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Unholy Grail #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Mirko Colak Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: July 5, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
8.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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.
As Arthur descends into darkness, is there any lingering hope that he still might do something good?
From writer Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool) and artist Mirko Colak (Punisher) comes a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterS more

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 7, 2017

    Holy cow is Unholy Grail awesome! The familiar Arthurian tale is twisted into blasphemous delights with beautiful art that hides no horrors. Successful in every possible way. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jun 8, 2017

    AfterShock Comics has been pumping out horror titles with regularity, and that, dear readers, is a good thing. Comics are a great medium for the genre, especially a high-concept hybrid like Unholy Grail, which is an ambitious and well-executed fusion of Lovecraftian horror with the classic tale of King Arthur. Telling a story like this in sequential art allows you to go full blast without having to limit anything. No image, setting, or concept is beyond grasp. This comic finds way to subvert this well-known myth in disturbing new ways and makes it feel new. Here are 11 reasons to pick up Unholy Grail #1 when it hits comic shops in July. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 6, 2017

    AfterShock Comics may not be a household name like other third-party imprints, but if they keep producing titles like Unholy Grail, that kind of notoriety may be coming sooner than we could have imagined. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 5, 2017

    Unholy Grail is a fantastic tale, and is quite worthy of your time and money. Look out for this one when it comes out; it is quite a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 6, 2017

    All in all, this easily ranks as one of the strongest debuts for AfterShock Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 7, 2017

    This is a series that may take a couple of issues to really connect with readers but I get the sense that it'll be worth the time and investment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Jul 10, 2017

    When you thought there wasn't any more nuance to be had in the mythos of King Arthur, Merlin, and the Knights of the Roundtable, Bunn takes those notions and throws them into a blender to make an all-new supernatural horror smoothie. Accompanied by Colak's excellent art, Unholy Grail puts a new shine on an old tale that makes me extremely curious to see where this series is headed. After all, I've got to see Excalibur" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 12, 2017

    Unholy Grail fires on all cylinders.  It's got a great hook, dynamite art, and did I mention it's written by Cullen Bunn?  Yeah, that should have been enough right there.  Seeing a monster-infused version of the King Arthur story helmed by Bunn is worth the price of admission alone.  You don't have to be familiar with the story to enjoy it either.  It stands on its own as a dark fantasy story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Wolf Jun 13, 2017

    Unholy Grail is an excellent retelling of a story that I, frankly, thought was dead. I honestly care about Arthur and Merlin, and I'm eager to see what twists Bunn has in store for us. Read this series: it might just be the best reimagining of the King Arthur legend yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 13, 2017

    The legend of King Arthur is a story that has been told to death over the years, but in the hands of Bunn and Colak, Unholy Grail manages to stand out from the pack with its troubling, horrific re-imagining of this usually heroic and virtuous tale. An encouraging start then to what should be yet another impressive new series from Aftershock Comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jul 6, 2017

    An intriguing start to a take on the Arthurian legend that's steeped in demonic mystery. Read Full Review

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