More History Lessons For King In Black (Namor, Sword, Venom Spoilers)

It's King In Black time… Even today's S.W.O.R.D. #1 launch issue noticed that there are other things going on aside from its own launch and the Krakoa-related diplomatic incidents it seems eager to engender. It knows about the Snarkwar in Guardians of The Galaxy and the Kree/Skrull Empyre – which all benefit from having the same writer as SWORD, Al Ewing, as well as the incoming King In Black.

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The history of symbiotes and Knull on Earth gets a nod in Namor: King In Black, which takes a historical five to when NAmor was a married prince and his father rulkes Atlantis – and they even got their own superhero team, the Swift Tide.

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With names, abilities and a full team dynamic.

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Oh, don't forget the big brute beyond The Breaker…

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And while it may be a King In Black tie-iun, we only get a brief suggestion towards the end…

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The Unforgotten Stone – a dark relic sought after by the Swift Tide.

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And last seen in silhouette, suggesting symbiotes in their future – is this what will change The Swift Tide to The Black Tide and mabe bring them closer to the present day.

It is also history that obsesses Venom #31, naturally, set directly after The King In Black #1, with Eddie Brock removed from his Venom symbiote in a rather distressing fashion (below) and left to fall from a skyscraper to the ground.

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And that is the entire issue, his fall from grace (and from a skyscraper)…narrated entirely by xxx from Venom #1. #2 and the Web Of Ve'Nam special, the military man who weaponised symbiotes long before Eddie Brock turned up on the scene.

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And falling headlong he does, with New York looking more and more like a homage to Inferno.

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How will they get those symbiote stains out?

KING IN BLACK NAMOR #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
OCT200535
(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Ben Dewey, Jonas Scharf (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Spinning out of the KING IN BLACK epic comes a dark, chilling story of the birth of Atlantis's greatest villains. The players: Namor, Lady Dorma of Atlantis, the outsider Attuma – all still in their teen years – and The Swift Riders, the Atlantean Empire's greatest heroes. It begins with alliances and possibility, as Attuma's people may join the Empire…but what lies ahead is tragedy, betrayal, and the unleashing of dangerous, deadly magics. A deep dive into Marvel history…and the birth of a threat that will only grow in menace across time. Rated T+In Shops: Dec 09, 2020 SRP: $3.99

VENOM #31 KIB
MARVEL COMICS
OCT200515
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Iban Coello
KING IN BLACK ARRIVES!
•  What happens to Eddie Brock when he finally comes face to face with the lord of the abyss, the KING IN BLACK: KNULL? Rated T+In Shops: Dec 09, 2020 SRP: $3.99

SWORD #1
MARVEL COMICS
OCT200553
ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MUTANTKIND!
The Mutant nation of Krakoa has quickly become a major force on the world stage… but why stop there? Krakoa has relaunched the Sentient World Observation & Response Directorate – a fully independent organization dealing with all things extra-terrestrial on behalf of all of Earth. Al Ewing and Valerio Schitti, the team behind EMPYRE, bring us the tale of Mutantkind looking to do for the galaxy what Krakoa did for the planet. Rated T+In Shops: Dec 09, 2020 SRP: $4.99

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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