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Demon Knights #19 - As Goes Paradise, So Goes the World Review

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Will Vandal Savage side with our heroes, are is Themyscira and the rest of the world doomed to suffer the wrath of Cain and his army of terrors?

The Good

I am such a fan of Bernard Chang's art on this issue: I think it compliments Robert Venditti's story perfectly. The detail of Chang's work in the battle scenes where we see an army of brave and fallen warriors within the very first few pages of the issue is detailed and really well done. Chang does not forget the importance of depicting emotions in the expressions of his characters. His Vandal Savage exudes an air of cockiness that is just so him, and his Amazon warriors in the few pages that follow are illustrated as brave, noble warriors all in a row. I love the flow of this story, the way that the dialogue, characters and the art capture you as a reader and suck you into this fantasy world -- it is all so well done.

The famous sayings "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" and "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" come to mind while reading this issue. Both sides resent one another (Exoristos, Xanadu, etc. versus Vandal Savage and his warriors). While all of this excitement is going on, Venditti manages to inject a bit of light-hearted humor to his story at just the right moments (Brickwedge the horse has some funny little one-liners). The result is a great story that really flows naturally, and is very easy to read. It features a cast of characters that are interesting and dialogue that is just fantastic. The interactions of these characters is a huge part of what makes the reading experience so entertaining, and this is something that has been consistent since Venditti took over writing duties of this series.

Meanwhile, while things on earth are looking grim for our hero's, the will of Jason Blood is put to the test. I really enjoyed the way that Venditti splits his story by bringing Jason into the fold, cutting away at just the right moment in order to maintain the momentum of his story telling. The result is fantastic, and the way Venditti brings both pieces of the story together is done easily and with such grace, it is really very impressive. Merging Jason's moments with the main storyline is done really well.

The Bad

I loved everything about this issue, from the dialogue, to the story, to the characters: everything about it is fantastic. No complaints from me here. My only complaint is that by the end of the story we don't see much of Vandal Savage's resentment and hatred for Jason Blood resurface, and I hope that this is addressed in the next issue.

The Verdict

What a fantastic issue this is: just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, it does. The characters are interesting, the story is compelling and the dialogue will keep you consistently entertained throughout. And how could I not mention the absolutely breathtaking art by Bernard Chang? The pencils are well done and the colors vibrant, complimenting the story we see here really beautifully. The result is an all-around fantastic issue that will leave you at the edge of your seat and totally enthralled in the excitement; especially if you have been reading the series since the start of Venditti's run.

The fight sequences and panels are very well executed, and the end will pull on the heart strings of fans of a certain character. The story shifts easily and we are given a clue at the very end as to the direction that Venditti will take this tale and these characters, and that is something I am definitely looking forward to.

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Edited by nftw

"This issue is a decent jumping on point for new readers because it closes one chapter, while simultaneously hinting at what the c"

@babs This doesn't seem to be a finished sentence.

Posted by Akindoodle

I was so relieved when I found the #22 solicit. I thought this was gonna get the axe...

Posted by longbowhunter

I read the first few issues of this and fell off. Got a little bored with the story. I'd love to give this another shot.

Edited by sopranosfan2

"No complaints from me. My only complaint is...." Which is it, no complaints or 1 complaint.

Edited by SolthesunGod

I got the first trade and loved it but the second one isn't even out yet. DC make it impossible to catch up on their series.

Edited by TheCommissar

I was so relieved when I found the #22 solicit. I thought this was gonna get the axe...

It's probably going to sometime soon, sadly. It's dropped below DC's cut-off point in sales.

Posted by RoTheKid

I so need to give this book a chance! I almost always see nothing but good reviews here!

Posted by Catsnlynne

I like this book. I hope it doesn't get canceled.

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

This book has a high chance of being cancelled, pity... Demon Knights has been quality every month

Posted by bladewolf

I was so relieved when I found the #22 solicit. I thought this was gonna get the axe...

This.

Also, I loved this issue, but I feel like Chang's art is a bit lower quality than his previous work. I'd give it a 4.5/5 (I know that's not possible on this site...but yeah)

Posted by yo_yo_fun

I loved this issue!

It's weird that I liked the Amazons a lot better here than in Wonder Woman...

I really hope this series doesn't get canceled!

Edited by Uncle_Yusuf

Neither do I. I don't want this series cancelled.