BOOM! Studios is rushing to meet unprecedented demand for Once & Future #1, the debut issue of a new series by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain. The six-issue series debuts August 14, but has already sold out of its third printing at the distributor level, prompting the publisher to fast-track a fourth printing with a new cover to meet demand.
“We’re excited for fans to go to their comic shops at midnight tonight to discover just why Once & Future #1 is the hottest series launch in BOOM! Studios history,” said BOOM! Studios President of Sales and Marketing Filip Sablik in a statement. “And to make sure that readers don’t miss out on this historic launch, BOOM! Studios is fast tracking even more copies of the series premiere.”
Once & Future tackles Arthurian myth through ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her grandson Duncan as they jump into a world of magic and mythicism to defeat a group of nationalists who want to bring an old foe back from the dead.
In an interview with The Beat at San Diego Comic-Con, Gillen said that while the series isn’t political per se, “All books are political.” Further, he added, “I’ve had this idea for quite a while, but it became more sharpened with the lunacy of my country at the moment in terms of it tearing itself apart over this.”
Check out the covers for the first three printings of Once & Future #1 below and stay tuned for an announcement from BOOM! for the fourth cover artist.