Morrison (All-Star Superman; Batman: R.I.P.) returns with his usual cryptic storytelling by digging through DC's history and picking seven obscure characters to fill the starring roles. This volume features four of the Seven Soldiers: the Shining Knight, the Guardian, Zatanna, and Klarion the Witch Boy. Each character has his or her own miniseries; they never meet but are all tied together in the underlying theme of a coming cataclysm. Morrison's writing is top-notch as always, as he gives each character an individual voice and takes readers through the labyrinth of the stories. All six artists do a decent job and match Morrison's description to each character. The best is Frazer Irving, who soaks Klarion the Witch Boy's world in blue tones. Verdict This is a challenging read worth the time for anyone who wants an epic of mammoth proportions. Morrison always marinates his stories in the history of the company (in this case DC) and here rewards with Easter eggs throughout for those who do their homework. The multiple artists refreshingly give each character a distinctive look and feel. Recommended to those who enjoy comic books, fantasy, and sf.-Ryan Claringbole, Chesapeake P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.