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About the Author

Paul Cornell, British novelist, and comics and TV writer, notably for Doctor Who and Action Comics. He also created the Doctor Who companion Bernice Summerfield for Virgin publishing. Jimmy Broxton is an illustrator and comic's artist. His most recent published work can be seen in DC/Vertigo's "The Unwritten". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Batman: Knight and Squire
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230715
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I originally bought this for some interesting reasons. (A) Paul Cornell is writing the DC relaunch of Stormwatch and I'm a big fan of Apollo and Midnighter. (B) I'm getting my mother into comics and she loved the issue of Batgirl where Steph goes over and adventures with the Squire. So when my mother found out that there were more comics with the Squire in them, I was informed (read: commanded) to make this my next purchase.

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.
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A few pages in and you might wonder why you bought a Batman trade that featured English accents, the "UK-based" Batman team, and a setting with the "villains" as entertainers as opposed to real-time supervillains...and a few more pages in, you realize how amazingly innovative and entertaining this all is! The plot is sneaky as you realize elements introduced earlier come into play in the later issues.

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!
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...Without Paying Full Price and you'd like to have an expansion of the Batman Family/ Batman Inc. section of your collection, then buy. But please don't pay full price. Knight and Squire is cute, but they don't nearly take on the aspects of London's criminal underworld that couldve/ shouldve been explored. The support cast of heroes/ villians is campy at best, and Knight, who looks to be as Iron cast as Batman is a hero just getting by, who's not been really tested against a true challenge. Even the Joker confrontation is treated with a 'kid glove' approach- to which you'll have seen a better Joker in the animated Brave and the Bold. Again, if you need a filler between books, buy- but DO NOT pay more than $7.00 for it.
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Paul Cornell has written a book that is steeped in the mysticism and culture of a foreign country, is filled with references to its ancient practices, and is drop-dead awesome.

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.
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