Interview: Robert Venditti Reveals His Plans For DEMON KNIGHTS

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Being big fans of DC'sDEMON KNIGHTS series, we were sad to see writer Paul Cornell leave the book, yet we are pretty excited about writer Robert Venditti's take over of the title which will propel these characters thirty some odd years into the future. How much of the previous story arc will carry over into this new one? What characters can we expect to continue to see in this series? The answers to these questions and many more, below.


COMIC VINE: The last arc of DEMON KNIGHTS ended with Paul Cornell tying up a lot of the plot points we had been seeing in the series. The solicit for your first venture into this series opens 30 years from when we last saw these characters. Why do you plan to start your run so far into the future?

ROBERT VENDITTI: Many, but not all of the characters are immortal, so I thought it’d be interesting to see how the time jump effects the relationships between the team members. I mean, the Demon Knights are a fractured team to begin with, so why not add to the conflict? Readers will discover that the past three decades have effected the characters in ways I hope they won’t see coming.

CV: What is it about these characters that piqued your interest? How did you become attached to this series?

VENDITTI: There are such great conflicts driving them. Jason Blood is a walking prison for a sadistic demon capable of unimaginable destruction. Horsewoman is a paraplegic living in medieval Europe. Exoristos is an exile from an island most believe is a myth, meaning she’s literally the only person like her in the known world. The list goes on. These conflicts are not just compelling; they’re unique. Who wouldn’t want to write characters like that?

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CV: Which of these characters can we expect to be the focus of your series?

VENDITTI: The dynamic between Jason Blood and Etrigan will be a focus for the first two issues of the first story arc, but then it shifts to a focus on Exoristos, who has the most at stake. Every member of the team has an important role in the story, though, so I’m hesitant to say anyone is going to be at the center of things. I’ve worked very hard to make sure all of the team members have skin in the game.

CV: The solicit for issue #16 also makes a mention of a vampire invasion. What was it about vampires that inspired you to integrate the concept into your story? Is there any vampire in particular that we can expect to see?

VENDITTI: Vampires are very familiar to us, having been at the forefront of popular culture for so long. I thought it’d be an interesting challenge to write a story about vampires confronting a team of heroes who’ve faced plenty of inexplicable things, but nothing like undead creatures who drink the blood of the living. They’re approach will be to interpret vampirism as an infectious disease, and in doing so they’ll be both advanced, and deeply flawed, in their thinking.

As for who readers may or may not recognize, I’ll just say this story will have a familiar face from the DCU. One of the fun aspects of writing a book like Demon Knights is you get to tell the story before the story. We’ll certainly be playing with that.

CV: What is it like working with Bernard Chang on this series? Do you work on the scripts on your own or is it a collaborative effort?

VENDITTI: Bernard is great. He’s an extremely talented guy, and every time he puts pen to paper, he elevates the script. The last page of issue 16 has a big reveal, and Bernard just nailed it.

As far as the collaboration between us, I write the scripts myself, but I want artists to know they have the freedom to change things up in terms of layouts and art direction. If everyone is bringing their creativity to the table, the story will benefit in the end.


CV: What is the tone and some of the themes you are looking to capture in this series? Where did you draw your inspiration for what you want to bring to DEMON KNIGHTS?

VENDITTI: Paul did a great job making DEMON KNIGHTS an action-oriented series, but also infusing it with a sense of wit and humor. The plan is to maintain that, but the series won’t be without its darker moments, as well. It’s a bit of a balancing act.

In terms of inspiration, a lot of it comes from the series itself. There are so many plotlines already woven into the story, and all we have to do is decide which ones we want to tug on. It’s a nice luxury to have.

Have you been reading DEMON KNIGHTS? If you like Etrigan and stories about mysticism and magic, then this might be right up your alley. Robert Venditti's first issue of DEMON KNIGHTS hits store shelves on January 16th, 2013.

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#1 Posted by yo_yo_fun (654 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been really enjoying Demon Knights so I'm sad to see Paul Cornell leave.

But it sounds like this writer will take the book in an interesting direction and it's great that Bernard Chang is staying.

I can't wait to see what happens next!

Thank you for this interview!

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#2 Posted by bloggerboy (896 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking forward to this. Demon Knights is one of the best New 52 titles.

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#3 Posted by SmashBrawler (6033 posts) - - Show Bio

His X-O Manowar seems to be quite good, so even though Cornell leaving this title sucks (for Wolverine nonetheless *ahem!*), I'll be looking forward to Venditti's work here.

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#4 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked Demon Knights but I have the same problem with this book as I do with a lot of DC books in that it's just nonstop all the time, the books need to take a breath and settle in to a status quo, there will be plenty of time for the biff baff pow later

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#5 Posted by dondave (41760 posts) - - Show Bio

@bloggerboy: @yo_yo_fun: I thought Etrigan was villlian ; from his appearances in Stormwatch, and he didn't appear to be bonded to Jason Blood, do you know why?

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#6 Posted by Outside_85 (23518 posts) - - Show Bio

@dondave: Thing is that Jason and Etrigan switch places, one walks the Earth and one it stuck in Hell (and they cant talk to one another, unlike Firestorm). While Etrigan was the only part of the duo seen in Stormwatch, it doesnt mean he and Jason have been separated. That said, Etrigan is at best an anti-hero, only one he genuinely seems to care about is himself, but Jason is usually the one who puts him in the path of unavoidable heroics.

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#7 Posted by BR_Havoc (1756 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmm I do not know how I feel about this change. I loved Demon Knight but I hope this direction doesn't come back to bite the book. Never been a fan of time jumps. has anyone read XO man of war? what type of writer is Venditti?

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#8 Posted by InkInk (188 posts) - - Show Bio

Demon Knights had something special going for it and it should of ended and not switched writers.

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#9 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (3743 posts) - - Show Bio

I see no mention of Shining Knight, which especially baffled me when he talked about Horsewoman being a paraplegic living in medieval Europe while Shining Knights is transgender in medieval Europe!

But if Exoristos is there, SK will be there, and he is on the cover.

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#10 Posted by Catsnlynne (1189 posts) - - Show Bio

In the issue of Stormwatch where Etrigan is trapped underground, why didn't Jason Blood say the rhyme to release him?  Also didn't any of the other Demon Knights wonder where Etrigan was? I got interested in Demon Knights from reading Stormwatch. I recently read issues # 12, 13, 14, & 15 of Demon Knights and really liked it. I have put it on my pull list.

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#11 Posted by dondave (41760 posts) - - Show Bio

@Outside_85: Thanks

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#12 Posted by Cavemold (1818 posts) - - Show Bio

willing try this out . robert is killing it XO

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#13 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

Venditti is awesome, and anyone reading XO would know that, so him getting on the helm of Demon Knights is welcome news to me!

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#14 Posted by SavageDragon (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

I have bought every issue from #1 on back when the New 52 started. I am a big time Demon fan and have been digging how the series has balanced many versatile and different characters. Im in for rhe long haul man, this series has and hopefully will keep filling my Sword and Sorcery fill.

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#15 Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln (960 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope this series last, and doesn't get cancelled like Frankenstein did (sad moment for me)... I love lucifer, he's so badass... and an ass

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