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Seven Soldiers Of Victory: V. 1 (Seven Soldiers of Victory #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,765 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
This first volume features the exploits of four of the seven soldiers: the Shining Knight, the Guardian, Zatanna and Klarion the Witchboy!Independently, each of these characters is featured in a story arc that redefines their purpose in the DC Universe.But their stories also interweave with the other soldiers tales, and tell a grander story of a devastating global threat t ...more
Published by Titan Books (UK) (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sh3lly ✨ Guardian of Mermaids with Broken Tails ✨
YES! I enjoyed this. Great setup to a hopefully awesome series. Here we have several unlikely "warriors" and possibly "forgettable" DC universe characters who take the spotlight to defeat a multidimensional evil race called the Sheeda.

This volume highlights 4 of the 7: the Shining Knight (from a Merlin-type world with a flying bad-ass horse), the Guardian, Zatanna, and Klarion the Witch Boy. I remember Zatanna from the tv Cartoon Network show, Young Justice, and I think she is my favorite so far
Sam Quixote
Apr 14, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What does a comics writer do when he's written stories about the biggest characters in comics - Superman, Batman, X-Men? He goes after the barely remember kind of course, the Z-list superheroes! Grant Morrison resurrects characters from DC's past (some going back literally 60-70 years) in "Seven Soldiers of Victory".

In this first volume he introduces Shining Knight, an Arthurian Knight sent from his medieval-esque realm along with his winged horse into our own world via a magical cauldron (I kno
Mar 07, 2008 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drug-Abusing Metatext Fans
Recommended to Austin by: Douglas Wolk
The four trade volumes that make up this story were originally put out as a 30 issue series, and in reprinting them the story is presented chronologically, in the order that it's suggested you should read them. But the brilliant thing about Seven Soldiers - and, to an extent, comics in general - is that you don't have to read them that way, and in fact, the series invites you to read the books in almost any order you'd like.

To elaborate: there are 7, four-issue stories that all interlock, and a
Feb 14, 2014 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this, but there were parts of the cosmic weirdness of Morrison that I skimmed. The intro tells of I'm guessing, the old Seven Soldiers and what happens to them (but not entirely, and I'm not sure the time difference from when our newer ones start working on things). Ystin, The Shining Knight, I'm glad to see, as I've recently read some of her in 'Demon Knights'. Klarion the Witch Boy lives in a Grundy world of Puritans and undead, has the potential to be very interesting, I know I've s ...more
Peter Gorman II
Apr 03, 2012 Peter Gorman II rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly not some of DC's better re-imaginings. Zatanna's storyline was a potential saving grace but Klarion the Witch boy, Manhattan Guardian, and the Shining Knight pieces were snoozers. This was a surprise revelation to me as I personally really prefer DC over Marvel because of the attention they pay to the minor characters. Every DC storyline does not need to have Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, ...etc. They focus on the real-life problems and flawed characteristics of their 'Super'heroes wh ...more
Dramatica Darmody
Feb 06, 2015 Dramatica Darmody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad that first team wasn't the one we were stuck with xD
this looks to be a very interesting series and I can't wait to read the next installment!
Tony Laplume
Jun 26, 2014 Tony Laplume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grant Morrison's Watchmen is a total immersion into the superhero experience. In this opening volume featuring the introductory issue Seven Soldiers of Victory #0 as well as the first two issues of Shining Knight, Guardian, and Zatanna as well as the first issue of Klarion the Witch Boy in the original publishing order (which alternates between each title), we meet four of the seven Soldiers. One is the last warrior of Camelot, another the personification of crusading journalists, and then there ...more
Jack Haringa
Given the critical acclaim and the fact that this is written by one of my favorite comics writers, I expected a great deal more from Seven Soldiers of Victory. I'll admit I'm not clear on the publication sequence: were stories released simultaneously, in alternation, or sequentially? Whatever the case, there is not enough crossover between the storylines of the Shining Night, Guardian, Zatanna, and Witch Boy (the characters introduced in this volume; one assumes Frankenstein, Mister Miracle, and ...more
David Palazzolo
Jan 09, 2015 David Palazzolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is better the second and third time around--each time I read it i get a clearer picture of events. I would have given it 5 stars if the story had been fully retold, I shouldn't have to hunt for something this important. The series itself is a very complex sequel to an old Justice League/Justice Society team-up featuring a group known as the Seven Soldiers of Victory. This story is never fully recounted here and I suggest reading it as it helps to keep things straight. Only one of the ...more
mark monday
Jun 22, 2011 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nick Cox
This is the first volume of a longer story arc so it's difficult to make much of a judgement of it. By the end of the book the principal characters still haven't met each other and the threads that connect their individual stories are not yet visible. Nevertheless, it's good to see Morrison tackling some of DC's lesser super heroes and one hopes that he can elevate them to greater levels of popularity and depth as he had previously done with Animal Man and Doom Patrol in the 1990s, if only for t ...more
Artur Coelho
Jun 10, 2013 Artur Coelho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A DC aposta na constante renovação dos seus personagens, geralmente como parte de grandes arcos narrativos que periodicamente alteram profundamente alinhamentos, origens e características dos seus icónicos heróis. Estes Seven Soldiers of Victory tiveram o seu momento na ribalta, e foram anulados por posteriores renovações do universo DC. Na mais recente, a polémica DC'52, dois destes personagens regressaram à continuidade da editora: Ystin, o andrógino cavaleiro das lendas arturianas e o seu cav ...more
Joe Sergi
I have to say I'm usually not smart enough to read Grant Morrison. This series started out linear enough and was actually quite fun.

But, I have absolutely no idea how it ended--I wasn't smart enough and quite frankly, my personal view, is that a mainstream comic book shouldn't require that much work. (that's not saying that I don't like books where each time you read it, you appreciate it more (like Watchman) but my personal feeling is that you should also enjoy the first reading.)

This was orig
Morrison selects a number of lesser-known DC characters, people with superpowers who are not necessarily superheroes, and reinvents them. The only character I was familiar with prior to reading this was Zatanna, who's shown up in supporting roles in some of my other favorite DC comics. This first volume collects the beginning of several miniseries. The stories are mostly self-contained at first, with hints that they will become progressively more interlinked as things progress. The result is tha ...more
Printable Tire
Jan 27, 2011 Printable Tire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is bordering on the crazy and I love it. There's so much going on, so much acid-washed ideas Morrison is puking up in here it's sometimes hard to catch up or take a breath and try and digest it all (which would probably be a mistake- I have a feeling this wouldn't hold up nearly as well if you sat down and thought about it). Some great, original characters, and the art is pretty OKAY, which is saying something since I usually hate the comic book art of the last couple years. Some chapters a ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been a comic I've been thinking about reading since it came out. I wasn't sure how it was formatted or what it was about. I just knew I wanted to read it. Grant Morrison is an amazing writer and he didn't disappoint with this comic, well more like a bunch of intro comics. A lots going on in this first volume. You meet some of the soldiers of victory, but there's three more volumes for the story to be told. A very interesting start. I like it so far.
Thom Britten
Jun 10, 2015 Thom Britten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't say enough good things about this whole series. Such a weird awesome ride, but that's what I've come to expect from Grant Morrison. He has the dark, twisted, interesting overlapping tales that keep me guessing and trying to keep up. In the original TPB which is how I read them all, I liked how the grouping order of how you read was up to you. And the reading order subtly changes the story
John Kerry
Got this one via the Inter-Library loan system but it wasn't the book I asked for, which was the Archives volume dealing with the Golden Age Seven Soldiers. Not sure what to make of this one. I will presume the if I read all four volumes it will make sense, but as it stands it seems to be a group of disjointed stories that have nothing in common between them, save that the characters are not among DC's heavy hitters. The material was interesting, or at least some of it was. The most intriguing w ...more
Peter Disilvio
Oct 04, 2014 Peter Disilvio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel Grant Morrison is such a fantastic writer that I need to point out that I am leaving out the qualifier of 'comic book' in front of the word 'writer.' "7 Soldiers" is such a great read that the only displeasure I found myself experiencing while reading it was the rage toward myself for not reading it sooner. Absolutely perfect.
In this series, comics great Grant Morrison takes on some of DC's C-List superheroes.

While some of narratives in the prologue (Seven Soldiers of Victory #0) and in Zatanna's story rather reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk (which is always good), I think this book pales in comparison to some of Mr. Morrison's other legendary tales.

While wowed by some early goings of the characters featured here, some really stunning artwork and the infusion of themes of magic (something very interesting to me and fea
Kaleb Goldbeck
Apr 25, 2015 Kaleb Goldbeck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picture this, you have loved comics for a while and made it your goal to learn everything about them, then when you think you do, so you pick up a book by one of you favorite writers Grant Morrison now you know four new characters that you want to know more about and now like three characters you previously disregarded or disliked. That was my experience with this book, I didn't enjoy the first five pages of the book but then when I read I was sad to find out that someone had volumes two through ...more
Patrick Hudson
May 29, 2013 Patrick Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This ia a brilliant series! Grant Morrison really hit his stride with this one. I know a little about the the weirder backwoods of the DC uniiverse and caught a lot of clever references on re-imaginings. The central conceit - the it's a super team where the members never meet up - maybe sounds a little corny, but is really fun.

The individual stories themselves are great and the art is excellent throughout. I think I enjoyed the Klarion story the most. Klarion is a great character, almost an inn
Me ha sabido muy a poco este tomo del Señor Morrison. Una colección muy suya y que me muero de ganas por seguir leyendo :) Eso si, un poquito extraño el orden las miniseries en el tomo, los números no eran consecutivos pero si que desconozco si eso es así en la edición original.
Nov 25, 2014 Cabezas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imaginativo, desenfadado y divertido. Morrison haciendo de las suyas, te lo contamos todo en nuestra web:
Beau Brockett
Sep 02, 2014 Beau Brockett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of minor comic book characters, so this series was perfect. This is one of those graphic novels that you could give to a friend who doesn't like superheroes and they would love it. One of my favorite comic series thus far.
Reprints Seven Soldiers #0, Shining Knight #1-2, Zatanna #1-2, The Guardian #1-2, and Klarion #1. The Sheeda prepare for their harrowing of Earth and a new group of Seven Soldiers begin to form to stop them. The Seven Soldiers of Victory series is seven mini-series with bookends called Seven Soldiers. The story is frustrating. It is sometimes very good (some mini-series work better than others) and there is no good way to read it. The collections opt for the order in which they were released so ...more
Roman Colombo
Sep 21, 2014 Roman Colombo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great start to the series, letting us slowly meet the soldiers (which, we only meet 4 of the 7). Good writing and some fantastic art--I especially love Simone Bianchi's work.
Sam Poole
Yeah, I get it. But this has good art in spite of an intentionally incomprehensible story. I'll read the rest and see how it works; poor depictions of women so far.
Aug 03, 2015 Soorya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Whoa. Grant Morrison makes my head spin - in a good way.

This meta-series features some of his most compelling characterization - he practically re-builds from scratch so many old and unknown characters. Also, the different art styles used in the 7 mini-series meshed together quite well. I particularly loved Frazer Irving's artwork on the Klarion story arc.

The problem I had was with the ending. Everything comes together way too fast and you're left with no time to let things sink in. I had to rea
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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