Camelot 3000

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Camelot 3000 Camelot 3000 was a 12-issue comic book limited series (billed by DC as a 'maxi-series') written by Mike Barr and penciled by Brian Bolland, and published by DC Comics from 1982-1985 as one of its first direct market projects, and as its second maxiseries. It followed the adventures of King Arthur, Merlin, and the reincarnated Knights of the Round Table as they reemerge in the future world of 3000 to fight off an alien invasion controlled by Morgan Le Fay.

Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot were presented more-or-less traditionally as the doomed triangle of lovers. Sir Galahad was changed from an idealized version of the Christian knight to a samurai and devout adherent of Bushido. Sir Percival was genetically altered into a monstrous giant but retained his gentle manner. Sir Kay the court churl revealed to Arthur that his obnoxious testing of the other knights had always been intentional. He had helped to reduce tensions in Arthur's court by uniting the others in their dislike of him.

Modred was the son of Morgan La Fay in this version. The two functioned as villains but lacked the depth of characterization seen in the other characters. The most original treatment in the story was given to Sir Tristam who was reincarnated as a woman. He was forced to struggle with his ideas about sex roles, and also with his own sexuality. Eventually Tristam's eternal love for Isolde won out and the two became lovers.

Mike W. Barr and Brian Bolland had their work on this series receive recognition from their peers, including a 1985 Jack Kirby Award nomination for Best Finite Series.