30 in 30 - Day 24: Seven Soldiers of Victory 1 / by Frank Gogol

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This is it—the final Day of Seven Soldiers of Victory Week for the 2017 30 in 30. Williams III returns to help Morrison close out this epic megaseries with a one-shot that ties it all together. The pair effortlessly bring the story to a brilliant close that not only satisfies, but also pushes the bounds of what comics can do narratively and visually. 

Synopsis

Title: Seven Soldiers of Victory 1
Storytellers: Grant Morrison & J. H. Williams III
Publisher: DC Comics
Year of Publication: 2006
Page Count: 40

Fresh from their hit miniseries, seven unique and unlikely soldiers must join forces to save humanity from its own future! The only catch? They can never meet! Klarion, Zatanna, The Manhattan Guardian, Bulleteer, Mister Miracle, Frankenstein and The Shining Knight return as the apocalyptic threat of the Sheeda intensifies to a terrifying, unexpected climax.

SPOILERS FOR SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY 1 BELOW

What I learned about Comic Book Storytelling in Writing

Like his fellow comics titan Alan Moore, Morrison plays with the comic book form in this final issue of Seven Soldiers of Victory. Each of the seven series dovetails with its own unique form in this 40-page bookend. Manhattan Guardian’s part of the book reads like a newspaper. The sections concerning Aurakles and the New Gods sees Morrison doing his best Jack Kirby imitation. The effect is that each of the narratives in the book feels unto itself while occupying the same space as one another. In that way, the book feels both whole and fractured, much like the titular Seven Soldiers who are all fighting the same battle, but on their own. Morrison, as mentioned in previous entries, pushes the bounds of what a comic book can be and can do. He never stops experimenting. It’s one of the best attributes a write can possess, and just one of the many reasons he continues to be one of the best writers in the medium.

What I learned about Comic Book Storytelling in Art

Following Morrison’s lead, William’s III gives each of the narratives it’s own visual style. The Aurakles portion is Williams III’s best Kirby impression, too. The Shining Knight pages utilize aspects of more classic comic art and illuminated texts. And so on. Again, this has the effect of making the book feel partitioned but connected and reinforces the idea of pushing boundaries and experimenting. 

Recommendation: A (Must Read)

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Check out my thoughts on the other Seven Soldiers of Victory series:

30 in 30 - Day 16: Seven Soldiers of Victory 0
30 in 30 - Day 17: Seven Soldiers of Victory - Shining Knight
30 in 30 - Day 18: Seven Soldiers of Victory - Manhattan Guardian
30 in 30 - Day 19: Seven Soldiers of Victory - Klarion the Witchboy
30 in 30 - Day 20: Seven Soldiers of Victory – Mister Miracle
30 in 30 - Day 21: Seven Soldiers of Victory - Bulleteer
30 in 30 - Day 22: Seven Soldiers of Victory - Frankenstein
30 in 30 - Day 23: Seven Soldiers of Victory - Zatanna