smacker wrote:if merlin went backwards in time, then over the years wouldn't merlin's friends forget him one by one, rather than merlin forgetting his friends, as it says in panel 3?
From Merlin's perspective his friends would forget him. From their perspective, he would forget them. If we are talking about going forwards in time, past the point of Merlin's last exposure to a friend, he would no longer remember them at that point.
Though him forgetting his friends in this manner probably wasn't the reason he was lonely. It was probably more them forgetting him.
I read the The Once and Future King because of this comic.