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Batman: Knight and Squire

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Just as Gotham City has Batman and Robin, London has Knight and Squire – the British heroes and frequent allies of The Dark Knight.In a secret bar within the city where magic is used to keep the peace, heroes and villains gather to enjoy a pint and talk about their days. But what happens when the magical barriers that prevent fighting are dropped and a building full of her ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by DC Comics
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Mike
Mar 11, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I decided to check out this collected mini-series after reading Squire's appearance in Batgirl. I have no other exposure to the characters nor did I read any of the other Batman Inc. related comics.

A British version of Batman is at once an accurate and yet extremely inadequate description of this comic. Knight and Squire operate similarly to Batman and Robin, but are uniquely developed characters in their own right (beyond just having a different country of origin). Squire, in particular, has an
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Anchorpete
Apr 10, 2012 Anchorpete rated it it was amazing
Brilliant.

Out of the list of my favorite authors, the majority are from the United Kingdom. I have been on a bit of a kick, right now, where my absolute favorite seems to be Douglas Adams. I am intrigued by the delivery of British humor, especially when it is coupled with almost insane, out there sci-fi concepts. That is why the 'Hitchhiker's guide' books are taking up so much of my time. This book had a shade of that, but of course became even more appealing because of the connection to Batman
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Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 Matthew Kresal rated it really liked it
I first read Knight & Squire when it came out as a six issue mini-series and really only picked up the graphic novel version for completion's sake. Reading it as one whole story instead of six issues, the story is very good. It has a very episodic feel to it for four out of its six chapters as it ranges from a London pub where superheroes and villains meet, a group of Morris Men stealing occult items, a showdown with a resurrected Richard III and a suit or armor run amok. The last two chapte ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Jan 20, 2012 Jean-Pierre Vidrine rated it it was amazing
"Not what I expected" just barely begins to describe Knight and Squire. I, for one, was thrilled that Grant Morrison brought back the old Heroes Club concept; and seeing one of the international "Batmen" get his own spinoff is a dream come true that I never actually dreamed of. Anglophile that I am, Knight and Squire being the recipients of that spinoff was just an added bonus.
Even with all of these guarantees in the book's favor, I still had no idea that the book would be the surreal British m
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Anya
Jan 02, 2013 Anya rated it did not like it
After the Knight and Squire were reintroduced in Grant Morrison's series, I thought this would be a good followup. Unfortunately, it was incredibly boring and not funny despite trying really hard. Everything from the names of the British heroes to every line uttered by the cast at the pub is either a line from some UK tv series that made it to the US or really bad slang. The fact that there are pages explaining all the references at the end of each chapter and the age of the refrences tells you ...more
Dale
Oct 14, 2011 Dale rated it really liked it
Bought this for myself with some birthday gift certificate money and expected it to be a moderately entertaining diversion given the premise of "Batman and Robin, but the British versions". In the equivalent of six comic book issues it more than delivers on the premise while at the same time reveling in many of the absurdities of British pop culture as well as some interesting meditations on how American and Bristish entertainment relate to and inform and comment on one another. Lots of inside j ...more
Alan
Jul 10, 2011 Alan rated it it was amazing
Paul Cornell is better known for his Dr. Who books and television writing. Here DC Comics turns him loose with the recently resurrected (not from the dead-just brought back into light) British Batman and Robnin the Knight and Squire. Picking up from Grant Morrison's take that this Knight is the son of the first Knight (introduced in a 1950s Batman story) Cyril and Beryl are much more British, as is the story, than anything Cornell wrote for Marvel (regardless of the critical praise). Yes, Cornel ...more
Brian
Sep 09, 2012 Brian rated it liked it
Knight and Squire is a spinoff from All-Star Batman featuring the superheroes of Great Britain. There's not really a continuing story arc (unless you count Shrike) so it's more an issue by issue collection. It's enjoyable, and the sheer number of characters created for this world (82 as mentioned in just the first chapter alone) is amazing. Unfortunately, it does suffer some because I'm not British so even when there are notes after each chapter detailing some references, I still can't appreciat ...more
Christopher
Jun 20, 2013 Christopher rated it it was ok
I think they were trying for a cheeky, wink-wink kind of tone for this volume but it just came off as cheesy. I had problems with the rhythm of the sentences. They seemed off for me (although it's probably supposed to match a British accent/dialect). This could have been fun since I've enjoyed Knight and Squire's appearances in Grant Morrsion's Batman stories but this just fell flat for me. Disappointing.
Steven
May 08, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it
The best part of this book is that it's stuffed full of absolutely ludicrous and very English in-jokes and references, some of which Cornell spells out in appendices, and many of which (including the most scurrilous) that he doesn't. It's a bit by the numbers as a story, but damned good fun regardless. Sadly, with the overhaul of the SC Universe, a return visit to this lot of louts seems unlikely, and more's the shame.
Angela
Jul 18, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
At last a British comic from DC. This is great, very funny and emotionally moving too. Paul Cornell creates single handedly the Britain of DC universe and it is fun. I suspect some of the references will be lost on American readers, but lets face it, us British have not got some references for years in the American comics.

Its a shame its only a limited series that was stopped. I want more Knight and Squire please.
Sam Poole
Very British and pretty fun. Reminiscent of batman 66 in a lot of ways. Good tone and characterization, though clearly the stars
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The series are 100 something characters they made up for but roles. Would read the ish out of a full length series
Jason
Aug 31, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Enjoyed thoroughly. jolly hockeysticks and tea and crumpets britishness, very amusing. Worth a read good old fashioned comic book writing
Jay B
Mar 08, 2012 Jay B rated it really liked it
I want more!
April
Aug 13, 2011 April rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

Flipping through Knight and Squire briefly at the library, I thought this would be something I'd enjoy. I love humor, I love puns, I love anything to do with the UK, and I think Batman is pretty cool. All signs pointed to fun and funny times. Sadly this was not to be.

Instead the whole thing was like an overly long and extremely juvenile issue of Mad magazine that was paying homage to British pop-culture of the 60s and 70s. Every single page was riddled with Br
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M
May 10, 2014 M rated it it was ok
The British versions of Batman and Robin gain their own spotlight in this miniseries from English writer Paul Cornell. Cyril Sheldrake is the former Squire, having taken up the mantle and armor of the Knight following his father's death; Beryl Hutchinson is the current Squire, using her communication powers and charm to help keep her partner focused. The issues focus on the unique relationships between the various heroes and villains around Great Britain, serving as a counterpoint to the traditi ...more
Michael Darrow
Jun 14, 2015 Michael Darrow rated it liked it
For those unfamiliar, DC Comics' "Knight and Squire" is a mini-series released in 2011 loosely connected to the Batman series featuring "The Batman and Robin of the UK" known as Knight and Squire.

Written by English writer Paul Cornell, this mini-series presents a glance into the DC Universe's UK and the superheroes and supervillains that call it home. However, such as it is, Knight and Squire is very much a book filled with humor and numerous references that will possibly and quite unfortunately
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Matthew
Aug 10, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
Knight and Squire are small, oddball characters that have appeared briefly in Batman and serve as kind of a British Batman and Robin. Knight is kind of a gentlemanly bruiser type while Squire is more the clever planner. The story opens in a British pub enchanted so both heroes and villains have a place to socialize together. The setting is a great prop that serves to quickly introduce almost all the good guys and bad buys you'll see throughout the series (including a very polite British version ...more
Kurt
Apr 17, 2012 Kurt rated it liked it
When reading comics written by Americans for Americans set in America I always feel like I'm missing a certain amount of the references. For every Rihanna, or Kayne West reference in a comic there seems to be as many for Country singers, TV personalities, or heirs to billion dollar fortunes.

Knight and Squire reads like a comic written by a Brit for British readers that happens to be set in Britain. Each page feels like it is filled with references to British culture, from Benny Hill's song Ernie
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Ryan Mishap
Jan 06, 2013 Ryan Mishap rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Most of this is merely clowning around with the superhero motif and goofing around with impenetrable British jokes-- some of which Cornell happily explains at the end of each issue. The first four issues pass and I'm mildly amused, confused, and realizing that neither of the titular heroes has any depth or presence (again, see the first line about goofing around, parody style) and I'm about ready to quit.

Enter The Joker who's miffed that his British knock-off is getting more press. Now the fun b
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Timothy Ferguson
Jan 28, 2015 Timothy Ferguson rated it really liked it
This is a graphic novel for fans of Batman, but it’s a pastiche, and doesn’t require you to be familiar with the intricate continuity of the Batman comics. It’s about British equivalents to Batman and Robin, called Knight and Squire. It begins in a pub, where the first Thursday of every month there’s a truce between the heroes and villains. The arc is about a final crime spree by Jarvis Poker, the British Joker. He’s a villain, but more an admirer of the style of the American Joker than an actua ...more
Dregj
Apr 21, 2013 Dregj rated it it was amazing
I was prepared not to like this, a light hearted version of what foriegners imagine britain is like but the characterisation and sense of humour won me over.i was routing for knight during his motorway battle with richard the third and even felt sorry for his neural clone trapped in the knight,s power armour believing himself to be the real deal.Not all the humourous moments actually worked but it has other strengths,its humanity and idealism were very inspiring.The villians and the heros all co ...more
Justin
Jan 24, 2013 Justin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Once this one gets going, it's pretty fun, but it takes a few issues to get there. The first couple issues trade plot and character for "Look how British we are moments!" The whole book's largely built around introducing odd characters (often unnamed people in a group) and it's fun, but it also limits what's really going on with it, esp. since we're restricted to six issues with nothing built up over a longer ongoing series.

It does help raise the stakes for Batman, Incorporated. I'm guessing fan
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Don
Jul 14, 2011 Don rated it did not like it
I was really looking forward to this collection. I enjoyed the characters in their appearance in Batman and Paul Cornell did fantastic things writing Action Comics. But this book just didn't work for me in any way. The tongue-in-cheek plots were passable. They might have even been interesting, too, but they just had a little too much Britishness, for lack of a better word. People who know more about British culture may get the joke, but I didn't.

About the only thing that worked was the art. It
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Keith Davis
Aug 09, 2012 Keith Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Cornell takes the obscure English Batman & Robin knock-off characters Knight & Squire and surrounds them over a hundred British themed costumed characters who are mostly playacting at the whole hero and villain thing. It is all like a big cosplay convention until the real Joker shows up, provoked by the existence of Jarvis Poker the British Joker, and starts killing everyone.
Khairul H.
Aug 28, 2011 Khairul H. rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Have to be an Anglophile or at least know something about British culture to appreciate this title. Many of the poor reviews here cite the book's Britishness for the reason they gave a 1 or 2 star rating. For me, it is because of the book's Britishness that I enjoyed it. Knight and Squire is how Batman and Robin would behave if they were Brits. Probably.

A fun read.
Christian
Jul 27, 2015 Christian rated it really liked it
Jarvis Poker, the British Joker. The Cidermen. Double Entendre. As an American expat in a Brit-influenced country I think I got maybe half the jokes in this comic, and I still loved it. There's real heart and community to the characters too. It feels cozy, like it should.
Sam Quixote
Mar 06, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
Fun and quirky, this is a clever and entertaining spin-off from Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin series. Full review here!
Christopher
Jun 05, 2013 Christopher rated it liked it
I generally enjoy Paul Cornell's storytelling. I genuinely appreciated this book as Cornell not only told a good story, but he educated his American audience about British pop culture and colloquialisms.
lisa
Jan 20, 2013 lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books, 2013
i am even more in love with beryl now than i was from just that one issue of batgirl, which is impressive. SHE IS JUST SO WONDERFUL.

i also really liked the rest of the british superheroes and villains- they're just the right mix of camp and normal for my tastes.
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Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out fr ...more
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