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Demon Knights #2 (Spoilers Ahoy!)

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Flynn the Pirate

OMCTO

Postby Flynn the Pirate » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:45 pm

This was... disappointing. The last issue really laid a lot of really great groundwork, but this issue just didn't seem very disposed toward doing really anything. I mean, yes Vandal Savage eating the dinosaurs was rather cute and the appearance of Victory with Ystrin riding atop him was kind of cool, but so much of this was just "meh".

I'm still having a hard time with the characters. Madame Xanadu still bothers me, but not as much as it did last month, in large part because I have reconciled myself to the fact that she really isn't the same character as she was in the Vertigo series. But what really bugged me in this one was Etrigan. He was really just annoying. Not bad-@$$. Not even a hard-@$$. He was just a douche-bag. He was just thoroughly unlikable and considering that Cornell seems to be fashioning him as the lead character, that does not bode well for my interest in this story.

That all being said, I still love the setting. I love the sword-and-sorcery genre and I love that they are taking these characters and letting them (ostensibly) shine in their own title. And did I mention last week that I giggle like a school girl every time Mordru shows up? But my fantasy geekiness will only hold out so long before I just get fed up with this book. The plot is going to have to start moving and soon, else I will be moving on as well.
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m0d0k

Bron-Yur Stomper

Postby m0d0k » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:28 am

Agree 100%. How odd is it that Cornell's books essentially swapped quality levels with their second issues?
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avengingtitan

Rain Partier

Postby avengingtitan » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:54 am

So far all the #2's I've read have been pretty bad. This was one of the worst though. The first issue barely interested me but this just killed any interest I might have had in it. I honestly couldnt tell you what happened in this issue.
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Flynn the Pirate

OMCTO

Postby Flynn the Pirate » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:07 am

avengingtitan wrote:So far all the #2's I've read have been pretty bad. This was one of the worst though. The first issue barely interested me but this just killed any interest I might have had in it. I honestly couldnt tell you what happened in this issue.


That's just it: nothing happened! The heroes fought dinosaurs, then they talked about leaving. Mordru and the Queen sent pterodactyls. The heroes started to fight the pterodactyls. Mordru sent a huge fireball.

That's it.

I usually like Cornell, but this was pretty unacceptable.
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chap22

Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:42 am

Meh, I liked it. It was more introduction to exactly what each of our cast can do, powers-wise, limitations, etc. Not much plot advancement, no, but that's fine by me. I thought issue 1 was so busy naming all our characters we didn't really get any other idea about who or what they were beyond that, so I was glad Cornell did some of that here.

As for other #2's so far, just this week B&R was great, Resurrection Man was fun, and Legion Lost, God help me, was terrific.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:08 am

Wow, this book doesn’t let up for a moment does it? I liked the frenetic pace of #1 but I feel that maybe this issue should have taken the opportunity to slow down a little and introduce the characters a bit more rather than just have a massive fight. Paul Cornell did a decent enough job of explaining who Al Jabr, Exoristos and all the others are during the fight, but it did feel a bit rushed. I do like Cornell’s take on the Demon a lot, his admission that he is, you know, evil was a lot of fun. I was a little confused about the ending, was that fireball due to Madame Xanadu or Mordru? The artwork from Diogenes Neves was a mixed bag, on some pages it looked really great, and on others it was a little rushed. Overall this was good, but it needs to calm down and stop just chucking dragons in our face.

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