Publisher’s Summary: “Gran and Duncan are in a race against time to get back to the Otherworld. The sword in the stone awaits, and he who pulls the sword from the stone becomes King.”
It’s not that the supernatural is real, but rather all those old stories are true, and Gran and Duncan will need the help of an historian to thwart Arthur before he knights the new Sir Galahad and finds the Grail. Luckily Duncan was just on a (bad) date with one.
Kieron Gillen’s modernization of Arthurian legends and application to contemporary political realities is successful in ways that respects tradition, informs about history and still manages to come together in an action adventure fantasy story that is full of snarky humor (uttered by Gran, mostly).
Gran is definitely the best part of the story with her homemade garlic smelling explosives and utter senior citizen with a day pass swagger that, in itself, does not get old at all.
Duncan is starting to get with the program too, all emergent machine-gunning and heroic behavior; it seems to suit him and he may have even impressed Rose, even after their date ended so abruptly. The art is vibrant and cinematic, never letting the action falter.
The Bottom Line
Once & Future is a solid action adventure fantasy story that leans a little on history and Arthurian legends, but no so much as to fell derivative or forced.