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Review: Knight & Squire #1

Wit, whimsy and capes.

The Knight and Squire solve some arguments and disputes going down in Britain's #1 superhero pub.
 

The Good

Cornell keeps the vibe fun, light and charming with some truly clever creations for the British comics scene. It all reminded me of some of the whimsical pun-based characters who've come out of the better Astro City stories. My favorites were definitely the Milkman and the British Joker. Broxton's art also has an appealing robustness that reminded me of Mark Buckingham's. You could almost smell the smoky air in this colorful zoo of a pub he renders.

The Bad

Chalk it up to British humor. While I enjoyed this, I'll admit that it's got a very specific audience (especially seasoned superhero readers who'd be amused enough by an exploration of Britain's capes community set entirely in a pub) that you might likely not fall into. It's a fun little romp, but it's honestly a little confusing between the dense usage of British slang and pop culture as well as the obfuscating twist at the end.

The Verdict - 3/5

I've liked this modern interpretation of the Knight and Squire since their introduction in Morrison and McGuiness' Ultramarines story line - - so it's fun to see them get their own stories following their appearance in Batman & Robin. That being said, I wonder if this would've been better served as a feature in an 80 page giant, because I really can't picture how it's going to sustain an entire mini. 
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Edited by ForbushBug

I'm part of that very specific audience and loved the preview pages for this, so I'll be grabbing this Dynamic Duo's adventures.

Posted by longbowhunter

Like Knight and Squire. Like Paul Cornell. Did not like the preview I read for this book. What a shame.
Posted by Icarusflies

What? Only a 3? I adored this! Though I admit I do love the British sense of humor...

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Posted by Pizawle

This looks quite charming. The art is nice and Cornell is a great writer.

Posted by kennybaese

I think I'll flip through this when I hit the comic shop tomorrow, but I doubt I'm going to be picking this up in floppies, I'm thinking probably a trade. I dug the preview, and I love me some Knight and Squire, but I don't feel the need to really collect this. 

Posted by VisibleDucts

I was laughing this new title off based on my introduction to the characters in the Black Casebook issues with them. But now all this talk of British humor ... I might end up giving it a try after all.

Posted by Eyz

I've been waiting for this one~
Those two are pretty fun characters!
Mainsteam? Maybe not, like you said, not everyone will dig Knight & Squire.
But since when does everything needs to please everyone? :P

Posted by Marshal Victory