Review: Green Valley #1

greenvalley01_cover“It all began with one mistake…”

These words appear on the bottom of the cover of Green Valley #1. Written in red Old English surrounding a coat of arms made up of the four Knights of Kelodia, a band of merry men who seem to joke their way through battle in a story that seems half King Arthur and half Lethal Weapon. Now before you scoff at that or let your imagination go wild to the point of confusion, this is very much a fantasy tale wrapped in a buddy cop comedy. I was pleasantly surprised at how funny the writing was in this book, not because I doubt Max Landis as a writer, I love his work, but more because when I first heard about Green Valley, I thought this was going to be a very dark and dreary bloody tale. Well, much like real life, it is both light and dark.

The first three-quarters or more of this book is fun, light-hearted, and made me smile. The pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli, the ink by Cliff Rathburn, and the colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu are so breathtaking that it made me feel like I was looking at a gorgeous cartoon that was paused on the best moments. Seriously, the colors in this book are incredible. The art overall makes me feel like it is somewhere between an anime and an old fantasy cartoon like The Hobbit.

The characters feel over the top, but in a good way. The back and forth banter between Sir Bertwald and Sir Ralphus is fantastic. This is where the buddy cop comedy comes into play. Even on the battlefield where they face an army of hundreds with their small group of four, they are cracking jokes and teasing each other. Yes it is silly but is done so well that you want more of it. The other half of the Knights of Kelodia are Sir Gulliver and Sir Indrid. While we see these two knights, this is very much the tale of Bertwald, and Ralphus.

No story would be complete without a villain, and we are given the massive, axe-wielding, self-proclaimed warrior king, Brutus Gargus of Pendergast. We only see Brutus in the beginning of the book, and then again once more, so we still do not know if he is truly the big bad in this book. Then again, there are a lot of things we do not know about Green Valley, but I cannot wait to find out more.

This book went from something I was thinking of picking up eventually simply because of the mention of knights, dragons, and the fantasy setting to an absolute must read. Do yourself a favor, and enter the Green Valley, it is beautiful.

Story: Max Landis Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Ink: Cliff Rathburn Color: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Skybound provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review