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Get a Look at the New Story Arc in Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ed Dukeshire’s Once & Future #13

BOOM! Studios has revealed today the first look at Once &  Future #13, the launch of a new story arc in the critically acclaimed series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, artist Dan Mora, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire, her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, and their intrepid ally Rose who protect their nation from legends and myths risen from the grave to battle for dominion over the land.

The arrival of Beowulf and Grendel from the legendary Old English poem was an unexpected one, leaving Team Gran to wonder—if Beowulf can be brought to life, what other heroic figures or deadly creatures might get dredged up from the annals of history to wreak havoc and destruction across the country?! 

Meanwhile, in the Otherworld, Merlin is up to his old tricks and crossing over with another story was just the beginning of his plan . . .

Once &  Future #13 will be available for sale on November 18, 2020.

Once &  Future #13

Preview: Once & Future #12

Once & Future #12

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora (C) Tamra Bonvillain
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The veil between the Otherworld and the human world is thin, and as the story changes around Duncan and Gran, each foe becomes harder to defeat…and predict. They may be holding the line, but enemies both new and old are closing in fast, and even Gran and Duncan may not be prepared for what’s next!

Once & Future #12

Once & Future #9 Sells Out and Returns With a New Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #9, from the highly acclaimed original series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, has sold out of the first printing at the distributor level.

Due to overwhelming support from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the Once & Future #9 Second Printing, featuring cover art by series artists Mora and Bonvillain, arriving in stores on October 28, 2020.

Once & Future #9 follows retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire, her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, who protect their nation from legends and myths risen from the grave to battle for dominion over their land.

With Merlin—and the magic he wields—back at his side, King Arthur is stronger than ever. Brigette and Duncan continue to fight against Camelot’s dark forces, but when Merlin calls to life another story entirely, will the heroes manage to save the day? Or will they find themselves becoming the villains they’ve sworn to defeat?

Once & Future #9 2nd Printing

Preview: Once & Future #11

Once & Future #11

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Bad news comes in threes and so do the creatures terrorizing London – and if they’re going to save the city, Gran and Duncan will need to revive a connection with an old enemy. After all, you’re always better with the devil you know… right?

Once & Future #11

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

A Man Among Ye #2 (Image Comics) – The semi-factual story about pirates has been interesting in that it includes a lot of little known facts about the subject and delivers an entertaining tale. The first issue was solid so we’re hoping the second continues.

Dead Day #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue wasn’t what we were expecting. The dead come back for one evening and this is the story of a family impacted by a love thought dead.

Decorum #4 (Image Comics) – Stunning art really highlights this sci-fi series.

G.I. Joe #7 (IDW Publishing) – This issue made the news because its exploration of trauma and the military. We’re expecting a possible run on the issue which is flying under the radar.

Maestro #1 (Marvel) – It’s not that we needed to see the origin of the character but we kind of want to see the origin of the character.

Once & Future #10 (BOOM! Studios) – An update to Arthurian legend. The series has been amazing with every issue.

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The Ranger Slayer is now in control and this miniseries will likely have a big impact on whatever is coming for the Power Rangers down the line.

The Shadow Service #1 (Vault Comics) – It’s spy craft meets black magic with Private Investigator Gina Meyers. The concept sounds like a lot of fun to us.

Voyage to the Stars #1 (IDW Publishing) – The comedy podcast comes to comics.

Yasmeen #2 (Scout Comics) – An emotional story of a young girl tortured by ISIS who’s trying to make a new life in the United States.

Preview: Once & Future #9

Once & Future #9

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

With Merlin-and the magic he wields-back at his side, King Arthur is stronger than ever. Brigette and Duncan continue to fight against Camelot’s dark forces, but when Merlin calls to life another story entirely, will the two heroes save the day? Or will they find themselves becoming the villains they’re sworn to defeat.

Once & Future #9

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 6/27

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Logan

Die #11 (Image)– Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die is back with the first rumblings of an epic war between factions and ensemble drama of the split party sandwiched between. Ash and Izzy have taken on ruling roles in the world of the game, but the crown lies uneasy while the other characters struggle to come up with ways to get them to leave the game. Hans has a gift for big fantasy landscapes to go with the intense conversations with designs and costumes that define character. The conversation between Ash and creator-turned antagonist-turned-prisoner Sol is both powerful and mundane, and it’s about a popular band from the 90s. Die #11 is at its best when the lives and motivations from the cast’s “real world” existence seeps in, and Gillen wisely uses this connection to raise the stakes and differentiate the build up in this issue from yet another fantasy war book. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: Buy

Once and Future #8 (BOOM!)– Kieron Gillen opens Once and Future #8 with one of the funniest lines of the series as our protagonist Duncan’s grandmother Bridgette, who told him that all the Arthurian legend cycles are real, is skeptical about the existence of Beowulf. Boy, is she wrong, and artist Dan Mora gives the Geat hero an aggressive physicality to go with Tamra Bonvillain’s flame colors and Gillen’s poetic dialogue. As far as antagonists go, he’s a shot in the arm while Merlin plays the string pulling, behind the scenes role. However, Once and Future isn’t all action and cool split screen panels as Duncan and Bridgette struggle to repair the relationship post-ceremonial wounding, but that gets put on hold for Beowulf. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy

Wicked Things #2 (BOOM!) In the hilarious, fast-paced, Wicked Things #2, John Allison and Max Sarin focus on teen detective Lottie Grote trying to maneuver the British legal/penal system and prove her innocence. It doesn’t go too well (Her British equivalent of a public defender isn’t very helpful), and this leads to a new normal for her and the book. Allison does a quick and brilliant bit of world-building by using Lottie’s appearances as a teen detective in Scary Go-Round to inform how the police react to her character in Wicked Things, and it adds to Lottie’s legend. You really want her to solve this case. As usual, Sarin’s art is a delight, and Lottie’s reaction to prison food and Claire’s disdain for the other teen detectives that were up for Lottie’s reward must be seen to believed. Sarin’s surreal side also comes out when Lottie’s kind mother and angry older sister visit her; nothing like a classic storm cloud over one’s head. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Once & Future #8

Once & Future #8

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

When a strange newcomer arrives at the dark court of Camelot, his presence disrupts The Otherworld. Sometimes winning the battle risks losing the war…as Duncan and Bridgette will soon find out.

Once & Future #8

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Banned Book Club

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

20th Century Boys Vol. 8 Perfect Edition (VIZ Media) – If you’ve missed this series as single volumes, here’s your chance to get these collected editions of what’s considered some of the best manga ever.

Ash & Thorn #1 (AHOY Comics) – The savior/champion of the world is not who you think.

Banned Book Club (Iron Circus) – A graphic novel exploring the history of South Korea’s Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and murder.

Batman #93 (DC Comics) – The end to the “Grand Design” storyline and takes us into the “Joker War.” Many aspects of the story are predictable but it’s still a hell of a final chapter.

Bleed Them Dry #1 (Vault Comics) – The year is 3333. Earth is in a state of recovery. Vampires are real, and though far less populous, they thrive alongside humans in the Japanese-engineered mega-city known as Asylum.

Dragonfly and Dragonflyman Vol. 1 (AHOY Comics) – If you like a take on superheroes over different eras, this is a series to definitely check out. Both an homage and study on superheroes over the years.

Empyre: Avengers #0 (Marvel) – Marvel’s next big event kicks off here.

Once & Future #8 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on Arthurian legends. It’s well worth checking out!

Plunge #4 (DC Comics/Hill House Comics/DC Black Label) – Fantastic horror with this issue finally making it clearer as to what’s going on but still leaving a lot of mystery.

That Texas Blood #1 (Image Comics) – A new ongoing series that’s described as a “neo-Western crime” story. WE’re intrigued.

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