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Diogenes Neves , Albert Oclaur , Paul Cornell
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4 Jun 2013 Demon Knights (Book 2)
On the road to Alba Sarum, the Demon Knights learn the tale of Madame Xanadu and Etrigan, and the twisted love they share. But even more twists abound as the Knights arrive to an assassinated Merlin! Now they must travel to the fabled land of Avalon in search of a way to revive their legendary wizard. But what they find on the way is a threat more dangerous than they could have expected and a betrayal from one of their own!

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (4 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401240399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401240394
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.9 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy in prose, comics and television, one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated in all three media. I've written Doctor Who for the BBC, Wolverine for Marvel Comics and Batman and Robin for DC. I've won the BSFA Award for my short fiction, an Eagle Award for my comics, and share in a Writer's Guild Award for my television scripts. My urban fantasy novels for Tor are London Falling and The Severed Streets.

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"DEMON KNIGHTS has perfectly positioned Etrigan for the 21st-century fantasy addicts that have made HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones a crossover phenomenon."--"Wired/Underwire"

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Secret Origins and a pirate sea-serpent 10 May 2014
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
The story running through issues #8-12 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Demon Knights is collected, along with issue #0, as Demon Knights Volume 2: The Avalon Trap TP (The New 52). This is a very entertaining story, with excellent scripting and spectacular artwork, as we get a ‘Magnificent Seven’ of DC Comics old fantasy characters given a new start in the world of the New 52. The seven soldiers of magic and mysticism are Jason Blood / Etrigan the Demon, Madame Xanadu, Sir Ystin (the Shining Knight), Vandal Savage, and newcomers Exoristos (an exiled Amazon), Al Jabr (a ‘scientist’ from al Andalus) and the Horsewoman, a mysterious, err… horsewoman and expert archer. This is an excellent mix of unreal history, DC Universe mysticism and magic, and superb scripting, artwork and characterisation. We even get to learn Madame Xanadu’s ‘real’ name, the final fate of King Arthur, and the secret origin of Etrigan the Demon.

This story, continuing on from the previous volume, sees the team given a quest to resurrect Merlin, who was murdered shortly before their arrival in the city of Alba Sarum. To do this, they must journey to Avalon, and back. The only known entrance is to be found near Camelot – the most recent one… (Camelot is a cyclical thing, it appears). The island of Britain is overrun with monsters, following the fall of Camelot, including a Pirate sea-serpent - Nosy Molly – so there is much hacking, stabbing and searing of hellfire before they team reach the site of Camelot, and the mystery villain of the piece is unveiled. I refer you to the title of the collection for more information…

Issue #0 is the ‘secret origin’ of Etrigan the Demon, telling a little about his time in Hell, Jason of Norwich’s apprenticeship to Merlin, and how the two came to meet. I had also forgotten about Merlin’s parentage until I read this…
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4.0 out of 5 stars Demon knights 29 Sep 2013
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Pretty good, nice artwork. Jumps around nicely. Would like more about the other characters and not just focused on the two "leads" but I am sure that will happen eventually.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good or Bad 17 Jun 2013
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Always loved Etrigan the rhyming Demon....just the thought makes me laugh.
Always love good artwork and good characters, this has both.
The art has been fairly good but it seems to lapse near the end of each issue.
If you enjoy the demon in a medieval setting, this ones for you, I'm still deciding if I prefer him in a modern setting, with a purpose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not a Trap! It's Still One of the Best Books In the New 52 1 Jun 2013
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I love Dungeons & Dragons-type genres, especially when they appear in mainstream comics like Demon Knights. Volume 1 of Demon Knights was up there as one of my favorites in the New 52. Characters like Etrigan the Demon, Madam Xanadu, and a live-for-the-moment Vandal Savage just made me squeal to my inner fanboy for these characters, with a great action packed and humorous opening book. So now volume 2 is out and although the book has a slight change of direction, volume 2 further cements Demons Knights as one of the better 52 comics out there.

DEMON KNIGHTS VOL.2: THE AVALON TRAP collects issues #8-12 and #0. After the Demon Knights defended the town of Little Spring from the Questing Queen in volume 1, the kingdom of Alba Sarum welcome the knights to their home, which is to become the next Camelot of the world, thanks to Merlin finding residence there. But mysteriously, Merlin is assassinated. The only hope of bringing the great wizard and reputation of Camelot back to life, the knights must travel to the mysterious land of Avalon and retrieve Merlin's soul. But dark forces protect the path to Avalon, including an old DC villain reborn in the New 52 and one the Demon Knights planning a betrayal.

Cornell continues to write the series being about the journey itself, while slowly building character moments in-between. We get a nice history of Madame Xanadu's relationship to both Jason Blood and Etrigan, the knight's deal with gaining dark power; face a powerful witch, and even deal with a big sea serpent ridden by pirates (not making that up. Even Vandal Savage says: "Look! It's a pirate sea serpent! That is something I have never shouted before!" It's a great laugh). With a growing storyline that ends on a cliffhanger for the next volume 3. And #0 issue looks at an interesting back story of Etrigan when he was a low-level demon in Hell and Jason in servitude of Merlin as both characters paths crossed.

Paul Cornell has become one of my favorite current writers in comics thanks to his work in Action Comics, his Vertigo series Saucer Country Vol. 1: Run, and now Demon Knights. His work has a distinct sense about it that makes him totally different writer then most. Demon Knights continues this with action, romance, wizardry (of course!), and humorous tone about these seven oddball characters destined to work together and yet, find their own destinies as the same time. Cornell is born to write this series for the character interactions, especially the banter between characters. The description about Vandal Savage being: "The immortal arse! He's turned over whole empires in search of sex and booze!" What kind of writer today puts something that witty into comics? So Cornell continues to write a great team book of this Medieval Justice League.

Art by Diogenes Neves continues to be great as usual. His high detail for action sequences, medieval designs, and character expressions (again, I love Vandal's over the top expressions) are top notch. Some shared art work with Bernard Chang comes in issue #8 where both artist share past and present flashbacks that come off rather seamless. And Change does the #0 issue, while his art isn't quite up to Neves work, Chang still does a great job to carry Cornell's narrative.

If there is any negatives, I guess some of the Knights get more attention then others in then volume 1. Most of the focus here is for Etrigan and Xanadu that get the most time to shine, the rest of the cast get barely get some more insight on them. And the reintroduction of old villainess in the New 52 is good, but gets introduced real quickly and disappears just as fast. Would of liked to see her some more, but I doubt she'll return because of the change in writing in volume 3.

DEMON KNIGHTS VOL.2: THE AVALON TRAP continues to be one of my favorites in the New 52. It has everything from action, humor, great team dynamics, and one of the few medieval magic books on the market. Because of the lack of character development and quick ending, I'll give the score a 4 score out of 5, but I'll round to 4. Things will get weird come Demon Knights Vol. 3 (The New 52) as writer Paul Cornell leaves after issue #15 closing his story arc and Robert Venditti takes over until...I'm sadden to say, issue #23 where Demon Knights gets cancelled. Much like I, Vampire, I am going to miss this series. But I still urge readers to pick up this great series (and I, Vampire) and show DC these characters are worth supporting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trending upwards! 4 July 2013
By Brandon Boller - Published on
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This second book corrected all the things I didn't like from the first book, and expanded upon the things that I really enjoyed from the first book. The portion of the first volume that I enjoyed the most was when Jason and Etrigan swapped places, and you got to see Jason in Hell. There is more exploration of Hell in this volume, and the story arc is getting very interesting. WHAT DESTROYED CAMELOT?!?! I want to know what that thing was!!!! Anyways, if you enjoyed the first volume, you probably already own this one. If you are on the fence based on the first volume, I believe that this one is better in all regards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As close to Secrect Six as the New 52 has come 26 Jun 2013
By shawn sisson - Published on
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I was a huge fan of Secret Six and was really disappointed when it was cancelled. Then the New 52 came along and I was hopeful for a new Secret Six book (no such luck). This book however has come the closest to getting the same feel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Merry and Magical Madness of the Ancient DCU! 10 Jun 2013
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The motley crew of knights, mages, warriors, and such have just saved a village from total annihilation from the previous volume, and approach the kingdom of the area for reward and service. They are sent out on a quest instead. A quest to bring Merlin the magician back from the land of the dead.

This series is a load of fun. Paul Cornell is quite the clever scribe. He writes each character so well, especially our leads, Madame Xanadu and Etrigan the Demon/Jason Blood. They get the majority of screen time as their weird three way love dance is explored but the other characters are not forgotten and get great moments to shine. Shout out to the pillaging mass murderer, Vandal Savage.

Issues 8-12 are the main story. The story is quite good, although a bit complex at times, as our "knights" must bring back Merlin from the dead as the evil forces that killed him are growing in strength. Etrigan has the best motivation as his devious motives make him such an interesting character. The journey takes them across beastly seas to that magical little island of England where great adventure and deceit await.

Issue 0 covers the history of why Merlin bonded Etrigan and Jason Blood very nicely that feels like an improvement to the pre-52 origins. There are some big shocks and nice reveals as well.

The art is mostly done by Diogenes Neves. He manages to cover the horrific to the comical with beautiful and clean lines. Bernard Chang takes over with the 0 issue and is the regular artist in the next volume and is very similar style wise with cleaner lines.

Sad that Cornell only writes two, three more issues and even sadder that new writer Robert Venditti has kept up the good work just to have the announcement that the series is cancelled after this coming August with issue 23. The next collection is available for pre-order but not sure if they will collect all remaining issues there or carry out into a fourth volume. Anyways, do yourself a favor and collect all of this series and enjoy the sword and sorcery fun.
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