ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade,’ Issue #1

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Black Knight Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 - But Why Tho?Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade #1 published by Marvel. Story by Si Spurrier, art by Sergio Davila, inks by Sean Parsons, Colors by Arif Prianto, and letters by VC’s Cory Petit. This story is set after his encounter with the King in Black and takes us into the mind of Dane Whitman, the greatest knight to ever ride.

In Black Knight: Curse of The Ebony Blade #1 we get a crash course in what this hero represents. Dane details how he feels lost in the world of heroes, detailing his interactions with the likes of the Avengers.  For those who do not know, the Black Knight has a checkered past with the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. His chivalrous presence can either bring aid in battle or he can be a villain himself.

The Ebony Blade The Black Knight wields is cursed with an insatiable appetite for destruction and bloodlust that Dane Whitman suppresses whenever he unsheathes his blade. The blade can grow stronger and imbue Dane with dark power depending on the darkness that feeds it. The Avengers, who have had to take down a blood-thirsty Dane in stories past, are aware of the volatile power he can exude and call Dane to handle a mystic force that they cannot seem to subdue. Once the monster is slain, their discomfort with Dane is palpable, only furthering Dane’s feeling of rejection.

The story weaves between Dane’s instance with the Avengers and the arrival of an Arthurian scholar coming to speak with Dane, and instead receives visions of Camelot she cannot explain. This story takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious foe arrives, threatening to unleash the mythic power of the Ebony Blade into the modern world.

Spurrier crafts an interesting first leap into this story of The Black Knight. Compared to other short runs of the Black Knight I have read in the past, this one feels very down-to-earth and relatable. The first few pages are Dane just venting his emotions on being an outsider and it gives us a glimpse into a character most might overlook, or feel is one-dimensional. All the interactions between Dane and The Avengers seem spot-on and his dialogue is fun to read.

Davila’s art is gorgeous and pops on the page. There is a lot of movement in this first issue, between the fighting and the progression of the story and none of it feels rushed or too much to take in on one page. Prianto’s colors are marvelous. The pallet is bright in all instances but starkly contrasts when Dane wields the Ebony Blade. The pages truly glow vibrant with colors that allow Petit’s letters to find a home on the page without obstructing the artwork one bit. Petit’s letters are the cherry on top of this book, perfectly placed and easy to follow.

In conclusion, Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade #1 is a tremendous leap into the fire with a Marvel character that is long overdue for a new story. I think this creative team will breathe a new life into the character. The story mixes sword and sorcery with modern superheroes, taking the best of both worlds and placing them inside a man whose power is the darkness he suppresses.

Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade #1 is available wherever comics are sold March 17th.

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In conclusion, Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade #1 Is a tremendous leap into the fire with a Marvel character that is long overdue for a new story. I think this creative team will breathe a new life into the character. The story mixes sword and sorcery with modern superheroes, taking the best of both worlds and placing them inside a man whose power is the darkness he suppresses.