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10. Demon Knights
Created by Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves (DC Comics, 2011)
When the DC brain trust rebooted their universe, they wisely added an important element of fantasy to the proceedings. "Demon Knights" was set firmly in DC's past, in a time of dragons and knights, magic and chivalry. The book combined successful elements of DC's forays in fantasy from yesteryear with mainstream elements of Wonder Woman's backstory, and combined them with world myth and Arthurian legend to give readers a magical experience in the early days of the New 52. To guide the adventures of DC mainstays Etrigan the Demon, Vandal Savage, Madame Xanadu and the Shining Knight, along with newcomers The Horsewoman, Al Jabr and the Amazon Exoristos, DC turned to writer Paul Cornell.
Cornell combined elements of Tolkien, with a hint of George R.R. Martin and a great deal of DC history to become the guide to one of the standout early New 52 books. "Demon Knights" struck a unique chord with readers. Horsewoman in particular was a compelling choice of characters, a woman who could not walk on her own but who had super powers and abilities while on horseback. Cornell's unique eye for bending genre tropes to allow them to fit into the parameters of a super-hero universe was innovative and exciting. Alas, Camelot fell and so did "Demon Knights" as the dreaded creative differences saw Cornell exit the book after 15 issues with Robert Venditti replacing him. The book lasted through issue #23 before eventually getting the proverbial axe. If DC was wise, they would look into this set of characters again and see if there is a little fire like in the hearth that is "Demon Knights." After all, we hear fantasy is pretty big these days.