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When an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet...a beast and his mother. Although Bridgette and Duncan stopped Arthur from retrieving the Grail and separated him from the legendary scabbard of Excalibur, the undead King of the When an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet...a beast and his mother. Although Bridgette and Duncan stopped Arthur from retrieving the Grail and separated him from the legendary scabbard of Excalibur, the undead King of the Britons still has his sights on returning to our world and returning to power. By inadvertently changing the story of the famous King, Duncan and Gran have thrown the Otherworld into shambles, allowing for new legends and characters to make their appearance - and bring a world of trouble along with them. But when an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet...a beast and his mother. New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) deliver the next chapter of the critically-acclaimed series that took the world of comics by storm! Collects Once & Future #7-12.


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When an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet...a beast and his mother. Although Bridgette and Duncan stopped Arthur from retrieving the Grail and separated him from the legendary scabbard of Excalibur, the undead King of the When an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet...a beast and his mother. Although Bridgette and Duncan stopped Arthur from retrieving the Grail and separated him from the legendary scabbard of Excalibur, the undead King of the Britons still has his sights on returning to our world and returning to power. By inadvertently changing the story of the famous King, Duncan and Gran have thrown the Otherworld into shambles, allowing for new legends and characters to make their appearance - and bring a world of trouble along with them. But when an ancient helmet at the British Museum is taken, Bridgette and Duncan are confronted by another hero of yore, one who will lead them to facing off against their most formidable challenge yet...a beast and his mother. New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) deliver the next chapter of the critically-acclaimed series that took the world of comics by storm! Collects Once & Future #7-12.

30 review for Once & Future, Vol. 2: Old English

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Fuck yeah, Grandma! I like Duncan, don't get me wrong. But Bridgette is a BOSS. She saves the day again and again with no-nonsense & zero tolerance for any bullshit. I feel for her, I really do. Duncan is so idealistic and determined to do the right thing, but Bridgette has been there, done that, and knows that you have to break a few eggs to make the damn omelet. This time around they're fighting a new story. Well, they're actually fighting one of the oldest stories - Beowulf. Which means they Fuck yeah, Grandma! I like Duncan, don't get me wrong. But Bridgette is a BOSS. She saves the day again and again with no-nonsense & zero tolerance for any bullshit. I feel for her, I really do. Duncan is so idealistic and determined to do the right thing, but Bridgette has been there, done that, and knows that you have to break a few eggs to make the damn omelet. This time around they're fighting a new story. Well, they're actually fighting one of the oldest stories - Beowulf. Which means they'll also have to go up against Beowulf's monsters, Grindel and his dear mother. Ye olde helicopter parent... *dramatic pause* Ok, ok. But the best part of the story is the bloodbath at Bridgette's retirement home when she takes a chainsaw to some bitches and goes all vvvvvvvvrrrrrrr!!!! Anyway, as they find new ways to defeat these monsters, they change the stories and maybe, more importantly, their role in the stories. I'm not even 100% sure what that means, but I know it means something. This is just a neat concept with cool characters, and if you haven't checked it out yet you really don't know what you're missing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This arc is balls to the wall action as Grannie chainsaws beasties for the win. It can't get any better than that, can it? Duncan's finally all in too, no longer being completely inept, which is refreshing. Turns out Arthurian legend isn't the only story coming to life. This go around Beowulf and Grendel head on over from Otherworld. I wonder what's up next, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham? Dan Mora is a beast. He's drawn every issue so far without a break and it all looks fantastic. You This arc is balls to the wall action as Grannie chainsaws beasties for the win. It can't get any better than that, can it? Duncan's finally all in too, no longer being completely inept, which is refreshing. Turns out Arthurian legend isn't the only story coming to life. This go around Beowulf and Grendel head on over from Otherworld. I wonder what's up next, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham? Dan Mora is a beast. He's drawn every issue so far without a break and it all looks fantastic. You don't see that much these days.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    This is just a fun romp of a series that plays with Arthurian convention and now, in The Unwritten fashion, seems to have opened up the door to other legends popping up. Gillen speaks my language, which is a mishmash of Pig Latin, drunken boasting, and self-depecating nose observations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I am absolutely loving this book! This may be my favourite indie book for... well, a long time. I said to myself as I sat down to read it ‘Just read the first two issues and save the rest for tomorrow’ but, before I knew it, I’d already finished issue three and was enjoying it so much I just thought ‘Oh, sod it’ and read the whole damned thing in one sitting, stopping only for crumpets. Great stuff. In addition to the Arthurian stuff from the first volume, Kieron Gillen and co. have thrown Beowulf I am absolutely loving this book! This may be my favourite indie book for... well, a long time. I said to myself as I sat down to read it ‘Just read the first two issues and save the rest for tomorrow’ but, before I knew it, I’d already finished issue three and was enjoying it so much I just thought ‘Oh, sod it’ and read the whole damned thing in one sitting, stopping only for crumpets. Great stuff. In addition to the Arthurian stuff from the first volume, Kieron Gillen and co. have thrown Beowulf and Grendel into the mix this time around, while still building on the Arthurian bits. Also, the artwork is just gorgeous. If you like the thought of an octogenarian attacking a huge mythical monster with a chainsaw, this book could be for you. If you don’t like the thought of that, you may want to check your pulse. I can’t wait for volume three!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wakizashi

    I was going to give this 4 stars but then I remembered just how much enjoyment I got from it. So, 5 stars for the whole reading experience. It's one of the best comics out there, simple as that. Dan Mora's art is stunning and really suits the title. He can draw fantastic beasts, mythological monsters, creepy undead knights and wizards as well as a kick-ass grandma! And the colouring by Tamra Bonvillain makes this stand out from most other titles. If the Arthurian story wasn't enough in the first I was going to give this 4 stars but then I remembered just how much enjoyment I got from it. So, 5 stars for the whole reading experience. It's one of the best comics out there, simple as that. Dan Mora's art is stunning and really suits the title. He can draw fantastic beasts, mythological monsters, creepy undead knights and wizards as well as a kick-ass grandma! And the colouring by Tamra Bonvillain makes this stand out from most other titles. If the Arthurian story wasn't enough in the first volume, how about Beowulf and Grendel in an old folks' home? And they aren't there as residents! Some of the action has to be seen to be believed. THIS is why comics work as a storytelling medium. Great work by everyone involved. Full review on my blog: https://biginjapangrayman.wordpress.c...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Khurram

    A great second volume. Good story and character development (well for Duncan and Bridgette, Rose is just there), with lots of action. The schemer is revealed but what is his end game? Since the last volume Duncan has been made accepted his family vocation, and even an uneasy peace with his grandmother. Now is he ready for another story. I really enjoyed this volume and can't wait to see what happens next. The book finishes with a cover gallery with a full page spreads of the cover from issue 7 to A great second volume. Good story and character development (well for Duncan and Bridgette, Rose is just there), with lots of action. The schemer is revealed but what is his end game? Since the last volume Duncan has been made accepted his family vocation, and even an uneasy peace with his grandmother. Now is he ready for another story. I really enjoyed this volume and can't wait to see what happens next. The book finishes with a cover gallery with a full page spreads of the cover from issue 7 to 12.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    What could have been a six issue and done story has mutated, as stories are wont to do, as Once & Future enters its second arc. Bridget and Duncan, now joined by Rose, must face off with the continued machinations of the revived King Arthur, as well as Beowulf - and where Beowulf goes, the Grendel is never far behind. Gun-toting badass grandma? Dorky gentle giant character? Super evil, super unpredictable bad guys? Yeah, Gillen knows how to get me, and he's got me again. This isn't the first time What could have been a six issue and done story has mutated, as stories are wont to do, as Once & Future enters its second arc. Bridget and Duncan, now joined by Rose, must face off with the continued machinations of the revived King Arthur, as well as Beowulf - and where Beowulf goes, the Grendel is never far behind. Gun-toting badass grandma? Dorky gentle giant character? Super evil, super unpredictable bad guys? Yeah, Gillen knows how to get me, and he's got me again. This isn't the first time he's deconstructed the nature of stories, and that concept gets kicked into high gear once again, so he's really hitting all the buttons for me with this book. I've sung Dan Mora's praises in so many places now, but I won't stop doing it ever -the guy can draw literally anything, and he can do it so fast. This is 12 issues in a row, and he's shown no signs of stopping. And he's done hundreds of covers, and side-stories, and...I just don't get it. Man's a machine, but you'd never know it, because the quality never falters. Easily one of my favourite artists right now. Once & Future is a gem. Boom! don't have many books that make it past 12 issues, but I'm so glad O&F is doing that, because I could read this for a very, very long time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James

    3.5 stars. Not quite as good as the last volume but still enjoyable. The art and colors continue to be great and the pacing is still chugging along quite nicely. What hurt the book, keeping me from giving it 4 stars was Merlin. Every time he spoke, I had no idea what the hell he was talking about. But the battles were bloody, oh so bloody.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    This is brilliant as a fun action comedy romp that’s incredible to look at. Mora and Bonvillain’s art continues to be outstanding and Gillen has fun remixing in English myths outside the Arthurian tales this time. The characters remain likable and entertaining, though I’m still not emotionally invested in them. That may change though, and even if it doesn’t I’m looking forward to seeing how Gillen expands the plot/world going forward and how the art team presents it all so memorably.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    4.5🌟 One of my favourite Gillen series I've read. The plot is in that sweet spot between being complex and easy to follow at the same time. I'm digging the characters and the snark factor. The tone of this series is a fun time for sure. The art is gorgeous and refined while the monsters/ supernatural are gloriously gory. I feel like the art is even improved in this volume even though vol. 1 looked solid also. 4.5🌟 One of my favourite Gillen series I've read. The plot is in that sweet spot between being complex and easy to follow at the same time. I'm digging the characters and the snark factor. The tone of this series is a fun time for sure. The art is gorgeous and refined while the monsters/ supernatural are gloriously gory. I feel like the art is even improved in this volume even though vol. 1 looked solid also.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Best. Grandma. Ever.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    My review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2021/01/1... In the first volume of Once & Future, British academic Duncan and his monster hunting Gran, Bridgette, fought off an un-dead King Arthur that some Nationalists had reanimated to keep Britain pure. While they were successful in defeating him, the king is now down but not out and the Otherworld is in disarray, leaving other legends and deadly creatures to emerge and fight for power. The second volume begins with Duncan My review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2021/01/1... In the first volume of Once & Future, British academic Duncan and his monster hunting Gran, Bridgette, fought off an un-dead King Arthur that some Nationalists had reanimated to keep Britain pure. While they were successful in defeating him, the king is now down but not out and the Otherworld is in disarray, leaving other legends and deadly creatures to emerge and fight for power. The second volume begins with Duncan rightfully angry at his grandmother, who had kept secrets from him his whole life, and now he has to be on his guard for new dangers. His colleague Rose, who is also a love interest, uses some magic to determine where the next problems will pop up and he is exhausted keeping up with it all. But when Beowulf appears, King Arthur and an evil Merlin try to harness his strength to their advantage. And for those familiar with the Beowulf mythology, there are additional monsters such as Grendel and his mother, who show up at Bridgette’s assisted living home and cause havoc and destruction as Duncan races over to help. The artwork continues to be amazing, although I did notice a change in making some facial reactions extreme and anime-like. I prefer a more realistic approach, as the monsters and mayhem were always detailed and naturalistic, and I don't want the hunky Duncan to become a caricature. The Otherworld had vivid almost hallucinogenic colors, with the floating orbs a clue that magic was moving into the regular world and they should be wary. I continued to enjoy this new series, and look forward to more warped British mythology. King Arthur remains a threat, and Duncan also has to contend with his family disfunction as his long-gone mother and half-brother are part of the Nationalist group that opened the portal into the dark world. That the volume ends with a real-world politician ready to make an unholy allegiance open the story to more exciting plots!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    While an enjoyable read (with beautiful color work on some good art), this story veers further into an unexpected direction, as we discover more legends than just Arthur and his knights exist and can be thrown into the path of our protagonists. In this volume? Beowulf, and related characters. While there are some entertaining fights, and a bit of world-building to highlight who is doing what (and more, to silhouette a darkened puppet master in the background), Rose is almost completely sidelined While an enjoyable read (with beautiful color work on some good art), this story veers further into an unexpected direction, as we discover more legends than just Arthur and his knights exist and can be thrown into the path of our protagonists. In this volume? Beowulf, and related characters. While there are some entertaining fights, and a bit of world-building to highlight who is doing what (and more, to silhouette a darkened puppet master in the background), Rose is almost completely sidelined in favor of Bridgette, who admittedly does do some memorable things in her time in the spotlight. Duncan is the straight man here, not doing a whole lot, but being the fulcrum upon which the story balances. It's still a fun read and I am curious to see what comes next, but I wasn't quite as taken with this volume as with the first.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Still strongly reminding me of Philip Purser-Hallard's Devices trilogy, even though I'm fairly sure Gillen hasn't read those, by playing one of the same key reversals in its modern Arthurian riff. If stories have power, and you can hook into that by building correspondences with a myth, then your opponent can also gain advantage by snookering you with another legend – especially if it's from a different source altogether, one you hadn't even realised was in play. Still, there are some excellent Still strongly reminding me of Philip Purser-Hallard's Devices trilogy, even though I'm fairly sure Gillen hasn't read those, by playing one of the same key reversals in its modern Arthurian riff. If stories have power, and you can hook into that by building correspondences with a myth, then your opponent can also gain advantage by snookering you with another legend – especially if it's from a different source altogether, one you hadn't even realised was in play. Still, there are some excellent feints and gotcha moments here, and the central heroic young lunk/devious gran dynamic remains a delight, at least once they're back on speaking terms. Although once or twice I did wonder if she wasn't sounding a little too modern, and for me the Hot Fuzz gag would have worked better without being lampshaded. All of which I forgave when the final reveal smacked me around the face, as neat as it was unexpected as it was 'oh shit'.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trike

    Well, that escalated quickly. We went from evil King Arthur to evil Beowulf to evil giant Grendel, and then it got worse for our heroes and heroines. Which means better for us. It’s like Gillen went, “Yeah, here’s the entirety of British myth, all at once, and all these characters from legend want to kill you and your grandma.” And I am here for it. I have to assume next time we’ll get Morgana le Fey and Robin Hood and probably zombie Ivanhoe. Fingers crossed. The art is gorgeous and the colors ar Well, that escalated quickly. We went from evil King Arthur to evil Beowulf to evil giant Grendel, and then it got worse for our heroes and heroines. Which means better for us. It’s like Gillen went, “Yeah, here’s the entirety of British myth, all at once, and all these characters from legend want to kill you and your grandma.” And I am here for it. I have to assume next time we’ll get Morgana le Fey and Robin Hood and probably zombie Ivanhoe. Fingers crossed. The art is gorgeous and the colors are straight out of a Michael Powell film, supersaturated and in Technicolor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ***Dave Hill

    The first volume of this series could have been the end of the tale. But the Arthurian saga in it has only been somewhat derailed, not destroyed, and there's a new player in town, advising Arthur, who realizes that if at first you don't succeed with one Old English myth, maybe another one will shake things up. This "the world is myth and, if we're lucky, we won't be called to be players" isn't new with Gillen (or even unique in Gillen's work (see "Die"), but here's it remains a ton of fun, even i The first volume of this series could have been the end of the tale. But the Arthurian saga in it has only been somewhat derailed, not destroyed, and there's a new player in town, advising Arthur, who realizes that if at first you don't succeed with one Old English myth, maybe another one will shake things up. This "the world is myth and, if we're lucky, we won't be called to be players" isn't new with Gillen (or even unique in Gillen's work (see "Die"), but here's it remains a ton of fun, even if some of the supporting characters get short shrift. It helps that I read Headley's new Beowulf: A New Translation recently, but it's not necessary, as we don't dive in too deeply. The centerpiece of the tale remains Brigid, the monster-slaying granny, and her Percivalesque son, Duncan, and their respective reactions to the hazards they face. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    This is such an enjoyable read, even if you know barely anything about the legend of Arthur or the tales referenced in this story (like me). The way this story plays with and rearranges the narrative of the mythological tale is interesting, wonderful probably if I knew more about the original. It does however invoke a need to know more about the legend - if only this person had more time (and motivation) to read so much more & faster.... As before, the art style is just amazing. I love it. Gran is This is such an enjoyable read, even if you know barely anything about the legend of Arthur or the tales referenced in this story (like me). The way this story plays with and rearranges the narrative of the mythological tale is interesting, wonderful probably if I knew more about the original. It does however invoke a need to know more about the legend - if only this person had more time (and motivation) to read so much more & faster.... As before, the art style is just amazing. I love it. Gran is my favorite character. Getting a bit mad over the side-lining of Rose though. Can we please include her more? That'd be kind, thanks. On to the next issue now! Find more of my books on Instagram

  18. 5 out of 5

    Red

    Goes at an even faster clip than last volume, since there’s far less of the methodologies and mythos to explain. These characters feel very comfortable and pleasurable, so that even when there’s no major twists or betrayals in this volume I literally could not care less. One day I need to sit down with this series and figure out how it manages to make fun of its genre fiction trappings without ever slowing down the pace or making me question why I should bother reading it. It’s a skill much hard Goes at an even faster clip than last volume, since there’s far less of the methodologies and mythos to explain. These characters feel very comfortable and pleasurable, so that even when there’s no major twists or betrayals in this volume I literally could not care less. One day I need to sit down with this series and figure out how it manages to make fun of its genre fiction trappings without ever slowing down the pace or making me question why I should bother reading it. It’s a skill much harder than the MCU makes it look, and this book does it better than most of their films anyway. It’s a breezy, exciting delight. All dessert, all pleasure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mateus

    As with the first volume, Once and Future merges a retelling of Arthurian mythos, but in the current day and age, with enough references to the current world to make you think *MAYBE* it could happen! Terrifying thought of ancient and mythical beasts aside though, the great writing that elicits out loud laughs combined with the perfect art and colours makes this a must read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Pyles

    Love this series. Don't know exactly what ticks all the boxes for me here, it all just works for me. Gillen totally has another slam dunk on his hands! Love this series. Don't know exactly what ticks all the boxes for me here, it all just works for me. Gillen totally has another slam dunk on his hands!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    3.5⭐️ I found volume one just interesting enough to read volume two. It’s fine. The art is good. The grandmother is great and I enjoy her plucky-ness, but overall the writing is a just meh for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    Not quite as good as the first one, but I’m still hooked on this story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joel Alex

    The art in this is fantastic. You get some Beowulf and Grendel in this one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paul C. Beavers

    Excellent series! It takes so many stories of England’s past and weaves them together while at the same time turning them all upside down... you really don’t see it coming.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris Robertson

    Remains good. Aptly titled, as you can’t get more Old English than Beowulf. I really liked the art....Mora is a real pro. Gillen is a master of advancing the story with crisp dialogue. Can’t wait to see which character from folklore is next to appear.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    The adventures of our mythical monster hunters continue in Old English, this time with Beowulf and budz! Whereas in the first volume, Gran offered strangled hints of backstory, this volume offers basically no hints. Instead, we get wall-to-wall action as Dan Mora is given free reign to draw whatever awesome shit he wants. It's pretty grand, but it does feel like a step back in the world-building department. There are still flashes in Old English that King Arthur (and now Merlin) are up to somethi The adventures of our mythical monster hunters continue in Old English, this time with Beowulf and budz! Whereas in the first volume, Gran offered strangled hints of backstory, this volume offers basically no hints. Instead, we get wall-to-wall action as Dan Mora is given free reign to draw whatever awesome shit he wants. It's pretty grand, but it does feel like a step back in the world-building department. There are still flashes in Old English that King Arthur (and now Merlin) are up to something, they're just few and far between. I dug the action and especially the art, I'm just hopeful the third volume offers a few more clues and just as much reckless fun.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    No doubt, Duncan’s grandmother makes this series fun. I mean, Duncan has his moments too, but grandma is the real deal. This second volume started flat with me. The villains resurrect Beowulf and sic him in our heroes, but Beowulf is a rather dull villain. His dialogue is riddled with cliche and hyperbole, and I’m surprised Gillon didn’t use Duncan or Duncan’s grandmother to sarcastically skewer those words. The book eventually hits its stride, though, into what made the first book so fun. Let’s No doubt, Duncan’s grandmother makes this series fun. I mean, Duncan has his moments too, but grandma is the real deal. This second volume started flat with me. The villains resurrect Beowulf and sic him in our heroes, but Beowulf is a rather dull villain. His dialogue is riddled with cliche and hyperbole, and I’m surprised Gillon didn’t use Duncan or Duncan’s grandmother to sarcastically skewer those words. The book eventually hits its stride, though, into what made the first book so fun. Let’s hope Gillon doesn’t turn this into something self-serious later on.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Our protagonists spend six issues fighting characters from the Beowulf mythos. The mashup is delightful, our three main characters are compelling, and the action sequences are shocking. But, there's just no depth to this comic, which is a real disappointment after stories like Die and Wicked + Divine. Worth reading, still, but expect it to be a quick read. Our protagonists spend six issues fighting characters from the Beowulf mythos. The mashup is delightful, our three main characters are compelling, and the action sequences are shocking. But, there's just no depth to this comic, which is a real disappointment after stories like Die and Wicked + Divine. Worth reading, still, but expect it to be a quick read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Luly Ceballos

    Simply amazing. Duncan and Granny keep the action up, bigger monsters and enemies becoming allies? I love how the full volume is like a TV series episode finishing with a little rest for our tired monster hunters (and for poor Duncan to get some sleep). Excellent. Simply best format to enjoy the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    Excellent storytelling. Adding another mythology to the story complicates things. Seems they can just summon excalibur as needed now. I remember reading the Beowulf story / epic / poem in a literature class once. It was kind of painful to read as mentioned in this story.

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