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Demon Knights Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark (The New 52) Paperback – July 17, 2012
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Artistic and heavily detailed illustrations add depth to the almost mythic narrative and varied characters. The narrative while partially starting with Camelot mythology adds other lands to the mix to add flavor. Characters while flawed are compassionate, some seek redemption, and intriguing.
Overall, a fun read.
Once the "new hotness" effect wore off, the problems with the book were clear as day: The pacing is far, far too fast in the book, offering us little to no chance to get to know the characters featured in the book outside of a select few. Right from the opening pages, we're thrust into explosive action that doesn't let up, and while that would normally be okay for a team-up book, in this case it doesn't work because we know nothing about these characters. Even the mainstay characters like Jason Blood/Etrigan, Vandal Savage, and Madam Xanadu are altered so much that they're almost unrecognizable, and thus we need quieter moments to delve into their characters and understand their motivations. The only exceptions to this would be Shining Knight and Exoristos, who both get some pretty decent character development in this first volume. I particularly liked this interpretation of Shining Knight and his/her projected character arc. The time frame in which this story takes place is also an issue, particularly during the final act, one which brought me out of the story and made me question the book's rules. My biggest peeve with this book is with the dialogue, however, as everyone talks as if they are actors in the modern world portraying medieval characters, and doing so poorly i might add.Read more ›
Definitely a great read! Buy it. I'm looking forward to getting the next installment in this series.
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 ›
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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! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Bastion Drake
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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