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Seven Soldiers of Victory, Vol. 1 (Seven Soldiers of Victory #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  260 ratings  ·  11 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
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Published January 4th 2006 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2006)
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Mar 07, 2008 Austin rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Tony Laplume
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
mark monday
your time will come

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
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
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
Sam Quixote
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Patrick Hudson
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.
Imaginativo, desenfadado y divertido. Morrison haciendo de las suyas, te lo contamos todo en nuestra web:
Beau Brockett
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
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.
Jun 18, 2007 Steve rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like dense stories
Seven Soldiers of Victory is an interesting literary experiment: 7 concurrent and interconnected stories that don't intertwine in the storytelling. Each story stands on its own, though you can see the interconnecting strands if you read all the stories.

The narrative structure works well for the first book in the collection by raising the suspense. You know the different stories come together, but the different styles make them seem disconnected. Can't wait to see how Morrison keeps it going.
Very well written. A great introduction to some C & D list heroes used in a very imaginative way.
Not being familiar with the characters resurrected by Morrison for this series is probably a drawback, but I didn't feel that it affected my enjoyment of the multi-faceted story in any way (and perhaps it was a good thing to encounter these incarnations without preconceptions). Can't say I'm wholeheartedly invested in any of the individual stories at this point, although Klarion the Witch Boy, the Manhattan Guardian and Shining Knight each have definite appeal, and I'm curious to see where the o ...more
Joe Howe
Ridiculously good, I mean who doesn't love uber-primeval techno King Arthur fighting an invasion of aliens who range in size from the titanic to the minuscule? It's pulpy, it's emotional, it's magical, and it's amazing. There's a freaking sewing machine that stitches time, it's beautiful. On the superhero front, this crossover event built with b-listers gives the writers a lot of room to play with characterization and strange histories.

The collection format works well, too, given the original sc
Krystl Louwagie
There was some great art here, but the stories were hard to follow, and there wasn't a lot pulling me into them to put a lot of effort into understanding them, or how they fit together in a proper fashion. I didn't find much interest in the characters to get attached to. Still, I got all the volumes extremely cheap and own them all, so I'll keep reading and maybe develop more of an understanding and appreciation.
Patrick Artazu
Generally very cool, the kind of series that can be reread endlessly with elements gaining in significance or receding into the background, depending on the exact order in WHICH you choose to reread the component issues. This malleability is one of the more interesting things the medium is capable of, and this is a pretty great exploration of it. TIME IS NOT ABSOLUTE!
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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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