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The next chapter in the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award nominated series as Bridgette, Duncan, and Rose must find a way to stay one step ahead of Merlin and keep things secret, but it’s a modern era and secrets never stay hidden very long… THE WORST OF BOTH WORLDS. Although the monsters of Beowulf may have been defeated, the convergence of stories means the tether bet The next chapter in the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award nominated series as Bridgette, Duncan, and Rose must find a way to stay one step ahead of Merlin and keep things secret, but it’s a modern era and secrets never stay hidden very long… THE WORST OF BOTH WORLDS. Although the monsters of Beowulf may have been defeated, the convergence of stories means the tether between our world and the Otherworld grows dangerously thin. Determined to stay one step ahead of Arthur and Merlin’s plans, Bridgette and Duncan start with what they know, tracking down the last connections Nimue had: the Nationalists she used to resurrect Arthur, and Lancelot. But finding the legendary knight may not be enough, Merlin has found his last piece of the puzzle and it goes all the way up to the highest reaches of British government. In order to prevent more chaos, Bridgette, Duncan, and Rose must fight harder than ever to keep things secret, but it’s a modern era and secrets never stay hidden very long… New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, joins Russ Manning Award winning artist Dan Mora, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain present the next chapter in the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award nominated series.. Collects Once & Future #13-18.


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The next chapter in the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award nominated series as Bridgette, Duncan, and Rose must find a way to stay one step ahead of Merlin and keep things secret, but it’s a modern era and secrets never stay hidden very long… THE WORST OF BOTH WORLDS. Although the monsters of Beowulf may have been defeated, the convergence of stories means the tether bet The next chapter in the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award nominated series as Bridgette, Duncan, and Rose must find a way to stay one step ahead of Merlin and keep things secret, but it’s a modern era and secrets never stay hidden very long… THE WORST OF BOTH WORLDS. Although the monsters of Beowulf may have been defeated, the convergence of stories means the tether between our world and the Otherworld grows dangerously thin. Determined to stay one step ahead of Arthur and Merlin’s plans, Bridgette and Duncan start with what they know, tracking down the last connections Nimue had: the Nationalists she used to resurrect Arthur, and Lancelot. But finding the legendary knight may not be enough, Merlin has found his last piece of the puzzle and it goes all the way up to the highest reaches of British government. In order to prevent more chaos, Bridgette, Duncan, and Rose must fight harder than ever to keep things secret, but it’s a modern era and secrets never stay hidden very long… New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, joins Russ Manning Award winning artist Dan Mora, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain present the next chapter in the critically acclaimed and Eisner Award nominated series.. Collects Once & Future #13-18.

30 review for Once & Future, Vol. 3: The Parliament of Magpies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    My goal in life is to be exactly like Bridgette when I'm old and gray. I love her, flaws and all because she's just such a no-nonsense badass. The story expands further and Rose gets to play an even bigger part. Duncan is starting to get the hang of the hero-ing gig, but all the ladies in his life (including his mother?) seem to be padding his falls for him quite a bit. It's hard to say who the man character is, as everything started with Duncan learning about his heritage. But Bridgett is still r My goal in life is to be exactly like Bridgette when I'm old and gray. I love her, flaws and all because she's just such a no-nonsense badass. The story expands further and Rose gets to play an even bigger part. Duncan is starting to get the hang of the hero-ing gig, but all the ladies in his life (including his mother?) seem to be padding his falls for him quite a bit. It's hard to say who the man character is, as everything started with Duncan learning about his heritage. But Bridgett is still running the show, and this volume proved that Rose is going to be more of a power player in the overall story than originally thought. The same old villains are lurking around every corner and Merlin is still pulling everyone's strings. This volume digs a bit deeper into the mystery surrounding Duncan's mother, but for every answer tow more questions pop up. The biggest difference includes the addition of a special agent that liaisons with the UK government and a new recruit that is sent in to spy on his operation by a higher up in British politics. This politician looks suspiciously like Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The ending is a HUGE cliffhanger that seems to change the rules of the game further than anything so far. This gets better and better with every issue. Once & Future is one of those comics that just hold my attention from start to finish. Interesting characters, fast-paced plot, interesting world-building, and lovely art. Highly Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    The deeper this series wades into Arthurian lore, the more delightful it gets.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    'One for sorrow...' Volume 3 of Once & Future and it's really heating up now. This book, with its wonderful mix of Arthurian legend, Beowulf and 21st Century Britain, is rapidly becoming my favourite comicbook in my monthly haul... and I probably shouldn't say this but I found that ending very cathartic so a big thank you to the whole creative team for that one! Oh, and for the dragon-lovers out there, and I know you're there, there's a really great dragon in this volume. Great stuff! There's 'One for sorrow...' Volume 3 of Once & Future and it's really heating up now. This book, with its wonderful mix of Arthurian legend, Beowulf and 21st Century Britain, is rapidly becoming my favourite comicbook in my monthly haul... and I probably shouldn't say this but I found that ending very cathartic so a big thank you to the whole creative team for that one! Oh, and for the dragon-lovers out there, and I know you're there, there's a really great dragon in this volume. Great stuff! There's no doubt I could have finished this book in one sitting but I deliberately chose to spread it over three days to prolong the enjoyment, it's that good. My next book: Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil vol. 12

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Duncan, Rose and Granny Bridgette face more nightmarishly warped Arthurian legends - it’s the Green Knight, Lancelot and Galahad’s turns - as Merlin continues his plan to take the Grail and return Arthur to the throne of England… with bloody consequences! Once & Future is an ok series but it’s gotten a little too action heavy in this third book for its own good. I didn’t mind it so much in the second book with Grendel and co. but it’s pushing it a bit to have another book of the gang fighting mo Duncan, Rose and Granny Bridgette face more nightmarishly warped Arthurian legends - it’s the Green Knight, Lancelot and Galahad’s turns - as Merlin continues his plan to take the Grail and return Arthur to the throne of England… with bloody consequences! Once & Future is an ok series but it’s gotten a little too action heavy in this third book for its own good. I didn’t mind it so much in the second book with Grendel and co. but it’s pushing it a bit to have another book of the gang fighting monstrous characters almost the entire time AGAIN. I’m not totally sure what Duncan’s mum Mary/Nimue’s motivations are or why she’s “bad”, and the concept of “being” a story is really underdeveloped to the point of confusion - how does Duncan saying he’s Gawain mean anything? You just tell yourself you’re a character in a story and then… you become it, or something? Instead of just non-stop action, expanding on these core concepts of the series would’ve made this book better. As it is, I wasn’t that taken with watching people fighting the big bads of this book. The familiar characters all look really interesting as reimagined by Dan Mora, whose art is once again superb, particularly Lancelot who looks very striking in bright blue. The opening scene with Gran and the magpies is fantastic and the ending is a great cliffhanger but most of the middle didn’t do much to grab me. Lots of noise, little meaning. If all you want in this series is flashy action, you’ll enjoy this book, but if you’re after anything slightly deeper than superficial, you’ll be let down with Once & Future, Volume 3: The Parliament of Magpies.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    We return to the Arthurian legends in this arc, with two more rearing their heads. The book is packed with action and humor. Gillen ups the ante with that ending. Wow! Can't wait for the next arc. Dan Mora's art sings. Tamra Bonvillain's colors pop off the page. One of the best looking comics out there. We return to the Arthurian legends in this arc, with two more rearing their heads. The book is packed with action and humor. Gillen ups the ante with that ending. Wow! Can't wait for the next arc. Dan Mora's art sings. Tamra Bonvillain's colors pop off the page. One of the best looking comics out there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The third arc of Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's Arthurian epic continues to impress just as much as the first two. The art's still top notch, the humour's on point, and the story shows no sign of slowing down. I was worried that O&F would fall prey to Boom!'s usual 12 issues and done type deal, but it looks like we're in for the long haul, and I couldn't be happier. The third arc of Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora's Arthurian epic continues to impress just as much as the first two. The art's still top notch, the humour's on point, and the story shows no sign of slowing down. I was worried that O&F would fall prey to Boom!'s usual 12 issues and done type deal, but it looks like we're in for the long haul, and I couldn't be happier.

  7. 5 out of 5

    James

    3.5 stars. I was a little shaky reading this having a hard time trying to remember what went down in the last volume. This has me a bit lost in the beginning. Luckily, as the book progressed, it got away from the connections to the last book and started to blaze a trail ahead dealing with what’s going on now and on the horizon. The fast pacing continues as it was a mad dash for the opposition to get what was needed to the fading king. Big action and a pretty good sense of adventure with an endin 3.5 stars. I was a little shaky reading this having a hard time trying to remember what went down in the last volume. This has me a bit lost in the beginning. Luckily, as the book progressed, it got away from the connections to the last book and started to blaze a trail ahead dealing with what’s going on now and on the horizon. The fast pacing continues as it was a mad dash for the opposition to get what was needed to the fading king. Big action and a pretty good sense of adventure with an ending that will have you wanting to check out the next volume.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    4.5 stars Probably my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed vol 2’s diversion into a different English myth, but also felt it confused the narrative drive that vol1 set up, so I’m glad to see vol3 focused so entirely on Arthurian stories again. And wow are there a bunch of new Arthurian bits brought in here in interesting (and visually stunning) ways; thankfully they all cohere nicely, and pretty much exhaust the named knights that I’m familiar with. The reveal of the knight Bors (and his plac 4.5 stars Probably my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed vol 2’s diversion into a different English myth, but also felt it confused the narrative drive that vol1 set up, so I’m glad to see vol3 focused so entirely on Arthurian stories again. And wow are there a bunch of new Arthurian bits brought in here in interesting (and visually stunning) ways; thankfully they all cohere nicely, and pretty much exhaust the named knights that I’m familiar with. The reveal of the knight Bors (and his place in the story) is devilishly clever by Gillen. The supernatural plotting also takes a big leap forward without feeling too rushed or unnatural, ratcheting up the consequences and fleshing out the world-building at the same time. It’s still not a book I’d describe as characters-first, but this is definitely the most I’ve cared about these characters yet. The trio of Rose, Nemue, and good old Granny Bridgette all get great moments and added nuance I appreciated; Duncan is still a bit of an empty snooze as the apparent protagonist, but he’s mostly backgrounded in these issues. Burying the lede, these are also some of the prettiest issues of an already spectacular looking series. The new Arthurian inclusions all have eye-catching designs and Bonvillain’s coloring throughout remains astounding. “You can’t stop the story. You just have to hope for a better ending.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Khurram

    I like the story, I like to concept, I like the characters the only reason I could not hive this five stars is a few of the action panels and dialogue is a bit too confusing. I am glad that Rose got a bigger part in this book as she only really had a cameo on the last book. Gean is awesome as always. Duncan is great fighting monsters, but not so much in dealing with people in any level. Merlin's plan is revealed and players lear their real roles. This is a great action packed volume after this eve I like the story, I like to concept, I like the characters the only reason I could not hive this five stars is a few of the action panels and dialogue is a bit too confusing. I am glad that Rose got a bigger part in this book as she only really had a cameo on the last book. Gean is awesome as always. Duncan is great fighting monsters, but not so much in dealing with people in any level. Merlin's plan is revealed and players lear their real roles. This is a great action packed volume after this everything has changed. All round great book. It includes an a4 cover gallery at the back. I can't wait for volume 4.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    What better day to finish a story about Britain's enduring susceptibility to dangerous old stories? Gillen has pitched Once & Future as being the Matter of Britain played as The Mummy, but while admittedly I've never seen (nor ever plan to) the Tom Cruise version, and for all that mummies generally creep me out far more than skeletons or vampires or whatever, most takes on The Mummy come out far more pulp adventure than this, far less gory, maggoty horror. The last volume's final tease is left i What better day to finish a story about Britain's enduring susceptibility to dangerous old stories? Gillen has pitched Once & Future as being the Matter of Britain played as The Mummy, but while admittedly I've never seen (nor ever plan to) the Tom Cruise version, and for all that mummies generally creep me out far more than skeletons or vampires or whatever, most takes on The Mummy come out far more pulp adventure than this, far less gory, maggoty horror. The last volume's final tease is left in the background for a while, though it's interesting that they take the old Marvel approach to depicting real-world politicians: obscured by convenient shadows even when the dialogue &c make abundantly clear who it is, the Prime Minister talking about tearing up old rules while dropping schoolboy mannerisms – and this aside from the Bors/Boris pun with which he was initially thrown into the mix. Other than that – more backstory is unveiled, repercussions of the chaos in the story so far unfold, and another key Arthurian figure comes into play. Lancelot, being a later addition to the myth, is a little less primal (and horrific) than most of the Otherworld inhabitants we've seen thus far – though of course aspects of his stories are plenty gruesome nonetheless, and threading that through your family history, well. It's just a shame that, as ever in the 2020s, reading stories of what are meant to be stranger and darker worlds ends up feeling like a glimpse of somewhere slightly better instead. [SPOILER] After all, at least in this Boris Johnson faces some personal consequences for the dark and atavistic forces, the chaos and death he's so wilfully yet carelessly unleashed, instead of getting a resounding vote of support from a populace apparently delighted with serfdom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    This series keeps getting better. I still think Gillen's plotting is too dense for its own good––he even has his character remark on how confusing the story is!––but this volume is the best balance of deep-cut lore and character-fueled story beats. The genre/history/fantasy mashups are the best they've been, and as confusing as some of the plots are, it really is a treat to see Gillen and Mora and Bonvillain cause a ruckus in the world they've concocted together. And yeah, the series is gorgeous This series keeps getting better. I still think Gillen's plotting is too dense for its own good––he even has his character remark on how confusing the story is!––but this volume is the best balance of deep-cut lore and character-fueled story beats. The genre/history/fantasy mashups are the best they've been, and as confusing as some of the plots are, it really is a treat to see Gillen and Mora and Bonvillain cause a ruckus in the world they've concocted together. And yeah, the series is gorgeous to look at, too. Mora is a stellar artist, and he has a firmer grasp of body language, facial expressions, and visual pacing than a lot of his peers. The comic's visual language occupies this delightful place between realism and anime, and I'm all for it. The exaggerated reactions, exuberant gore, energetic layouts; every page is a feast. Bonvillain's colors are once again a major selling point, as he injects a brilliant vibrancy to the pages that makes the visuals come alive in a striking, often shocking way. I will note that some pages are a bit too chaotic, which isn't uncommon for the series, with both Mora and Bonvillain's work sometimes coming off as muddled. But really, this still far and away one of the best-looking comics on shelves. This arc had me in the palm of its hand from the first panel to the last, and I'm thrilled to see how the team builds off the bonkers ending they wrapped this up with.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trike

    Every bit as action-packed as before if not quite as funny, but this is still a super read. The art by Dan Mora continues to impress and makes all the over-then-top craziness work somehow. Gillen’s set-ups and call-backs are on point throughout, something that rarely happens in comics. I’ve always liked his other writing, such as on Star Wars: Doctor Aphra and the WWII superhero series Uber, Volume 1, and liked it enough to keep reading, but with this he’s really hitting his stride and despite t Every bit as action-packed as before if not quite as funny, but this is still a super read. The art by Dan Mora continues to impress and makes all the over-then-top craziness work somehow. Gillen’s set-ups and call-backs are on point throughout, something that rarely happens in comics. I’ve always liked his other writing, such as on Star Wars: Doctor Aphra and the WWII superhero series Uber, Volume 1, and liked it enough to keep reading, but with this he’s really hitting his stride and despite the fact I’m not much interested in King Arthur tales I impatiently wait each new installment. I’m eager for the next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    sassafrass

    5* for decapitating boris johnson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Demsky

    Still fun :D Read by issues, but will be using volumes for ratings, that's why I rate even though the 'book' is not out yet. Still fun :D Read by issues, but will be using volumes for ratings, that's why I rate even though the 'book' is not out yet.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    For the first time in this series, I really felt like I didn't have enough background in the myths and legends to quite grasp everything that's going on. But even so, this is a blazing action story that throws a couple of new elements into the mix (expanding on the government aspect that Bridgette had been sorely hoping to keep out of things) and does some complicated things with the characters and the archetypes they portray. A fair bit of it feels like it's getting pieces into place for the ne For the first time in this series, I really felt like I didn't have enough background in the myths and legends to quite grasp everything that's going on. But even so, this is a blazing action story that throws a couple of new elements into the mix (expanding on the government aspect that Bridgette had been sorely hoping to keep out of things) and does some complicated things with the characters and the archetypes they portray. A fair bit of it feels like it's getting pieces into place for the next volume, but it does so in a way that is a pretty fulfilling story on its own. The interactions between our main trio get increasingly complex, with a dark humor that feels very familial. The art is still stunning, especially in its color usage. The story is still fascinating, even as it gets increasingly convoluted. I look forward to seeing where it goes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    AJ Kallas

    Consistently amazing. Love this book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Brainy, funny, gorgeous. Obsessed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Still enjoying this. Lots of old English legends and stories having an impact on the present. Arthur coming back as a villain. New heroes rising. A fun time and the art is great

  19. 5 out of 5

    Xroldx

    And the story of zombi King Arthur continues this time Lancelot comes in to play as well as other characters from Arthur lore. Do the artwork is stunning, I can see that people might lose grasp on the story as Gillen does throw in a lot of characters that are related to the Arthur myths but might not be known to everyone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    With the tone and direction fully established through the previous two story arcs, this latest volume embraces its action-packed and zany story-telling with more classic references while pushing its cast into unconventional and over-the-top adventures. Let there be more chaos! Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ With the tone and direction fully established through the previous two story arcs, this latest volume embraces its action-packed and zany story-telling with more classic references while pushing its cast into unconventional and over-the-top adventures. Let there be more chaos! Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Geub

    I love the modern spin on king arthurian tales and the color scheme in this series screams perfection for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2021/08/2... This third volume of the Once & Future series is as strong as the first two, and I am loving these twisted King Arthur tales! The story starts out innocently (I’m not fooled), as Gran relaxes with one of her many cigs out on the patio of her senior home when six magpies fly to her. She recites two nursery rhymes that would correlate with the six birds and realizes they are a bad omen of what is to come. Of course, t This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2021/08/2... This third volume of the Once & Future series is as strong as the first two, and I am loving these twisted King Arthur tales! The story starts out innocently (I’m not fooled), as Gran relaxes with one of her many cigs out on the patio of her senior home when six magpies fly to her. She recites two nursery rhymes that would correlate with the six birds and realizes they are a bad omen of what is to come. Of course, the colored orbs surrounding them is always a clue that magic and mayhem are around the corner. She calls her hunky ginger grandson Duncan over to help and he brings along his love interest Rose along as she has some foretelling powers. While the story continues with a dark King Arthur and Merlin, some other English tales and characters are incorporated- such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Elaine of Astolat and Elaine of Corbenic. All of these mentions made me have to look up Wikipedia entries on them all, as my knowledge of Arthurian tales is rather scant. The way that Gran, Duncan, Rose, and Duncan’s mother Mary twist all of these legends around to suit them can be a bit confusing, yet it works. Rose is incorporated more into this story, as she takes charge of a beheading and then later befriending a flying dragon. The concluding pages seem to put Arthur and Merlin to rest, but of course, there is a twist that brings them alive once more. And now because of someone’s stupidity, the dark magic is out in the world for everyone to see, not just monster hunters and sinister government agencies. The strange creatures on the last page are creepily awesome. I look forward to what author Kieron Gillen and artist Dan Mora have planned next for readers!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie McDaniel

    This is more like it. After the balls-to-the-wall (and quite gory) action set pieces in the previous volume, Old English, this volume focuses a little more on the characters. Grandma Bridgette is her usual cynical badass self, and Duncan is settling into his role of monster slayer a bit better. This volume does have a bit more convoluted plotting than the previous two, as Kieron Gillen is trying to match his modern story to the many variations, twists and turns of the original Arthuriana. Gawain This is more like it. After the balls-to-the-wall (and quite gory) action set pieces in the previous volume, Old English, this volume focuses a little more on the characters. Grandma Bridgette is her usual cynical badass self, and Duncan is settling into his role of monster slayer a bit better. This volume does have a bit more convoluted plotting than the previous two, as Kieron Gillen is trying to match his modern story to the many variations, twists and turns of the original Arthuriana. Gawain the Green Knight makes an appearance, and his story "infects" Duncan's girlfriend Rose (who thankfully has a lot more to do). This is all in service of the puppet master behind the scenes, Merlin, who is manipulating the overarching story to bring the mad undead king Arthur back to Britain. In a cameo at the end--in silhouette and black shadow, but the reader can tell it's England's current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson--"Bors" makes the mistake of revealing the existence of monsters the same moment as Zombie Arthur drinks from the Holy Grail, with the result that the entire country is sucked into the Otherworld. ("Bors" also gets his head handed to him by Arthur, quite literally.) As always, the art is just gorgeous in this volume. I gather it's rather unusual for an artist and colorist to stick with a title as long as Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain have for this one? I am grateful, as the consistency in the colors, panels, character placements and designs is a big part of why this series is so good. With the closing cliffhanger of this volume, future installments in the series promise a big shakeup in the overall story. Looking forward to it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    It took me a minute to get into these series. At first, it was kind of a Grimm (or insert your own reference for stories with people hunting supernatural creatures), but then it evolves dramatically into a much more complex and fascinating universe. One I’m not all too excited to follow. In fact, book three takes you further than ever into this place where stories and reality collide, brutally and bloodily, and the worldbuilding is now at the level where there’s enough terror and enough realism It took me a minute to get into these series. At first, it was kind of a Grimm (or insert your own reference for stories with people hunting supernatural creatures), but then it evolves dramatically into a much more complex and fascinating universe. One I’m not all too excited to follow. In fact, book three takes you further than ever into this place where stories and reality collide, brutally and bloodily, and the worldbuilding is now at the level where there’s enough terror and enough realism you can properly (and terrifyingly) engage with the narrative. Moreover, now there’s a political commentary here. The author snuck it in subtly enough (and I for one love subtlety with these things), but there it is, the Brexit mentality, England for English, xenophobic commentary, etc. Only the threat (perceived and real) to the nation is on a far grander scale, straight out of the classics, the proper battle of good and evil with ancient evil looking to rise up and modern good (as represented by Duncan, his girlfriend and, the main event, his awesome, awesome grandma) are potentially all that stands in its way. Now that the world is getting woke to the power of older (and female) characters above and beyond Mrs. Marple, they get more attention and pages, but there’s still no one quite like this chain smoking asskicking granny out there. Love that character. Overall, a wildly entertaining ride that features great storytelling and terrific technicolor bonanza of art panels. Recommended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    The saga continues with a good middle Volume. We dive more into the roles of the Arthurian legends here, with our characters filling them in the modern day plot. (It actually has me combing my brain to see what loopholes I can find in the tales... trying to determine where the plot is heading. But this book still has me guessing. As Arthur continues to fade away, Merlin's machinations ebb and flow. Rose kills the Green Knight and takes on the role of Gawain. Duncan's mom shows up again on the sce The saga continues with a good middle Volume. We dive more into the roles of the Arthurian legends here, with our characters filling them in the modern day plot. (It actually has me combing my brain to see what loopholes I can find in the tales... trying to determine where the plot is heading. But this book still has me guessing. As Arthur continues to fade away, Merlin's machinations ebb and flow. Rose kills the Green Knight and takes on the role of Gawain. Duncan's mom shows up again on the scene and claims to now be in the role of Elaine, resurrecting a robot-ninja-like kind of warrior to be Lancelot. Merlin raises Galahad, now a nightmarish centaur. The plot is to get the Grail to Arthur to heal him... and it does, though indirectly. Arthur is restored to full power, and he immediately pulls London into Otherworld, and starts his conquest for real. Where this is headed next, I don't know, but I can feel the pressure building... what happens next? Strong recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mohan Vemulapalli

    "Once & Future: The Parliament of Magpies" is a strong well plotted book that builds on the foundation created by the previous two volumes. Following the Beowulf cycle from the previous volume this story arc builds momentum as we see the advent of shadowy forces from within the British government intent on confronting the forces of myth head on. Of course this is a recipe for disaster and the final resolution of the story arc definitely pays off. This volume takes the reader far beyond the "Mons "Once & Future: The Parliament of Magpies" is a strong well plotted book that builds on the foundation created by the previous two volumes. Following the Beowulf cycle from the previous volume this story arc builds momentum as we see the advent of shadowy forces from within the British government intent on confronting the forces of myth head on. Of course this is a recipe for disaster and the final resolution of the story arc definitely pays off. This volume takes the reader far beyond the "Monsters vs Heroes" theme of the first volume The conflicts presented in this volume become deeply nuanced and we see fault lines developing within each faction. In particular, the simmering conflict between Merlin and Nimue comes to a boil and the Shadow Minister emerges as a potential threat to Bridget's team.

  27. 5 out of 5

    The Geeky Viking

    If I'm being honest, if it wasn't for Dan Mora's fantastic artwork I would have left after the second volume. Writer/Creator Kieron Gillen has come up with an intriguing urban fantasy concept, but it's let down by the characters. Duncan, the main character, is a bit of a dud and the other characters surrounding him aren't much better. It's all plot, plot, plot and there's no time for anyone to really develop. But the main draw here is Dan Mora's artwork and that's well and truly off the chains. If I'm being honest, if it wasn't for Dan Mora's fantastic artwork I would have left after the second volume. Writer/Creator Kieron Gillen has come up with an intriguing urban fantasy concept, but it's let down by the characters. Duncan, the main character, is a bit of a dud and the other characters surrounding him aren't much better. It's all plot, plot, plot and there's no time for anyone to really develop. But the main draw here is Dan Mora's artwork and that's well and truly off the chains. It's beautiful to look at and his pencils keep me coming back for more. This one ends on a big cliffhanger and the next volume looks like it could go to some really cool places, so as long as Dan's still pencilling I'll be returing to see what happens next.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Otton

    I am absolutely loving this series. It's the perfect mix of humour, action, character development and story that just makes the pages fly by. To top that off is some truly beautiful artwork and what you have left is a really fun comic that provides a story that is quite unique. If I had to pick an issue with this series it would be that sometimes when they are in the other world the backgrounds are quite hard to decipher. There are times when what I am seeing is just a touch too alien and I can' I am absolutely loving this series. It's the perfect mix of humour, action, character development and story that just makes the pages fly by. To top that off is some truly beautiful artwork and what you have left is a really fun comic that provides a story that is quite unique. If I had to pick an issue with this series it would be that sometimes when they are in the other world the backgrounds are quite hard to decipher. There are times when what I am seeing is just a touch too alien and I can't quite make out what's going on. It's a small issue in an otherwise excellent series though and I really can't wait for the next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Robertson

    This series is really coming together for me: fantastic art, memorable characters, and literary allusions aplenty for this English teacher. In terms of characters, I think I liked the grandma even more after this volume: her scene with the dying neo-Nazi really gave her character some needed depth. I have high hopes for the next installments of this series, and based on what has come already, I think they will be realized.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gary Sassaman

    Weakest volume so far, but still enjoyable. I think there's enough story for maybe 4 good comics here, instead of the 6 that are collected in this volume (issues #13-18). Dan Mora's art and Tamara Bonvillain's color are both still spectacular, but you can see Mora getting stretched a little thin with also doing Batman in Detective Comics. I'll continue to this til the end, which I think is coming soon, though. Weakest volume so far, but still enjoyable. I think there's enough story for maybe 4 good comics here, instead of the 6 that are collected in this volume (issues #13-18). Dan Mora's art and Tamara Bonvillain's color are both still spectacular, but you can see Mora getting stretched a little thin with also doing Batman in Detective Comics. I'll continue to this til the end, which I think is coming soon, though.

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