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Demon Knights Vol. 3: The Gathering Storm (The New 52) (Demon Knights: the New 52!)
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Demon Knights Vol. 3: The Gathering Storm (The New 52) (Demon Knights: the New 52!) [Kindle Edition]

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Acclaimed writer Paul Cornell sends the Demon Knights to Hell in this third installment in the series!

Betrayed by Etrigan and trapped in Hell, the Demon Knights must find a way to escape the clutches of Lucifer. To do so, one of the Demon Knights must make the ultimate sacrifice. Everything changes for the Demon Knights in this volume directly connecting to the mysterious Black Diamond.v

Collects issues #13-23 of Demon Knights.

About the Author

Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama, Dr. Who fiction and as the creator of one of the Doctor's spin-off companions. He has written for other television dramas including Robin Hood, Primeval, Casualty, Holby City and Coronation Street. His comics work includes ACTION COMICS, KNIGHT & SQUIRE, STORMWATCH and DEMON KNIGHTS for DC Comics, as well as Captain Britain and MI-13, Black Widow: Deadly Origin and Dark X-Men for Marvel Comics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (21 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watchers of the storm 16 Mar 2014
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
The stories from issues #13-23 of DC Comics' `New 52' title Demon Knights is collected as Demon Knights Vol. 3: The Gathering Storm (The New 52) (Demon Knights: the New 52!). There are three stories collected in this volume, though the first (issues #13-15) is the continuation and conclusion of the previous volume by Paul Cornell; the second two closely-related stories are by Robert Venditti, and take the non-team off in a different direction, before bringing the story and series to a close - though an open one, in that it is not an end to the characters or team, just the current storyline.

This is my first volume of the Demon Knights, so don't know much of the back-story of the group of characters, though much is explained as we go along. Paul Cornell's story resolved the current predicament of the characters, all of whom have been sent to Hell by the Demon, leaving Jason Blood alone on Earth. There are some long-running and devious plans by several of the protagonists - the Demon, Lucifer, possibly Merlin - which are played out in Hell and in Avalon, before the team-members are united as Merlin's `Stormwatch', and given titles by King Arthur - "Eminences of Blades, new Apollos, Doctors of Magic, an Engineer. You will watch for the storm." And Merlin regenerated to become the "new Adam", the one we see over in the modern-day Stormwatch - Stormwatch TP Vol 01 The Dark Side.

The next 8-issues take place in 1043 AD, as Cain, Lord of Vampires sets out to conquer the world (see
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good ending to an entertaining series 13 Feb 2014
By W-Town
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Very much a continuation of the previous 2 volumes, this sees the Demon knights betrayed and trapped in hell as a starting point. Without real spoils, the story covers a long time period which sees the grand plans come together, betrayal and the team split up and coming together for a final confrontation.

All the arcs in the series and antagonists are brought together in a satisfying conclusion that pleasingly links to some of the modern day DC arcs as a nice setup. It's good that the series got to wrap up properly and wasn't left dangling on a cliff hanger.

I would recommend these 3 volumes as a DC comic collection that may otherwise be overlooked in favour of the Batmen and Supermen of the DCU. It's a well written and solid little series that's a lot of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell, Thee Demon Knights 23 Jan 2014
By Anarchy in the US - Published on
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Seeing as fantasies are low selling choices in the world of comics, Demon Knights was bound to end some time; this being the final volume of the series. But Demon Knights does not go out in a whimper at all. It goes out in a bang of glory of action and team humor, which are some of the big reasons I have enjoyed the series since its very beginning. And even the writer Paul Cornell --who wrote the first 15 issues and left the series (issues 13 through 15 collected here)-- and Robert Venditti took over til the very end, the series still kept it's bold action and team charm. Volume 3 does have its share of stumbles, but for the most part, I think the series went out on a good note.

DEMON KNIGHTS VOL.3: THE GATHERING STORM collects the remaining issues of the series #13 - #23. Since Cornell wrote issues #13 - 15 before leaving, I will do a quick review of that, and then finish up with Venditti's work with issues #16 - #23.

Paul Cornell review:

After the end of volume 2, the Demon Knights are in Hell because of Etrigan the Demon selling out his teammates for favor of Lucifer...or did he? Because the Knights appear to have a plan of their well as Lucifer...AND the Questing Queen! (you know the antagonist from volume 1?), and they all want a piece of Avalon for their own agendas.

Cornell speeds through these last three issues at a breakneck pace, tying up all his plots into a massive showdown over reign of Avalon. The writing is still witty and interesting, as well as being a decent close for Cornells story arc. The only problem is Cornell confuses readers with each of the warring factions having plans within other plans, WITHIN other plans. That part is a bit unnecessary, as well as the ending might come off as anti-climatic. It's not perfect bookend, but it is still pretty good.

Robert Venditti review:

30 years after the end of issue #15 and the knights have gone their own paths. But an undead army of vampires led by Cain is taking over Europe at an incredible rate, to which, the knights must form together again to stop the vampiric horde, even if the outcome means finding the holy item to cleanse all evil: the Holy Grail, it too will be difficult to find.

Venditti does make a 4-issue on the vampires and 4-issues for the search of the Holy Grail. The thing that Venditti doesn't quite have that certain level of wit or charm Cornell has, but he still maintains the heart of the series with fanatical action and proper voices for the characters, which is amazingly in-tact. Jason Blood/Etrigan is still conflicted with each other, Madame Xanadu still keeping Blood and Etrigan in-line, Horsewoman still prefers horses or humans, and Vandal Savage is still the immortal thrill seeker and type of guy who would slit your throat if money was on the line. Additional work goes into the sub characters, which we really did not get much panel time under Cornell. We get much more information on Ystin and his/her subplot on the Grail (which was referenced back in volume 1), Exoritos history with the Amazons, some origins for Horsewoman (and her real name), and Al Jabr...well, he doesn't have eternal youth like everyone else. And more insight with Lucifer and Etrigan, which plays out pretty humorously as a deep-seated rivalry/sense of entertainment for each other. I found I enjoyed reading Lucifer's monologue pages some of the most entertaining pieces in the series.

Most of the art duties are by Bernard Chang, who did some of the last issues in volume 2. He does the remaining issues of Cornell's work (issues #13-15) and the first part of Venditti's story arc (issues #16-19). His art is incredibly clean and detailed and keeping the action and character development in check. Chad Hardin does issues #20 - #22 which are very well done, and Phil Winslade (of Justin Gray/Jimmy Palmiotti's Jonah Hex know) does the final issue #23.

If there are any flaws, the first is the breakage between Cornell and Venditti's work in the same book. It would have been more cohesive if DC put the remaining issues 13-15 into volume 2 and volume 3 is only Venditti's work of issues 16-23. Secondly, the art changes from Chang to Hardin in issue #20 is pretty under done. It looks rushed, because Hardin's artwork with issues 21-22 are amazing in their own right. And Phil Winslade's art is great for the last issue, but I was just getting used to Hardin's art that I would have liked him finish the series. And lastly, Cornell's last three issues are a bit of rush to tie up plot points, including the reference to Stormwatch.

For the most part, DEMON KNIGHTS VOL.3: THE GATHERING STORM still ends on what it did best: it was fun. Even under a new writer, this series was big on action, great characters, tons of magic and fantasy, good artwork, and a fun-loving Vandal Savage (when will we ever see this carnation again? Probably never.) But Cornell's last issue are bit rushed, the clash from Cornell/Venditti is a little odd feeling, and the minor change ups in the art at the end hurt this final outing of the knights. I'll give it a 4 ½ score of 5 stars, but I truly enjoyed this series from the get-go, so I'm rounding up to 5 stars.

If you have enjoyed the series, then finish it off. I hope to see the likes of these characters in some shape or form in the New 52. Farewell, thou Demon Knights.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise the Demon Etrigan! 23 April 2014
By Dan O - Published on
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Love Etrigan! This is a very fun series to get into! It's a great mix of fantasy, action and horror!
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