In The Name of The King – Once & Future #1

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Title: Once & Future #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Writers: Kieron Gillen

Artists: Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain

Story Rating: 10

Art Rating: 10

Color Rating: 10

Overall Rating: 10

Boom! Studios unlocks the famous legend of King Arthur with an evil twist. A fantasy epic that bleeds from our world to another plain of existence. An adventure that takes place within the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

When a cult of extremists uncovers the hidden artifacts of Anglo-Saxon descent, the group uncovers a way to resurrect the fallen King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table. With a lone scabbard of Medieval origin the extremists find a link to a fabled sword of mystic might.

The unfortunate event brings forth a retired monster hunter in the name of Bridgette “Gran” McGuire. Her efforts will become powerless to stop the ritual, until she recruits an unlikely ally within her grandson Duncan McGuire. A spineless museum curator who gets thrown into this world of fairytales as monsters and legends come to life. Along the way to stop the extremists the two fight a giant serpent beast and collect weapons of supernatural properties.

Dan Mora places his trademark style on this comic book series. A technique of quick lines being very thin with enough detail. Therefore, a blend of cartoon and realism theatrics takes shape giving personality that pops on the page. The action moves from one panel to the next with sharp energy and skill.

The incredible eye of Tamra Bonvillain dips the environment with astounding color. Every color in the spectrum is present whether the scene be day or night. The imagination runs wild for hues mix, blend, and cut through solid color to give the reader something truly mesmerizing. Pink can fade to orange and yellow brushes with green to give an extraordinary atmosphere. Blue engulfs black and compliments other streams of color to grow soft then give a faint glow.

Will Gran and Duncan stop the extremists before they complete the ritual? What other monsters will our heroes face in this fantasy epic? Who else will come forth from the legends of old in the new dark era? Follow Duncan and Gran as they travel the lands in an adventure as old as time.

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