Once & Future #22
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
The Rundown: Duncan and his group try to evade a persistent knight as the residents of the home deal with a rampaging giant.
Duncan, Rose and Bridgette are on the run from the knight Yvain and, more importantly, the giant killer lion he’s riding. As they speed their way to Stratford Upon Avon, the knight commands that they join the true Arthur as one of his knights. As the trio barely escape and look for a hidden arsenal that might help them, their former group from the home find themselves dealing with their own horrors as the castle they are hiding in is attacked by a giant. Bridgette’s instructions on how to fight one will have them looking to the fairies for help. Something that is dangerous enough on its own.
The trio discover the secret armory and Duncan learns the truth of its famous inhabitant. A truth that will lead them to some unconventional weapons for their cause. At the same time, Arthur continues to receive bad news from Merlin as his rival continues his march across the country. Merlin will enlist Galahad to prove his worthiness to his king. As Duncan, Bridgette and Rose prepare to face Yvain and his lion, they find that someone has beaten them to it. Someone whose loyalties are still in question.
The Story: Gillen delivers a thrilling, fun and entertaining thrill ride in this issue. The story has a wonderful balance of thrills, tension and humor that is engaging to read. All of the story elements work brilliantly together and I continue to love the scope of the world being created in this series. I cannot wait to see what happened and Gillen has me invested and intrigued with the surprising ending of this issue.
The Art: Dan Mora continues to be one of my favorite artists. The brilliant visual style and energetic action keep me engaged with every page and panel.