"Once and Future" Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Dan Mora
To say I've been waiting patiently for this week to come would be quite a lie.
BOOM! has been on absolute fire with their latest releases, and this week could not come soon enough for people anxiously awaiting the next issues of Once and Future (OF) and Something is Killing the Children (SKC), as both released on 10/6/2019.
Kieron Gillen is quickly becoming one of the writers that I keep an eye out for, especially after the fantasy epic Die managed to get me in its grip immediately upon release.
It wasn't until the third printing or so that the buzz surrounding Once and Future had grown so loud that I couldn't ignore it, so I caved and snatched up a couple of reprints from my Local Comic Shop (6th print for Issue one, can you believe it?)
The story is beautifully drawn by Dan Mora, and the setting shifts regularly from a fantastical land that lies just on the other side of reality, to back home, often enough that the lines get blurred in just the right way that keeps the story moving forward, inching ever closer to the potential ruin that the newly revived and despotic King Arthur is looking to bring to the known world.
If you haven't had a chance to hop on to Once and Future yet, you should be able to find one of the numerous reprints of issue 1 and 2 at a comic shop near you, as issue 1 heads into an insane 7th printing. I'm excited to see where main characters Duncan and Gran end up over the course of this title.
Issue #3 is currently available at your local comic shop, marking the midway point of this mini-series, so be sure to grab that soon, especially if you're into modern twists on medieval lore!
Now on to the other big BOOM! title...
"Something is Killing the Children" Writer: James Tynion IV, Artist: Werther Dell’Edera, Colorist: Miquel Muerto, Letterer: Andworld Design
Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV is a wonderfully chilling read. After keeping up with Tynion's Justice League Dark, I was beyond ready to get into his creation that was SKC.
If you manage to get a copy of the first issue (again, BOOM! is killing it and this title is going on to a 5th print as well) you'll be delighted by the introduction of Erica Slaughter in a world where the creatures of the dark are deadly real.
This book seems to stick to the narrative of things being in the style of "it's just another day in the office". While the story may seem fresh and terrifying to the readers and the victims of Archer's Peak, Tynion's monster hunter seems rather unsurprised by the events taking place.
I'm absolutely adoring this book, as Tynion writes another horror story, we can see parallels between his tried and true ability to pump out chilling tales, and our heroine's ability to do her job with the same tact and finesse.
It also doesn't hurt to add that artist Werther Dell’Edera manages to bring constantly vivid imagery to the forefront of this book, from the rather mundane cast of Archer's Peak, and Erica's rough and rowdy character, to the titular "Something" that lurks within. Miquel Muerto's colors help to tie everything in the book together, helping certain images pop when need be.
Something is Killing the Children is a great monster story that doesn't miss a beat in making you feel like one of the denizens of Archer's Peak, anxious and fearing what might lie in the shadows.
Oh, and the knock off Applebee's is great, so make sure to stick around at least until issue #2.
Issues #1 and #2 are available at your local comic shop, so if you're into horror, this is a great limited series to hop on to.