The wizard Merlin took Uther Pendragon's first-born to be raised in safety.

In time, as Merlin had foreseen, the child drew the sword from the stone and was proclaimed King of England.

Merlin was always a big-picture thinker. If he'd been a details guy, he might have noticed that the child was a girl.

Can Martha unite the land and usher in a golden age of chivalry, all while maintaining her secret identity?



King Mark is the greatest king who ever lived. Everybody loves him and wants to be just like him.

There is no knight in all of Cornwall who is stronger or more popular than King Mark.

Not any more, anyway.

All hail King Mark!

Hip-hip-hooray!

Hip-hip-hooray!

(Seriously, if you want to stay out of the dungeon, cheer louder.)



Martha's To-Do List:

  • Get Born.
  • Pull the sword from the stone.
  • Become King.
  • Fight wars.
  • Forge alliances.
  • Unite Britain.
  • Slay giants.
  • Conquer an empire.
  • Battle evil sorcery.
  • Assemble the world's greatest knights.
  • Set an example for the Round Table.
  • Become legend.

... a woman's work is never done.


Mark's To-Do List:

  • Become King.
  • Kill anyone who threatens me.
  • Kill anyone who's stronger than me.
  • Kill anyone who annoys me.
  • Utilise evil sorcery.
  • Destroy the world's greatest knights.
  • Undermine and betray the Round Table.

... a tyrant's work is never done.

NEWS

Sun, Feb 18, 2018

coldreave

New feature: Zoom

Hi! Just wanted to point out the new zoom control near the top-right of the comic image. Tap anywhere on it to zoom in on the first panel of the comic. Keep tapping to cycle through panels 2, 3, 4 and back to the full-page view.

I thought this might be handy for anyone viewing the comic on a small phone screen, but I’m not even sure how many of you read that way. What do you think? Useful? Pointless? Broken? Needs more work? Let me know in the comments, so I can tell if this feature is worth keeping and/or improving.

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The Hostility and the Hospitality

posted 15th Jun 2020

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CHAPTER: Hounds, Harts & Heads

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Mon, Jun 15, 2020

coldreave

Next week: Pellinore.

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Mon, Jun 15, 2020

dpat57

Harsh yet somehow fair. And yay for food.

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Mon, Jun 22, 2020

coldreave

Moral of the story: take the deal while it's on the table. You snooze, you lose... your head.

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Mon, Jun 15, 2020

StLOrca

Man, you gotta love the chop-crazy Arthurian stuff. I know it was a different time, but COME. ON.

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Mon, Jun 15, 2020

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Well, this *is* the Mallory retelling of a previous retelling of a previous...

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Mon, Jun 22, 2020

coldreave

When you consider that Malory was writing shortly before the Spanish Inquisition kicked off... well, this seems kinda quaintly civilized and humane by comparison.

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