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Preview: Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 (of 5)

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 (of 5)

(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Sergio Davila (CA) Iban Coello
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE GREATEST KNIGHT OF THEM ALL RIDES AGAIN!
Dane Whitman is the BLACK KNIGHT and wielder of the magical EBONY BLADE, but the blade’s power comes at a terrible price. Dane forever bears the burden of its curse: an insatiable lust for blood and mayhem that constantly threatens to swallow its owner in darkness. Must that be Dane’s fate? Following the battle against the KING IN BLACK, a reinvigorated Dane has a greater sense of purpose than ever before. But his sword is the key to a new enemy’s evil plan and only the Black Knight can prevent the coming death and destruction. This conflict spanning mythical Camelot to modern-day NYC will test Dane like never before and challenge everything he believes about himself, the Ebony Blade, and the entire history of the Black Knight! Guest starring the AVENGERS!

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 (of 5)

Stephanie Hans Celebrates the Legacy of Black Knight in Variant Covers

On March 17th, the greatest knight of them all rides again! Written by Simon Spurrier with art by Sergio Dávila, Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 will expand the fascinating mythology behind the cursed hero and introduce his adventures to a new generation of fans. To celebrate this fan-favorite hero’s highly-anticipated return, acclaimed artist Stephanie Hans has crafted a stunning collection of connecting covers. These five covers will adorn each issue of the series, laying out the rich history of the Black Knight mantle from Stan Lee and Joe Maneely’s original creation to the villainous days of Nathan Garett to Dane Whitman’s time as an Avenger!

Currently holding up the legacy of the Black Night, Dane Whitman who knows all too well that welding the magical Ebony Blade comes at a terrible price: an insatiable lust for blood and mayhem that constantly threatens to swallow its owner in darkness. Will that be Dane’s fate? Following his epic battle against the KING IN BLACK, a reinvigorated Dane has a greater sense of purpose than ever before. But his sword is the key to a new enemy’s evil plan and only the Black Knight can prevent the coming death and destruction. This conflict spanning mythical Camelot to modern-day NYC will test Dane like never before and challenge everything he believes about himself, the Ebony Blade, and the entire history of the Black Knight.

Check out the first three Legend of the Black Knight variant covers. Be there for the startling next chapter in the saga of Black Knight when Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 hits stands on March 17th.

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade Legend of the Black Knight variant covers

The Black Knight Returns in Curse of the Ebony Blade

Following January’s King in Black: Black Knight, acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier will continue to pen the legend of the Black Knight in a brand-new series. Launching in March, Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade will further expand the fascinating mythology behind the cursed hero and introduce his adventures to a new generation of fans. Spurrier is joined by artist Sergio Dávila and the first issue features a cover by Iban Coello.

Holding up the legacy of the Black Night is Dane Whitman who knows all too well that welding the magical Ebony Blade comes at a terrible price: an insatiable lust for blood and mayhem that constantly threatens to swallow its owner in darkness. Will that be Dane’s fate? Following his epic battle against the King in Black, a reinvigorated Dane has a greater sense of purpose than ever before. But his sword is the key to a new enemy’s evil plan and only the Black Knight can prevent the coming death and destruction. This conflict spanning mythical Camelot to modern-day NYC will test Dane like never before and challenge everything he believes about himself, the Ebony Blade, and the entire history of the Black Knight. Don’t miss history in the making as this fan-favorite Avenger takes his rightful place as a major player in the Marvel Universe!

Venture once again into the unforgettable saga of Dane Whitman when Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade launches in March!

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade

Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush

Tales from the Dark Multiverse Batman Hush

I love “what if” type comics. They’re simple in concept as they take a minor detail about a comic character and spin a whole new story and world out of it. It takes the familiar and makes something new and different. DC ComicsTales from the Dark Multiverse is a new take on that concept. Each one-shot takes a major storyline and delivers a new twist on them from the perspective of the Dark Multiverse. We know it’ll be a twisted tale, not necessarily tragic, but definitely, not a story that’ll leave up uplifted by the end. Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush gives us a new spin on the modern “classic,” Batman: Hush.

In this twisted tale, after the murder of Bruce’s parents, he goes off to live with his best friend, Tommy Elliot’s family. There is no Alfred Pennyworth to raise him. Instead, Bruce deals with the trauma of the murder of his parents devolving into madness that has him winding up in Arkham Asylum.

What’s impressive about Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush is how much of a world is fleshed out. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson could easily have focused on a story of revenge. Instead, there’s so much more. Gotham is an independent city-state with its own leadership and different place in the world. This isn’t the Gotham we normally know, instead, it’s a micro-state which allows for greater political intrigue and machinations. Johnson gives us much more than Batman just delivering justice but instead a Shakespearean tale of power, betrayal, and backstabbing action. There’s a lot of thought put into the world here and it’s the amount of detail that makes it really stand out.

Dexter Soy and Sergio Davila provide the art for the issue giving us a not quite horror style. The world and city feels like a land in battle. But, there’s a being that looms over it all, stalking and terrorizing individuals. Matt Santorelli provides the ink, Ivan Plascencia the color, and Troy Peteri the lettering. The style and the look of the world has detail about it that matches Johnson’s story.

The design of characters, locations, and vehicles have a well thought out aspect about them as if there was actual discussion about how this world operates. The haves are clearly delineated from the have nots in style and that extends to the detail of their location. The vehicles and weapons all have a utility about them as if they have an actual use in this world and it’s not just to look cool. Helicopter like transportation shuffles the wealthy across the skyline above those they rule below as an example.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush is a story of detail. It absolutely could have used more pages for that. The history and training about this version of Batman is a little thin though his motivation is clear. It’s something I’d like to see more of. There’s a lot packed in here though as Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush is a one-shot comic you can just pick up and enjoy and ponder so much about this intriguing spin on a familiar world.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Dexter Soy, Sergio Davila
Ink: Matt Santorelli Color: Ivan Plascencia Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Terrifics #30

The Terrifics #30

Written by: Gene Luen Yang
Art by: Sergio Davila

Sebastian Stagg and his council of cash have taken the Terrifics for a ride…but don’t count Michael Holt out just yet – that big brain of his still has a trick or two up its sleeve (it’s…brain sleeve? I guess? You get it.) But in the battle against mountains of cash, do a few good ideas stand a chance? Find out in the dramatic conclusion to the fight for Gateway City and for the Stagg fortune…not everyone will be walking away from this one in one piece (especially not whoever had to fight Lobo!)

The Terrifics #30

Preview: The Terrifics #28

The Terrifics #28

Written by: Gene Luen Yang
Art: Sergio Davila

Simon Stagg is dead! After the cataclysmic events of last issue, the line of succession in the house of Stagg has fallen to the Terrifics’ ally Sapphire…or has it? Who is Sebastian Stagg, and what on Earth is he doing with the Parasite at his side? It’s science versus money as the Terrifics battle for the fate of the future!

The Terrifics #28

Preview: Red Sonja: Birth of The She-Devil TP

Red Sonja: Birth of The She-Devil TP

writer: Luke Lieberman
artist: Sergio Davila
cover: Lucio Parrillo
FC | 104 pages | $17.99 | Sword and Sorcery | Teen+

An early tale of the She-Devil! Explore the early years of the wild and untamed Sonja the Red, before she became the scourge of Hyboria — Red Sonja!

Retaining her trademark armor and flame-filled hair — and temper, writer Luke LiEberman (Red Sonja: Doom of the Gods) and artist Sergio Davila (Conan) deliver high adventure and horror as they introduce the demon conqueror Raka and his devil’s brew, which turns men against their fellow men (and everyone in their way!). Also featuring the return of Sonja’s early mentor, Ozzyus!

Contains the entire mini-series, issues 1-4, of Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil.

Red Sonja: Birth of The She-Devil TP

Preview: Death to The Army of Darkness #3

Death to The Army of Darkness #3

writer: Ryan Parrott
artist: Jacob Edgar
covers: Ben Oliver (A), Sergio Davila (B), Mirka Andolfo (C), Adam Gorham “McFarlane Homage” Variant (D), Mirka Andolfo (RI-B/W), Adam, Gorham ‘McFarlane Homage” Variant (RI-Virgin), Mirka Andolfo, (RI-BW Virgin), Sergio Davila (RI-B/W), Ben Oliver (RI-BW)
FC | 32 pages | Comedy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

TEAM ASH (we’re really calling them that?) travel to ANCIENT EGYPT to destroy the Deadite curse once and for all. Unfortunately, they run into LORD DEADITE, the scariest guy in all of history. But before Ash can scoot, Team Ash (sigh) challenge L-Dead to a contest of skills!?!?!?!?

Let madness reign, by RYAN PARROTT (TMNT/Power Rangers) and JACOB EDGAR (James Bond)!

Death to The Army of Darkness #3

Preview: The Terrifics #27

The Terrifics #27

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Sergio Davila, Vicente Cifuentes (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: May 27, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Scientists of the world unite! When Simon Stagg sabotages Mr. Terrific’s latest world-changing invention, reinforcements are needed. Enter the Terrific Council: Blue Beetle! The Atom! Man-Bat! Shay Veritas! Dhalua Strong! (Just hum a theme song in your head, it’ll be more exciting that way.) Looks like Michael Holt has been building a real path to progress behind the backs of his Terrific comrades-but the real question is, what else is he planning?

Preview: Death to the Army of Darkness #2

Death to the Army of Darkness #2

writer: Ryan Parrott
artist: Jacob Edgar
covers: Ben Oliver (A), Sergio Davila (B), Mirka Andolfo (C), Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (D)
Mirka Andolfo (RI-B/W), Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI-Virgin), Mirka Andolfo (RI-BW Virgin), Sergio Davila (RI-B/W), Ben Oliver (RI-BW), Icon Edition Cover: Marc Silvestri (RI)
FC | 32 pages | Comedy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Look. Life’s hard enough when you’re Ash. You’ve gotta go to work, pay the bills, fight demons, save the world from Hell, etc etc. But when some sorta weird-ass magic splits you into a woman, a demon, a skeleton, a dog and a sentient chainsaw… it’s enough to make a grown man cry.

(…Unless you’re Ash. In which case, you’re too cool to cry.)

Behold the wonderment by RYAN PARROTT (TMNT/Power Rangers) and JACOB EDGAR (James Bond)!

Death to Army of Darkness #2
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