Boom! Studios 2019
Written by Kieron Gillen
Illustrated by Dan Mora
Coloured by Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
With the fate of the world in the balance, Duncan must finally accept his role in the larger story. But has Gran trained him well enough to defeat the undead King of the Britons by himself?
This is the final issue in this arc and I am hoping that this will be far from the last arc that we'll be seeing. What Kieron and Dan have created here opens up a whole new realm, pun intended, of possibilities to be explored. Duncan is a novice still and with Rose by his side I cannot wait to see what else Britanniae has in store for the pair. I still can't believe that it was happenchance that the two were on a first date when all this went down. First I don't believe in coincidence so that's out the window and it would seem that the fates had indeed intervened so that the pair would come together. However you wish to view it, it was serendipitous indeed.
I am loving how this is being told. The story & plot development we see with how the sequence of events unfold and how the reader learns information is relayed so amazingly well. How we have seen things develop over the course of these issues and how the course of events have fundamentally changed each one so drastically in what is for them such a short amount of time has been expertly presented. The character development is utterly phenomenal to see. How we have seen them grow, change and evolve through seeing act and react to the situations and circumstances that have been thrown at them has been a pure joy to watch. The pacing here is superb and as it takes through the pages and reveals the twists and turns along the way has helped create this thrilling ebb & flow to the book.
It is a shame that Duncan has remained in so much clothing the entire time but hey we can dream about a hairy ginger running around defeating dead kings can't we. I am waiting however for when a gay bloke gets the opportunity to make a name for himself in a situation such as this. Still the unassuming, clumsy guy we first met is definitely the confident man who we see at the end of this issue. I still wonder who Elaine is regarding Duncan but then again I am not sure we were ever supposed to truly know.
Dan is such an incredibly talented artist and illustrator. The linework we see and how the varying weights are being utilised to showcase the attention to detail is divine stuff. I am incredibly impressed with his ability to showcase movement throughout this book as well. I mean the sword work and the action sequences have this fluidity to them that is magical to see. The backgrounds that we see and how they work within the composition in the panels brings this superb depth perception, scale and overall sense of size and scope. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a truly talented and gifted eye for storytelling. Though I would like to see more backgrounds from him, after all the skeletons, the castle and those doors on the church I mean phew. The colour work is gorgeous as well. There are these spots that feel like they'd be camera flashes of dust in an empty room that capture the eye and mind beautifully. Then there is how we see the various hues and tones within the colours create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a sensational understanding of how colour works.
With the dual ending here we know that there will be another arc coming and I am so thankful for that. After all this is too good a story to have ended here. The imagination and creativity that we see on display here in both words and pictures transport us to another time and place and then back firmly in reality and it so inviting and more so when the danger is overwhelming. A superbly crafted story with amazing story and character development alongside some exquisite interiors.