Before there was King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, there was Merlin. In the year 410 A.D., a divided and decaying Rome calls the last of her occupying forces from the island of Britain. With the Roman legions gone, British warlords and foreign invaders alike begin to battle for control of the small isle. In the region known today as Wales, one warlord at last gains enough prominence to take the title “King”. His name is Vortigern. It is the tenth year of his reign, 435 A.D., and that is where our story begins… THIS ISSUE: “POET OF PAIN” – A young Merlin, while out on a hunt, comes face to face with a wild boar that leads to an unlikely outcome. His later premonition about a dangerous bridge is proven true when it collapses, killing two men. Now Vortigern’s men are beginning to wonder if Merlin is blessed by the hand of God…or something else.