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Demon Knights Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark (The New 52) Paperback – July 17, 2012
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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?).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The formation of the Demon Knights is chronicled here as well as their first fight together.
Artistic and heavily detailed illustrations add depth to the almost mythic... Read more
I definitely loved this book. It reads like a Dungeons and Dragons tale with plenty of Sword and sorcery and very interesitng characters. The artwork is great too. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Vipul Ajit Wadekar
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I'm not going to get into too much detail. Suffice it to say, the book has great art,a story with potential for future greatness, and some very interesting characters. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Brandon Boller
there is more of a story here than at first glance. it's interesting how these opposites have come together to form a team even if they don't want to be called such.Published on January 5, 2013 by Lamont
The DC New 52 reboot was controversial to many. By now, several of the books have been cancelled or are just are plain bad. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Jasonpho
No, no and no!
I cannot read positive comments without saying a word. I'm a DC and Fantasy fan, and I felt shame for both Universes as reading this volume. Read more
Not a lot of back story, but very enjoyable reading! Reminds me of the old "Conan the Barbarian" stories. Definitely want to read more of this one!Published on October 6, 2012 by Will Restrepo