In this latest look at what’s going on in the world of Unseen Shadows we take a walk down a darker path with Virgil Yendell as he takes us through his work on the recently completed story ‘Knights of Cademus’ which will feature in the third Unseen Shadows trilogy.
Writing the Knights of Cademus
Finding Barry Nugent’s Unseen Shadows project at Thought Bubble one year, I was immediately intrigued by the modern take on the fantasy/pulp themes, and the different ways of accessing the story gave so much potential. After making my way through all the Unseen Shadows material I began to get a view of the mixed angles and characters from which to approach the Unseen Shadows world. In amongst the main and supporting characters that were already central to the novel and associated graphic novels I saw a chance to chase and expand on an idea I’d seen other writers touch on before. I pitched it to Barry and he gave me the green light to start work on the Knights of Cademus story.
There’s more to it but essentially the Knight of Cademus are Star Trek red shirts for the bad guys (as Barry would say) or are the Putties from Power Rangers (as my partner would say). They are the cannon fodder, the anonymous henchmen of the big bad. The red shirts have been the focus of their own novel by John Scalzi looking at how they view their cannon fodder status etc Grant Morrison paid his dues to his anonymous henchmen in The Invisibles series with a swan song story about the life that would lead someone into such a role. I loved Grant Morrison’s take and we have a few nods to it in our story but I also wanted to do more. I wanted to know how an army deals with the losses these henchmen always face in such stories. How do they deal with it personally and as strategic force? How is such a force developed?
We are now at the halfway point in the with the Knights of Cademus one shot and hopefully the rest of the comic will be finished in November. So I thought this was a good moment to give you a reminder of just who the Knights of Cademus are with some new full colour panels from James Evans.
Those with any kind of military training who join the Book of Cademus usually find themselves singled out to be trained as Knights of Cademus. Descended from Sir Oliver’s Cademus’ personal army this is the strong-arm of the cult and their most dangerous weapon. Kidnapping, torture and murder are all in a day’s work for a Knight of Cademus.
Their blind loyalty and faith to the Cabal is only matched by their ruthlessness towards those who would oppose the will of the Cabal. Death holds know fear for a Knight of Cademus, who will willingly sacrifice themselves if the mission calls for it.
The Knights of Cademus by Virgil Yendell, James Evans and Paul Mclaren will be released digitally in the new year and will be one of the stories in the third Unseen Shadows anthology…more details of which coming soon.
Hey all, it’s been a few months since we had an update as I have been busy working on Forgotten Warriors but with nine chapters standing before me and finishing the 3rd draft I thought I could start doing some updates.
So to start with here’s a look at the first colour page of ‘Knights of Cademus’ by Virgil Yendell and James Evans. Don’t let this first page fool you though as the story will take place over two timelines, one of which will be firmly set in the modern day. I’ve been enjoying working on the guys with this and trying to flesh out some of the mystery behind Oliver Cademus’ secret army.
The comic has all been sketched out and James is, as you can see from this page, gearing up to put some flesh on his pencils so watch this space for more news!
So over the past years the comics that have been released have been focusing on the heroes and heroines of the Unseen Shadows Universe, it’s time for that to change.
The next story from the pen of Virgil Yendell will be focusing on the Knights of Cademus who are the strong-arm of the Book of Cademus and their most dangerous weapon. Kidnapping, torture and murder are all in a day’s work for a Knight of Cademus. Their blind loyalty and faith to the Cabal is only matched by their ruthlessness towards those who would oppose the will of the Cabal.
Virgil’s story ‘The Knights of Cademus’ will focus on two young men in two different time periods and their journey towards becoming members of the order. On art and lettering duties is James Evans.
Here’s an early look at some of the character sketches for the story.