Review: The Black Knight Vol. 1
When it comes to superheroes, there is none more tragic or complicated than Daredevil. As the titular character and his real-life alter ego, Matt Murdock, is both dark and magnetic. His need to do good in the world as a lawyer outweighed his need to make money like most. His thirst for justice is what made him Daredevil, ensuring no miscarriage of justice was not answered.
This need is what makes him such a compelling character. This is also what makes him such a unique character in the Marvel Universe and what draws him to Frank Castle as their dark recesses usually aligned. I always wondered other than his heightened senses and super strength, what if he had powers that would make him invincible? In the first volume of The Black Knight, we find a hero like Matt Murdock but with mystical powers.
We meet Peyton Parks, a defense lawyer in New York City and the Black Knight, a mystical defender who received her powers from a book of fables. As she I the midst of stopping a mob hit by the Russian mafia in a courtroom, as the man she is defending in court, Nikolai, has some powerful enemies as he is testifying against his own crime syndicate and her guilt for letting her father die in prison has made her superimpose his memory on every client she has. Her appearance as The Black Knight, prompts her client’s former organization to reach out to a family member with some special gifts, Ursa. This also brings Sirin, the rival crime syndicate’s sadistic hitwoman, whose thirst for revenge for Nikolai killing her brother. Soon, Peyton finds out just why everyone is out to kill Nikolai, including the prison warden.
Overall, an interesting story that gives the world a complex female action hero, one who doesn’t always do the right thing. The story by Terry Kavanagh is action packed and well developed. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the more interesting protagonists in the Grimm Universe finally gets her due.
Story: Terry Kavanagh
Art: Sergio Anno, Saida Temofonte, and Robby Bevard
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy