A while back there was a thread asking whether people read comics for the story or the art or both.
I said that I thought both were important. A lot of people said they would read something for the art alone.
So I thought I would put it to the test. My local library is well stocked with Graphic Novels and it has a copy of Camelot 3000 which is by the favourite ever artist Brian Bolland and written by Mike Barr, who I have to admit I have never heard of.
So how did I get on? A bit mixed to be honest.
I found the story to be so-so and had to force myself to read the first few chapters. The story never really became engaging of itself, but there were some nice character driven things. The best of which was Sir Tristan's desire to become a man again.
Some though were not to my taste. I found the whole Arthur - Guinevere- Lancelot triangle to be tiresome and some-what unbelievable. e.g. Arthur just announces he is going to marry Guinevere without even asking her and she just goes along with it; Arthur banishes her and Lancelot for their infidelity but literally within half a chapter, he has summoned them back, in a very mater of that way, to deal with the alien threat and all is forgotten.
Towards the end the story just descends into a by the numbers rush to wrap everything up.
So did Bolland's art save it?
Well no...not really. In fact, and I never ever in a whole century of Sunday's let alone just a month of them, thought I would say this, I was getting a bit bored of Bolland's art by the end and found his trade mark style of rendering everything by hatching, a bit ...well tiresome.
Part of the problem is possibly I don't think his style suits this kind of story (or maybe I just so associate him with Dredd it is hard to see him draw anything else). Another problem was the colouring was just too garish, and the cover image (of the TPB) was just so much better than the internal pages, which made you think what they could have been.
So, over all, it seems in this case, I found it to be a matter of the story dragging the art down.