Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Fran Galan
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
What They Say:
August is a knight lost in time, and he’s discovered shocking truths about his very existence. But with a vile sorcerer preparing to bring all of reality crashing down around them, he barely has time to consider what he has discovered. Now, he must save reality, even though he knows that doing so will doom him.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Knights Temporal series draws to a close with this installment and it sets itself up for more with a multiverse of possibilities. Which is certainly interesting, especially if you’re like me and enjoy exploring those types of stories, but there’s so much multiverse material out there these days that it’s losing its specialness. Fran Galan continues to put in another great book here and I’ve really enjoyed their work on this series as it’s been stylish with some great moments of action that were wonderfully handled. I liked their take on the main character through a different lens and the crazy they brought to Jane was just perfect.
August’s actions in the previous installment have now put reality in danger as we see it falling apart, quite literally with shards of the sky of reality falling down all over the place. His battle against his other self was going badly enough with one of them wounded well, but his bringing the other August’s into it from across time was more than reality could handle. But that’s simply given August the reason to push forward and take down his other self that was going hard against him, pushing him over the edge into pain in order to find out where Gaspard is so he can put an end to it all and fix reality, putting it all back right. That’s not exactly easy to do and even his alternate self is pretty insistent to not trust their shared master and Jane herself in particular. That’s been a common theme but Jane never proves herself to be a threat to August, at least in this incarnation of him.
All of this leads full circle with Gaspard but one gets the sense that this is all just part of a larger plan of those chaos beings. I get the idea that this may or may not have been what they planned but August going and smashing the crystal and fragmenting it has lead to a myriad number of possibilities of other worlds and they’ve fled into it them in pieces themselves. It’s an interesting idea and setting August and Jane in going after them has a nice kind of resonance about it, though not enough that I’d want to read further stories about it. As a kind of creation myth itself it’s definitely an interesting take on it all and I liked seeing what August struggled with over the course of the run but wish the whole venture had just a bit more meat on its bones to connect with.
Knights Temporal has been a fun book overall and it delivered some great visuals and a really fun sense of self as it dealt with what August was dealing with. Jane Foole was a bit underutilized for my tastes considering what she could have been in the grand scheme of things but in the end it was all about August and Gaspard. The final fight is solid and Fran Galan’s artwork helped to elevate the book nicely so that you could really get into it with the dynamic movements and the expressiveness of the cast. It’s an easy recommend as a collected edition if you find it on sale as it’s a solid one-and-done release even if they do decide to do more later if the sales warranted it.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: January 8th, 2020