The Once And Future Queen #1

Writer: Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride Artist: Nick Brokenshire Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 1, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
7.6Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

It's out with the old myths and in with the new as a nineteen-year-old chess prodigy pulls Excalibur from the stone and becomes queen. Now, magic, romance, Fae, Merlin, and more await her! Lend her your axe as the creators of Amelia Cole start a new age of adventure!

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 1, 2017

    I think they've got some good stuff going on here and it has a lot of potential " if it has the opportunity to slow down just a bit and not throw too much at the reader too fast, allowing us to get to know the characters as they begin to realize the truth of who they are. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Feb 28, 2017

    Tomorrow's debut issue isn't perfect, but it's a beautiful and fun read, offering up a thoughtful twist on an age-old tale that will have you going back for future readings to see what subtle hints you might have missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 1, 2017

    The past, future, and present collide is a marvelous way through this first issue of Once And Future Queen. It has potential through just creativity in this world and its inner workings. The next step for us is to get to know this cast of characters a little better while pushing forward with what kind of future we're fighting for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 3, 2017

    Brokenshire, Kirkbride and Knave immerse readers in the duality of fantasy and everyday life with a thoughtful tone in "The Once and Future Queen" #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Sarah Moran Mar 2, 2017

    In all, this first issue of The Once And Future Queen promises a clever updating of a classic legend with modern touches. Intriguing in its premise, this comic sets up an exciting adventure that only really kicks off in its final pages, asking us to come back next month for the real action. Which I suggest you do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 26, 2017

    Fun, upbeat and wonderfully diverse, this modern twist on the legend of King Arthur looks set to be a massive hit, and given the track record of its creative team, this promises to be one hell of a ride going forward Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Feb 22, 2017

    The Once and Future Queen #1 is a story that will appeal to a younger audience wanting to familiarise themselves with the Arthurian tale with a modern twist. This interpretation seeks to make the story of Arthur a more believable in a real-world sense, whilst still trying to capture the magical essence of King Arthur. Its early days yet, so any world building or character development has yet to be established, so these things may unfold in later issues. Im curious to see where this story will go and how it will unfold and whether it can continue to drive forward in a fresh and original way. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Mar 2, 2017

    The back half of the book is a stark departure from the more deliberate pacing of the opener, the lead's sudden ascension from chess prodigy to sword wielding Queen unleashing a cavalcade of information and rapid setup. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Harry C. Feb 27, 2017

    Nick Brokenshire's art is playful and upbeat. Every other page changes color to set the tone for what is happening in the book and it's really allows the reader to appreciate how his work flows well with the story. The character expressions are fun as well, and his art is what saves this book from being a drab retelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Mar 1, 2017

    There's also a, perhaps unintentionally, Shrek reference, and that was weird. There're other little things I could harp on throughout, but at the end of the day, my impression of this book is more indifference than irritation. At the very least, it seems like everything, even the stuff I don't think quite works, is coming from the right place. Plus, I feel like there are definitely people who would pick this up and really dig it. If you're someone who's really into Arthurian Legend, I doubt this will really challenge you. But, if you're grandly unfamiliar and interested in seeing more equal representation in comics, this might be worth taking a look. Read Full Review

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