King Arthur

Once and Future #16

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2021

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Once and Future #16 comic reviewThings get event more tumultuous for our heroes as Merlin and Zombie Arthur continue their plans. Trapped in the Otherworld, Duncan and Bridgette have to deal with a crazed Lancelot as well as the sudden experience of a dragon (you have to love a comic that can just throw in a dragon at the last minute and it not seem out of place).

Things aren’t going to get any easier for the pair with the arrival of Galahad and Elaine whose appearance, and identity, confuses Lancelot (he’s not the only one).

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Once and Future #12

by Alan Rapp on October 21, 2020

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Once and Future #12 comic reviewThe battle with monsters continue and bring forth an unexpected ally. After killing Beowulf and Grendel, Duncan and Bridgette square off against Grendel’s mother who rips through the nursing home with monstrous glee.

When help comes, it comes from the unlikely source of Mary who is done serving her role as Elaine and is now Nimue (anybody else having a hard time remember who each character is supposed to be?). Her help comes not in the form of a weapon but a book as she reads Duncan into the tale of Beowulf letting him be the hero of the story (and possibly also laying the path to his eventual demise?) which also brings Excalibur into Duncan’s temporary possession.

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Once and Future #11

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2020

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Once and Future #11 comic reviewAfter killing Beowulf, who Merlin and Zombie Arthur sent after them by tricking the legendary hero into doing their bidding, Duncan and his grandmother are forced to deal with Grendel who attacks Bridgette‘s retirement community creating quite a mess.

Duncan arrives in time to help, much to the chagrin of his driver and the local police who are not happy about the inexplicable situation, but it’s Bridgette who strikes the killing blow as she expertly slices off the monster’s arm with the help of the groundskeeper’s chainsaw. The sight of the bloody senior citizen wielding a chainsaw against a mythical beast creates the issue’s lasting image. However, even after making sure the poem can continue without its hero, things aren’t quite finished just yet. Remember, Grendel had a mother.

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Once and Future #10

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2020

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Once and Future #10 comic reviewLast issue’s death of Bewoulf doesn’t take long to come back and haunt Duncan and his Bridgette as the epic poem’s villain shows up in the retirement community of Duncan’s grandmother.

Once and Future #10 brings back the bit of the fun from earlier issues as Bridgette is able to stand strong while telling a freaked-out young man, this time one of the nurses at the nursing home (rather than her grandson), to stay calm. The tension runs high here with Bridgette looking for any edge to stay alive while Grendel haunts the halls. Contrasting that, we see just how far Duncan has come in a dozen issues as he hijacks a taxi and gunpoint to try and reach his grandmother.

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Cursed – Nimue / Cursed

by Alan Rapp on August 6, 2020

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  • Title: Locke & Key – Trapper/Keeper
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Cursed - Nimue / Cursed television review

Based on Frank Miller‘s re-imagining of the King Arthur legend through the eyes of the girl who would become the Lady in the Lake, the first two episodes of Cursed introduce us to the outcast witch Nimue (Katherine Langford) who is scorned by her village for believing she was cursed as a child (a sequence shown in flashbacks in the second episode of the series). The maurading of Christian zealots known as the Red Paladins, out to destroy the Fey (all magical and non-Christian souls), leads to the destruction of Nimue’s village, the death of her mother (Catherine Walker), and a destiny entrusted to her to see a sword delivered to Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgård). I’ve seen both better and worse versions of the King Arthur legend, but, despite the slow moving first episode (and her inexplicable sudden control of a sword), I do like Langford in the role of the series’ lead.

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