The GeeksverseDemon Knights #3

Demon Knights #3
Published on Thursday, November 10, 2011 by

Published by: DC Comics
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/ Norm Rapmund & Tomeu Morey
Associate Editor: Chris Conroy
Editor: Matt Idelson

This is an interesting mix of characters that Cornell has assembled. I like the mix of the existing DC characters with the new. This is one of the more accessible titles in the New 52. Take a character like Vandal Savage for example. It’s a name that is familiar to long time readers of DC but this is really a new take (unlike alot of the New 52 that isn’t so much a new take on a character as it is a fresh coat of paint). He’s almost unrecognizable to long term readers, and easy for new readers to latch onto. Even though he’s almost unrecognizable, except in name only, Cornell gives enough that the known-Savage shows through now and then. And considering Savage’s long life, it would make sense that he spent some of that time as a “good” guy.

This issue has a jumpiness to it, moving from scene to scene pretty hectically. Cornell does a good job of conveying a sense of rushing to all the actions, but the jumpiness limits the overall tension. There’s no slow down to the story, and Cornell does a good job of not letting that limit the character development. There’s alot of it in this issue. But the fast pace does ruin the mood. It’s hard to get the sense of dread that should be in the story, considering they are trying to form an army and fortify the town, because of the jumpiness in the scenes and the fast pace.

But the character development helps make up for that.

Neves art is strong. He does good with the details of the time and the characters. The scar that Etrigan leaves on the Priest is nicely detailed. The colors are a bit bright for the story though. A darker palette might help create the sense of tension and dread.

Demon Knights #3 receives
3.5 out of 5

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