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BOOM! Releases a First Look at Once & Future #3

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Once &  Future #3, the latest issue in the critically acclaimed series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, following retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan as they fight against a rising evil that plans to take over their country to bring it back to its former glory.

Duncan and his Gran were too late to stop the Nationalists, and now the ancient King is awake, looking to take power over his land once again and unite it under his rule—spelling disaster for Britain. The only way to stop him now is to track down the legendary grail! But with Arthur’s army growing they’re running out of time and resources, and what does Duncan’s disastrous first date, Rose, have to do with any of this?!

Print copies of Once &  Future #3, featuring a cover by Dan Mora, will be available for sale on October 16, 2019.

Once &  Future #3

Once & Future #2 Gets a Third Printing Before Release

BOOM! Studios has that Once & Future #2 the next chapter of the hottest original series launch of the year from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain, has sold out of its second printing at the distributor level.

Due to enthusiastic support from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios will publish the Once & Future #2 Third Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by acclaimed artists Jae Lee and June Chung, arriving in stores on October 9, 2019. 

Once & Future #2 follows retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan as they prepare for battle against a rising evil that plans to take over their country to bring it back to its former glory.

There’s no turning back now as Bridgette drags Duncan deeper and deeper into the heart of British mythology and folklore to search for a way to stop a rising group of Nationalists from bringing an ancient and terrible power to life. Duncan’s just battled an absolutely impossible creature from legend and been shot—by his Gran, no less!—so he feels he’s due a few explanations, starting with how his nice, perfectly normal Gran knows so much about monsters  and how to deal with them?! And what else has his family been hiding from him?

Once & Future #2

Preview: Once & Future #2

Once & Future #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Tamara Bonvillain
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price:
$3.99

The McGuire family has held back supernatural threats for generations, but this time they messed up. As an ancient evil arises from the grave, Bridgette and Duncan find themselves up against forces bigger than they could have expected, and faces new and old are about to complicate things further.

Once & Future #2

Review: The Wicked + the Divine #45

“At every occasion, I’ll be ready for the funeral.”-Band of Horses

The Wicked + the Divine #45

Like the David Bowie song, five years is all we got with The Wicked + the Divine, and writer Kieron Gillen, artist Jamie McKelvie, and colorist Matthew Wilson go out on top in WicDiv #45, which is set 40 years after the events of the previous issue. It’s a thoughtful issue in the vein of The Sandman “The Wake” and is a fantastic character study as Gillen and McKelvie show what happens when the Pantheon grows old beginning with the much guarded secret of the final cover.

The entire issue happens at Cassandra’s funeral and wake so it’s fitting that the first big reveal is that she and Laura ended up married after a relationship with Eleanor. Speaking of Eleanor, it is so strange to see Lucifer as a senior citizen, and McKelvie does a fantastic job with all the wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other accoutrements of age for a group of characters that I, at least, thought would all flame out in their twenties. But, no, they get to live and reflect on life and relationships beneath the eaves of Valhalla, which has been turned into a National Trust site. There is continuity in the earlier Daft Punk/futuristic elements of Valhalla, but Wilson uses a more muted color palette in keeping with the somber occasion.

One of the most beautiful elements of WicDiv #45 is the interweaving, naturalistic conversations about the characters’ relationships as Gillen and McKelvie do a more graceful version of “Where are they now” with a good mix of grid layouts and wider panels. We get the last word on Zahid and Valentine with the brief return of Baal’s Nathan Fairbairn colored fresco as Zahid wistfully talks about how they have never been or will be with such a force like Baal. It all comes to a climax with Cassandra giving her own eulogy hologram-style, and what, in lesser creative hands, could be a pop-joke about the exploitation of Tupac or Prince turned into a wonderful final analysis of the Pantheon from the sharp, yet loving mind of a journalist turned goddess turned mortal.

The Wicked + the Divine #45

Although there are remarks about Laura being Cassandra’s “vice”, Cass’ final speech shows that she has become a little sweeter in her old age and that the conflict and drama of the two years of the Pantheon didn’t even matter to the end. When she calls Umar, who was feeling pretty down in his dialogue and missing Cameron something fierce, the best person she had known, it resonates emotionally because she isn’t the kind of character to hand out compliments willy nilly. She even gives Eleanor, one of the people she detested the most, the kudos for basically going hard and being the best embodiment she should ever be. Luci was the catalyst for me taking a Milton seminar in undergrad and, by extension, writing about comics academically so that series of panels landed hard.

After remarks on all the remaining Pantheon members, Kieron Gillen flexes his writing muscles and Jamie McKelvie’s flexes his facial expression and gesture ones for a poignant monologue on aging, which is honestly what WicDiv #45 is all about. There was the high energy, passion, action, and fandom of the early arcs supplemented by the greater context of the specials and “Mothering Invention” finally culminating in the Pantheon realizing that they could opt out of the millennia-long cycle of death and rebirth as ordinary humans. (Except Aruna can play the fuck out of a double neck guitar.) This issue shows the product of this mortality and has some awesome group hugs as the death of Cassandra causes surviving, former Pantheon members to come to terms with their mortality.

And because of how much Gillen and McKelvie have fleshed out this cast of characters over five years, The Wicked + the Divine #45 is an easy comic to self-identity with, especially when Laura faces the reader, does a final 1-2-3-4, and there’s a fade to white. Getting old is something that both scares me and is something I’m in denial of, and seeing characters that I felt like I grew up with wrinkles, long happy marriages, and stories of the past makes it a little more palatable. For a series that had a fairly large body count and had some dark relationship dynamics, this happy ending is a delight and an ode to building relationships and craft your own destiny and story to get a little bit meta.

This is a bit obvious to those of you who have been following me on my WicDiv reading/reviewing/interviewing, and yes, living journey the past five years, but The Wicked + the Divine is my favorite comic of all time. Sure, Sandman and The Invisibles are up there, but with WicDiv, I got to go on the journey each single issue, or step, of the way and theorize, weep, celebrate, and even build friendships along the way. It’s a book that’s always been about the big ideas like life, death, the creative act, but always had time for the little things that make life great like puns, pops, literary allusions, and fantastic costume design from Jamie McKelvie.

Even though I’ve been in denial since Monday when I read the final issue, The Wicked + the Divine #45 is the perfect ending to the series with Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matthew Wilson’s carefully crafted words and visuals on aging, looking back, and looking to the future. This is a comic that has engaged both my head and heart. Like Ananke, and in this issue, Cassandra say, “I love you. I love you all. I’ll miss you.” This comic will always have a beloved place in my heart, and I look forward to rereading, reminiscing, and recommending it into the decades to come even as I begin to look like the characters in this issue.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Jamie McKelvie 
Colors: Matthew Wilson Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Once & Future #2 Gets a Second Printing Before its Release

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #2 the next chapter of the hottest original series launch of the year from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain, has sold out at the distributor level ahead of its September 18, 2019 release date.

Due to enthusiastic support from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked the Once & Future #2 Second Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by acclaimed artist Jakub Rebelka, arriving in stores on September 25, 2019. As with previously fast-tracked printings, quantities are limited and allocations to retailers may occur.

The newest issue of the highly acclaimed and hotly anticipated new original series, Once & Future #2 follows retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan as they prepare for battle against a rising evil that plans to take over their country to bring it back to its former glory.

There’s no turning back now as Bridgette drags Duncan deeper and deeper into the heart of British mythology and folklore to search for a way to stop a rising group of Nationalists from bringing an ancient and terrible power to life. Duncan’s just battled an absolutely impossible creature from legend and been shot—by his Gran, no less!—so he feels he’s due a few explanations, starting with how his nice, perfectly normal Gran knows so much about monsters  and how to deal with them?! And what else has his family been hiding from him?

Once & Future #2 Second Printing Variant

Once & Future #1 Gets One Last Printing, its Sixth!

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #1 from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain, has sold out of its fifth printing at the distributor level.

Due to the historic levels of demand from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios is making the Once & Future #1 Sixth Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover for the final printing of the phenomenal series launch by acclaimed series artist Dan Mora, arriving in stores on September 25, 2019

Once & Future #1 introduces readers to ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire, who must pull her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat when a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead. Now Bridgette and Duncan must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.

The first printing of Once & Future #1 arrived on shelves August 14, the second printing on August 28. The third printing will be released September 4, the fourth on September 11, and the fifth arrives on September 18.

Once & Future #1 fifth printing

Once & Future is Now an Ongoing Series

Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain‘s series, Once & Future, is now ongoing after the first issue has gone to five printings.

The series follows ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire who recruits her unsuspecting grandson Duncan ito a world of magic and mysticism. They must defeat a group of Nationalists who use an ancient artifact to bring back a villain from Arthurian myth.

The second printing of the first issue is on sale August 28th, the third printing on September 4th, fourth printing on September 11th, and fifth printing on September 18th.

You can read our two glowing reviews here and here.

Once & Future #1

Once & Future #2 Gets a First Look

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Once & Future #2, the latest issue in the critically acclaimed series, following the biggest new original series launch of the year from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, as retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan prepare for battle against a rising evil that plans to take over their country to bring it back to its former glory.

There’s no turning back now as Bridgette drags Duncan deeper and deeper into the heart of British mythology and folklore to search for a way to stop a rising group of Nationalists from bringing an ancient and terrible power to life. Duncan’s just battled an absolutely impossible creature from legend and been shot—by his Gran, no less!—so he feels he’s due a few explanations, starting with how his nice, perfectly normal Gran knows so much about monsters and how to deal with them?! And what else has his family been hiding from him?

Once & Future #2 features a cover by Dan Mora, will be available for sale on September 18, 2019.

Once & Future #1 Gets a Fifth Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #1, the anticipated original series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain, has already sold out of its fourth printing at the distributor level.

Due to the historic levels of demand from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked the Once & Future #1 Fifth Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by an acclaimed artist Khary Randolph, arriving in stores on September 18, 2019. 

Once & Future #1 introduces readers to ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire, who must pull her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat when a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead. Now Bridgette and Duncan must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.

Once & Future #1 Fourth Printing
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