Once & Future, Vol. 2: Old English (2020) by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora

“What was in that thing?”
“The usual penny-mix of mystic selection. Plus blessed by a few priests.”
“You talked vicars into blessing a landmine?”

-Kieron Gillen

Clipped from a conversation between Duncan and his grandma Bridgette after their spectacular fight with something huge and powerful in issue #9. Once & Future, Volume Two: Old English collects issues #7 to #12 of the BOOM! Studios comic book.

Synopsis

When an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet…a beast and his mother.


My Thoughts

Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora continue their reinterpretation of the King Arthur myth. In this second volume, they expand on their idea of stories breaking into the real world. Here is a quick recap of the events in Volume One: The King is Undead. Be wary of spoilers.

A group of British Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring King Arthur back from the dead. The resurrected king has some strong ideas about remaking England into a racially-pure green and pleasant land. Enter retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her grandson Duncan. Can the two of them do anything to scupper Arthur’s plans?

If the subverted Arthurian story wasn’t enough in the first volume, how about Beowulf and Grendel in an old folks’ home? And they aren’t there as residents! If you are familiar with the ancient poem Beowulf, then you will know that if you have Grendel in the story his mother won’t be far behind. Added to this is the reappearance of an ancient wizard claiming to be Merlin who has plans for King Arthur.

I was going to give this 4 stars but then I remembered just how much enjoyment I got from it. So, 5 stars for the whole reading experience. It’s one of the best comics out there, simple as that. Dan Mora’s art is stunning and really suits the title. He can draw fantastic beasts, mythological monsters, creepy undead kings as well as a kick-ass grandma. And the gorgeous colouring by Tamra Bonvillain makes this comic book stand out from most other titles. Seriously, some of the action depicted in here has to be seen to be believed. THIS is why comics work so well as a visual storytelling medium. Great work by everyone involved.

Once & Future, Volume Two: Old English is a big recommendation from the Wakizashi teahouse. Thanks for reading.

13 thoughts on “Once & Future, Vol. 2: Old English (2020) by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora

  1. Oh, kick-ass grandma who’s also a manipulative b*tch… I do like Bridgette, though I feel she’s got a lot to answer for! 🀣 I’d be definitely reading this sequel, I enjoyed the first one quite a lot 😁

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