‘Once & Future’ #1 Comic Review
BOOM! Studios’ Once & Future is a good bit of fun. Writer Kieron Gillen, who recently wrapped up his excellent run on Marvel’s flagship Star Wars comic series, has brought us something adventurous and funny while simultaneously building intrigue. Fans of Tomb Raider, Uncharted and Indiana Jones will find a lot to like here.
After a strong opening sequence involving shady black-clad folks with guns and a curious archaeological discovery, we find museum curator Duncan’s first date is going poorly. To make matters worse, it’s abruptly interrupted when he receives an unexpected call from his Grandmother. She has fled her nursing home and requires immediate assistance in a remote location of the forest.
This is where the story really hits the ground running. Duncan soon discovers that his grandmother used to be a monster slayer and dangerous happenings are afoot. Before he can be offered much of an explanation, they are suddenly attacked. It’s quite clear that Duncan is in over his head, and I look forward to “Gran” passing down her knowledge and skills.
I’d like to point out that while many stories have referenced the legendary sword Excalibur, this just might be one of the most original spins on the weapon’s lore I have seen in quite some time. There are strong indications from the hints we have been given thus far, that this is not the glorious, heroic version of King Arthur we’ve often seen portrayed. Heck, look at the cover page. That dude looks like he means some serious business. I’m very eager to see where Gillen goes with this.
Dan Mora’s art is very solid. Panels are crisp, neat and easy to follow. Duncan’s expressions of confusion and terror are also well illustrated. I particularly like Mora’s use of lighting and how it fits the mood of the page. My one minor gripe is that some of the sound effect exclamations are too small, easy to miss or end up getting swallowed up in the page.
Once & Future is well paced, nicely drawn and checks off many of the marks of what makes a strong first issue of a comic series. While most of the dialogue is witty and amusing, not all of the jokes land. But, the slowly building mystery and especially the ominous cliffhanger will undoubtedly have your eyes peeled for the next entry.
Once & Future #1 hits shops August 14th.
A promising new action-adventure series from Kieron Gillen with an interesting twist on the genre.