Preview Cullen Bunn's twisted take on King Arthur in new Unholy Grail #1

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Apr 18, 2017

Cullen Bunn's (The Sixth Gun, Godzilla: Cataclysm) prolific pen can only be matched, in my estimation, by the mighty Scott Snyder for number of original masterworks churned out at a time. Bunn just finished his fun run on Marvel's Monsters Unleashed, after launching last year's Micronauts revival for IDW, and is now leaping into Baron Karza's solo series, Wrath of Karza, while juggling Image's Regression and the Boom! horror title, The Unsound.

His latest project to cram onto his creative plate is Aftershock Comics' Unholy Grail, which ventures into the dark corners of Arthurian legend with artist Mirko Colak (Punisher). It's due to be a Lovecraftian twist on the familiar tale of Arthur and his gallant knights, with plenty of blood to be spilled across medieval Britain.

Here's the official synopsis:

Arthur Pendragon was the king of all Britain. His story is legendary. Merlin. The Lady of the Lake. Excalibur. Camelot. The Knights of the Round Table. But these stories are bright lies painted over the truth. Here is presented the gospel of Arthur’s bloody rise to power and his unholy reign. The legend of King Arthur is not the stuff of legends, but the fuel of nightmares.

“If readers are even passingly familiar with the story of King Arthur, I think they’ll enjoy this twisted, evil version of the legend," explains Bunn. "All the familiar elements are here–Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Lancelot, the Round Table, Camelot, the Sword in the Stone, Excalibur–but they are seen through a very dark and horrific lens. If readers are unfamiliar with Arthur, they can still enjoy this as a horror fantasy, and it might even open their eyes to other Arthurian legends. While this is a skewed vision, I try to stay as true to the legends as possible.

Bunn has become a true force of inspiration in the industry; his tales contain a unique voice and perspective across all ranges of targets and topics. I've enjoyed every one of his engaging books since first discovering his work via the amazing The Sixth Gun series.

In the gallery below, check out the first two covers from Colak and fan-favorite Francesco Francavilla, along with a striking, unlettered 8-page black-and-white preview of Unholy Grail #1. Then let us know if this horror adventure yarn will be on your pull list when it gallops into comic shops July 5.

(Via Dread Central)