Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?

Bors The Younger, son of King Bors, was one of the Knights Of The Road Table in Arthurian legend, taking part in the Quest for The Holy Grail. In the Monty Python film, he is played by Terry Jones and is killed by a rabbit. In the more traditional version, he proves himself worthy enough to witness the Grail's mysteries alongside Galahad and Percival. He refuses to break his vow of celibacy even as women threaten to throw themselves off castle battlements unless he does so, later revealing themselves to be temptation demons. He also chooses to save an abducted young girl rather than his brother Lionel, from being tortured. As a result, Lionel tries to kill him, only to be struck down by God. He is the only knight to return from delivering the Holy Grail to its resting place, and it is he who tells the story of what happened, and succeeds Arthur, king of what remains of his kingdom. Bors is also mentioned in the Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain series from Boom Studios, Once & Future.

Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?

The comic has played out British myths of a variety of descriptions from a variety of cultures, interpreted in many ways through history, from Arthur to Beowulf and beyond, manifesting themselves in the countryside of England. All sorts of manifestations…

Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?

Well, Hot Fuzz is on ITV2 most nights, it's going to sink into the national psyche.

Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?

Sorry Simon. But there are other figures to bear in mind… such as the Knight Sir Bors. Who is needed for the rival Arthurian myths of the Holy Grail coming into play.

Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #12.

And just as the police get involved, so this flags the attention of government, which has its own ancient statutes unknown by the population, to govern them.

Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #12.

It is notable that Britain indeed has no written constitution, just a series of documents that, over time, fulfil such a purpose, but could be overturned at a governmental whim. Something the current government led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson has done a number of times, including proroguing Parliament and announcing they are willing to break international law over Brexit negotiations.

Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #12.

Bors. Boris. Bors. Boris. Was this piece of wordplay the entire point of Once & Future? I would not put it past Kieron Gillen, would you? This is how the second arc of Once & Future ends. The third arc begins with Once & Future #13 in a couple of weeks, The Parliament Of Ravens. Here's a preview:

Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #13 preview.
Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #13 preview.
Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #13 preview.
Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #13 preview.
Twelve Issues Of Once & Future Just Leading Up To The Biggest Pun?
Once & Future #13 preview.

ONCE & FUTURE #13 CVR A
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(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora
* Beowulf's arrival was an unexpected one and now that the smoke has cleared, Gran and Duncan are beginning to wonder what other surprises lurk around the corner.
* Meanwhile in the Otherworld, Merlin is up to his old tricks and crossing over with another story was just the beginning of his plan… In Shops: Nov 18, 2020 SRP: $3.99

 

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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