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Review: Knights Temporal #1

Knights Temporal #1 cover

In Knights Temporal #1, when Auguste de Riviere returned from the Crusades, he was ashamed and horrified by the things he had done. Hoping to reclaim his soul, he pledges to root out evil wherever it might be found. But when he pursued a vile sorcerer into a forbidden forest, his life was shattered. Auguste ventured into the dark forest, but emerged in the modern world. Accompanied now by the enigmatic Jane Fool, Auguste hunts a madman while trying to piece together the mystery of his very existence.

Writer Cullen Bunn has been delivering some amazing horror series lately. Knights Temporal #1 feels like nothing Bunn is currently writing. The first issue delivers an action focused debut setting up a fantasy mystery. Cutting back and forth between modern times and the past, the series teases a lot but doesn’t quite deliver answers. If you don’t read the series previews text it might be downright confusing really. But, what the issue does well is set things up nicely giving us a fantasy series in the modern world. It’s full of action throwing the reader in the middle of it and if it were a movie’s first 15 minutes I’d be hooked to see what comes next.

That’s helped by the art of Fran Galan. There’s a certain style to it that reminds me of 1990s Image that I enjoyed. It’s a compliment really. The style has a little bit of a manga influence thrown in and with fantastic colors, it delivers on Bunn’s fast-paced opening chapter.

This is a good first chapter. It’s full of action and while a lot is left out there as an opening to an action story, it has me more than hooked and interested.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Fran Galan Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Aftershock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Red Winter #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue of this series was amazing. It’s the future where something calamatous happened and Batman begins on a journey with just the Joker’s head in a jar to join him. Is this something he’s hallucinating? Reality? The comic will keep you guessing as to what’s happening.

The Batman Who Laughs #7 (DC Comics) – The miniseries wraps up and leads into the upcoming Superman/Batman series. The miniseries has been up and down but we’re excited to see how this wraps up.

Dear Justice League (DC Comics/DC Zoom) – This line of graphic novels geared towards kids have been fantastic and we’re always excited to see what’s next. This middle-grade graphic novel has superheroes answering questions about their lives in a series of short stories.

Death’s Head #1 (Marvel) – This comic was unexpected. Really funny with some solid art. Death’s Head has been torn apart and tunred into an amp. Now he wants revenge!

The Goon #5 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun and entertaining comics on the market. Think Popeye with humor and horror and you have The Goon. Add in beyond amazing art and it’s a must get with every release.

Killers #1 (Valiant) – Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by the mysterious Jonin! The concept sounds awesome and Valiant delivers entertaining comics so we’re always excited to check out a new series from them.

Knights Temporal #1 (Aftershock) – From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Fran Galan the series is about a knight who’s sent to the modern world. The concept has been done but Bunn is a fantastic writer so to see his spin on this is what has us interested.

Manor Black #1 (Dark Horse) – Another comic from writer Cullen Bunn along with writer Brian Hurtt and artist Tyer Crook, this gothic horror series is about a family of sorcerers in crisis. Yeah, we’re sold.

Powers of X #1 (Marvel) – Writer Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men epic continues with this second of dual series that sets up his vision for years to come.

Red Winter #1 (Scout Comics) – Eli Winter is a former NYPD Detective in his 50s, now living in Kapotnya, the most crime-ridden district of Moscow. Eli also now works for a local crime boss. When Eli finds out his son destroyed his boss’s meth lab, we get a series that we’re excited to read.

Knights Temporal #1 Sells Out Ahead of Release and Gets a Second Printing

Even though it doesn’t get released until the end of the month, Knights Temporal #1 has sold out ahead of release. AfterShock has announced that the debut issue will get a second printing.

Knights Temporal is written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Fran Galan, lettering by Simon Bowland, and the main cover by Galan. It also features a lenticular incentive color by Mike Rooth.

When Auguste de Riviere returned from the Crusades, he was ashamed and horrified by the things he had done. Hoping to reclaim his soul, he pledges to root out evil wherever it might be found. But when he pursued a vile sorcerer into a forbidden forest, his life was shattered. Auguste ventured into the dark forest, but emerged in the modern world. Accompanied now by the enigmatic Jane Fool, Auguste hunts a madman while trying to piece together the mystery of his very existence.

The second printing can be ordered with Diamond code MAY199157.

Exclusive Preview: Knights Temporal #1

KNIGHTS TEMPORAL #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Fran Galan
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Fran Galan
Incentive Cover: Nat Jones
Lenticular Incentive Cover: Mike Rooth
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 07.31.19

When Auguste de Riviere returned from the Crusades, he was ashamed and horrified by the things he had done. Hoping to reclaim his soul, he pledges to root out evil wherever it might be found. But when he pursued a vile sorcerer into a forbidden forest, his life was shattered. Auguste ventured into the dark forest, but emerged in the modern world. Accompanied now by the enigmatic Jane Fool, Auguste hunts a madman while trying to piece together the mystery of his very existence.

Knights Temporal #1 is out July 31st from AfterShock!

KNIGHTS TEMPORAL #1
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