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Demon Knights Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark (The New 52) Paperback – July 17, 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Demon Knights Series

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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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In the time of a siege on an innocent town by an evil queen and a sorcerer, several unlikely warriors and creatures rise to the occasion and fight back! This is great story involving all great fantasy themes!
The story is simple but still packed in with great details. The character that fight this battle are very interesting and enjoyable! The only thing I would mention was that the characters general background/origin info comes up a little later in the story! I am currently in Vol. 2 and there is still interesting origin stories popping up! However, the story and these characters are definitely worth waiting for and they all have very distinguished peronsonalities! With any good story, You must have a bit of patience. The details seem to build up, then to unfold quickly! I didnt find myself completely enjoying this story until issue #3. Then I loved it! You can also feel the DC comic feel in this series. As a DC fan this is awesome! In the end, this a great and promising fantasy series!
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Format: Paperback
This book is seriously intense and one of the fastest paced books of any kind I have ever read. I would have preferred it slowed down a bit but still it turned out great. The art is really great, not so much beautiful as gruesome. The story is just OK. The action took the majority of content in this novel.

Be warned this book is demented like Game of Thrones or Spartacus.

It's a shame DC canceled the series. They seem to be canceling everything without the core characters in it. (Batman has like 13 ongoing series right now, Batman is my favorite but come on.)
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