In which mortals must face themselves, and myths must face their legends.
For clarity, Odin's shadow manifests as Fenrir, the giant wolf monster he'll have to face in Ragnarok. Arthur's shadow is a dragon, representing the weight and power of Arthurian myth (which, however, I don't recall having any actual dragons, but I'm probably wrong). The Erlkonig's.... well. Any guesses?
Transcript for Jareth, because my handwriting is abysmal:
P.4: My lords, gentlemen, I have cut loose your shadows and given them their own way. They are our prey tonight, all our own cunning brought against us. Catch your shadows, good sirs. The dawn is not so very far away.
P. 10: I wonder what kinds of shadows plague the steps of gods and legends...
Erik belongs to Leroux and Webber.
Jareth belongs to Henson, Lucas, and Bowie.
Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Javert belongs to Hugo, Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer.
Erlkönig, Odin, and Arthur Pendragon are mythological characters and belong to everyone and no one.
***edit*** I am an idiot and did not read your author's note.
Also, cannot resist being nerdy: no, there are no dragons in most Arthurian myths, but his name Pendragon means "chief" "leader" or "prince", from a word in Ancient Briton.
They're so, so, so, so, so, so very pretty!
I must admit, I’m not particularly surprised that Jareth’s shadow was happy enough to sit on his arm instead of immediately buggering off. I wonder if this means that Jareth’s more in touch/accepting of his “shadows” than the others here?
I love the art for this comic. The shading on the shadows is perfect.
Great work! Very excited to see how this plays out.
And Arthur is a dragon, and Jareth is an owl, and Erlkonig is... what? It looks like a teenaged emo version of his son...
I love, as always. Delighted with Erlkonig's expression in panel 8. And just Javert and Erik in general.
Maybe Arthur and James' horses will grow wings?