Protecting The Kingdom With Once And Future #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

A discovery is made in a dried-up lakebed in Cornwall, England. It’s a scabbard, and the archaeologist who found it is immediately killed by men in black suits. In a retirement home, an elderly woman named Bridgette is made privy to this information via the news, and she knows something bad has begun. She escapes the home and calls her grandson, Duncan, who is currently having a terrible date. He goes to meet up with his grandmother, and she reveals a massive secret about her life.

Once and Future #1 cover by Dan More
Once and Future #1 cover by Dan More

Once and Future #1 is the latest series from prolific writer Kieron Gillen and the talented Dan Mora. It’s a fantasy conspiracy title about a woman and her grandson defending the UK from what dark magics wait in the dark.

Of course, it focuses on a specific magical artifact hinted at in the title and cover, but I won’t spoil that for you here.

The character dynamic between Bridgette and Duncan is one of the greatest selling points of the comic. Bridgette is a tough old woman with the talents and expertise of a superhero. Meanwhile, her grandson is a highly intelligent athlete with so many confidence issues as to almost leave him helpless in dangerous situations.

Once and Future #1 art by Dan More, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ed Dukeshire
Once and Future #1 art by Dan More, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ed Dukeshire

Dan Mora’s artwork is great; he really knows how to imbue personality into every scene. The characters have distinct looks, and each one is very expressive. The action scenes flow well from panel to panel, and you get a true sense of motion from each individual frame. Tamra Bonvillain brings a vibrant and contrast-heavy color palette that allows each panel to really shine. She is really one of the best colorists in the business.

Once and Future #1 is an intriguing and fun first issue for this new Boom! Studios series. The reader is presented with a creative premise full of unique and entertaining characters. Plus, Mora and Bonvillain bring their A-game to the visuals of the book. This one certainly gets a recommendation from yours truly. Check it out.

Once and Future #1 comes to us from writer Kieron Gillen, artist and cover artist Dan Mora, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer Ed Dukeshire, and variant cover artists Dan Mora; David LaFuente with Germán García; and Paulina Ganucheau.

Final Score: 8/10

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