Written by Kieron Gillen
Illustrated by Dan Mora
Colored by Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Edited by Matt Gagnon
Associate Editor Amanda LaFranco
Design by Scott Newman
“Some fool always wants to take a shot at a prophecy. It’s the ‘Kick Me’ sign of the occult world.”
In This Issue: BOOM! Studios’ new release, Once & Future, follows a klutzy rugby-playing history professor and his former monster-hunter grandmother on an adventure to save England—and likely the world—from its supposed hero of yore.
A drought has yielded a previously inaccessible lake bed up for excavation, and among the artifacts uncovered is a scabbard—5th or 6th century, beautifully preserved. A group of people whose identities are yet to be divulged visit the excavation site and abscond with the scabbard, murdering the chief archaeologist in the process. The murder makes the evening news which is how Bridgette, retired monster hunter, learns that there’s a plot afoot—one that could bring life as everyone knows it to an abrupt and bloody halt.
Bridgette makes a cunning escape from her retirement home and calls her grandson, Duncan, to come help her. Duncan is in the middle of a date (which isn’t going particularly well) and is both happy for the easy out and incredibly concerned about his Gran. Once he finds her—in the middle of the woods trying to access her old monster hunter gear from an underground hide—his concern quickly turns to confusion and awe. After collecting the appropriate kit and a brief encounter with the Questing Beast, Duncan and Bridgette set off to Glastonbury in search of the scabbard thieves.
My Two Cents: Once & Future is off to a strong start with this issue. Gillen’s story is tight with compelling characters and a fun and interesting new spin on Arthurian legend. Mora’s art and Bonvillain’s colors are an excellent compliment to Gillen’s story and style, helping to set the overall tone of the book. Mora’s ability to capture emotion in his art offers the reader an incredible array of facial expressions in moments where there is no dialogue, or the dialogue s with another character, giving the illustrations the illusion of movement. There were a couple of sections of dialogue which were oddly phrased, making the flow a bit ragged in a few places, but overall, Once & Future looks to be a fun read with fabulous visuals.