Review: Black Knight #1

Black_Knight_1_CoverWhat do you do when it’s your destiny to be damned? For centuries, that is the question that has plagued each wielder of the Ebony Blade… with all of them eventually meeting untimely ends due to the sword’s curse. And it is the question the current Black Knight, Dane Whitman, must ask himself as his addiction to the blade grows ever stronger and he finds himself in the aptly named Weirdworld. What are the circumstances that brought him to leave Earth and enter this strange and dangerous realm? And what do the Uncanny Avengers have to do with it? Find out here in this new ongoing tale of sword, sorcery and one man’s struggle to not lose his soul.

Black Knight was a series I was rather intrigued about when hearing Marvel’s All-New, All-Different plans. It’s a character who has never quite had the proper spotlight and the idea of a man addicted to his evil sword is an interesting one.

Writer Frank Tieri has taken that basic concept of an addict and thrown Black Knight into a weird that comes off as the new Savage Land, Weirdworld. The concept is really interesting and for those who enjoy fantasy comics with a superhero spin, or Marvel from the 70s, they’ll probably dig it. The comic has an old-school vibe about it in the storytelling as well as the visuals. I generally liked it, because it was so different.

The art by Luca Pizzari is ok. He depicts the fantasy world with things looking familiar, but alien at the same time. There’s also some great fusion of modern items into the fantasy world, and how it’s done, and what’s done with them, are interesting and had me looking at all of the details.

There’s a lot to like about the first issue, and for those who grew up reading Marvel comics from the 70s and 80s may appreciate the tone of the series. What Tieri does with Dane will be interesting, and how he’s started the series has me wanting to see what happens next. A “hero” as an addict is an interesting concept, and one that Tieri looks to explore more.

Story: Frank Tieri Art: Luca Pizzari
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read