- By Paul Cornell Jimmy Broxton Staz Johnson

Batman: Knight and Squire

  • Title: Batman: Knight and Squire
  • Author: Paul Cornell Jimmy Broxton Staz Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781401230715
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • Batman Knight and Squire Just as Gotham City has Batman and Robin London has Knight and Squire the British heroes and frequent allies of The Dark Knight In a secret bar within the city where magic is used to keep the peace

    Just as Gotham City has Batman and Robin, London has Knight and Squire the British heroes and frequent allies of The Dark Knight In a secret bar within the city where magic is used to keep the peace, heroes and villains gather to enjoy a pint and talk about their days But what happens when the magical barriers that prevent fighting are dropped and a building full of heJust as Gotham City has Batman and Robin, London has Knight and Squire the British heroes and frequent allies of The Dark Knight In a secret bar within the city where magic is used to keep the peace, heroes and villains gather to enjoy a pint and talk about their days But what happens when the magical barriers that prevent fighting are dropped and a building full of heroes and villains confront each other all at once Knight and Squire have to save both friend and foe in this tale from hot writer Paul Cornell ACTION COMICS and up and coming artist Jimmy Broxton THE UNWRITTEN.

    1 thought on “Batman: Knight and Squire

    1. (B+) 77% | GoodNotes: A superhero spoof with a sketch-show soul, it’s plot-poor but quaint, built on Briticisms, in-jokes and bygone charm.

    2. I decided to check out this collected mini-series after reading Squire's appearance in Batgirl. I have no other exposure to the characters nor did I read any of the other Batman Inc. related comics.A British version of Batman is at once an accurate and yet extremely inadequate description of this comic. Knight and Squire operate similarly to Batman and Robin, but are uniquely developed characters in their own right (beyond just having a different country of origin). Squire, in particular, has an [...]

    3. Paul Cornell is better known for his Dr. Who books and television writing. Here DC Comics turns him loose with the recently resurrected (not from the dead-just brought back into light) British Batman and Robnin the Knight and Squire. Picking up from Grant Morrison's take that this Knight is the son of the first Knight (introduced in a 1950s Batman story) Cyril and Beryl are much more British, as is the story, than anything Cornell wrote for Marvel (regardless of the critical praise). Yes, Cornel [...]

    4. "Not what I expected" just barely begins to describe Knight and Squire. I, for one, was thrilled that Grant Morrison brought back the old Heroes Club concept; and seeing one of the international "Batmen" get his own spinoff is a dream come true that I never actually dreamed of. Anglophile that I am, Knight and Squire being the recipients of that spinoff was just an added bonus. Even with all of these guarantees in the book's favor, I still had no idea that the book would be the surreal British m [...]

    5. Brilliant. Out of the list of my favorite authors, the majority are from the United Kingdom. I have been on a bit of a kick, right now, where my absolute favorite seems to be Douglas Adams. I am intrigued by the delivery of British humor, especially when it is coupled with almost insane, out there sci-fi concepts. That is why the 'Hitchhiker's guide' books are taking up so much of my time. This book had a shade of that, but of course became even more appealing because of the connection to Batman [...]

    6. (Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)Flipping through Knight and Squire briefly at the library, I thought this would be something I'd enjoy. I love humor, I love puns, I love anything to do with the UK, and I think Batman is pretty cool. All signs pointed to fun and funny times. Sadly this was not to be.Instead the whole thing was like an overly long and extremely juvenile issue of Mad magazine that was paying homage to British pop-culture of the 60s and 70s. Every single page was riddled with Br [...]

    7. I first read Knight & Squire when it came out as a six issue mini-series and really only picked up the graphic novel version for completion's sake. Reading it as one whole story instead of six issues, the story is very good. It has a very episodic feel to it for four out of its six chapters as it ranges from a London pub where superheroes and villains meet, a group of Morris Men stealing occult items, a showdown with a resurrected Richard III and a suit or armor run amok. The last two chapte [...]

    8. After the Knight and Squire were reintroduced in Grant Morrison's series, I thought this would be a good followup. Unfortunately, it was incredibly boring and not funny despite trying really hard. Everything from the names of the British heroes to every line uttered by the cast at the pub is either a line from some UK tv series that made it to the US or really bad slang. The fact that there are pages explaining all the references at the end of each chapter and the age of the refrences tells you [...]

    9. Bought this for myself with some birthday gift certificate money and expected it to be a moderately entertaining diversion given the premise of "Batman and Robin, but the British versions". In the equivalent of six comic book issues it more than delivers on the premise while at the same time reveling in many of the absurdities of British pop culture as well as some interesting meditations on how American and Bristish entertainment relate to and inform and comment on one another. Lots of inside j [...]

    10. Knight and Squire is a spinoff from All-Star Batman featuring the superheroes of Great Britain. There's not really a continuing story arc (unless you count Shrike) so it's more an issue by issue collection. It's enjoyable, and the sheer number of characters created for this world (82 as mentioned in just the first chapter alone) is amazing. Unfortunately, it does suffer some because I'm not British so even when there are notes after each chapter detailing some references, I still can't appreciat [...]

    11. I think they were trying for a cheeky, wink-wink kind of tone for this volume but it just came off as cheesy. I had problems with the rhythm of the sentences. They seemed off for me (although it's probably supposed to match a British accent/dialect). This could have been fun since I've enjoyed Knight and Squire's appearances in Grant Morrsion's Batman stories but this just fell flat for me. Disappointing.

    12. The best part of this book is that it's stuffed full of absolutely ludicrous and very English in-jokes and references, some of which Cornell spells out in appendices, and many of which (including the most scurrilous) that he doesn't. It's a bit by the numbers as a story, but damned good fun regardless. Sadly, with the overhaul of the SC Universe, a return visit to this lot of louts seems unlikely, and more's the shame.

    13. At last a British comic from DC. This is great, very funny and emotionally moving too. Paul Cornell creates single handedly the Britain of DC universe and it is fun. I suspect some of the references will be lost on American readers, but lets face it, us British have not got some references for years in the American comics.Its a shame its only a limited series that was stopped. I want more Knight and Squire please.

    14. Fun and quirky, this is a clever and entertaining spin-off from Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin series. Full review here!

    15. Very British and pretty fun. Reminiscent of batman 66 in a lot of ways. Good tone and characterization, though clearly the starsOfThe series are 100 something characters they made up for but roles. Would read the ish out of a full length series

    16. Enjoyed thoroughly. jolly hockeysticks and tea and crumpets britishness, very amusing. Worth a read good old fashioned comic book writing

    17. A fun look at a whimsical British world of (130!) superheroes. However, the individual stories have little depth to them, and the result is a little disappointing for the usually top-rate Cornell.

    18. Borrowed this from the library, on a whim. It was surprisingly good. Cornell has fun mining British/UK culture for little tidbits to flesh out his story and setting. There's a lot of funny stuff here, but the story is actually kind of touching, in the end.

    19. The British versions of Batman and Robin gain their own spotlight in this miniseries from English writer Paul Cornell. Cyril Sheldrake is the former Squire, having taken up the mantle and armor of the Knight following his father's death; Beryl Hutchinson is the current Squire, using her communication powers and charm to help keep her partner focused. The issues focus on the unique relationships between the various heroes and villains around Great Britain, serving as a counterpoint to the traditi [...]

    20. For those unfamiliar, DC Comics' "Knight and Squire" is a mini-series released in 2011 loosely connected to the Batman series featuring "The Batman and Robin of the UK" known as Knight and Squire.Written by English writer Paul Cornell, this mini-series presents a glance into the DC Universe's UK and the superheroes and supervillains that call it home. However, such as it is, Knight and Squire is very much a book filled with humor and numerous references that will possibly and quite unfortunately [...]

    21. Knight and Squire are small, oddball characters that have appeared briefly in Batman and serve as kind of a British Batman and Robin. Knight is kind of a gentlemanly bruiser type while Squire is more the clever planner. The story opens in a British pub enchanted so both heroes and villains have a place to socialize together. The setting is a great prop that serves to quickly introduce almost all the good guys and bad buys you'll see throughout the series (including a very polite British version [...]

    22. When reading comics written by Americans for Americans set in America I always feel like I'm missing a certain amount of the references. For every Rihanna, or Kayne West reference in a comic there seems to be as many for Country singers, TV personalities, or heirs to billion dollar fortunes.Knight and Squire reads like a comic written by a Brit for British readers that happens to be set in Britain. Each page feels like it is filled with references to British culture, from Benny Hill's song Ernie [...]

    23. Most of this is merely clowning around with the superhero motif and goofing around with impenetrable British jokes-- some of which Cornell happily explains at the end of each issue. The first four issues pass and I'm mildly amused, confused, and realizing that neither of the titular heroes has any depth or presence (again, see the first line about goofing around, parody style) and I'm about ready to quit.Enter The Joker who's miffed that his British knock-off is getting more press. Now the fun b [...]

    24. This is a graphic novel for fans of Batman, but it’s a pastiche, and doesn’t require you to be familiar with the intricate continuity of the Batman comics. It’s about British equivalents to Batman and Robin, called Knight and Squire. It begins in a pub, where the first Thursday of every month there’s a truce between the heroes and villains. The arc is about a final crime spree by Jarvis Poker, the British Joker. He’s a villain, but more an admirer of the style of the American Joker tha [...]

    25. I was prepared not to like this, a light hearted version of what foriegners imagine britain is like but the characterisation and sense of humour won me over.i was routing for knight during his motorway battle with richard the third and even felt sorry for his neural clone trapped in the knight,s power armour believing himself to be the real deal.Not all the humourous moments actually worked but it has other strengths,its humanity and idealism were very inspiring.The villians and the heros all co [...]

    26. Once this one gets going, it's pretty fun, but it takes a few issues to get there. The first couple issues trade plot and character for "Look how British we are moments!" The whole book's largely built around introducing odd characters (often unnamed people in a group) and it's fun, but it also limits what's really going on with it, esp. since we're restricted to six issues with nothing built up over a longer ongoing series.It does help raise the stakes for Batman, Incorporated. I'm guessing fan [...]

    27. I was really looking forward to this collection. I enjoyed the characters in their appearance in Batman and Paul Cornell did fantastic things writing Action Comics. But this book just didn't work for me in any way. The tongue-in-cheek plots were passable. They might have even been interesting, too, but they just had a little too much Britishness, for lack of a better word. People who know more about British culture may get the joke, but I didn't. About the only thing that worked was the art. It [...]

    28. Cornell takes the obscure English Batman & Robin knock-off characters Knight & Squire and surrounds them over a hundred British themed costumed characters who are mostly playacting at the whole hero and villain thing. It is all like a big cosplay convention until the real Joker shows up, provoked by the existence of Jarvis Poker the British Joker, and starts killing everyone.

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