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Out of the Past

(Once Upon A Time #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  765 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Return to the immersive world of ABC's hit TV series Once Upon a Time with an all-new sequel to the original graphic novel, Once Upon A Time: Shadow of The Queen. Welcome to the Enchanted Forest, where the characters from classic fairy tales have come to life - and are locked in an epic struggle between good and evil! Plotted by series writer and co-executive producer Kali ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2015 (first published March 31st 2015)
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Galaxy Adventurer
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, 2015
I really enjoyed this, I thought it was nice having background stories for the characters. My least favorite one was the one about Regina, I really like her character but it just felt like it was thrown in there just so they could have another story and it was pretty short. My favorite would probably be Rumple and Belle's story, but I also really enjoyed Jefferson's and Killian's! All of the art was so pretty! There was also some concept art in the back which I thought was pretty cool. I would d ...more
Chris Lemmerman
I'd been looking forward to this for ages, and in most respects, it doesn't disappoint. Split into four stories looking at different characters in the Once universe, each is drawn by a different artist, and these often make or break the stories.

We open with a story about Killian Jones pre-Captain Hook era, as he battles what seems to be Cthulhu. I'm going to pretend it's Cthulhu, because that makes things even better. The artwork in this story ranges from excellent to really undetailed, with cha
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I liked almost all of the stories. Regina's story bored me a bit, but I really liked the rest, even Rumbelle's. Killian and Jefferson's were my favorites, especially Jefferson's. Most of them were super sad, though. Like why dudes? Thanks for the tears lmao. But yes, I loved this so much. I love Once Upon A Time so much. I love Killian, Jefferson and Belle so much. Okay bye. ...more
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cried
Finally read this! I really enjoyed how the stories weren't based off the show, it definitely added to the fun of the Graphic Novel. OUAT is my favourite show so I love being in this world. ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved

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So this graphic novel??? Comic??? has 4 chapters. The first chapter is Killian's story before he meets Milah and becomes captain Hook and I literally died bc he looks so much like colin and the story was so heartbreaking. All of the stories were heartbreaking.
Then we have a Rumbelle chapter which was nice because Belle is so intelligent!
Regina's chapter was kind of short and the drawings weren't as awesome as the rest
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aricka
Recommended to EnglishElle by: Aricka
I really enjoyed reading prequel-like stories of some of my favorite characters in Once Upon a Time. Out of the Past has stories about Captain Hook (Killian), Belle and Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold), The Evil Queen (Regina), and The Mad Hatter (Jefferson). The artwork captures most of the actors' likeness in all of the short stories. After reading the four "chapters" in the book, there is bonus material for readers to peruse through. I hope that Marvel and Once Upon a Time continue to work together ...more
Nessie McInness
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely much better than the previous one.
The changes in illustrators was more understandable in this volume as it is a collection of different stories, and each of them has its own artist, hence it's less confusing than the previous one where the story remained the same, but the artists changed and it was, above all, annoying.

I probably liked this better as it had more about characters I liked (Hook, Rumple and Hatter), but even the stories featuring Belle and Regina were good.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was so terrible. The art (besides Belle's story; which was a great watercolour) looked like a child had done it. The stories had barely anything to do with the real plot lines of the show. The hatters story was the only one that highlighted a bit of the back story going on before what we learn of in the show. This was also more of mini comics than a graphic novel. ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is the worst graphic novel. It looks like a 3 yr old drew it. I wouldn't pay a $1 for it. I could go on a series rant about how terrible it is and why it was even published. The publisher should personally apologize to anyone who tried to read it. ...more
Sarah Crawford
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hardback, graphic novel format, four stories. The first is about Captain Hook. The second is about Belle and Rumpelstiltskin.The third is about the Evil Queen and the last story is about the Mad Hatter.There are also some bonus images.

All four stories are well done, moreso than in many other graphic novels I've read. They also fit well with the Once Upon a Time mythos.
Holly (sweetteaandgoodreads)
I wasn’t a big fan of the art style, but the stories were pretty good! I just wish they had been longer.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Most of the stories had sad endings but overall a ok read.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Not so good than first graphic novel. These stories were more like just little snippets in between and didn´t have a lot of new to their whole stories. But loved Jefferson´s story as it was significant one.
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I will also do a video review here at my channel:

"Once Upon a Time: Out of the Past" is the second graphic novel adaptation based off of the hit ABC television series, "Once Upon a Time." In this installment join Killian Jones on an adventure through the Leviathan Shoals; watch Belle continue to be a servant of the Dark One, but helps to protect him from someone from her past; join the Evil Queen as someone from her past seeks to destroy her; and witness the o
Moriah Venable
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Once Upon A Time though I do need to watch season four, I was excited when I heard they were making another graphic novel. I loved the first graphic novel.

While I didn't like the different art styles,(which eventually grew on me)I have to admit I loved the stories.

In the first one we see Killian before he became Hook, on the Jolly Rogers in a bad storm. He goes to another world, which is said to have made people go crazy. After getting there, he sees his brother, while his crew fee
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice, quick with that provided some cool background on some of the best characters. Also, the illustrations were beautiful!

Look, I know the guy who plays the Mad Hatter is onto bigger and better things- I'd leave the small screen if I could be Bucky Barnes in Captain America too! But I want him back on the show!
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Oct 17, 2015 added it
I just finished this quick read! While the drawings were nice, I wasn't a fan of some of the stories. They were a little boring, except for The Mad Hatter's story. He's my favorite character from the show and his book makes me love him even more. ...more
Jennifer Baratta
Loved Jefferson's back story along with Captain hook back story. Rumple and Belle's was okay although not for the faint of heart and the Back story of Regina was not as compelling as advertised. ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
The Rumple and Belle story was the best!!
I really do love this show but this particular graphic novel wasn't the best the only story that was worth reading was the Jefferson one, other than that this volume was kind of a let down after the last one and I say this as a Hook fan ( Hook is my favorite male character on the show). So without further ado lets talk about each section from the worst to the best...

Now I'm sorry but Regina's story in this was just boring and repetitive, I have seen her go through this on the show in several epi
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
2.5 stars. Rather a disappointing book as I hoped that it'll fill in some plotholes that found on Once Upon a Time but it only contains the most needed Jefferson & Grace's backstory (which it is the best of four stories and I really enjoyed it very much) Hook's story in Dead of Water was interesting but it fell rather too short to the storyline on show. I greatly enjoyed the pictures/color of Belle & Rumple's story. Regina's story... well... that was waste of the space since we had so many backs ...more
Jessica (Books: A true story)
A fun, quick must-read for Once Upon a Time fans.  The art is gorgeous.  The stories are all new and set in the Enchanted Forrest which I don't get to see as much of on the TV show as I would like.  Loved it!

This is my first graphic novel that I've ever reviewed.  It might possibly be the first I've ever read.  So I can say, as a graphic novel novice, that it was really fun to read this.  I didn't finish the first book in the Once Upon a Time book series because it was a novelization of Season 1

Jacquline Grace
Like Shadow of the Queen, I can't see non Oncer's liking this book. The stories were pretty decent fillers for the series. The stories could have been filled in a little more. They were extremely sad and give a bit more to the characters, but it was so rushed. Regina's plot line seemed less likely than the others and, to me, didn't fit with show canon. I don't see Evil Queen Regina riding in a carriage through dirt roads all night looking for Snow, she has guards for a reason and she'd use them. ...more
Octavia Cade
A collection of four comics containing back stories from Once Upon a Time. They're likable enough, if rather slight - the comic about Regina and the comic about Jefferson are the best of the bunch. I find the one about Belle and Rumple slightly irritating, to be honest, but for the same reason as I found them irritating in the show: her constant need to defend him and paper over how awful he is makes me think she's either got Stockholm Syndrome or is just secretly awful herself. Unfortunately, h ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wasn't a huge fan. My favourite chapter was chapter two and I thought the art style was really beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. However, there is a lot of repeating what has been in the television show and I feel that the only reason you would seek out the comic is if you have seen the show anyway so there seems to be no need for it. It just seemed to be that the characters told a lot more of the story rather than the artist showing it within the panels. ...more
Priscilla | Bookish.universe_
Same as the Comics book on Regina it's so great to see some stories that add something to the show.
All the illustrations are done in each story by a different artist and it adds up some diversity to that comics book.
I have a preference for Jefferson ( Mad Hatter ) and Killian Jones ( Captain Hook ) Stories.
Lissa Joy
Once again, the cover art (particularly the naked hardcover) is A+++.

I really liked these 4 short stories. I think “Dead in the Water” was perhaps the weakest of the 4 & “The Party in March” was my favourite, but I really enjoyed all of these.

Overall rankings:
1) The Party in March
2) Truth & Daggers
3) Ghosts
4) Dead in the Water
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