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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

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 #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

Review: Once and Future #1 is a Rollicking Adventure For Our Dark Times

Once and Future #1

Even before cracking the opening pages of Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain‘s Once and Future #1 seemed tailor-made for my own personal interests. It’s set in the beautiful English county of Somerset where I studied Jane Austen and Edgar Wright’s Spaced for a semester and has some deep dive Arthurian lore (The Questing Beast makes an appearance!). It also seeks to interrogate and apply those legends to the current state of the U.K., namely, Brexit, Boris Johnson, and all that white nationalist nonsense.

It’s set in the beautiful English county of Somerset where I studied Jane Austen and Edgar Wright’s Spaced for a semester and has some deep dive Arthurian lore (The Questing Beast makes an appearance!). It also seeks to interrogate and apply those legends to the current state of the U.K., namely, Brexit, Boris Johnson, and all that white nationalist nonsense.

However, Once and Future isn’t a political treatise, but the latest adventure in a line of magical quests, armed knights, and killing monsters that began with the Epic of Gilgamesh and were probably best represented in 20th popular culture by the two of the four Indiana Jones films. But what sets apart Gillen and Mora’s story from this previous ones is the team-up between the constantly flustered/audience surrogate Duncan and his grandmother Bridgette, who has a dry wit and is even sharper with various gun/edged weapon and knowledge of the supernatural forces of the British Isles that are illustrated in an almost twilight palette from Bonvillain.

After a Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Nigel Farage’s wet dream MacGuffin establishing cold open, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora use humor to establish the characters of Duncan and Bridgette and their relationship. Duncan is the handsome, kind, yet klutzy one so he gets introduced wide eyed with his hands out after accidentally splashing his date with red wine. It instantly establishes him as the equivalent of Level 1 Dungeons and Dragons character, but he’s not an utter joke as he does an okay job later on with the Questing Beast and his car is the 21st century version of him and his grandmother’s knightly steed.

In contrast, Bridgette is introduced making killer quips about breaking her fellow old folks’ home residents’ fingers when they want to change the channel from local news stories about archaeological dig thefts/murders to the more pleasant Great British Bake-Off. Gillen and Mora subvert the “crazy old lady gets lost and freaks out” trope by making her walk in the woods discover a cache of weapons. Bridgette might have lost a step, but she’s still a total badass. Honestly, her take on Arthurian lore like Excalibur’s heal-every-wound scabbard being more valuable than the sword itself and wariness about the return of Arthur is just as cool as her action scene.

Sure, Once and Future has funny lines and hilarious reactions courtesy of Gillen and Mora, but it has a noble, earnest band together against the forces evil tone that makes it super endearing. Or, at least, that’s how energetic, if a little naive Duncan sees the world. Bridgette reads between the lines, and her dialogue about the iconic hero Arthur’s return maybe not being the best thing is a classic example of reading against the grain. It also connects to white nationalists/fascists in the real world using legendary imagery like Thor’s hammer to make their hate-filled movement cooler.

Once and Future #1 modernizes and humanizes the classic Arthurian legends by making the protagonists of the story that kind of nerdy, cute guy who says smart things in the back of a college class and his tough, no-nonsense grandma that’s been through some stuff. Kieron Gillen bolsters his quest plotline and monster fights with character-based humor and sociopolitical commentary while Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain bring an infectious energy with just a touch of darkness to the visuals. To cut it down to its core, Once and Future #1 entertains as just as well as it enlightens and uses myths and legends to bring hope to a world in need of salt of the Earth heroes like Bridgette and Duncan.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Once & Future #1

Once & Future #1

Once & Future #1 is already a success going into four printings, so far, and that’s before it’s release. When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.

Written by Kieron Gillen, Once & Future #1 is a hell of a debut. The issue takes a relevant current issue and uses it to drive a fantastical story. Boiled down to its basics, the comic is a person trying to stop nationalists. With the rise of the alt-right and nationalists, that’s something that reflects today. But, while that’s the basics, the comic itself is enjoyable without that aspect. It’s a monster hunter trying to stop the monster. It just so happens the monster hunter is a woman in her 80s.

And that’s what makes the comic fun.

Gillen delivers characters with personality. There’s something about each of them that they stand out. They’re larger than life in a way and are familiar but still stand out. Everything is over the top in a way that forces you to just go with the ride and enjoy each beat.

That’s helped by Dan Mora whose art emphasizes each moment. With color by Tamra Bonvillain and lettering by Ed Dukeshire, that larger than life aspect applies to the characters too. Expressions are over the top in a way, but a good way. It helps create a fun aspect to it all and helps the comedic beats. There’s a solid blend of fantasy and reality to a point a mystical monster can show up and be challenged with a spear as well as a gun that’d make Rob Liefeld smile.

Once & Future #1 is a solid debut. The comic has a fun vibe about it and is able to blend a serious subject with comic fantasy. The characters all stand out and the pacing is amazing. It’s one hell of a beginning that shows off why it’s already into four printings and expect many more.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Dan Mora
Color: Tamra Bonvillain Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation:
Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Once & Future #1 Gets a Fourth Printing Before its Release

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #1, the extra-sized issue kicking off an all-new series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain (Doom Patrol), has sold out of its third printing at the distributor level before the series debut tomorrow on August 14, 2019.

Due to the unprecedented demand from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked the Once & Future #1 Fourth Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by artist Jakub Rebelka, arriving in stores on September 11, 2019. 

The most anticipated original series launch of the year, Once & Future 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.

Print copies of Once & Future #1 First Printing, featuring cover art by artist Dan Mora, will officially be available for sale on August 14, 2019 at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! Studios webstore.

Once & Future #1 1st Printing

Once & Future #1 Second Printing, featuring a new variant cover by Dan Mora will be available for sale on August 28, 2019 at comic shops.

Once & Future #1 2nd Printing

And Once & Future #1 Third Printing, with a new variant cover by Dan Mora, will be available on September 4, 2019 at local comic book shops.

Once & Future #1 3rd Printing

Once & Future #1 Gets a Third Printing Before the First Hits the Stands

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #1, the extra-sized issue kicking off an all-new series 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 before the series debut on August 14, 2019.

Due to the incredible demand for the premiere issue of the hotly anticipated series, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked the Once & Future #1 Third Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by series artist Dan Mora, arriving in stores on September 4, 2019. 

The most anticipated original series launch of the year, Once & Future 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 First Printing, featuring cover art by artist Dan Mora, will officially be available for sale on August 14, 2019 at local comic book shops.

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