Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Fran Galan
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
What They Say:
Hunting a sorcerer is tricky business under the best of circumstances. But Auguste de Riviere has found his crusade — and his very existence — scattered across countless times and places. Now, his prey has unleashed the most unexpected of threats. Auguste is confronted by…Auguste?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Knights Temporal has been a really fun book to get into if only from the artwork itself. Fran Galan has a great sense of style about his work that really connects, especially with the character designs. There’s something that’s not there in a lot of other books that makes it stand out in how the characters look and think about things in the quieter frames and the expressiveness in the action. Cullen Bunn continues to deliver an interesting story even if it feels a little disjointed here because of the back and forth bits and a little less clarity than I’d care for in some places. It’s still a lot of fun and I want to know more of the big picture pieces behind all of it.
With so much having gone done it’s good to see that Auguste has taken some downtime to hide out with Jane and the young woman that got caught up in everything, Kerri. She’s still freaking out about everything and I like that she’s just trying to get the basics of what’s happened and why with all these creatures. Not that it makes a lot of sense to her but I adore that she asks the real question of why it’s all happening, what Gaspar wants, and Auguste has no real answer to that. That puts a little panic in Jane, however, as she’s been orchestrating all of this without him questioning her a lot. Kerri’s the disruptor in that plan and the attempt to find out from the being that put him on this path is just reinforcing how much Jane likely knows in comparison to him.
The otherplace where Auguste does attempt to get answers doesn’t really provide much but it does make clear their disappointment in Auguste. We saw in the flashback opening a period where Gaspar convinced Auguste to join him and distrust Jane and the rest which lead to a brutal betrayal. But in the present, all of this points to a place where Auguste is even more unsure of what’s really going on. That’s made even worse when an older version of him arrives to seemingly want to kill him. There’s a lot going on in this and the dialogue that doesn’t land as smoothly as it should but the idea that the Auguste that we’ve been following is drawing from the other versions of him in the past is intriguing to see how it may play out.
Knights Temporal has a lot of things going on in it but it feels like we’re still missing some key pieces in order to really connect with it in full. I love the dynamic between Auguste and Jane as she has the right kind of nuts about her personality and he handles it well but not just letting her go on constantly. Kerri’s going to be something important by the end of the run so seeing her getting caught up and asking the obvious questions is definitely welcome. With some great artwork, some neat fight sequences, and teases of the bigger picture coming in more, I’m looking forward to the back half of this run.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: September 25th, 2019