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By chance, two young knights meet as they make their way through the world. Sir Dancy is fair as the day, while Sir Albert De Moineau is dark as the night, and like any love story, they are drawn to each other. From slaying dragons to jousting, the two lovers live true to the honor code of the realm. But for one, a knight’s life holds no joy, and for the other, having no one to call his own leaves life empty. And when tragedy befalls one, they will need to trust their love for each other in finding a new path.
Written by Lindsey Rodgers and illustrated by Emily Cheeseman, Sonnet is the conventional knight’s tale of chivalry and love with an unconventional twist or two. Rather than a standard comic with word balloons, Rodger chose to narrate using Shakespearean-style sonnets. Divided into seven parts, the story is chronologically linear with a few flashbacks showing the men’s history and journey to knighthood. Despite the nod to courtly love designs, the language is not overly romantic, which readers who are less than enthusiastic about flowery and florid amorous declarations will appreciate.
Cheeseman’s art is beautiful, evoking the style of medieval tapestries where there is little symbolism, the actions depicted straightforward and direct. The two knights inhabit a watercolor world, soft colors and simple shapes allowing the reader to focus on the characters and their lives. Aside from a few fantasy elements, Sirs Dancy and De Moineau inhabit a realm free of the bizarre and imaginary, the emphasis being on their relationship, not the actions of the knights.
In the fashion of twisted myths, the society and world stay the same with the exception of equal acceptance for differences in color, gender, and sex. While the focus is the two knights, in a panel in Part V a woman is clearly seen helping De Moineau prepare for a tournament. It is stories like these which allow once-marginalized people to feel included in the cultural lore, whereas in traditional stories they are disregarded or absent.
Although its run is now finished, Sonnet is still available on the web and in print form. A wonderful short story told with an inventive narrative, you can read it at Sonnet.com.