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"DEMON KNIGHTS has perfectly positioned Etrigan for the 21st-century fantasy addicts that have made HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones a crossover phenomenon." - Wired/Underwire

About the Author

Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama Dr. Who and as the creator of one of the Doctor's spin-off companions. He has written for other television dramas including Robin Hood, Primeval, Casualty, Holby City and Coronation Street. His comics work includes ACTION COMICS, KNIGHT & SQUIRE, STORMWATCH and DEMON KNIGHTS for DC Comics, as well as Captain Britain and MI-13, Black Widow: Deadly Origin and Dark X-Men for Marvel Comics.
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Product Details

  • Series: Demon Knights (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234720
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Demon Knights is one of those oddball titles that's part of the DC New 52 that I openly admit I didn't pick up the single issues when they were coming out, but I heard praise from friends and outlets on the title. I love Etrigan/Jason Blood, the DC villain Vandal Savage and Madame Xanadu...but with so many titles coming out weekly, I couldn't afford putting Demon Knights on my weekly pull-list. So I told myself that when the title got collected into trade form, I'd give it a shot. And for it's worth, I can't wait for vol.2.

DEMON KNIGHTS VOL.1:SEVEN AGAINST THE DARK collects issues #1-7 and see's a quick introduction on Etrigan's/Jason Bloods and Xanadu's origin. Time fast forward to the Dark Ages, where Jason and Xanadu meet up at a town call Little Spring and run into two other immortals Vandal Savage and The Shining Knight, Ystina. Three other non-immortals find there way into these 4 characters by including a nomad from a far land named Al Jabr, an exiled Amazon named Exoristos, and mysterious woman simply called the Horse Woman. During this time, a war monger named the Questing Queen has her army invade the town...but that's where these unlikely beings decided to put a fight.

Paul Cornell has done some good writing since his take on Superman: The Black Ring Vol. 1 (Superman (Graphic Novels)) and it shows with these new interpretations of older characters. This new take is more action, mystic, and even humorous in tone for a group of characters of the Justice League for the Dark Ages, with a story that plays out similarly to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (coincidence?).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Donnelly VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first thing that drew me to DEMON KNIGHTS was the simple fact that it was going to be featuring Etrigan the Demon, who is one of my favorite DC anti-heroes of all time. What also drew me to this book is Paul Cornell. Admittedly, I wasn't a huge fan of his work on SUPERMAN or ACTION COMICS or whatever Superman title he did, but I am a huge fan of his Marvel work, like WISDOM and especially CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI-13. Doing a "team" book during The Dark Ages was also pretty appealing as well, since I could see Cornell's sense of humor translating quite well to this book.

Basically here, you have some familiar characters such as the aforementioned Etrigan/Jason Blood, who is coupled (in both of his selves) with the mysterious Madame Xanadu, the brave and androgynous Sir Ystin aka The Shining Knight, and the immortal ne'er-do-well Vandal Savage. Introduced (or at least new to me) are other interesting characters: the intelligent and technologically advanced Al Jabr, the exiled Amazonian Exoristos and the especially mysterious Horsewoman. All of these characters find themselves in a small village being watched from up on high by a pair of evil magickally-inclined rulers and they want the town for their purposes. The initial assault brings these men and women of action together and find themselves in an uneasy alliance against the attacking force.

What makes this book such an entertaining read is the characterization that Cornell gives to each member of these "knights". He has a very solid grasp on all of them and this leads to some powerful dramatic moments and moments that honestly make you laugh out loud. The art of Diogeones Neves, an artist I had never heard of before this book, is eye-poppingly fantastic.
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Set in the Dark Ages, a small group of extraordinary strangers happen to be in the same village at the same time when a hostile invading force attacks. Throwing up a magical shield, the Seven along with the villagers must find a way of defeating the siege and stopping the evil from overwhelming them.

Introducing Jason Blood and the demon Etrigan, magical Madame Xanadu, ruthless but charming rogue warrior Vandal Savage, "giantess" amazon Exoristos, a crippled expert archer who rides a horse known only as the Horsewoman, the androgynous swords(wo)man(?) Shining Knight, and eastern scientist engineer Al Jabr, these seven will become the Demon Knights fulfilling a prophecy made by the mysterious Merlin as they rage against the Dark.

The New 52 goes all Dungeons and Dragons-y with this fantasy series full of dragons, magic, demons, and intricately moulded female armour, and it's actually really good. I recognised a couple of characters, Jason Blood/Etrigan who has made a few appearances in Batman, and Shining Knight who was in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory series, but the others are new and interesting too - Vandal Savage especially for his double dealing ways. It was interesting to see Etrigan have a romantic side; up to now I've seen him as a psychopath only, here he's almost likeable.

Paul Cornell writes a pretty straightforward but hugely entertaining first book that does a fine job of setting up the characters and the beginnings of a complicated quest storyline that'll go beyond this book to the next few volumes. Well drawn and full of action, if you like fantasy and want to try something different from the New 52 lineup of superhero books, DC offer an excellent book in "Demon Knights".
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