And Then I Read: ONCE & FUTURE #1

Written & © by Kieron Gillen, art by Dan Mora,
colors by Tamra Bonvillain, letters by Ed Dukeshire.

As a long-time fan of Arthurian legends, I knew this was a new version of them by the title, derived from the prophecy about King Arthur that he would someday return to rule England. Kieron Gillen’s take is refreshingly different, and the art by Dan Mora is excellent. At the site of an archaeological dig in Cornwall, an ancient scabbard has been unearthed. A woman and three tough guys show up to take it by force. As the story hits the TV news, a tough older woman named Bridgette is troubled by this, and goes off on her own. Her grandson Duncan is on a date when he gets a call from the home, then from his Gran: she needs his help. When Duncan arrives at Gran’s side, he begins to find out about a very different aspect of her that she’s kept well hidden. Weapons are involved, and knowledge about mythical beasts and legends that may be more real than Duncan could ever imagine. One of them is in his face.

This is a fun idea well done. Recommended.

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