The Hedge Knight (comics)

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The Hedge Knight graphic novel (second edition)

The Hedge Knight is a graphic novel adaptation of the Dunk and Egg novellas, produced by the now-defunct Dabel Brothers Productions and adapted by Benjamin Avery with art by Mike S. Miller. The Hedge Knight is both the title of the adaptation of the first novella, The Hedge Knight, as well as the title of the comic book adaptation series, which presented the second novella, The Sworn Sword, as The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword.

The adaptations originally appeared in two comic book limited series of six issues each, with collected editions distributed by Marvel Comics. Foreign-language translations have been published by Milady Graphics in France, Bolsillo in Spain, and Panini in Germany.

Out of print in English for several years, the two graphic novel collections were reprinted by Jet City Comics in 2014, under the titles of The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel and The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel.

The third Dunk and Egg novella, The Mystery Knight, was adapted by the same creative team as the previous comics and published by Bantam as The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel.[1]

The Hedge Knight

The Hedge Knight single issue comics, adapting the first Dunk and Egg novella, were published by Image Comics (for issues #1-3) and Devil's Due Publishing (for issues #4-6) between 2003 and 2004. Retailer incentive variant covers were supplied by noted fantasy artists including the Brothers Hildebrant, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, and Ted Nasmith. Issue #1 contains a foreword from Robert Silverberg introducing the Dunk and Egg series.

The collected graphic novel was published in three editions.

The first edition contains two additional pages of art depicting a scene from the First Blackfyre Rebellion, which was later incorporated into The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword. It also includes a roll of arms depicting the shields of the participants of the tourney at Ashford Meadow.[N 1]

Additional supplements in further collected editions include portrait art from Amok and a preview of the adaptation of The Sworn Sword.

The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword

The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword graphic novel (hardcover edition)

The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword single comics, adapting the second Dunk and Egg novella, The Sworn Sword, were published in six issues by Marvel Comics between 2007 and 2008.

Issue #3 is an over-sized 28-page issue which incorporates the First Blackfyre Rebellion two-page story which was included as a bonus in The Hedge Knight collected edition, as well as an interview with George R. R. Martin.

The collected graphic novel was published in two editions: a hardcover and a trade paperback.

The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel

The adaptation of the third novella, The Mystery Knight, is by the same creative team of Benjamin Avery and Mike S. Miller and was published by Bantam in August 2017.[2] Unlike the first two adaptations, which were originally published in individual issues, The Mystery Knight is a hardcover collection of the entire story.[1]

Notes

  1. The roll of arms does not appear in its entirety in all editions of the graphic novel collection. Additionally, several characters whose names and arms are depicted on the roll are not named or described or otherwise do not appear in the original The Hedge Knight novella. For a list of these potentially semi-canon characters, please see: List of characters and arms in The Hedge Knight graphic novel collection.

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