To me, the best part about the new 52 is the diversity of titles and genres represented. There’s the typical super hero fare, but there are also war titles, Westerns, spy thrillers, horror books, and then there’s Demon Knights, a super hero book set in a medieval setting. It’s such a peculiar idea, but now that it’s here I can’t believe that it’s never been taken advantage of (to my knowledge).
The story starts at the fall of Camelot where we see the origin of the titular character, the Demon Etrigan. Then we flash foward to the Dark Ages and find the Demon with past Vertigo mainstay Madame Xanadu. With two appearances this week (the other being in Resurrection Man, highlight for spoilers) and a role in the upcoming Justice League Dark, I’d say the character is doing pretty well for herself. Along the way we meet the story’s antagonists, one of which is firmly rooted in the DCU, and the rest of the Demon Knights team. So far we have Etrigan, Xanadu, Vandal Savage, an Amazonian, the Shining Knight from Morrison’s Seven Soldiers (still a girl). There’s also a mysterious archer on horse back, that I have a great interest in due to interviews Paul Cornell has given about the team. This is one of the coolest and most diverse team books in the DCU.
As far as the plot goes, this issue does a great job of introducing us to a lot of characters, giving us hints about their motivations, and presenting some basic conflicts that have me excited about where the story is going to go. On the art end of things, I really like the pairing of Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert. The two previously worked together on the last volume of Green Arrow, another book with a medieval tinge. It’s not ground breaking art, but there’s something about it I just really like.
Paul Cornell really let me down last week with Stormwatch, but has really surprised with Demon Knights. Much like Frankenstein, I feel like this book has the potential to go in so many different directions. I’m eager to see what implications the book has on the modern DCU. Anyone who is interestested in the epic fantasy genre should look no further than Demon Knights.