Knight and Squire #1
I had never heard of this title until this week, and even the characters seemed alien to me, before I remembered that Squire showed up in some of R.I.P. So I did a bit of research, and it turns out Grant Morrison created the current Squire. Those who read my review of The Return one shot know my feelings on all things Morrison, so I was a bit wary about this comic to begin with.
Knight and Squire are apparently the British version of Batman and Robin, although a great deal less serious and with a far more zany approach to crime fighting. The comic begins with actually a very cool premise: the setting being a magically-enchanted pub wherein heroes and villains can enjoy repartee and socializing without fear of violence or apprehension by one another. For two thirds of the comic we are introduced (or shown, perhaps, if you know the history) to a score of lawful and unlawful characters, who all seem, more or less, ridiculous. The only one I recognized was the ‘american cameo’ appearance by Wildcat.
The conflict arises when a duo interrupts the ‘trance magic’ over the pub, unleashing a maelstrom of activity. It seems like a scenario that would play out very interestingly in a different setting, say if it actually were Batman and Robin conversing in a pub with the Joker and Two-Face. Instead it just comes across as far too comical, without actually inciting much laughter; the characters are interesting, but just too silly.
Maybe that’s the purpose though? Perhaps I came at it with the wrong angle. It’s definitely a cartoon-y sort of comic, with silly characters (a Dinosaur in a suit, and a Milkman who’s attack is literally throwing milk bottles), and a writing style that will never be dramatic or gripping. If it’s a light-hearted read just for the sake of it, it’s a passable comic, but I can’t see myself getting too engrossed in this title.