Once and Future

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 #15

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2021

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Once and Future #15 comic reviewWhile Duncan and Bridgette travel to Avon in search of answers to what latest craziness Mary has unleashed, Rose gets an unexpected visit from Duncan’s mother who attempts to convince his son’s girlfriend to change sides (at the point of a gun). Once and Future #15 shakes things up a bit by allowing half of the story to be told from Mary’s point of view (although her holding a gun on Rose, and constantly threatening her life, doesn’t do a lot to help with any possible reasonableness of her argument).

Despite her craziness, there is a rationale behind Mary’s actions, and a peek into her childhood does help explain just how she got such a warped sense of the world (and why Lancelot is now walking around in this world). Following Rose standing up to the Green Knight in the last issue, here she shows resolve as well as bravery earning the respect of an enemy.

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Once and Future #13

by Alan Rapp on December 1, 2020

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Once and Future #13 comic reviewWith the Beowulf misadventures now complete, Duncan, Rose, and Bridgette prepare for the next move by Merlin and Zombie Arthur. They don’t have to wait long as a murder of crows show up to deliver dark warnings to Bridgette, which she doesn’t take kindly to.

Unwilling to sit still and wait for trouble to find them, the trio goes in search of the next Lancelot, believing him to be the key to Zombie Arthur’s next move. What they find instead is a gang of Nazis and something else entirely as the Green Knight has entered their tale. His sudden appearance does help Duncan with the Nazis. Is he foe? Or just another pawn in Merlin’s larger design?

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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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