Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This month in Black Knight; Steve Rogers, Deadpool, and a literal committee do more than our title character...


During one of Marvel's more recent big pushes, this was one of the first books to be cancelled, but that's not necessarily a reflection on its quality. Is it? From 2016, Black Knight #4, "Dark Knight, part four" Written by Frank Tieri, art by Luca Pizzari. (As sometimes happens, I had to upload that cover myself! Marvel should have interns who do that...)

Weirdworld was also getting a big push, with its own title and the Extraordinary X-Men going there for a couple; but here the Black Knight, Dane Whitman, has become king of the New Avalon region. And he's either had to make the tough choices, and deal out some bloody justice; or the Ebony Blade is turning Dane into a bloodthirsty lunatic. Maybe both: thrown in a dungeon by the Avengers Unity Squad (including Deadpool!) Dane is visited by the ghost of original Black Knight "Percy," who seems a lot more bloodthirsty himself here. Still, the citizens of New Avalon rise up--against the Avengers, they want their king back! Eventually, the citizens work out a deal with geezer Steve Rogers (who had been swinging the Blade around for a bit, even as an old man!) where Dane will stay as king, but Steve will take the Blade back to earth. A good compromise leaves everyone mad, but the only one who doesn't like this one is Dane, who seems on the verge of full junkie withdrawals.

I really, really wonder if maybe this wouldn't have done better, if Marvel had solicited it as a mini-series. But they don't seem to want to do that anymore, which is a shame: I think more people would be willing to commit to maybe four or five issues, rather than a full on-going. Now, if anyone stocked that last issue...

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

Yeah seems like a damn shame for this series. Could've been something.