Knight and Squire: A Very Short Review

The number of Batman spinoffs is probably nearly infinite, with more coming out every month. But here is an unusual one: Knight and Squire.  The conceit is that other nations, unable or uninterested in generating their own superheroes, borrow the Batman idea and rebrand it for the local market.  Thus there is a French Batman, an Argentinian one, and so on. Knight and Squire are the British version, and have actually had brief appearances here and there in the DC Universe from as early as 1950.

Writer Paul Cornell has fleshed out this silly idea amazingly.  He has created an entire society of lesser heroes for Knight and Squire to hang with, and an entire coterie of costumed villains to oppose them, plus a very British pub for them to all drink together in under a magically maintained truce in the first issue.

This is not going to be one of those series of Great Import and Tremendous Grimth.  Instead it’s just plain fun — and a fascinating dip into British culture and slang, a subject that many writers must research.  The through-the-looking-glass concept is an endless source of happy inspiration.  For instance, the British Dynamic Duo have  the help of Hank, their American butler — a rare false step in terminology.  Rich Americans don’t have butlers, they have personal assistants or aides or body men.  But you see how it works?  Americans can spot the difficulty in American terminology. Knight and Squire are a fountain of British crime slang.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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