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Demon Knights #17 - The Demon Bound Review

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Vandal Savage has captured Jason Blood, but will Jason escape his wrath with the help of his friends?

The Good

I am such a big fan of Bernard Chang's art on this series. He is one of the more consistent artists working in comics; never sacrificing detail in his panels, and he proves that he is incredibly skilled in this issue. Beyond the fact that the anatomy of the characters is simply perfect, he also does a wonderful job capturing the mystical tone of the book. He is really a perfect fit and does some very impressive work here.

Some of the concepts introduced by writer Robert Venditti in the last issue of this series are brought up again towards the end of the comic. Some of the ideas from the beginning of issue #16 resurface and are brought to light in a way that is interesting.

There is definitely a lot of talking and character development in this issue, and I actually really enjoyed that. I like the fact that Venditti can not only write an actual action scene, but he is also able to execute a verbal debate in an interesting way. The scene between Vandal Savage and Exoristos in particular is especially fun.

The issue ends on a cliff hanger, leaving readers wondering is Jason and Etrigan will actually reunite, or whether the two will remain apart. Vandal's role in this series is interesting and the ending will definitely leave you wondering what the greater role and purpose of these new characters will be to the overall story.

The Bad

Nothing bad here. This issue is a lot of fun.

The Verdict

I really enjoyed the way this issue is structured. It opens with Etrigan, moves forward and delves into other characters before non chalantly bringing the relationship between Jason and Etrigan back into focus once again. I think the fact that Venditti did this so discretely is what made the story more fun to read. The layout was great and very organized: reading this I could tell exactly where Venditti's beats are . He definitely had some things he wanted to accomplish in this issue and he did so, but not without leaving some loose ends and cliff hangers for fans of this series to look forward to in the coming issues. The issue is very well written, Venditti gets these characters and knows their respective voices and he is clearly weaving a story that is engaging and fun for both old and new readers alike. This is also a great jumping on point for anyone interested in diving in.

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Posted by Zeeguy91

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I love this book. I love Vandal Savage being a bad guy again, not some unwilling anti-hero like he was before the time jump. Before the time-skip, he had an air about him that reminded me of Marvel's Hercules, he likes to drink and fight and as long as he's bashing skulls, he's content. Now he straight up says "I'm torturing Jason Blood to pass the time" that is one bad dude!

I'm actually worried about it being close to the chopping block, sales-wise. Hopefully everyone reads all the 5 star reviews it's been getting and buys it so I can keep enjoying it!

Posted by Outside_85

Highlight of the week for me.

Posted by soumya

First of all, Demon Knights is a beautiful book.The art is superb.In addition to this, Venditti's plot gives it a solid feel.This book should not be cancelled at all.Plz people keep reading this.

Posted by lifeboy

I agree with soumya. Great cocept, great characte rs, out of the ordinary superhero comic. I just wish vandal went back to being a baddy.

Posted by bladewolf

I agree 100%. This series is beyond amazing and everybody needs to pick it up. I swear I'll cry if this series gets cancelled, it deserves more love!

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Posted by doordoor123

I dropped this book so many times because I think it is a great concept, but I don't think the book has ever been done justice.

With that said, I tried picking this book last month and I couldn't really follow it as well as I would have liked to. If this was really that good and it is a good jumping on point, I might as well give it one more chance.

Posted by jwalser3

I feel like I should get into this book.

Posted by Catsnlynne

I'm a fairly new reader to this book and I like it a lot. I hope it doesn't get canceled.

Posted by bog2814

@jwalser3 said:

I feel like I should get into this book.

I'm getting that feeling myself as well.

Posted by soumya

What I find intriguing about Demon Knights is that, it has connections to the present DC universe even though it takes place in medieval times.Paul Cornell established the team to be the founders of Stormwatch.Venditti shows us the characters from I,Vampire.Hell...some of those characters are even active in the present universe.At least new readers should consider this title a bit essential IMO.

Posted by yo_yo_fun

I can't wait to get this! Sounds great, I really enjoyed the last issue.

It has a beautiful cover; its probably my favorite so far this month.

Posted by Zeeguy91

I thought this was a great issue. I think Venditti's run might actually be shaping up to be better than Cornell's. Plus, I can't wait to see Etrigan in action again. I love the direction that they're taking with the character.

@soumya said:

What I find intriguing about Demon Knights is that, it has connections to the present DC universe even though it takes place in medieval times.Paul Cornell established the team to be the founders of Stormwatch.Venditti shows us the characters from I,Vampire.Hell...some of those characters are even active in the present universe.At least new readers should consider this title a bit essential IMO.

This is what I love about it as well. One more thing to add is that, being the founders of Stormwatch, this title is integrating Wildtorm characters into the DCU by associating them with classic DC characters like Jason Blood/Etrigan, Vandal Savage, and Madame Xanadu

Posted by TheCommissar

I love this series so much. It's one of my favorites. I *really* hope it'll continue to life for a while longer.

Come on, people! Help support it! It's dangerously close to DC's chopping block.

Posted by SmashBrawler

Great issue, Venditti's run has been pretty good so far.

Posted by bog2814

You have all convinced me, I will be adding this to my pull list, although that means something else will have to get the boot...

Posted by WonderHunter

@bog2814 said:

You have all convinced me, I will be adding this to my pull list

Same here!

Posted by Outside_85

Would be nice if DC somehow tried to boost their lower-selling titles. Venditti and Chang for instance are giving away original art from the last two issues to people who's send in a photo of them giving away an issue of DK to a non-reader. Last month it was entire pages, but to keep it going they decided to have Robert break it down into panels. All I can say it's a pity DC doesnt really seem to be trying as hard and:

Buy this book! :)

Posted by dontbelievethehyperion

The art on this book is what keeps bringing me back. Etrigan is such a great character.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

I love the way Vandal jests with Jason, overall I think this was the best breakout i've ever seen play out. And Horsewoman is becoming a favorite of mine.