Not content with taking the reigns of Action Comics, new DC exclusive writer Paul Cornell is adding a Batman book to go along with his Superman book.

Knight and Squire hits in October. Written by Paul Cornell and drawn by Jimmy Broxton and covers by Yanick Paquette, this six issue mini-series focuses on the British versions of Batman and Robin who have been making regular appearences in Grant Morrison's Batman books. Here's the cover for Knight and Squire #1:

Knight and Squire

Here's what Paul Cornell has to say about the upcoming mini-series:

“I’m delighted to be working in DC Britain! Grant [Morrison] always said that he added something to the Knight and Squire’s world with every appearance: we’ll be taking that policy, and the amount of over the top weird and wonderful zany surreal Britishness and dialling them up to eleven. If you’ve wanted to see a milkman fighting a dinosaur in a suit, in a pub, then this is the comic for you.”

I feel like this is going to be lots and lots of fun. It's right up Paul Cornell's alley and I feel like he will write a great companion piece to Grant Morrison's serious but somewhat zany Batbooks.

I can't wait to see what Cornell's got planned next.



  1. Cheerio!  What What!

  2. I can’t wait. Morrison does a terrific job with these characters every time out, and with all the praise Cornell got with Captain Britain, I’m really hoping he knocks this out the park as well.

  3. Pullled!

  4. Awesome! Instant pull. I can definitely see Cornell writing these characters (not just because they’re Brits!) well and can’t wait for it.

  5. Oh hell yes, I’m totally getting this. 😀

  6. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Oh, my. This does fill me up with excitement, let me tell you!

  7. when i read the title i just screamed yes!

  8. I would be all over this if it was drawn by Cameron Stewart. I know nothing about Jimmy Broxton though. What else has he done?

  9. I have a feeling this will be good but sell abysmally. 

  10. I would say something about Paul being pidgeon holed with British B list characters… But he makes most books top of the class instantly.

  11. DC sure knew what a good thing they got going when they signed on Paully C

  12. @zombox: seonded

  13. Top hole! 

  14. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Great news! Back when they were teasing the new Batgirl I was rooting for Squire. This is even better. 

  15. The only thing that bums me out about this is that he’s now exclusive to DC and I really wanted to see him on more Marvel titles.

  16. This is one of those things where I’ve gone from totally apathetic towards a pair of ancillary characters to very excited about what a talented creative team will do with a relative blank slate.  

  17. Nice! I love how Morrison brought these two back and I can’t wait to see how Paul takes over it.

  18. If I were to make a list of what the next Batbook would be, this wouldn’t even have made the top 10. And THAT’S what makes me excited. This wouldn’t have gotten greenlit if he didn’t have an awesome plan

  19. Yes, please.

  20. Ever since their first appearance in JLA like 12 years ago, Morrison always treated these characters as having so much backstory and depth. They’ve grown on me every time with every little appearance since. That said, I’ve still felt that under anyone else’s pen they wouldn’t warrant a mini-series of their own. But Paul Cornell? Brit Paul Cornell? Paul Cornell who made me like Captrain Britain and the MI13? Yeah, he should be able to write them just fine. Really looking forward to this!

  21. Cool as hell, but I’ll prolly wait for the trade.

  22. More or less the only Batbooks I’ve ever read are Batman and Robin, which these two turned up in a while ago. So is it bad that I read that whole arc and never once realized that Squire is a girl? I’m kind of embarrassed. 

  23. Short of Greg Rucka, that’s about the only person who could have gotten me to buy this title. Well done.

  24. YES! I hope this i successful enough to rate an ongoing. Mr. Cornell’s move to DC has me very excited, especially after the latest Action Comics issue.

  25. If I can say though…..Is it a bit weird that a British writer was handled to do British characters?

    Just saying.

  26. @TNC: How is that even remotely weird?

  27. I saw this headline and immediate thought: Yes!

  28. lol kind of sad grant morrison is not writting it since he created these character

  29. @conor: Well it just seems like they asked the British creator to handle British characters. I’m not saying there is anything bad about it. But it just feels like: "Hey we just signed this British creator for a long haul, what else should we give him? How about him writing a series about British superheroes?"

  30. @TheNextChampion: It doesn’t seem weird to me. It seems appropriate.

  31. When I was reading Batman & Robin #7 I though "this is basically Grant Morrison pitching a Knight and Squire series isnt it?"

    Nice to see DC decided to go with it. Hopefully that evil space bulldozer seen in one panel of B&R#7 makes an appearence.

  32. @TNC: Or maybe he pitched it to DC. We really have no idea.

  33. Arrrggghhh (@Arrrggghhh) says:

    @phil: Understand your comment — but the Batmen of All Nations existed way before Grant Morrison brought them back into the DCU . . . He can be created with making them MUCH MORE interesting and less shlocky.

  34. Arrrggghhh (@Arrrggghhh) says:

    Damn spellcheck!
    created = credited

  35. @TNC I agree, everytime I see an American writer given American Characters to write about I find it wierd.

  36. Oh perfect, just perfect.  Cannot wait.

  37. I must admit that I cringed when I read this headline. Knight and Squire are the two things I despised most about Morrison Batman run. But Paul Cornell does intruige me…

  38. I never knew I wanted to see a milkman fight a dinosaur in a suit, in a pub, until RIGHT NOW.

    I hope we see evil morris dancers.

  39. I gotta say, although I have him in the "good creators" column in my mind, Cornell has never gotten me to stick with a series very long. However, I have been DYING for more Knight and Squire! I dunno what it is about them, but they’re awesome. I think it’s the feather in Squire’s cap.

    Onboard. Big time.

  40. This is completely out of nowhere, and I love it! Love these two, and Cornell is looking to be exactly the shot in the arm DC needs in terms of fresh ideas. 

    I wish Paquette was doing interiors, but I just googled Broxton and his stuff is pretty unique. Could be fun. I’m there. 

  41. [adds to pull list]  🙂