We're almost at the end of the road for this week! Only three more reviews left to post, this one and then two more for tomorrow. Anyway, here's a look at a comic I wasn't originally planning on picking up, but decided to give a chance to after Paul Cornell's strong work on Stormwatch #1. Onward!
Demon Knights #1:
What Happened: We get started at the fall of Camelot with Merlin bonding Jason Blood with Etrigan the Demon for some cryptic reason or another. From there we move forward a few hundred years where Mordru and his Queen are ravaging the British countryside. We meet up again with Jason Blood, Madame Xanadu, Vandal Savage and an either very young or very feminine Shining Knight at a tavern. The Queen and Mordru's forces attack the tavern so Jason turns into Etrigan to deal with them. In response, Mordru and the Queen send dragons to deal with the Demon.
The Good: Cornell seems like he's trying to squeeze as many lesser known characters into this series, which is something I can always respect. A strong supporting cast can protect a weak lead character. I've always been a bit of a closet Mordru fan, so I was happy to see him here. The cliffhanger was solid.
The Bad: I just couldn't get into this series... The setting just isn't my cup of tea. Merlin was a real jerk here... Then again he always seems to be a jerk. There seems to be a love triangle between Xanadu, Jason Blood and Etrigan brewing for some inexplicable reason. I have NO clue what was up with the Shining Knight.
The Verdict: Well, you can't say I didn't give this series a fair shot. Unfortunately, it just isn't the type of comic book I'd want to pay money to read. I know there's an audience for this sort of story/setting, but I'm not a member of that audience. I've always preferred stories set in the present or the future. The past? Not so much. With that said, I definitely won't be picking up the second issue of this series.
Score: 5 1/2 out of 10.Always with the demon-lovin'...