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One of the most creative minds in comics, Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, The Invisibles) delivers his most groundbreaking and ambitious project yet: Seven Soldiers!Comprising seven different 4-issue miniseries and two bookend Specials, this colossal 30-part tale of death, betrayal, failure, joy, loss, romance, triumph and redemption is now collected in a 4-volume serieOne of the most creative minds in comics, Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, The Invisibles) delivers his most groundbreaking and ambitious project yet: Seven Soldiers!Comprising seven different 4-issue miniseries and two bookend Specials, this colossal 30-part tale of death, betrayal, failure, joy, loss, romance, triumph and redemption is now collected in a 4-volume series of trade paperbacks! Independently, each of these characters are featured in a story arc of their own that redefines their purpose in the DCU. But their stories also interweave with the other Soldiers' tales, forming a grander story of a devastating global threat to mankind - with the ties between them becoming more evident in each new volume. Together these reluctant champions must arise and somehow work together to save the world...without ever meeting one another!Collecting: Seven Soldiers of Victory 0, The Shinning Knight 1-2, The Guardian 1-2, Zatanna 1-2, Klarion, the Witchboy 1...

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Seven Soldiers of Victory, Volume 1 Reviews

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-03-20 01:29

    YES! I enjoyed this. Great setup to a hopefully awesome series. Here we have several unlikely "warriors" and possibly "forgettable" DC universe characters who take the spotlight to defeat a multidimensional evil race called the Sheeda.This volume highlights 4 of the 7: the Shining Knight (from a Merlin-type world with a flying bad-ass horse), the Guardian, Zatanna, and Klarion the Witch Boy. I remember Zatanna from the tv Cartoon Network show, Young Justice, and I think she is my favorite so far. The idea behind this is that none of the heroes will ever meet each other, yet must somehow defeat a great evil. I look forward to seeing how it happens. It's deep and dark and grand and full of symbolism with some metaphysical ideas. Typical Grant Morrison stuff. Me likey.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-03-11 03:29

    What does a comics writer do when he's written stories about the biggest characters in comics - Superman, Batman, X-Men? He goes after the barely remember kind of course, the Z-list superheroes! Grant Morrison resurrects characters from DC's past (some going back literally 60-70 years) in "Seven Soldiers of Victory".In this first volume he introduces Shining Knight, an Arthurian Knight sent from his medieval-esque realm along with his winged horse into our own world via a magical cauldron (I know, who hasn't heard that story a million times before, right?); Manhattan Guardian, an ordinary guy given the job of protecting Manhattan and reporting the news at the same time; Klarion the witch boy, a blue skinned teen living in a Puritan netherworld populated with Grundys (think Solomon Grundy from Batman); and Zatanna a magician who can cast real magic while wearing skimpy outfits (and also the only character I recognised thanks to Paul Dini including her in a number of Batman stories).Grant Morrison has a reputation for going all spacey and avant-garde with his books and, while there is a bit of that here (like in all his books), it's only in small doses and most of the book is accessible to the first time reader. I particularly liked Zatanna's storyline which reminded me of Neil Gaiman's Sandman inspired spinoff "Death" series. None of the four characters meet either but their storylines are intertwined and there are still three more books for the overall story arc of saving the universe to fill out.Oh and each character's story is illustrated by a different artist so you see the talents of JH Williams III, Cameron Stewart, Ryan Sook, and Frazer Irving provide amazing art throughout. Irving in particular surprised me by producing amazingly gothic and Hammer Horror-y art that was really awesome, when previously I felt his work on "Batman & Robin" was among the worst I'd seen for that series, so good to see another side to his work. Williams III provides his usual extremely high level of staggeringly imaginative layouts while Stewart's artwork is as gorgeous as always.This is a promising start to an interesting series as these oddball superheroes begin their journeys to save the world somehow from evil faerie folk, inter-dimensional monsters, and an all- powerful sorceress. Great fun, very imaginative, bring on Book 2!

  • Joni
    2019-03-14 20:31

    Siete personajes muy segunda y tercer linea de Dc se enfrentan a un mismo enemigo sin tener conocimiento del resto. En este primer volumen de cuatro que reune unos creo 58 episodios distintos originalmente publicados en issues a razón de cuatro por cada personaje y dos finales de libro. En el primer tomo conocemos a cuatro de estos heroes cada historia contada con un estilo particuar y diferente entre sí ademas de contar con distintos artistas. El resultado es de momento confuso pero promisorio.

  • Austin
    2019-03-08 22:19

    The four trade volumes that make up this story were originally put out as a 30 issue series, and in reprinting them the story is presented chronologically, in the order that it's suggested you should read them. But the brilliant thing about Seven Soldiers - and, to an extent, comics in general - is that you don't have to read them that way, and in fact, the series invites you to read the books in almost any order you'd like. To elaborate: there are 7, four-issue stories that all interlock, and are bookended by a pair of individual comics that kick-start and wrap-up the entire affair. DC is very good at "event" publishing, where different titles all cross-over into a continuous story that, in order to follow, you have to read all the cross-overs. The hope is that they'll gain new readers when a Superman Fan has to buy Wonder Woman to find out what happens, and gets hooked. However, this story takes the form of event publishing, but instead introduces 8 new, limited-series titles to readers. The interlocking nature of the different series creates a very unique reading experience. While the trades present the series in single, forward-moving narrative, the single-issue presentations offer readers a chance to "dip in" to the series where ever they would like. You could read each mini-series separately; you could read all the first issues, then the second issues, etc. In many ways, it mimics the way fans pick up comics; many get new issues as they are published, but others pick up a few things here and a few things there, and aren't always able to read through things chronologically. In Seven Soldiers, how you read it is up to you. Seven Soldiers is presented as a microcosm of the DC Universe; all the characters involved exist within the same world, but this fact doesn't necessarily affect each person individually. Most of the time, you can read Hellblazer and you don't have to read Justice League, but the two stories happen in the same world. Seven Soldiers takes this idea to the nth degree; all seven characters are each inside the same story, only none of them are fully cognizant of how they interconnect. This nuance, in many ways, is a means of amplifying the very essence of comics. The stuff that fans like about the medium as a whole is distilled and brought to the foreground.If the metatextual elements aren't quite your cup of tea, there is plenty of knock-down, drag-out story to keep you going. All seven of the main characters have self-contained stories, and they all fit a certain type or genre. Looking for someone without powers, but brings the good fight to the streets with strength, courage, and quick-thinking? Check out The Manhattan Guardian. Like sexy bombshell characters in skimpy costumes who then struggle with the perceived role of women in the world of superheroes? You need Bulleteer. Etc., etc. Grant Morrison uses some of these stereotypes and stock characters to offer up something that is familiar, but then manipulates those ideas to serve his own twisted goals. But if you want to ignore all that hifalutin rigmarole, and just get down to something fun, Seven Soldiers has that, too. It's too easy to get lost in the minutia of comics, and with a series like this (which brings back many B- and C-List characters that have been out-of-circulation for years), it wouldn't be hard to alienate new readers by only offering something that continuity watch-dogs and druggy-minded academics can enjoy. Fortunately, Seven Soldiers focuses on a good story first, with lots of action and twists and turns that make up good storytelling. How much further you go beyond that is entirely up to you.

  • Gavin
    2019-03-14 22:24

    I enjoyed this, but there were parts of the cosmic weirdness of Morrison that I skimmed. The intro tells of I'm guessing, the old Seven Soldiers and what happens to them (but not entirely, and I'm not sure the time difference from when our newer ones start working on things). Ystin, The Shining Knight, I'm glad to see, as I've recently read some of her in 'Demon Knights'. Klarion the Witch Boy lives in a Grundy world of Puritans and undead, has the potential to be very interesting, I know I've seen him before somewhere, I just can't place it...The Guardian is just a new version of the one from Superman's past (alongside the Newsboy Legion) so that doesn't really excite much. Then there's good old Fetish-Queen Zatana. Yum.They all run on their own in 2 part stories of weirdness. That's about it. It was pretty good, but not really cohesive yet as to what's tying them all together...I will likely seem out Vol 2 to see that.

  • Jared Conti
    2019-03-03 02:36

    Man, this was good. A little shaky at first, with all the changes in mood/tone/art, but so far I'm enjoying things.

  • Kaleb Goldbeck
    2019-02-25 01:13

    Picture this, you have loved comics for a while and made it your goal to learn everything about them, then when you think you do, so you pick up a book by one of you favorite writers Grant Morrison now you know four new characters that you want to know more about and now like three characters you previously disregarded or disliked. That was my experience with this book, I didn't enjoy the first five pages of the book but then when I read I was sad to find out that someone had volumes two through four checked out, I am proud to give this book a five star rating and only hope that I can right such an ingeniously woven together story when I wright comics in the future. In the end this made me interested in seven new characters I either didn't know about, or didn't like.Five stars

  • Peter Gorman II
    2019-02-22 21:13

    Honestly not some of DC's better re-imaginings. Zatanna's storyline was a potential saving grace but Klarion the Witch boy, Manhattan Guardian, and the Shining Knight pieces were snoozers. This was a surprise revelation to me as I personally really prefer DC over Marvel because of the attention they pay to the minor characters. Every DC storyline does not need to have Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, ...etc. They focus on the real-life problems and flawed characteristics of their 'Super'heroes which makes for a better read than the mundane, "I beat up a bad guy, The End" approach. This book attempts to go there with some minor characters, but ends up falling flat.

  • Jason
    2019-03-20 03:28

    I'm intrigued. But there wasn't enough story for me to be hooked yet. A book full of intros, essentially. I'm glad there was at least a couple storylines that got to the second issue in this collection. I've seen this chronological approach in collected trades a couple times, but I'm not sure I like jumping around from plot to plot so much. The Guardian and Limbo Town stories are most interesting to me for now. Then probably Zatanna's. I've had an increased fondness for the character since her ongoing a few years back.

  • Benjamin
    2019-02-20 00:30

    This is Grant Morrison at his best. A prophecy to vanquish the evil that has taken over Earth says that a group of seven soldiers will over throw the reign of evil on Earth. But it never said that all the soldiers would a)know about one another or b)be from the same time. This four volume series is a mind binder and is full of amazing writing a fight sequences. A brilliant graphic novel thriller.

  • mark monday
    2019-03-22 02:24

    your time will come

  • Keith
    2019-03-23 03:30

    This is supposed to be this great thing; this great thing that leads to all of Grant Morrison's other current great things. I did not get this great thing; this great thing this was supposed to be.

  • Maya Frank-Levine
    2019-02-24 01:31

    Subway pirates!

  • Dramatica Darmody
    2019-03-04 04:34

    I'm glad that first team wasn't the one we were stuck with xDthis looks to be a very interesting series and I can't wait to read the next installment!

  • Allie
    2019-02-22 01:15

    I'm struggling to know how to rate this. Did I like it? No. Did I like the illustrations? Yes. Did I know anyone in these stories? Not a one! (But I still consider myself a graphic novel baby.) If I did know anyone in here I might have liked it. It was pretty disjointed, with nothing seeming to connect. I found this at the library. The cover stood out to me, and I was so blown away that the first four volumes were there, I just borrowed them all. However, after reading this first one -- I'm not going to bother with the others. Maybe I'll try them out again when I'm a graphic novel toddler.

  • Brian Dickerson
    2019-03-04 03:17

    BCDER: 84A great start to this four volume series, although the very start (the first issue / chapter) was a bit confusing. Four seeming independent story lines featuring distinct “soldiers” are well laid out. My assumption is they will all be tied together somehow in the following three volumes. I’m hooked on each storyline so far and am eager to read the other volumes.

  • Chris Hansen
    2019-03-11 00:30

    Wow. This one definitely has me hooked. Being a big fan of Morrison, I can tell im.in for a great ride. Love the art and characterization. Can't wait for Book 2.

  • Sierra Dean
    2019-03-07 04:18

    Read for TLP

  • Tony Laplume
    2019-02-23 23:28

    Grant Morrison's Watchmen is a total immersion into the superhero experience. In this opening volume featuring the introductory issue Seven Soldiers of Victory #0 as well as the first two issues of Shining Knight, Guardian, and Zatanna as well as the first issue of Klarion the Witch Boy in the original publishing order (which alternates between each title), we meet four of the seven Soldiers. One is the last warrior of Camelot, another the personification of crusading journalists, and then there's a Justice League figure fallen out of favor and an outcast who questions everything. Most of these are character types Morrison would later revisit (for instance, this version of the classic Guardian is what he would later do with Superman in the pages of Action Comics, minus all the sewer pirates), while a lot of later DC lore makes more sense when you see how Morrison made certain elements relevant again (the Demon Knights series sprang from this depiction of Shining Knight, while further volumes introduce Morrison's Mister Miracle, which influenced his later Final Crisis, as well as the enduring Frankenstein monster, who continues to endure in the current landscape).Few comic book writers understand the unique possibilities of superheroes like Morrison. After Alan Moore's Watchmen and other gritty stories opened up real world possibilities, a lot of them never even considered a comic book world where obscure superheroes existed like all our minor celebrities who exist in terrible reality TV shows and convention circuits (which is where the characters featured in Seven Soldiers #1 exist, as well as the seventh Soldier, Bulleteer). In the overall thirty-issue arc of this project, Morrison challenged every convention by obliterating every archetype, and instead of deconstructing forcibly reconstructing them. This is in full display in the first volume. Shining Knight features Arthurian lore, which strangely is rarely utilized in comics but is also half the foundation for all of them. Guardian features pirates, which also strangely is rarely pulled off with any real gusto or interest. Zatanna features magicians, another neglected genre. Klarion witches. In fact, pretty much everything Morrison does throughout his Seven Soldiers project is exploring superheroes through storytelling that isn't usually explored, and for that reason and in that way finds all the ways superheroes are more relevant in our culture than we ever expected. There is no Superman here, no Batman. And yet this is iconic comic book storytelling.Conventional wisdom is tossed out the door most directly in the way these comics were originally released, which as I said is reflected how they were originally collected. Usually you will read one story at a time. Morrison encourages you to read several as they interweave one element at a time. How these characters interrelate isn't always obvious. What is obvious is that each of them are fish out of water, minus what Marvel would usually accomplish via some mundanely relatable adolescent fears, although someone like Klarion embodies those fears without condescension, while Guardian's fearlessness in overcoming personal setbacks serves as the kind of inspiration superheroes have always attempted to represent.Basically, Seven Soldiers is Morrison's magnum opus with superheroes, not exploding but exploring them, not with icons but with obscure characters. If you want to see how he does it, start at the beginning.

  • Nick Cox
    2019-03-01 21:30

    This is the first volume of a longer story arc so it's difficult to make much of a judgement of it. By the end of the book the principal characters still haven't met each other and the threads that connect their individual stories are not yet visible. Nevertheless, it's good to see Morrison tackling some of DC's lesser super heroes and one hopes that he can elevate them to greater levels of popularity and depth as he had previously done with Animal Man and Doom Patrol in the 1990s, if only for the duration of his run as writer.I've always had a liking for Zatanna, a magical super heroine who has previously been a member of the Justice League of America and is the daughter of the Golden Age hero Zatara. In this book we see her powerless and feeling responsible for the deaths of several other magical characters, though by the end she has begun training a young sidekick. I also like the Guardian, but the version introduced in this story shares only the name and costume of the original Golden Age vigilante. The new Guardian is a black ex-cop who takes on the role as the employee of a tabloid newspaper rich enough to have its own super hero.The introductions of Klarion the Witch Boy and the Shining Knight, while interesting and entertaining, play such havoc with established continuity that I wonder how they could have fitted into the DC Universe when this was originally published. It would appear from this story that neither character has made their debut yet, despite the fact that Klarion is an established menace in the Demon comic and the Shining Knight is one of DC's oldest Golden Age heroes, having had adventures alongside the original Flash and Green Lantern among others. Here, though, we see a new origin story in which he is not frozen in time from the days of Camelot to World War II, but magically time travels from the fall of the Round Table to modern New York City.The use of New York City as a central location for the story is interesting. The Big Apple is more commonly used as a setting by Marvel Comics, while DC prefers to create fictional locations like Metropolis and Gotham City. The presentation of a NYC in the Seven Soldiers of Victory is distinct and to my mind enjoyably original, combining the dark elements of Gotham with a cyberpunk landscape, particularly when seen from the anachronistic viewpoint of the Shining Knight.If I find it in any public libraries, I shall be interested to continue this story and see how it pans out. Given the C-list status of the characters, I fear there will be some gratuitous deaths for dramatic purposes. Nevertheless, this is one of the first modern DC Comics I have seen which show how writers have managed to overcome the grim 'n' gritty deconstructions of the 80s and 90s to begin reconstructing the super hero comic for the 21st century.

  • Mouse
    2019-03-18 04:24

    I've never been one to understand the love for Grant Morrison. Then again, I've never been one to get why people love Frank Miller so much either. Morrison has fried his brain with mind altering drugs and is permanently floating around in some kind of weird dimension or something. Personally, I think he's in the Nut-o-verse!This book is weird, and sometimes that's okay, but when it's incoherent weird then that's a problem!I actually know some of these minor characters in this book as I've been around a long time and am a fan of DC, but he's taken them off in some truly strange directions of what-the-f**kness! I don't like that Zatanna is treated like a B-lister in this, she's Justice League material after all.It feels like there's something going on that Morrison knows about and we're all standing in the back twiddling our thumbs. I'm all for building up to something and enjoy a little mystery, but this is like him throwing a book at us written in some far off long dead language and then laughing maniacally while flying off on a carpet!What's a Manhattan Guardian? There is no Manhattan Guardian! This is just some crap that Morrison made up to fill space and waste time! Is this guy supposed to be based on Guardian? This guy is such a bad character that he gets help from the undercover newsboy army like a pizza delivery boy and he rides his scooter to go bust up crime! Then when he gets there as he crashes in the door he yells, "Press!" *sigh...yah, he actually yelled that. Oh yah, and he fights subway pirates because apparently there's no subway police! WTF man?!?!Don't even get me started on the part where they summon King Ra-man who wants to open the Cellars of Buddhakhamun..... hahaha...WTF?Then there's demons...or devils?...that yell "Horigal Hunt!" as they appear...cause I guess that's a thing?!?Shining Knight shows up speaking Klingon or some crap!And not once do any of these characters ever come together, so it's more like '7 Individual Soldiers of Never Meeting the Others'Nothing flows in this book, it's just stop after stop, constipation and incoherence at its finest!

  • Artur Coelho
    2019-03-04 22:16

    A DC aposta na constante renovação dos seus personagens, geralmente como parte de grandes arcos narrativos que periodicamente alteram profundamente alinhamentos, origens e características dos seus icónicos heróis. Estes Seven Soldiers of Victory tiveram o seu momento na ribalta, e foram anulados por posteriores renovações do universo DC. Na mais recente, a polémica DC'52, dois destes personagens regressaram à continuidade da editora: Ystin, o andrógino cavaleiro das lendas arturianas e o seu cavalo alado, membro do grupo medievalista fantástico Demon Knights, e Frankenstein que teve uma gloriosa série com Agent of S.H.A.D.E. e agora é mantido nos olhos do público em Justice League Dark.O que distingue estes Seven Soldiers de tantos outros livros saídos da DC é ter tido Grant Morrison nitidamente à solta nos argumentos. A sua reconstrução dos personagens está muito longe da fórmula habitual do género de super-heróis. Morrison mistura horror com nostalgia do género em tortuosas histórias psicadélicas que destroem as barreiras do real. Há um fio narrativo difuso, que envolve uma invasão do tempo contemporâneo por fadas assassinas que não são criaturas míticas mas sim o resultado da evolução humana ao longo de milhões de anos no futuro longínquo. Cada personagem tem a sua história, cada qual a mais bizarra e labiríntica. A forte carga psicadélica leva o leitor mais informado a perguntar-se sobre que substâncias Morrison andaria a tomar quando escreveu Seven Soldiers. Quem leu Supergods, a sua análise dos super-heróis misturando história do género com autobiografia não deixa de pensar que o forte psicadelismo deste Seven Soldiers teve mãozinha de substâncias psicoactivas. A ilustração dos diferentes títulos está à altura da estranheza do argumento. Seven Soldiers é uma mini-série delirante, que ultrapassa os limites do género para o campo dos sonhos psicadélicos.

  • Printable Tire
    2019-03-05 22:34

    This is bordering on the crazy and I love it. There's so much going on, so much acid-washed ideas Morrison is puking up in here it's sometimes hard to catch up or take a breath and try and digest it all (which would probably be a mistake- I have a feeling this wouldn't hold up nearly as well if you sat down and thought about it). Some great, original characters, and the art is pretty OKAY, which is saying something since I usually hate the comic book art of the last couple years. Some chapters are brilliant (the Subway Pirates story especially intrigued me) some places fantastically fleshed out (Klarion's Solomon Grundy-fueled Limbo Town is uniquely depressing). So many characters, so many plots and sub-plots... it's a little hard to take in, but it's a blast to read. The villains are a little generic but I'm glad Morrison isn't using an obvious badguy like Darkseid but something a little more unique and creepy, although ultimately they look like rejects from a Syfy original tv show and the evil queen is near identical to the evil queen Borg in Star Trek: First Contact. Anyway, this is pretty awesome stuff, the way fun comics should be made.

  • Jack Haringa
    2019-03-19 22:41

    Given the critical acclaim and the fact that this is written by one of my favorite comics writers, I expected a great deal more from Seven Soldiers of Victory. I'll admit I'm not clear on the publication sequence: were stories released simultaneously, in alternation, or sequentially? Whatever the case, there is not enough crossover between the storylines of the Shining Night, Guardian, Zatanna, and Witch Boy (the characters introduced in this volume; one assumes Frankenstein, Mister Miracle, and Bulleteer appear in the second, or third) to give the reading experience any kind of coherence.From the back cover copy, the reader is lead to expect a team book combining mystical/occult heroes with some more traditional--but still offbeat--superheroes. In the first volume, however, none of the characters encounter any of the others. They follow their own storylines--which seem completely divorced not just from continuity but from the DC Universe--that themselves are barely coherent. Morrison is usually much, much better than this, which really isn't even interesting as a failed experiment.

  • Joe Sergi
    2019-03-02 03:41

    I have to say I'm usually not smart enough to read Grant Morrison. This series started out linear enough and was actually quite fun. But, I have absolutely no idea how it ended--I wasn't smart enough and quite frankly, my personal view, is that a mainstream comic book shouldn't require that much work. (that's not saying that I don't like books where each time you read it, you appreciate it more (like Watchman) but my personal feeling is that you should also enjoy the first reading.)This was originally 30 issues, so I was a little perturbed that after 29 issues of mostly linear stories (except Frankenstein) you end up with a medium breaking existential romp that makes your brain bleed. (I'm also not sure how this fits in with the DCU, Countdown, or Final Crisis. But, since Countdown to Fibal Crisis and Final Crisis don't fit, it's a minor complaint). Don't get me wrong, Grant Morrison is a genius. I'm smart enough to recognize that, I'm just not smart enough to enjoy his genius.

  • Kirsten
    2019-03-14 23:26

    Morrison selects a number of lesser-known DC characters, people with superpowers who are not necessarily superheroes, and reinvents them. The only character I was familiar with prior to reading this was Zatanna, who's shown up in supporting roles in some of my other favorite DC comics. This first volume collects the beginning of several miniseries. The stories are mostly self-contained at first, with hints that they will become progressively more interlinked as things progress. The result is that the book requires a lot of "heavy lifting" on the part of the reader -- it feels rather like you've been thrown into a morass and just have to trust that things will come clear. Morrison delights in doing this -- heck, most of The Invisibles was like this -- but this is not as deftly handled as much of his other work. I plan on reading the other volumes, because I want to see how it all comes out. Until I've read the other ones, I can't really recommend this one, because I'm not sure if it comes clear eventually or not!

  • Lloyd
    2019-03-16 02:26

    In this series, comics great Grant Morrison takes on some of DC's C-List superheroes.While some of narratives in the prologue (Seven Soldiers of Victory #0) and in Zatanna's story rather reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk (which is always good), I think this book pales in comparison to some of Mr. Morrison's other legendary tales.While wowed by some early goings of the characters featured here, some really stunning artwork and the infusion of themes of magic (something very interesting to me and featured in almost all of Morrison's work), I wasn't really blown away by anything between the cover of this book.Bottome line: This one's great to read if you're going on your own personal quest to read all of Grant Morrison's work but not one of his best or something I'd recommend starting with.

  • David Palazzolo
    2019-03-16 04:22

    This series is better the second and third time around--each time I read it i get a clearer picture of events. I would have given it 5 stars if the story had been fully retold, I shouldn't have to hunt for something this important. The series itself is a very complex sequel to an old Justice League/Justice Society team-up featuring a group known as the Seven Soldiers of Victory. This story is never fully recounted here and I suggest reading it as it helps to keep things straight. Only one of the original Seven appears appears here, and only in the opening chapter. The seven mini-series that comprise the main body of the work introduce us to one of each of the new Seven Soldiers of Victory and explain how their lives have become intertwined without ever meeting one another. At the conclusion it is promised that one of the seven will die--who will it be?

  • Fizzgig76
    2019-02-27 00:21

    Reprints Seven Soldiers #0, Shining Knight #1-2, Zatanna #1-2, The Guardian #1-2, and Klarion #1. The Sheeda prepare for their harrowing of Earth and a new group of Seven Soldiers begin to form to stop them. The Seven Soldiers of Victory series is seven mini-series with bookends called Seven Soldiers. The story is frustrating. It is sometimes very good (some mini-series work better than others) and there is no good way to read it. The collections opt for the order in which they were released so all the stories contained in Volume 1 are unfinished. Zatanna is probably the best of the group, followed by Klarion, the Shining Knight, and the Guardian, but most of them are relatively strong.

  • Patrick Hudson
    2019-02-25 04:32

    This ia a brilliant series! Grant Morrison really hit his stride with this one. I know a little about the the weirder backwoods of the DC uniiverse and caught a lot of clever references on re-imaginings. The central conceit - the it's a super team where the members never meet up - maybe sounds a little corny, but is really fun. The individual stories themselves are great and the art is excellent throughout. I think I enjoyed the Klarion story the most. Klarion is a great character, almost an innocent and Frazer Irving's art captures that aspect of his character particularly well - all wide eyes and huge smiles!It's all fantastic, though, and I highly recommend this series to any super-hero fan with a little knowledge of the strange backwaters of the DC universe.