Rating: 3.5/5 – Too Many Avengers Take the Spotlight From Black Knight.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
The Black Knight has been around for quite some time. In fact, the Black Knight first appeared all the way back in the Atlas era of Marvel Comics in 1955. Then, in 1967 a new Black Knight that had his ties all the way back to the 1955 original made his first appearance in Avengers number forty-seven. This Black Knight, Dane Whitman continues to be the most popular of Knights to wield the ebony blade and stars in an all new series by writer Frank Tieri, with art by Luca Pizzari and Kev Walker.
Dane has been corrupted by the energies of the Ebony Blade. That corruption has led him to slaying a handful of villains, and in turn has made himself a villain in the eyes of the Avengers. The Uncanny Avengers to be exact, who guest star in this issue. Tieri has told this story by jumping back and forth between the present and the past and in this issue we see just how Dane came to Weirdworld, and the Avengers attempts to stop Dane from killing anyone else. Although Tieri placing this story within Wierdworld is great, it feels as though that isn’t explored as much as it could be to make room for the Avengers, and unfortunately a bit too much of Deadpool for my liking.
On the plus side, I’m really enjoying the art by both Pizzari and Walker. Pizzari’s art can be seen in all scenes within the present, while Walker’s art gives us a window into the past. Their styles are quite different from one another, but they work together with the help of consistent colors by Antonio Fabela. I should also mention the cover by Julian Totino Tedesco which really stands out, along with the previous two covers. They’re quite striking and do the Black Knight’s brilliant costume design the justice it deserves.
I understand Deadpool’s popularity and the desire to put the Uncanny Avengers front and center, but I would have loved to have seen Dane and his adventures on Weirdwrold take priority before the rest of the Avengers take such a large role in the book. I still enjoyed this issue and I’ve enjoyed this series, but feel as though Dane Whitman’s character can enjoy some time all on his own to allow new readers to get to know him as someone other than the “villain” he’s represented as here. We’ll see if future issues can isolate this long-standing Marvel Character, allowing him to stand on his own, but either way I’ll be back to read more.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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