Written by Kieron Gillen
Illustrated by Dan Mora
Colored by Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Dan Mora
Forbidden Planet & Jetpack Comics
Exclusive Variant Cover by David Lafuente
Forbidden Planet & Jetpack Comics Exclusive Variant Cover Colors by Germán García
Edited by Matt Gagnon
Associate Editor Amanda LaFranco
Design by Scott Newman
“It’d be awful if me being awful was all for nothing…”
In This Issue: Duncan’s world view is crashing down around his ears. His newly-discovered grandfather is dead on the floor in front of him, killed by his own grandmother who, it turns out, has effectively been using him as a pawn in a game much larger than anyone ever anticipated. And, if that weren’t bad enough, Duncan is now the only hope to stop the islands from being pulled into the Otherworld.
It’s not easy being pure of heart.
The only thing is, to get to the Otherworld and snag the Grail out from under Galahad, Duncan needs a Fisher King of his own, and she happens to be Bridgette–both mother and father to Duncan as far back as he can remember. In order to be his Fisher King, however, Bridgette has to take extreme measures, and that pushes Duncan further into the legends than anything else would have.
My Two Cents: Mora’s ability to render emotions artistically has been put to the test in this issue, and passed with flying colors. There is a lot going on in the dialogue, but there’s plenty of subtexts, too, which, it can be argued, falls under the purview of the comic artist. They have to help fill in the blanks where the words can’t. The art, on the whole, is as on-point as usual; engaging and detailed and in sync with the story. There are a few places where the text loses its footing, causing the reader to have to re-read a section once or twice in order to work out exactly what is trying to be communicated, which mars the flow of the narrative, but other than that, Once & Future #5 is a solid penultimate issue to this arc.