Publisher’s Summary: “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.”
Previous Review: Once & Future #1;
The resourceful Granny McGuire and her very confused grandson Duncan are pursued by the questing beast and need to get through the veil between realms before the witching hour ends. Their hope is to stop whatever incantations are about to occur. They know that bad guys will be using the magic scabbard for something extremely dangerous having to do with manifesting the supreme authority of the King of the Britons. If only Duncan wasn’t so scared or so dumb.
For all its callbacks to Arthurian Legends, Kieron Gillen has given Once & Future a vibrant connection to the here and now. This is a taunt contemporary action-horror-thriller that, despite channeling legends from various folktales and films from the past,successfully molds those narratives into a contemporary tale that has humor and intrigue to spare.
The artwork is dynamic and bold, capturing the fierceness of the unlikely monster hunter in Granny as well as the befuddlement of the naïve Duncan.
The Bottom Line
Once & Future brings together the spirit of Indy melded with the moxie of Ash, but so far none of the gross. Playful, with a side or timely, it is plenty entertaining. Also, gun wielding Granny is all kinds of awesome.