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Title: Seven Soldiers Of Victory
Date: 2005-2006

Vitals: Evil fairies from the distant future, the Sheeda, are coming to "harvest" our era, plundering and destroying all the achievements of our civilization. Only seven heroes — who don't know about each other — can stop them.

Famous names: Grant Morrison, JH Williams III

Crunchy goodness: 4

Conceptual breakthrough: Morrison composed the seven interlocking miniseries so that you could read each of them separately. But if you read them all together, interspersing the issues in the order they originally appeared, you can see how events in one story affect each of the others. (Luckily, the four collected editions do follow the original publication order.)


Bang for your buck: Morrison didn't just manage to make the DC Universe seem a bigger and crazier place than its usual claustrophobic clubhouse. He also revitalized tired characters like Zatanna and reinvented half a dozen new characters (like Klarion the Witch Boy) that have cropped up elsewhere.

Letdown: The final issue, Seven Soldiers #1, feels rushed and like the cliffs notes to a proper resolution. Reportedly Morrison had to cut the finale's page count by almost half.

Seven Soldiers Overview

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