Symbiotes Make Quite The Mess In The King In Black (Spoilers)

It is King In Black day… the release of Marvel Comics' new big event that has been built up for some time, and spearhead by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. And it's one that spans across the Marvel Universe, as mentioned in our review of the first leaked issue.

I noticed. But today's King In Black also encompasses Atlantis Attacks #5 and The Union #1. Okay the former is a little on the cursory side.

The King In Black Begins (Spoilers)

That's basically it and a set up, if you can call it that, for Namor: The King In Black. It does seem to be a blatant attempt to goose up the sales of the final issue of a series that started pre-pandemic and suffered as a result. But The Union… well that's more substantial.

The King In Black Begins (Spoilers)

And with the Knull dragons attacking Earth, the presence of Union Jack and Britannia does bring back ancient myth and national identity rather readily. Originally The Union would have tied in with Empyre, but I am not sure a vegetable dragon would have landed quite as well. The impact on the team – and it is quite an impact – would have been similar… it is possible that The Union will land with its readers more than King In Black will as we have a twist rarely seen, with precedents restricted to the likes of Buffy, Watchmen and X-Force

The King In Black Begins (Spoilers)

Not that the King In Black is playing. As the Earth is covered above by dragons and below by symbiotes, so the Earth is completely cut off. And cosmic elements (check that timeline) make their arrival, tieing this in with all of Jason Aaron's Avengers of late…

The King In Black Begins (Spoilers)

And the arrival of the much predicted Sentry to deal with this threat…

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Is itself defeated.


To give us a combined Knull and Void, a pun that has been an event in the making. For those in despair, remember, where there is The Void, then The Sentry must survive. Remember Ares? And as the world faces its end…

The King In Black Begins (Spoilers)

We have Xavier on hand to play Basil Exposition.

The King In Black Begins (Spoilers)

Are we looking at a red button reset? Or will Knull's infection of the Earth be a little more permanent? What of the God Of Light? The Black Winter? Dylan Brock being Codex? And will my mother be able to get all the symbiote out of the good sofa? More to come…

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
After a campaign across the galaxy, Knull's death march arrives to Earth and, worse yet, he hasn't come alone! With an army of hundreds of thousands of symbiote dragons at his command, the King in Black is a force unlike any Earth's heroes have ever faced. EDDIE BROCK, A.K.A. VENOM has seen firsthand the chaos that even one of Knull's symbiotic monsters can wreak – will he survive an encounter with the God of the Abyss himself?
From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin and VC's Clayton Cowles comes the definitive chapter in their two-year-long VENOM saga that changed everything you thought you knew about symbiote! Rated T+In Shops: Dec 02, 2020 SRP: $5.99

(W) Paul Grist (A) Andrea Di Vito, Paul Grist (CA) R. B. Silva
The grand unveiling of The Union! A team of super heroes gathered from all over the United Kingdom, featuring Union Jack, Snakes, Kelpie, Choir, and their fearless leader, Brittania! But when disaster strikes on their first public debut, in the form of the invasion of Empyre, the fledgling team is immediately pushed to their limits! Don't miss out on an exciting new chapter of Marvel from legendary creators, Paul Grist (JUDGE DREDD, JACK STAFF) and Andrea Di Vito! Rated T+In Shops: Dec 02, 2020 SRP: $3.99

(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Ario Anindito
•  As the clash between the ATLANTEANS, the SIRENAS and the interdimensional PAN reaches its terrible climax, an empire will triumph and an empire will fall!
•  But you might be shocked to find out which of our heroes and villains ends up where! Will AMADEUS step up to JIMMY WOO'S challenge and lead both AGENTS OF ATLAS teams toward power and glory in this new world? Or will the dream of communities united in the PORTAL CITY OF PAN all come crashing down?
•  Who will wear the crown? Whose word and heart will break? The fate of Atlas and the world hangs in the balance!
Rated T+In Shops: Dec 02, 2020 SRP: $3.99

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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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