This graphic novel is based on the tale by Chrétien de Troyes. De Troyes wrote several epic poems in the Twelfth Century which make up the foundation of the Arthurian stories we continue to tell today. He was the first to introduce the Arthur-Guenevere-Lancelot love triangle into the canon of Arthurian Romance. One of my favorite panels in the book is one where King Arthur is explaining why Sir Lancelot isn’t at camp with the rest of the knights, saying that he is busy saving Guenever from “some dastardly castle.” Then he adds, “They’re great friends, those two.” This is only allusion to that romance or to Lancelot at all, and I love it. This adaptation features lovely ink and watercolor illustration. Yvain is very true to its source material, but without feeling old or stale. It’s a delightful adventure that will appeal to anyone who enjoys tales of chivalry and knights.
Review by Jessica A.