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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  219 ratings  ·  38 reviews
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
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
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
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
"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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April
Aug 13, 2011 April rated it 1 of 5 stars
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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Anya
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
Alan
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
Dale
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
Brian
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
M
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
Angela
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.
Steven
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.
Christopher
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.
Jason
Enjoyed thoroughly. jolly hockeysticks and tea and crumpets britishness, very amusing. Worth a read good old fashioned comic book writing
Jay B
I want more!
Matthew
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
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
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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Dregj
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
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
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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Wilde Sky
I found this book a bit sorry and sad.
Shayne Power
I found this both bizarre and terribly amusing. Perhaps it's a slight exaggeration to call it "Knight and Squire" though... Did Knight even have a proper role?
Khairul H.
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.
Keith Davis
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.
lisa
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.
Michael Poteet
I probably would have enjoyed this more if my knowledge of British pop culture and slang were more extensive, but I did enjoy very much the third issue, in which Richard III leads all of Britain's "bad kings" from the past in an attack on our heroes.
Sam Quixote
Fun and quirky, this is a clever and entertaining spin-off from Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin series. Full review here!
Christopher
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.
Shannon Appelcline
A fun look at a whimsical British world of (130!) superheroes. However, the individual stories have little depth to them, and the result is a little disappointing for the usually top-rate Cornell.
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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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