protect the Earth from an invasion of Fae, who'd like a new planet to call their own. It's magic, romance, adventure, and excitement as old myths reveal themselves to be fake, and new ones cause trouble for everyone!



aaaoaKing Arthur is reimagined as a 21st century multi-ethnic teen girl

aaaoaFeaturing a diverse team of characters with East-Asian, African, and British heritage, as well as diverse sexual orientation.

aaaoaSet in Portland, Oregon, and the UK

aaaoaFrom the team who created Amelia Cole , an all-ages heroine who ran for 6 arcs at Monkeybrain and IDW.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The King Arthur legend gets a gender swap in a middling outing from the creators of Amelia Cole. Visiting England for a meet, teenage chess prodigy Rani Arturus stumbles upon an enchanted cave and pulls a sword from a stone. In short order, she learns that she's the true King Arthur and her friends Gwen and Lance are-well, their names are kind of a giveaway. The story hurries through narrative checkpoints, barely pausing to let readers absorb key developments like the prophecies of Merlin (a character lifted more or less unaltered from T.H. White's time-displaced version in The Once and Future King), the scheming of Morgana and the Fae, or the new Round Table's sword tattoos and sweet bikes. This modernized version of Arthurian myth doesn't change the fundamental formula, although it has some fun with modern possibilities like averting the tragic Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot love triangle via a sensible polyamorous arrangement. The clean, bright artwork helps sell what is, under the progressive polish, a conventional teen fantasy adventure of modest ambition. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.