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Seven Soldiers of Victory, Book 1 Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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The Seven Soldiers of Victory 30-issue epic by Grant Morrison is an ambitious reimagining of 7 third tier characters by introducing new concepts and settings into their back-stories. These are basically new characters as re-imagined by Morrison. The rejuvenated mythology was intended to provide fuel for new ongoing series.
Whether these lofty targets were achieved, I cannot say because I have only read the first part of the saga. Such, my thoughts on the entire story is reserved until I can get my paws on the second volume.
The entire 30 issues of Seven Soldiers are collected in two deluxe hard covers. It presents the seven miniseries and the two bookends in the order of release. This is the best way to enjoy the story. Although the Seven never meet, but they face a common foe and their stories intertwine.
The first volume contains the first bookend, the complete four issues of The Shining Knight, The Manhattan Guardian and Zatanna. The first three issues of Klarion, the Witch Boy round out the collection. This also includes concept art by both J. H. Williams, the artist on the bookend and Morrison on the characters. Morrison's initia; designs are almost the final look for all these characters.
Seven Soldiers features strong writing from Morrison. New concepts and milieus like post-Arthur Camelot and Knights of the Broken Table;, an underground Puritan colony; and the subterranean societies that surround it like the Pirate Kings of the hidden subway are introduced in the first volume and there are probably more in the next.
The artistic line up too is a veritable dream team. J. H.Read more ›
I was really impressed abut how thin the book looks. I also got The Blackest Night this same week, and although the GL book is 300 pages, both seems to have the same thickness. Not complaining, mind you!.
I hope DC keeps doing more editions like this: Good reading with lots of pages. Some ideas might be a big ass book containing the first three numbers of Superman/Batman (Public Enemies, Supergirl and New World Order). That would add like 440 some pages. Would be awesome!.
Can't wait for Volume two of Seven Soldiers.
I agree with the other review. The book is a pretty one, and the story is awesome, but the reason of why the book looks so thin with 400 pages is because the paper used for printing is so damn thin. I did had to be extra careful when reading. I was so afraid of tearing a page with a sneeze. This haven't happen to me since Dark Victory. For that reason alone I took 1 star from my review.
Seven Soldiers of Victory's accessibility is about medium among the works of Morrison; so relatively straight forward in concept, but still high on flair and characterization. I won't say that every character is equally enthralling, but it's one of Morrison's most fun pieces of work, yet still very epic and quite compelling.
Morrison's love for comic books and superheroes bursts through every page, and his unique style of crafting a story has never been put to better use. Even if the plot were weak, these books would still be worth reading for the many surprising moments of humor and profundity that could well survive out of context, but the story, as it happens, is fantastic! It can get a bit confusing at times, and you'll probably find yourself rereading a few sections to make sure that you didn't miss something, but the experience is well worth the effort.
I read both of these books in a day and I was never bored. In fact, I had a smile on my face the whole time. After having fallen in love with Morrison's Animal Man and now Seven Soldiers, it's very easy for me to understand why he's one of the most respected writers in the comic industry. This is one of the best comics I've ever put my hands on.
I recommend this heartily and enthusiastically!
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The artwork varies from great to OK. Its typical Grant Morrison style, wherein everything seems jumbled & nonsensical at first, then seems to come together as you finish... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Khuntley
As I get older the phrase ‘There is nothing new under the sun’ rings more and more true so when I read something that seems wholly unique and interesting I take notice. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David Swan
As I was reading it the first time I knew it would take a second read through to really appreciate it and all the connections. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D
One of my friend talked about this "great" story. Unfortunately i bought it, and i have to say: this is the worst story i have ever read. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Robert Ocsenas
I'm a HUGE fan of Grant Morrison. He takes a ton of 'risks' with his stories, going in thoroughly original directions and authetic uncharted territories... Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Alexander P.