Knight and Squire #1 is a comic I did not care about five weeks ago. I had read them in the Batman: The Black Glove hardcover, and didn’t care, I had read them in issues 7-9 of Batman and Robin, I still did not care, and then I saw a preview at the end of one of my comics last month, I started to care.
Knight and Squire #1 takes place in a London pub, where all the superheroes and supervillians hang out once every month, and do not fight, they do not talk shop, they just hang out and get drunk.
This comic really is a first issue, in that it introduces you to Knight and Squire, and previous knowledge of who they are, would be helpful but is not needed, and nearly everyone else in the comic is a new character, which is one my gripes with the comic, but I’ll get back to that in a minute.
There is nothing I can really say about this comic story wise, as the story is simple, it is the way that is executed that makes it interesting, you can just sit down and enjoy this comic for what it is, light-hearted fun, that does not mind poking fun at itself.
The only real gripe I have from this comic is that Wildcat from the JSA is here. I would have preferred if the book was full of new characters and a new world, but if my one real complaint is that Wildcat is in the book, than that is not really anything to shout about.
Speaking of things not to be shouting about, the art by Jimmy Broxton, although relatively good, it is not something after reading this comic I am going out of my way to say “I must read more of his stuff!!” It is serviceable, just not very stand out. However, I am being more patient as this is a first issue, and again, I could have a lot more to complain about then just the art being relatively good.
The writing by Paul Cornell is the real breadwinner for me here, it is so light-hearted and fun, you cannot help but smile when reading this comic, as I did several times.
My personal favorite character in the book was Jarvis Poker, the British Joker, who to me has the voice of Stephen Fry. If you do not know who he is, type his name into YouTube and imagine him saying Jarvis’s dialogue, and you will see what I mean.
Another plus for me on this book is the price tag. In a day and age where you can expect to pay $3.99 (£3) for a miniseries, it was so great to realize I was interested in reading this and the price tag was only $2.99 (£2.35) so this book is full of positives and praise from me.
If you haven’ t already, I recommend checking this book out at your local comic shop for yourself, good solid art, great writing and guaranteed to put the smile on any comic fans face.
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Reviewed by Suavestar