There are no actual issues of The King In Black published today. Not even an issue of Venom, from which this event spawned from. But there are plenty of spin-offs, Gwenom Vs Carnage #1, Planet Of The Symbiotes #1, The Union #2, SWORD #2 and Thunderbolts #1.
So the earth is covered in alien goo on the ground, while the sky is blanketed by symbiote dragons. Which is handy for SWORD to blow a hole in.
For Star, to blow a head off.
And for Spider-Gwen to provide a handy public transport system.
Although I am not sure SWORD is taking the alien invasion entirely satisfactory.
Liquid latex – is there a better name for it?
Spider-Gwen calls it goo.
The Thunderbolts also call it goo.
As the heroes start to discover that the symbiotes can possess all of them, dead or alive. You're speaking to The Choir,
And did someone pay for Cable?
Also, who gets to be Carnage in The King In Black? Knull is going around looking for candidates. In Planet Of The Symbiotes, he discovers Scream on Earth, who remains out of the reach of his Hive.
He gets a similar feeling with Spider-Gwen, who notices that her own costume has some resonance with the Knull symbiotes.
Something that Knull picks up on.
But in Planet Of The Symbiotes, he has another target to consider for resurrection.
Cortland Kasaday, the ancestor of Cletus Kasaday, the original Carnage. So while Spider-Gwen is discovering that the interdimensional nature of her costume, as well as attaching Knull's attention…
… may provide a gateway for others from her home parallel dimension to travel through.
Such as that world's version of Mary Jane Watson. Who provides a handy conduit for Knull to search for Spider-Gwen.
And so while Cortland Kasady has a brand new resurrected identity.
Plague, inside his most valued host of all time and space. And Mary Jane?
She's the new Carnage. Maybe it's about time for SWORD to take this a little more seriously.
Including a threat to Weston Super Mare as well!
All published by Marvel Comics today, Brexit-willing.
THE UNION #2 (OF 5)
(W) Paul Grist (A) Andrea Di Vito (CA) Paco Medina
• The Union must battle for their lives (and each other) as the Empyre Invasion crescendos!
• Thrust unto the global stage, will they be able to prove themselves as a team or will they crumble as the world watches?
• Plus, a devastating blow to the fledgling team rocks them to their very core! Rated T+In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99
SWORD #2 KIB
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Valerio Schiti
WHAT IS PROTOCOL V?
The S.W.O.R.D. station is thrown in at the deep end of a planetary crisis as Krakoa battles the KING IN BLACK! While a cross-division team take on latex dragons from outer space, Abigail Brand prepares a deniable operation all her own. What is PROTOCOL V – and can the Earth survive it? Rated T+In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99
KING IN BLACK THUNDERBOLTS #1 (OF 3)
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Juan Ferreyra (CA) Kyle Hotz
KINGPIN'S KILLERS VERSUS AN ARMY OF UNKILLABLE DRAGONS!
An army of evil space dragons have come to attack Earth and are starting with New York. MAYOR FISK has a plan for that. Assembling a group of killers, mercenaries, and just generally pretty horrible people like TASKMASTER, RHINO, STAR, MR. FEAR, and BATROC THE LEAPER, Mayor Fisk tasks them with saving the city or die trying…or die right then and there. The fate of the entire world may rest in the hands of the absolute worst people in the Marvel Universe. What could go wrong? Rated T+In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99
KING IN BLACK PLANET OF SYMBIOTES #1 (OF 3)
(W) Clay McLeod Chapman, Frank Tieri (A) Guiu Vilanova, Danilo Beyrouth (CA) Tony Moore
DARKNESS REIGNS OVER THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! Rated T+In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99
KING IN BLACK GWENOM VS CARNAGE #1 (OF 3)
(W) Seanan McGurie (A) Flaviano (CA) Ken Lashley
GWEN STACY ENTERS THE FRAY AGAINST THE KING IN BLACK!
Bonded to a synthetic symbiote from another reality, GHOST-SPIDER, aka Gwen Stacy of Earth-65, is unique among the webslingers of the multiverse! But when KNULL descends on her adopted home, his gravity well of dark psychic energy will reap unforeseen consequences not only on Gwen, but on her symbiotic suit as well! Rated T+In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $3.99