I Seek The Grail (Once & Future #5 Comic Review)

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.

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Elizabeth Fazzio
South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org
Elizabeth Fazzio
Summary
If you’ve been following along at home, you know that I adore this book. There were a few issues again this month with dialogue that just didn’t flow somehow, making it difficult to continue reading without stopping to parse out just exactly what was attempting to be conveyed, which was disappointing. This has been a difficulty off and on since issue #1, so while it’s not exactly unexpected at this point, it’s still kind of a bummer, because otherwise Once & Future would be nigh on perfect.
Good
  • Art and story blend seamlessly
  • Story elements are balanced
Bad
  • Story is a bit predictable
8
Great
Art - 9
Story - 9
Writing - 7
Predictability - 7
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South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org

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