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Nor is it a secret that I'm a big fan of DC's supernatural characters. So a combination of the two should be a sort of perfect storm for me. And while I'm intrigued by the story being developed by Cornell, Neves and Albert and the rest of the creators I'm not completely sold yet.
Demon Knights Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark
This volume left me feeling like there was something missing. Part of it might be my misunderstanding of the intended concept, I'll admit. I thought going in that Now, it's no secret that I am a huge "Arthurian" fan. I thought going in that this was going to be set either in Camelot or slightly after Camelot's fall, rather than several centuries later. I was a bit disappointed when I realized just how big a time jump the narrative was taking.
Part of it might be that of course it's an origin story, and so seven issues are taken to establish the characters and their conflicts this, from what I've been told, has been the norm for The New 52, especially for the team books and while that's interesting, the story ends up feeling a bit stagnant. Now, what I liked about the book: the combination of new and revamped characters. A Visigoth-era Vandal Savage, bulked out and more than a bit devious? Not my favorite take on the character, but it'll do. New characters Al Jabr the Muslim inventor , Exoristes an exiled Amazon who looks an awful lot like the pre version of Queen Hippolyta , and The Horsewoman nameless and with a mysterious malady?
All interesting enough to make me want to know more about them. I'm one of those who thought his Seven Soldiers was a garbled mess and the female-pretending-to-be-male Sir Ystin felt more garbled than the rest. I don't usually have a problem with "legacy" characters carrying on former heroes names Maybe he will make an appearance eventually. There's no rule saying there can't be more than one Shining Knight running around. I'd also been hoping to see what Cornell might do with the mute Brian Kent, the Silent Knight, but he's not present either.
As for the plot, I'm probably not spoiling anything to say that most of the book takes place in a beseiged town, and that the Knights end up fending off the army of someone called The Questing Queen, who seems to have taken Mordred as her lover and kept him alive long after Camelot fell. I won't spoil what the Questing Queen is actually in search of, though.
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While I don't think this was the strongest debut of a new comic series, I enjoyed it enough that I'll pick up Volume Two whenever DC gets around to collecting the next seven issues. Feb 27, James Dunphy rated it liked it. Demon Knights is supposed to be a DC title set in their middle ages of the New 52 reboot although with dinosaurs and barbarians sharing a world I doubt this is an accurate world That makes it technically the earliest. I Demon Knights is supposed to be a DC title set in their middle ages of the New 52 reboot although with dinosaurs and barbarians sharing a world I doubt this is an accurate world The first arc of this collection tries to fill in the origins for all of the heroes in a clean slate.
Shining Knight for some reason is given a whole origin issue why her I have no idea, but I still enjoyed it. Other characters that interested me where the mathematic and pious Al Jabr, and the fact that Vandal Savage makes an appearance in this timeline. There are lots of links to other DC titles in Demon Knights.
This title does a good job of weaving the various corners of the DCU together in a unique way through the timeline and setting. This is just a lot of fun to read if you like fantasy comics. The art is decent enough and there is plenty of action from a unique party of heroes. This was one of those New 52 titles that snuck up on me and impressed me when I thought I was going to be let down. Dec 04, Zedsdead rated it it was ok Shelves: graphic-novels. A marauding horde led by a "Questing Queen" and her sorcerer lover attacks a small village en route to greater plunder, only to find that the local tavern is coincidentally packed with insanely powerful warriors and mages.
None of whom are affiliated. They just happen to be there at the same time. By chance. Half of them are immortal. You know, for variety. The dialogue runs the gamut from decidedly-not-good to just-embarrassingly-bad. Man, I wish I still had the volume in hand so I could more accurately convey the extent of the jankiness. I think that Demon Knights might be an attempt at a retelling of The Seven Samurai, but there are just enough plot point departures that I'm not sure. If I ever learn that that's the case, I'm docking this another star for shitting on a masterpiece.
May 09, Travis rated it liked it Shelves: comic-books. After the fall of Camelot, a dark army is on the move and a small village is right in it's path. It's only hope for surviving rests with a demon, a devious witch, an amazon, a muslim man of science, an immortal bastard, and swords woman with a mystical connection to her horse and a young knight with some gender issues. Someone finally came along and decided to combine two of my favorite things in literature: rousin Interesting mix of the Justice League, the Magnificent 7 and the Lord of the Rings.
Someone finally came along and decided to combine two of my favorite things in literature: rousing fantasy and slightly offbeat super hero teams. Nice mix of fantasy elements and DC universe history. Takes a bit to get all the characters together and set up the various story elements, but it is worth the wait and builds into a satisfying conclusion. The setting and dysfunctional characters makes me wonder how long this team will be able to exiss as a team, but for as long as it lasts, I'll be along for the ride.
Sep 30, Brent rated it liked it Recommends it for: DC and fantasy fiction fans. Shelves: superhero , fiction , war , comics. I don't have a fantasy siege category, so, superhero war about gets it. The book is charming but not consequential.
I'll keep checking out library copies. I do like the writing and art talent: Cornell, a fine writer, has entertained me more on other projects. This New 52 historical fantasy is much better suited for artist Diogenes Neves than the run of Green Arrow in Brightest Day hysterics to which he was assigned. I guess some of my disappointment is in repeated use of Jack Kirby's Etrigan, the I don't have a fantasy siege category, so, superhero war about gets it.
I guess some of my disappointment is in repeated use of Jack Kirby's Etrigan, the Demon, as a superhero. He's a great character and problematic. His rhymes are part of the trouble to him, and the dialogue here is certainly not the most poetic. There are some great female characters here, including a continuing revival A la Grant Morrison's revival of Seven Soldiers of the Shining Knight as a transgendered character.
Mildly recommended. Apr 21, Alan rated it liked it. A good solid piece by Paul Cornell. Between his work at Marvel and DC and yes I know he just left DC in a snit he has shown his strength lies in tales told with a British setting, or at least a non-U. The overall tale borrows heavily from the Seven Samurai. Seven warriors are brought together by circumstances and they end up defending a small village. Cornell creates two new characters, and I very much liked the Muslim Al Jabr, as he seems to fit the history Middle Ages of the time.
Vandal Savage is well portrayed, and this is probably the first depiction of Etrigan that I have liked in years. There appears to be a quest story building, and as I've tired of such tales I am not certain that I will continue with the series. Jul 17, David rated it liked it.
But while the story collects 6 or 7 issues of the series, we don't get a complete story. Like most current comic books the story is lean with minimal dialog per page. In earlier decades, this story would have been told with denser text in an issue or two. Here it just feels padded out. The artwork is mediocre. Perhaps if the art had been better I'd feel more strongly about it one way or the other, but as it is the book makes me feel rather indifferent. Sep 03, Daryl rated it liked it Shelves: graphic-novels. As much as I like super-heroes, I'm always fascinated by a non-super-hero comic.
This was one of DC's new 52 line that really intrigued me. I bought the first issue, but that was it. Somehow I didn't realize that Etrigan the Demon -- not a favorite character -- was the lead? I moderately enjoyed the trade.
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It's a mix of old DC characters the Demon, Mordru, Madame Xanadu , newer versions of older DC characters the Grant Morrison version of the Shining Knight , and apparently new characters cr As much as I like super-heroes, I'm always fascinated by a non-super-hero comic.
A nice mix and competent storytelling. The art is serviceable if nothing spectacular. Probably the biggest drawback is that the story moves slowly, and doesn't really go anywhere within this first trade collection. Nov 11, James rated it really liked it. I read so much of this stuff, and to experience a time long passed in this world of stories is delightful. When I put on some hard rock and start reading Demon Knights, I am gunning for oblivion with a smile on my face.
This thing is badass. Etrigan, while usually annoying to me, is used wisely here. Vandal Savage in the Middle Ages is intriguing. Every character and there are quite a few! I heard recently that this series was cancelled, so I will enjoy this ride while it lasts. On to Volume II! Apr 18, Neil McCrea rated it liked it Shelves: graphic-novel , fantasy , superhero. It's grand fun, if a little exposition heavy and a tad predictable. The art is passable. If I have a major niggle with the story it is only that the medieval world that the Demon Knights inhabit is obviously supposed to be the medieval DCU, but in terms of geography and history it seems somewh Demon Knights contains some of my favorite b-list DC characters Etrigan, Xanadu, Vandal Savage, the Shining Knight and some new folk the Horsewoman, al Jabr, Exoristos in a 7 Samurai style fantasy yarn.
If I have a major niggle with the story it is only that the medieval world that the Demon Knights inhabit is obviously supposed to be the medieval DCU, but in terms of geography and history it seems somewhat at odds with what we know of the DCU at that time. Of course, that could be a reboot issue from the New 52 hoopla. Oct 08, [Name Redacted] rated it it was ok Shelves: action , fantasy , mythology , war , graphic-novels , alternate-history , dark-fantasy. It's not bad, it's not good. It's just They take a really interesting concept and some really interesting characters, but they just can't seem to escape the general crapulence of the New 52 universe.
Given the writing, the dialogue and the characterization, it might as well take place in the modern DC Universe. Apr 09, Ivy rated it liked it Shelves: checked-out-from-library , published-in , superheroes. RIP horses and villagers. Wonder what is going to happen next. Interesting how a demon and a man share a man's body. Jul 22, Carl Waluconis rated it liked it Recommends it for: Action lovers.
Shelves: graphic-novels. From start to finish, this is nearly all battle. If it was a football game, it was called a "barn burner". If it was an old western, it was called a "shoot 'em up". It is nearly non-stop super weapons, super punches, and super spells for a DC supernatural team. If your looking for all-action, this delivers. In my personal preferences, I like when Jack Kirby's Demon continues to rhyme, as he does here. However, Madame Xanadu is one of my favorite characters I like obscure magic users , and her r From start to finish, this is nearly all battle. However, Madame Xanadu is one of my favorite characters I like obscure magic users , and her representation here really could have been anyone.
There were few of her characteristics from her title. She and the Demon becoming a couple was interesting, but did she have to lose all her character?? Also, I prefer team books with little identity portraits somewhere. Just the same, I will read Volume 2. This makes the 30th of 52 wave 1 books of the New 52 that I've now read at least the first volume of. This has quickly become a favorite series in the New This would be one of the top 5 best books that I've read in New 52 universe so far.
Paul Cornell is the writer for the series. I've only ever read a couple of things by him now, but I'm loving his writing in this series. I know that there are only 2 more volumes of this series to go, but if it stays this good, I'll be seeking out more of hi This makes the 30th of 52 wave 1 books of the New 52 that I've now read at least the first volume of. I know that there are only 2 more volumes of this series to go, but if it stays this good, I'll be seeking out more of his work in the future.
I'm glad that he referenced Etrigan rhyming in this book, but did not have him speak entirely in rhymes. That can get annoying after a while. From my limited knowledge of Etrigan Madame Xanadu, and Shining Knight, I thought Cornell stayed true to their original portrayals in the comics. I'm not sure how I feel about Vandal Savages's role though. He isn't necessarily good in this series, but he's nowhere near as villainous as other series I've read with him though. I still enjoyed his presence in the series. Horsewoman and Exoristos, an Amazon woman, were both created for this series.
Also: Demon with armor? I reread the first few pages many times. I wasn't sure if it was Xanadu or Lady of the Lake who grabbed Excalibur or who was pulling it down. And yes " years ago" or "20 minutes ago" is not a way to start a story. Especially if we mean " years ago before generic Dark Ages".
And I agree about Ex' power levels!! Post a Comment. Trudging slowly over wet sand. Posted by Caleb at PM. Labels: cornell , etrigan , new 52 , that one time DC comics went insane. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. About Me Caleb J. Caleb Mozzocco is a freelance writer and extremely amateur -ish artist who lives and works in Ohio. This is his blog. They have built their city in the hopes of creating a new Camelot and even had Merlin aiding them. Yet Merlin himself was mysteriously murdered and without his help, the princesses are unable to fulfill their promise of creating a new Camelot and will be unable to marry.
Xanadu explains that the only means of resurrecting Merlin is to retrieve his soul from Avalon. The princesses give them a ship and weapons to travel to Britain and find a way into Avalon. Meanwhile, Etrigan plans with his master, Lucifer, to take Avalon for themselves. They track the source of the monsters to the abandoned ruins of Camelot. The only remaining structure is now an eerie tower which beams sickly green light. The heroes are then attacked by an undead incarnation of King Arthur as the light turns all of the Demon Knights into monsters which resemble their darkest desires save for Madame Xanadu.
With the help of the Demon Knights, Arthur leads an assault on the tower. As they enter, it is revealed that the source of the dark magic about the ruins is the work of Morgaine le Fey. After escaping, the heroes confront Morgaine but she uses her magic to possess Arthur instead. With his last ounce of strength, Arthur destroys the magical center of the tower and brings it crumbling down.
While Morgaine is stopped, the knights are unable to find passage into Avalon and an enraged Etrigan sends them all to Hell. In hell, the Demon Knights are faced with their own individual torments as Lucifer and Etrigan plan their next move. Exoristos's torment is to be chained to the shores of Themyscira , unable to reach it.
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Lucifer appears before her and offers her release if she carries a black diamond back to Earth. This leaves Jason Blood behind in the ruins of Camelot and prepares to enter Hell to save Xanadu until he is interrupted by the Questing Queen. Meanwhile, Sir Ystin breaks free from his torment and begins rescuing the other Demon Knights and they make plans to escape to Avalon with Merlin's body.
Meanwhile, both the Questing Queen and Lucifer make plans to invade Avalon and take it for themselves. It's during this that Sir Ystin explains to Exoristos, after she tries to make a pass at him, that he is "not just a man or a woman. Merlin is slowly rejuvenated by the magic of Avalon and tells them to create rain which Al Jabr provides. The rain of Avalon weakens Lucifer's demons and cleanses the enchantments on the Queen's dinosaurs. With both forces defeated, the Demon Knights are victorious and Merlin dubs them the first incarnation of Stormwatch.