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Seven Soldiers of Victory, Book 1 Hardcover – June 22, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Morrison's 2005 project, whose first half is collected here, is an astonishingly clever feat of superhero writing: eight simultaneous, interconnected serials (each drawn by a different artist) about a "team" that has to save the world despite the fact that its members' frames of reference are so disparate that they're unaware of each other's existence. It's a rich piece of work, full of bizarre conceits like pirates riding secret subway lines under New York City. After an ingenious fake-out in the opening chapter (a multi-stylistic tour de force drawn by J. H. Williams III), the "soldiers" are shown as recast versions of long-languishing comics characters, and each of their stories gets its own distinct tone. Simone Bianchi draws the Shining Knight (an Arthurian fish out of water in the big city) with high-fantasy invention surrounding photorealistic figures; the "Klarion the Witch Boy" sequence concerns a dissident in a subterranean Puritan village, drawn by Frazer Irving as creeping, blue-lit horror; the Manhattan Guardian stories tweak the character's Golden Age association with a "Newsboy Legion" to make him a newspaper's in-house superhero, drawn by Cameron Stewart as lightly satirical action-adventure; and Ryan Sook navigates the occult visions and fourth-wall breaking of the Zatanna chapters with admirable clarity.

From Booklist

Sending DC’s front line on cosmic adventures (Final Crisis) or using his own subversive narratives to push at the medium’s outer edges (Invisibles), Morrison is comicdom’s resident wild-idea man and metastoryteller. Here he redefines some of DC’s more obscure properties in a mad frenzy of concepts and twists, leading off with this hook: What if there was a team of superheroes who never met each other? Included are stories of four of the eventual seven members—the magician Zatanna is a highlight—all of whose adventures stand alone but also subtly interweave. The art is uniformly impressive, the standout being Frazer Irving’s Klarion the Witch Boy, pulsing with ominous supernatural life. Unfortunately, collecting the comics in publishing order doesn’t even provide the complete adventures of the four featured characters, let alone two of the best (a sword-wielding Frankenstein and the down-to-earth Bulleteer), who aren’t included at all. This is a grand presentation that feels disappointingly incomplete, but if you’re prepared to commit to future volumes, you’ll get one epic superhero wallop that’s worth the wait. --Jesse Karp
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226954
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Abel Nicolo L. Yu on November 1, 2010
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Seven Soldiers of Victory by Grant Morrison

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.
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I got my copy yesterday. Beautiful as it is. 400 pages of good reading. I love it...

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.

UPDATE: 30/July/2010
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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.
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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. As someone who has reviewed a ton of Grant Morrison material I have given a lot of his works very low grades. He’s often very deficient at characterization, his ideas are often unfinished and his dialogue sometimes seems like it was written but someone who has only ever observed humans from a distance. However, when Grant Morrison brings his A game he can write stories like few in the history of comics and Seven Soldiers of Victory is one of his best. I enjoyed this one so much that after I buying the first two TPB volumes I ended up going back and buying the hardcover. There are few storylines I love so much that I’m willing to double pay.

Seven Soldiers of Victory is actually seven separate storylines with seven four-issue miniseries. The group consists of Shining Knight, The Guardian, Zatanna, Klarion the Witch Boy, Mister Miracle, Bulleteer and Frankenstein but this is not a team comic. The characters have little to no interaction with each other and the elements that bind these seven stories include a common enemy and some other artifacts. One of the big complaints about Morrison is that his stories are so bloody hard to understand and I think this is often because his stories often feel not fully formed but in this one Morrison manages to juggle seven balls at once and keep them in the air. There are bewildering moments but overall the story is understandable if you pay close attention and that is not always the case with Morrison. A second read through increased my appreciation and a third read through might be in order.
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When this "series" originally came out in seven individually titled, four issue limited series, I found it a bit ambiguous as to how it all fit together into one big story. In standard monthly comic book format I remember thinking that each of the individual titles were certainly entertaining enough and interesting, but each character's story seemed so conceptually different from the others that even though there was a common enemy it was hard to see it all as somehow being one big story. Reading these titles in monthly segments made for a confusing and unclear epic. But I'm happy to say that in a collected trade version, Seven Soldiers of Victory reads as a much more cohesive tale and makes the big picture much more pronounced and enjoyable. Seven Soldiers conceptually is not a tight knit contingency of characters. Calling it a loose relationship is almost an overstatement, but it's the shared adversary that stitches the whole story into a cohesive unit. It's really a fantastic and adventurous read, with some fun and unique ideas. Even characters such as Frankenstein can be turned into a very original dynamic when placed within Morrison's hands. Perhaps in no other Morrison story is Morrison's talents so diversely on display as he tackles each of these characters with such a variety of moods and fashions.

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.
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