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Demon Knights, Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark (Demon Knights #1)

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Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It's fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way–though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It'll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sor...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by DC Comics
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William Thomas
When DC rebooted, I gave Demon Knights a chance for the first 2 issues and then dropped the series. There was just far too much exposition, Paul Cornell wanting to tell you instead of show you what was happening. Diogenes artwork seemed sloppy and inconsistent to boot and I figured it wasn't worth keeping up with.

Now that I've read the first six issues altogether in this trade, Demon Knights works on a variety of levels that impresses me more than I could have thought possible. Maybe it was the...more
Sam Quixote
Set in the Dark Ages, a small group of extraordinary strangers happen to be in the same village at the same time when a hostile invading force attacks. Throwing up a magical shield, the Seven along with the villagers must find a way of defeating the siege and stopping the evil from overwhelming them.

Introducing Jason Blood and the demon Etrigan, magical Madame Xanadu, ruthless but charming rogue warrior Vandal Savage, “giantess” amazon Exoristos, a crippled expert archer who rides a horse known...more
Bane of Kings
“A fun, weird graphic novel that will leave you wanting more. Great artwork and a great work of fiction by Cornell, Demon Knights is another strong offering in the New 52.” ~The Founding Fields

Writer: Paul Cornell | Art: Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert, Mike Choi, Robson Rocha | Cover: Tony S. Daniel | Published: DC Comics | Collects: Demon Knights #1-7

I’m going to be honest with you here. I picked up the trade paperback of Demon Knights on a bit of a whim. I didn’t mind the first issue but when r...more
Mike
The setting is definitely the coolest part of this book - Dark Ages, swords, magic and dragons? Easily the most unique and interesting backdrop of all the New 52 I've read so far.

Cornell's pedantic streak is subdued here - by choice or by virtue of circumstance, I haven't decided. He's still having every character introduce themselves as they enter a scene/throw the first punch/swing a sword, but the exposition is otherwise balanced well with action, plot and visuals.

In fact, while there's confl...more
Gavin
Well it wasn't boring! Some new (to me at least) characters, along with more familiar ones (Jason Blood, Madame Xanadu, Vandal Savage). This is the team-up where there's no actual cohesive unit or anything, but that's fine. The setting is great, Middle Ages, long after the fall of Camelot. Interesting thing here is to see the duality between Etrigan/Blood and both their relationships with Xanadu. I also very much enjoyed the Al Jabr character and hope to see Volume 2 do more with him. I've now c...more
James
The DC universe(s) is something that I partially LIVE in. I read so much of this stuff, and to experience a time long passed in this world of stories is delightful. When I put on some hard rock and start reading Demon Knights, I am gunning for oblivion with a smile on my face. This thing is badass. Etrigan, while usually annoying to me, is used wisely here. Vandal Savage in the Middle Ages is intriguing. Existos is naïve yet deadly. Every character (and there are quite a few!) is fighting to fin...more
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
It's...ok. It's not bad, it's not good. It's just...ok. They take a really interesting concept and some really interesting characters, but they just can't seem to escape the general crapulence of the New 52 universe. Given the writing, the dialogue and the characterization, it might as well take place in the modern DC Universe.
Neil McCrea
Demon Knights contains some of my favorite b-list DC characters (Etrigan, Xanadu, Vandal Savage, the Shining Knight)and some new folk (the Horsewoman, al Jabr, Exoristos) in a 7 Samurai style fantasy yarn. It's grand fun, if a little exposition heavy and a tad predictable. The art is passable. If I have a major niggle with the story it is only that the medieval world that the Demon Knights inhabit is obviously supposed to be the medieval DCU, but in terms of geography and history it seems somewh...more
James Dunphy
Demon Knights is supposed to be a DC title set in their middle ages of the New 52 reboot (although with dinosaurs
and barbarians sharing a world I doubt this is an accurate world...). That makes it technically the earliest.
cannon material of the new DCU alongside All Star Western.
The story is a very typical sword & sorcery type storyline where a Samurai Seven inspired group of heroes band
together and fight the rather generic Questing Queen, and DC's new introduction of the immortal Mordu. I...more
Matt Anderson
Originally posted on www.TheSciFiChristian.com:

As you’ve seen in recent days on our website, we have been posting various Halloween-inspired articles to celebrate a semi-sci-fi holiday. I knew that I would want my article to be a review of a comic, and Demon Knights was the first one that came to mind. This is a title that I had heard a lot of good things about, and had been meaning to check out, so Halloween gave me the opportunity to finally dive into this book. As a quick disclaimer before I...more
The_Mad_Swede
Collecting the first seven issues of the DC New 52 title Demon Knights, this volume reintroduces us to characters like Jason Blood / Etrigan the Demon, Madam Xanadu (here Blood's, and Etrigan's, lover), Sir Ystin the Shining Knight, Vandal Savage, Merlin and Mordru, and introduces us to Exoristos (an Amazon in exile), the mysterious Horsewoman, the Arabian inventor Al Jabr and the Questing Queen. The story is set in the Dark Ages and situates itself nicely within the paradigm of high fantasy, wh...more
Anthony
Now, it's no secret that I am a huge "Arthurian" fan. Nor is it a secret that I'm a big fan of DC's supernatural characters. So a combination of the two should be a sort of perfect storm for me. And while I'm intrigued by the story being developed by Cornell, Neves and Albert and the rest of the creators ... I'm not completely sold yet. This volume left me feeling like there was something missing.

Part of it might be my misunderstanding of the intended concept, I'll admit. I thought going in that...more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
When I resigned myself to read all of the #1 issues of DC's "New 52" reboot, "Demon Knights" was one of the issues I only started out of a sense of obligation. I had never found the characters of Etrigan or Madame Xanadu at all interesting, so I went into issue #1 fairly certain I would never make it to issue #2. Little did I suspect that I would one day find myself eagerly awaiting the second volume of the trade paperback series!

Set in the Dark Ages. "Demon Knights" finds seven warriors trying...more
Laurel
For the most part Demon Knights is a fun romp through various fantasy tropes with an emphasis on Arthurian legend. We have the standard fantasy characters here: barbarian, sorceress, amazon, knight, etc. The 'team' comes together by chance when the various players are trapped in a village that is in the path of an invading evil queen.

The book is complex enough that the characters all have more than one reason for everything they do - and all motivations are not for the greater good. As another r...more
Burgoo
In the midst of the Dark Ages, seven strangers are forced to work together to defend a village from an advancing army. Of course, since this is a DC comic, & a supernatural one at that, the strangers are more than perhaps meets the eye. We have a demon, a sorceress, an amazon, an immortal, & several others who are more than normal humans.

Demon Knights gives Cornell an opportunity to play with a variety of comic & fantasy tropes. Our protagonists are more grey hats than white hats, ea...more
Jake
I'm not gonna lie, I started reading Demon Knights for Etrigan. I've always liked Etrigan, but I've never really read any of his stories.

Anyway, I liked this book. It was a little confusing at times and it took a while for things to get started, but when it finally got the pace up, it was pretty good. What took me by surprise was that Vandal Savage was in it (it really shouldn't have because he's immortal. I don't know why I didn't expect him to be in it). But what surprised me even more was tha...more
Terry
Forget about Batman, this collection trades superheroes for swords and sorcery. The medieval village of Little Spring is caught between the fabled city of Alba Sarum and the Horde of the Questing Queen seeking its treasures. Little Spring’s only chance for salvation comes from seven supernatural warriors including an Amazon exile; refugees from Camelot; and longtime DC demon, Etrigan. However, shifting alliances and ulterior motives among this team of heroes mean potential doom for the village....more
Jdetrick
I know this wasn't one of the more popular New 52 series from DC, but I really enjoyed it. It's more fantasy than superhero, which has my interest. The art is very well done. I also like ensemble casts and I find this one very interesting. The personalities of the various characters are different and interesting enough to make their interactions fascinating and they all have interesting back stories. I'm disappointed this series didn't do better.
Travis
Interesting mix of the Justice League, the Magnificent 7 and the Lord of the Rings.

After the fall of Camelot, a dark army is on the move and a small village is right in it's path. It's only hope for surviving rests with a demon, a devious witch, an amazon, a muslim man of science, an immortal bastard, and swords woman with a mystical connection to her horse and a young knight with some gender issues.

Someone finally came along and decided to combine two of my favorite things in literature: rousin...more
Monica
The formation of the Demon Knights is chronicled here as well as their first fight together.

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.
Kelsey Jacobs
A more-than-solid addition to the new 52. I didn't pick this up despite the great reviews because my pull list was already quite big; should have dropped Catwoman and picked this up.

The core 7 characters felt pretty well introduced and set up for new adventures. I look forward to seeing them fleshed out even further, especially the Shining Knight.

I wish, though, that in the 7 issues there could have been slightly more than "The Horde! They approach!" and the villain did kind of disappear in a cl...more
Brent
Apr 14, 2013 Brent rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: DC and fantasy fiction fans
Recommended to Brent by: writer Paul Cornell and Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Sandy Springs Branch
Shelves: comics, superhero, fiction, war
I don't have a fantasy siege category, so, superhero war about gets it. The book is charming but not consequential. I'll keep checking out library copies.
I do like the writing and art talent: Cornell, a fine writer, has entertained me more on other projects. This New 52 historical fantasy is much better suited for artist Diogenes Neves than the run of Green Arrow in Brightest Day hysterics to which he was assigned.
I guess some of my disappointment is in repeated use of Jack Kirby's Etrigan, the...more
Yousif Mukhtar
I haven't read such a fun ride reading a graphic novel of the New 52 before! Demon Knights just happens to be the funnest of the New 52 comics. It is filled with lots of adrenaline that makes it a very adventurous and fantastical book.

Infact, this is the best epic fantasy of all the DC comics in history! The characters in this book are really interesting especially Etrigan, Vandal Savage and Madam Xanadu. I got acquainted reading about Etrigan and Vandal Savage because of their common appearance...more
Alan
A good solid piece by Paul Cornell. Between his work at Marvel and DC (and yes I know he just left DC in a snit) he has shown his strength lies in tales told with a British setting, or at least a non-U.S. setting (see the very good Knight & Squire and the good MI-13).

The overall tale borrows heavily from the Seven Samurai. Seven warriors are brought together by circumstances and they end up defending a small village. Cornell creates two new characters, and I very much liked the Muslim Al Jab...more
Daryl
As much as I like super-heroes, I'm always fascinated by a non-super-hero comic. This was one of DC's new 52 line that really intrigued me. I bought the first issue, but that was it. (Somehow I didn't realize that Etrigan the Demon -- not a favorite character -- was the lead?) I moderately enjoyed the trade. It's a mix of old DC characters (the Demon, Mordru, Madame Xanadu), newer versions of older DC characters (the Grant Morrison version of the Shining Knight), and apparently new characters cr...more
Anchorpete
Here we go. Another series that I was just starting to get into, and it has already been cancelled. I remember reading the first three issues of this trade, and thinking it was a jumbled mess. The thing is, after the initial excitement, I felt like the New 52 was a jumbled mess. as always, with DC, you have to take your time and have faith that the writers know what they are doing.
This series is a great example of that. By issue four or five, the characters have found their distinct voices, and...more
Cale
This and Stormwatch, both by Paul Cornell, are great examples of how to do a comic right. Even though only a few characters are historical DC characters, the book manages to both reintroduce them as well as introduce new characters in a rousing story full of action, intrigue, deception, nobility, courage, and cowardice. Seven diverse mystical heroes in the middle ages band together to protect a town from an overwhelming force that is going to decimate a town on its way to a larger quarry. It wor...more
David
I think Paul Cornell is a pretty good writer and I like the characters featured in this series, the Demon, the Shining Knight, Madame Zanadu, Vandal Savage, Mordru and the rest. But while the story collects 6 or 7 issues of the series, we don't get a complete story. Like most current comic books the story is lean with minimal dialog per page. In earlier decades, this story would have been told with denser text in an issue or two. Here it just feels padded out. The artwork is mediocre. Perhaps if...more
Eric
A book truly deserving of the moniker "epic". This volume goes through to the end of the first arc of the story, wrapping up with the close of the group's first battle. It is thus not only entertaining but feels whole. I hope the forthcoming volumes make an attempt at the same. The characters are the main draw for me, both individually and as a group. There is a good mix of personalities that play off one another in unexpected and often amusing ways. Besides dishing out some of the best action o...more
Sylvia
It's not the art, which is great. It's not the plot, which isn't bad. It just didn't click with me. Can't even pin down why.
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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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