DC History Club May 2021 Demon Knights
The New 52 was notable for two features
In addition to the super hero genre, there was room for other types of books like war and westerns
Many characters were rebooted, often being different from the previous characters with the same name
For the next two weeks, the DC History Club will examine
An excellent Sword and Sorcery series set in the Medieval Dark Ages, that ran for 24 issues from 2011 to 2013, including an issue 0.
Please read issues 1 through 7, which covers the first arc,
Seven Against The Dark
The seven ‘heroes’ are:
- Etrigan / Jason Blood
- Madame Xanadu
- Vandal Savage
- Shining Knight
- The Horsewoman
- Al Jabr, an Arab inventor
- Exoristos, an exiled Amazon
As you read through these first seven issues
Several questions may be considered
Who are your favorite characters?
Any characters you disliked or felt just didn’t ‘work’ in this title?
What is the motivation of each of the seven?
How heroic, neutral or evil are each?
For the four characters that existed in DC lore before the New 52
How different are they than their prior versions?
Are Madame Xanadu and Etrigan much more powerful than previous versions?
Is this Vandal Savage evil or just extremely self centered in his goals, oblivious even to the survival of the town and the other characters?
To what degree is the Shining Knight in this title similar to the character in Seven Soldiers by Grant Morrison?
To what degree are they a real team?
Is the Madame Xanadu, Etrigan and Jason Blood situation believeable? How far does Xanadu go with Etrigan and how would she survive?
In this title, often there are flashbacks that take many pages, sometimes a whole issue. Is that interesting or does it stop the current storyline completely?
Does anything good happen to the town with the intervention of the Seven? What would have happened if they didn’t intervene?