The GeeksverseDemon Knights #1

Demon Knights #1
Published on Saturday, September 17, 2011 by

Written by: Paul Cornell
Penciled by: Diogenes Neves
Inked by: Oclair Albert
Colored by: Marcelo Maiolo
Lettered by: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: Tony Daniel w/ Tomeu Mokey
Associate Editor: Chris Conroy
Editor: Matt Idelson

Now this is what most of the new 52 should have been like. This is a title that is completely and totally accessible to a brand new reader. No one has to be familiar with a single character. There’s no assumed backstory that the reader has to infer from the story. It benefits from being placed in the past. And that helps make it a stronger debut.

Cornell is writing a fantasy story. He sets up a deeper idea behind it all from the first page, tying into Arthurian myths. From there we get another flashback, of the bonding between Etrigan the Demon and Jason Blood.

And thank god Etrigan doesn’t rhyme. I know people will be upset about it, but I find it refreshing. I always found the Demon annoying because of the rhyming.

From there Cornell brings us to the present day for this story and we start to get some other DC names thrown into the mix. But like I said before, you don’t have to know anything about those names to get into the story. Does it help? Of coure. Like when Exoristos hints at where she’s from. DC readers will infer that she means Paradise Island. But a new reader doesn’t know that. The new reader can just assume that it’s a land. It doesn’t affect the story. It may down the line, but for now it allows the new reader in.

The story itself follows a standard fantasy frame. There’s an evil horde (presumably, Cornell is setting up a couple of “who is really the bad guy” ideas) and the gathering of heroes randomly meet eachother and get dragged into the battle together. The script moves pretty quickly but we get the gist of what we need to know as it goes along.

The team that Cornell is assembling looks interesting and should make for some interesting stories down the road.

Did Neves go back to art school during his break between his last Green Arrow issues (3-4 months ago) and now? His work has improved big time.

And that kind of has me worried about alot of the new DC titles, the ones by artists that didn’t have current assignments prior to the relaunch. Like Neves they probably had extra time to work on the first issues. And when they get back to a monthly grind, will the work start to suffer?

His work in this issue was top notich. Excellant detail, good layouts, good figure work. I hope he can keep it up.

Demon Knights #1 receives
4 out of 5

Off to a good start, it’ll be interesting to see how this series develops. BTW, I believe this will be the formation of Stormwatch.

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