DC NATION: BAM!
Knight and Squire are a perfect example of what makes DC great. Introduced as a duo in the 1950s but revitalized by Grant Morrison in the late 1990s, they are every inch a British Batman and Robin. But beyond the similarities between the two teams, we felt Knight and Squire had a lot of unique attributes that we should explore, not the least of which is their geographic location and heritage. So when approaching the limited series, we wanted to show just how British this British Dynamic Duo could be! Paul Cornell has more than delivered, with scripts that are entertaining, fun, action-packed, and of course, very British, much to my occasional bewilderment. I received the first script only to have to respond, “Could you please translate some of this slang for me?” The resulting document started off, “Not safe for work. Which is a pity, considering you’re at work,” and the rest made me laugh until I cried. It then made its way around the DC offices rather quickly.
It’s thanks to Paul’s sense of humor that not only are the stories contained within the Knight and Squire limited series great, but also you’ll be seeing an additional text page at the end of every issue explaining certain…Britishisms…that he uses. We wanted to make sure the issues were fun and approachable for fans from anywhere, without losing any of the flavor of Knight and Squire. I don’t think it’s too bold a statement to say that when reading an issue of Knight and Squire, you feel as though you’re a part of their community, even if you don’t get all the jokes (and if you really want to know, you can check out the last page for help!).
This quest for maintaining the integrity of the characters and their culture went even further than Paul’s hilarious and entertaining scripts. We searched high and low for exactly the right artist, and we found him in Jimmy Broxton. His art is dynamic and detailed while working perfectly with the tone of Paul’s scripts. Add in main series covers by Yanick Paquette and Michel Lacombe, and it’s a grand slam. But wait! What’s this art here, you ask? Well, that would be the pencils of the beautiful variant cover for issue 1, by the awesome Billy Tucci. Now that’s aces.
—Janelle Siegel, Assistant Editor