King In Black #2 Recruits The Best Of What's Left Of Marvel Comics

In King In Black #1, Knull dropped Eddie Brock, Venom, from atop a skyscraper. Venom told the tale of him falling, with the symbiote and how he might survive physically, if not mentally. King In Black #2 sees him land, as this Declan Shalvey cover portrays…

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This issue does its best to extend itself across the Marvel universe, in time as well as space. The first issue brought in the Avengers, Celestials, Sentry and the X-Men. But still no Thoir. Today's King In Black #2 suggests that this might not entirely be a bad thing, as everyone gets symbiotes under the thrall of Knull, whether they want them or not.

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As King In Black sees Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman take a run around the remains of Marvel. With Jane Foster as the Valkyrie, dealing with a dying Eddie Brock, in the fashion seen in her recent comic book series.

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While Magneto and Professor X argue with Blade over the risk to Krakoa, and how they might – or might not – help. Would the gates work on that many non-mutants? Failing that, Blade has many Marvel vampires to recruit, because symbiotes are clearly a bit rubbery for their taste, even if the sun is blocked out for them.

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And then we get down to business with what Kurt Busiek has been setting up in the Namor: King In Black series, and just why Marvel Comics went and trademarked The Black Tide.

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And there are the supervillains to consider as well, longing for a simpler Civil War that they could sit out of.

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While Iron Man remembers the Extremis storyline from Warren Ellis and Adi Granov that once inspired Iron Man 2, on a Jonah-style mission to defeat Knull from within. And hopefully not just make everything explode, though that might do as well.

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Basically, Donny Cates reads a lot of Marvel Comics, folks. And he is taking every possible chance to remind you of this.

KING IN BLACK #2 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
OCT200510
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
HAIL TO THE KING!
Rated T+In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $4.99

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