Once & Future #3

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Dan Mora Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: October 16, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 14
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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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.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - CJ Oct 17, 2019

    Once and Future #3continues to impress with its inversion of Arthurian lore, insanely engaging characters, and a creative team who is firing on all cylinders. I can't wait to see what else Gillen, Mora, and Bonvillain do with this lore. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Oct 16, 2019

    Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora swung big with Once & Future, and they absolutely hit out of the park. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 16, 2019

    Dan Mora's art is fantastic. It's beautifully detailed and fills each panel with energy. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 16, 2019

    Once And Future #3 injects a little bit of meta-commentary on the nature of stories into the mix, and it makes the book all the stronger. Beyond, Gillen sets a breakneck pace for the whole thing without sacrificing any of the needed exposition to make the scenes work. Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillains art draws it all together, giving the book the visuals it needs to make it all work. This comic is just marvelous and does what every good comic should- add new things to its story without bogging it down and provide an entertaining narrative. Once And Future #3 is a triumph of storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 28, 2019

    Other than surviving what's been thrown at them, things aren't looking all that bright for our heroes (despite Rose sign-up for the bizarre adventure). Arthur is moments away from retrieving the sword, and the woman responsible for his resurrection has also added her own knight to the new Round Table with a specific task that doesn't bode well for Duncan (or humanity). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Oct 16, 2019

    Once & Future #3 was a dramatic addition to the series; full of intense fight scenes, fascinating characters, and even some comic relief. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Oct 17, 2019

    History, legend, and a touch of humor combine in the plot to bring Arthur back from the dead to save England " whatever that means. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Oct 16, 2019

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Oct 16, 2019

    They found one heck of a way to throw us into the thick of this battle to keep the sword from the stone out of the hands of Arthur. Once & Future #3 was engaging, entertaining, action-packed, and even enlightening. I'd call it the full package among fantasy series currently on shelves. Right now this is not the book to overlook from BOOM! Studios. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Nicolas Duncan Oct 22, 2019

    Intriguing to find out if King Arthur succeeds or if Galahad will betray him for the gift of immortality! Maybe Duncan will be the successor of this story?! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Oct 21, 2019

    As the night gathers, the knights also gather in yet another phenomenal installment to this Arthurian tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Elizabeth Fazzio Oct 16, 2019

    I still wish Bridgette was MY gran. She's just so nonchalant bout the whole otherworldly activity thing. I mean, I suppose that's to be expected from someone who supposedly spent her youth chasing down beings of a mythical and/or mystical persuasion. The beauty of her character is that she gets some fantastic dialogue. There are several laugh-out-loud moments in issue #3, including one where Bridgette takes a truly divine dig at Duncan's bachelorhood. The way she jumps between "gran mode" and "no-nonsense monster hunter" is a delight to behold. In that way, she puts me I mind of Merlin from the Disney adaptation of "The Sword in the Stone" (1977). "Once & Future" as a whole is a wonderful book, yes, but Bridgette is what, to me, gives it that little extra bit of oomph. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Oct 18, 2019

    Artist Dan Mora and colorist Tamra Bonvillain have proven to be a match made in heaven. Their work is textured and rich with expression - even a wide shot with scratchy linework for characters conveys their emotions. Read Full Review

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