Here it is. Unlettered preview pages presenting a tantalising tease of what I feel will be the next big hit from Kieron Gillen – the guy who brought you The Wicked + The Divine, Die, and hell of a lot of Star Wars. This time he pairs up with artist Dan Mora of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Grant Morrison’s Klaus. Together with BOOM! Studios, they are attempting a modern take on the Arthurian legend, which should be no surprise to anyone who has read Gillen’s other work, which is for the most part steeped in fantasy and myth.
I’ll say it now, I’m a sucker for what Kieron Gillen brings to the Once & Future table. I got hooked on his Darth Vader run (which, in my humble opinion, did an even better job than the widely lauded and more recent 25-issue run by Charles Soule). His creator-owned work is where he truly shines. From his long-running collaboration with Jamie McKelvie on The Wicked + The Divine to his recent hit with Stephanie Hans on Die. As a long-time King Arthur nut, this one really excites me.
And the art – if these (albeit unlettered) preview pages don’t excite you, check the art on Klaus, which blends the legend of St. Nick with Grant Morrison weirdness and Mora’s beautiful art. Mora definitely knows how to paint a fantasy world.
You can check out the synopsis from BOOM! Studios below.
“Duncan McGuire is having a terrible day and a terrible date when his grandmother’s retirement home calls with an emergency. Little does he know, the emergency is actually the emergence of a villain from Arthurian legend, being summoned back from the dead by a group of Nationalists to serve their cause. And the only person who knows how to stop them is . . . his grandmother, Bridgette McGuire, ex-monster hunter and lifelong badass. Duncan is soon swept up into a world of magic and myth as he comes face-to-face with the legends from England’s past and his own complicated family history, as he and his gran fight for their country’s future.”
Once & Future #1 will be available August 14, 2019 at your comic book shop or digitally through content providers such as Comixology.
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