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Batman: Knight and Squire Paperback – July 5, 2011
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I'm glad I did. Not only does my mother love it, to the point where she accompanied me on my last weekly jaunt to the comics shop so that she could find other comics she likes, but I enjoyed it immensely as well. The third issue in particular I found to be a high point. Yes, this is very, very British (some stereotyped I should imagine, some not), but I actually think it's a great take on the Batman, Inc. concept. This isn't Batman with a slightly different costume in a different country. This is someone who is his own character with his own sidekick who just happens to operate in a manner similar to Batman. Knight is only "the British Batman" in the same way that Midnighter is "the gay Batman." It's convenient shorthand, but the characters really stand on their own.
The only negative I have about this trade is that there currently isn't really anything else with these characters. And that makes me (and my mother) sad. But we'll both be rereading this for a long time, so we're good for now.
Of the issues collected here, the first four are light-hearted and actually humorous, and the last two quickly become much more serious but throughout the series the team of Knight and Squire keep things comedic and not as dark and brooding as Batman and Robin.
If you liked Batman, Inc., then check this out. I was pleasantly surprised how great this is!
The country is England, and the book is Knight and Squire. Grant Morrison brought back the Batmen Of Other Lands club in his R.I.P. arc, and K&S were the breakout stars. Paul Cornell, who writes for Doctor Who, and was nominated for numerous awards after his Captain Britain title was canceled at Marvel, was handed the job of expanding the brief glimpse of Superhero Britain that Grant gave us, and he has run with it.
He plays England the way most Americans think of it - a strange land steeped in magic, strange accents, and tea. The entire first issue takes place in a magical pub where the heroes and villains meet to drink and schmooze, protected from attacking each other by a magical spell. The spell, of course, wears off. In three pages he introduces more new characters than the average title does in a year of Wednesdays.
The trade paperback is a perfect closed system, and can be read without any knowledge of the character at all - "He's the Batman of England" - that's all you need.
There are dead monarchs, a British Joker, cultural references to British culture so arcane and obscure they require explaining in the back (Two-Ton Ted From Teddington? Really?) and an unlikely hero who gets it in the rear entrance.
There desperately needs to be more of this kind of thing. Buying this will speed said process on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has a British sensibility about it. Filled with BBC pop culture references that I didn't get at all.Published 1 month ago by Spidey
The Knight first appeared in 1951 as “The Batman of England.” This six-issue series brings back Knight for new adventures in England – including a run-in with a group of evil... Read morePublished 16 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
I decided to check out this collected mini-series after reading Squire's appearance in Batgirl. I have no other exposure to the characters nor did I read any of the other Batman... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by para