- Writer: Kieron Gillen
- Interior Artist and Cover Artist: Dan Mora
- Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
- Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
- Designer: Scott Newman
- Editors: Matt Gagnon
- Associate Editor: Amanda LaFranco
Thanks to BOOM! Studios for the review copy!
Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s ONCE & FUTURE VOL. 1 was a great introduction to the series, which takes the King Arthur legend and twists it. In the Once & Future universe King Arthur is a pretty bad guy and at risk of coming back to life in the present. Duncan, his Gran, and Rose joined forces to stop him, but it turns out Gran can be a bit of a liar, so her relationship with her grandson is a bit strained. In addition to the original take on King Arthur, Once & Future stands out for having an elderly heroine who can still bring the pain.
This issue resets the characters and the stake as it beings a new arc. Arthur is still trying to make his way back and he’s still a nasty dude. He employs Galahad in a key role (which involves some grisly panels) in his latest plot. This plot threatens to require Duncan to work with Gran again, though he clearly doesn’t want to.
This issue has some really effective action panels, with capturing movement expertly. The writing remains strong, with mythical references and plenty of witty banter. While the majority of the issue seems to promise another ‘let’s stop Arthur’ mission, the final panels reveal a much more interesting direction.
If you haven’t read the first six issues, you should be fine knowing that this book takes the King Arthur legend and brings it to the present, except King Arthur is a bad guy. With that said, I do highly recommend starting with volume 1.
ONCE & FUTURE #7 is now available.
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