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Subj: Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade #1...
Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 at 11:20:23 am EDT (Viewed 126 times)

First Man-Thing gets tweaked, now...

Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade 001 (of 5)

What. The. Bloody. Hell. ?!

Another attempt to fix the hot mess of a character that Black Knight has been (for too long). With his first post-Knull appearance, this Ebony Blade (seeming) retcon makes his sword 'to blame' for Dane's yoyo personality of late. The Avengers opinions/reactions to BK 'fall from grace' are probably reflected by the general readership. This premiere and 'restart' (not to mention REBIRTH) was intriguing \(yes\) and interesting \(yes\) - things could turn around with this hero for the better because of that. Ironically, the guy has to turn worse with the magic sword to be a better hero. Quite the conundrum which usually can be comic book gold.

And then there's "Jacks".

Other quick jots you may want to comment on...
✓ Grabber in your face cover for a premiere.
✓ Oh no another crazy phone it in therapy illogic plot like DC's Heroes in Crisis. Argh. At least, this has a more manageable anonymity twist to it. Still, you just know Dane is going to slip up and spill beans (which he kinda does here, right). Masked heroes using LISTENR is as bad as Spider-Miles writing his secrets in his Spider-Journal. Sheesh.
✓ Generic monster that get very poor and peeving lack of expository identification. Is anyone going to hold their breaths that this is forthcoming?
✓ Art, bright colors, and (interchangable) banter is okay.
✓ BK makes a grand entrance.
✓ BK shines in battle here and shows up the A team while they are shaming him. Reactions that are: Believable? Unprofessional? Comedic? For you to decide.
✓ Readers still need MUCH MORE exposition on the deets of BK cloning his pegasi, ASAP!!!
✓ Thor can't lift Ebony Blade! Ha. It's explained, too. Anti-Mjolnir?
✓ Still, unclear if Cap or Panther is leader. Unclear Dr.Strange status still. Huh, they make a point to note Doc's absence but not Iron Man's or Ghost Rider? And why not call in Voodoo or Wanda? Hmmph.
✓ New: Sword Blasting power! Probably moves him up a notch from street level, eh.
✓ Nice and needed background sign for LISTENR snuck in.
✓ Nostalgic return to Garrett Castle. Precidented return of goat guy.
✓ And then there's "Jacks"! Just Jacks. Hmm... Anyone here care to dissect her freaky Medieval visiondump?
✓ Ashima in the snow???
✓ Odd placement of title page halfway thru. Heh, he's literally Marvel's "Dark Knight" now.
✓ Again with the mystery whispering?! Hasn't Marvel learned from Mjolnir in Original Sin?! Still, a pretty nifty power for this (teambuster?) villain - as opposed to Nick Fury inflections. And that looks like: https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Ebony_Dagger
✓ OUCH. THAT'S GOTTA HURT. Yep, he's dead so it did...
✓ Or not! (Did anyone think for EVEN ONE SECOND that Jacks might take up the mantle?) Well, it is 'his' title and there is the next issue solicit that spoils things. Regardless, a very cool last page surprise REBIRTH in a time when Krakoan rebirths have become more mundanely stupid every week. Any speculations here?


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