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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

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Daniel Bayliss (CA) Fiona Staples
In Shops: Dec 02, 2020
SRP: $16.99

  • Time is running out. War rages at the castle as the goblin rebellion spins out of control. Maria’s friends stand guard as she faces the King and the cost of protecting her boy from a life of misery. Up until the clock strikes 13, Maria holds onto the one truth she’s learned while facing the trials of the maze: in the Labyrinth, nothing is as it seems.
  • With a story by Simon Spurrier (Coda) and written by Ryan Ferrier (Kong on the Planet of the Apes) and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons) and Irene Flores (Heavy Vinyl) read the stunning conclusion to the critically acclaimed prequel of Jim Henson’s beloved film.
  • Collects issues #9-12, presented in a new paperback format!
Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation

Preview: John Constantine: Hellblazer #12

John Constantine: Hellblazer #12

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art: Aaron Campbell

FINAL ISSUE John Constantine faces his final reckoning with the older version of himself who’s been seeding magical chaos all around England, while the lives of all his friends hang in the balance…and that is not a good situation for John Constantine’s friends. Can the evil in John’s heart ever be contained? Or will it reach out and destroy the one life he would give anything not to corrupt?

John Constantine: Hellblazer #12

Preview: Alienated

Alienated

(W) Simon Spurrier (A/CA) Chris Wildgoose
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $19.99

Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (Sandman Universe, Coda) and acclaimed artist Chris Wildgoose (Batman: Nightwalker) present a subversive coming-of-age story about changing the world – and the lines we’ll cross to get everything we want in it.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own ways, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the incredible abilities of their new discovery, the trio soon realizes the truth: this creature is dangerous, powerful…and in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making. Collects the complete 6-issue series.

Alienated

King in Black Rages in January

Knull makes his long-dreaded arrival this December in King in Black #1, and his conquest of the Marvel Universe will escalate in scale and stakes come January. The god of the symbiotes’ reign will have significant impacts on the Venom mythology as well radical consequences for Marvel’s heroes and teams.

Find out what January has in store for the Marvel Universe as the King in Black attacks!

KING IN BLACK #3 (OF 5)

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

After last issue’s shocking finale, the heroes of the Marvel Universe are reeling. Outgunned and outmanned, but never outdone, they unite and face KNULL, God of the Abyss, as he ensnares the planet in the darkness of his reign! Superstars DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN continue to raise the game — and the stakes for the Marvel Universe in this Earth-shattering epic!

KING IN BLACK #3 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK: PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES #1 (OF 3)

Written by CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN & FRANK TIERI
Art by GUIU VILANOVA & DANILO BEYRUTH
Cover by TONY MOORE

DARKNESS REIGNS OVER THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

KING IN BLACK: PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES #1 (OF 3)

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #1 (OF 4)

Written by JASON AARON & TORUNN Grønbekk
Art by NINA VAKUEVA
Cover by MATTIA DE IULIS

JANE FOSTER RETURNS!

Once there was an entire army of Valkyries, but now Jane Foster is the only one. When the King in Black comes to Midgard, Jane must rebuild the Valkyries to help stop him — starting with Hildegarde, a warrior from Asgard’s own hallowed halls, and X-Man Dani Moonstar, a former Valkyrie herself. But what Jane doesn’t know…is that she never was the only Valkyrie after all. Who is the fourth warrior? Jason Aaron and Torunn Grønbekk team up with artist Nina Vakueva for a story that will rock the foundations of the Marvel Universe!

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #1 (OF 4)

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #2 (OF 4)

Written by JASON AARON & TORUNN Grønbekk
Art by NINA VAKUEVA 
Cover by MATTIA DE IULIS

SAVE THE SENTRY – SAVE THE VALKYRIES – SAVE THE EARTH!

Knull and his symbiote horrors have come to Earth, and now all Jane Foster sees when she looks at that big blue globe…is a vision of death. Most of Earth’s heroes are locked in battle on the ground, and it’s up to Jane and the Sentry to protect the rest! But Knull’s power has spread over the galaxy and infected creatures even older than the gods…and it may not matter how many Valkyries Jane can bring to their aid.

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #2 (OF 4)

KING IN BLACK: GWENOM VS CARNAGE #1 (OF 3)

Written by SEANAN MCGUIRE
Art by FLAVIANO
Cover by 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!

KING IN BLACK: GWENOM VS CARNAGE #1 (OF 3)

KING IN BLACK: BLACK KNIGHT  #1

Written by SIMON SPURRIER
Art by JESUS SAIZ
Cover by DAN MORA

THE BLACK KNIGHT DUELS THE KING IN BLACK!

KNULL’s ferocious assault upon earth has begun and Dane Whitman – Avenger, hero, and wielder of the mighty Ebony Blade as the BLACK KNIGHT – takes up sword and shield to defend against the unstoppable onslaught. Though the blade grants Dane incredible power so too does it consume him with a lust for violence and destruction. As the endless horde of symbiote dragons darken the skies of Shanghai, will the Black Knight overcome the growing evil within himself and join AERO and SWORD MASTER in saving the city?! And what secrets will the battle against Knull reveal about Dane’s past?

KING IN BLACK: BLACK KNIGHT  #1

KING IN BLACK: THUNDERBOLTS #1 (OF 3)

Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by JUAN FERREYRA
Cover by 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?

KING IN BLACK: THUNDERBOLTS #1 (OF 3)

DAREDEVIL #26

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art by MARCO CHECCHETTO & MIKE HAWTHORNE
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO

A DEVIL CONSUMED!

Matt faces a darkness unlike any before. Meanwhile, ELEKTRA may be in over her head for the first time in her life.

DAREDEVIL must find the strength to continue the fight as all hell breaks loose.

DAREDEVIL #26

DEADPOOL #10

Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art and Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

KING OF THE MONSTERS VERSUS KING OF THE DRAGONS!

An evil, ancient cult wants to kill DEADPOOL.

An evil, ancient space god wants to kill Deadpool.

Why does everyone want to kill Deadpool??? (I mean, we know why…)

DEADPOOL #10

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10

Written by AL EWING
Art by JUANN CABAL
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

THE GUARDIANS CLEANSED?!

KNULL and his dragons are cleansing entire worlds of life. SPARTAX is their next target – and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY can’t save it alone.

It’s a good day for the return of the legendary STAR-LORD…

Meanwhile, as the team battle cosmic horror, something worse is waiting – as the clock ticks down to the Last Stand in…

THREE…

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10

SAVAGE AVENGERS #17

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by VALERIO GIANGIORDANO

“BLACK SKIES” PART 1!

CONAN rings in the New Year on Ryker’s Island — which he promptly breaks out of with the help of…DEADPOOL. The two warriors fight together against the symbiotes of KNULL, and Conan makes a surprising discovery that may help him overcome KULAN GATH.

SAVAGE AVENGERS #17

S.W.O.R.D. #2

Written by AL EWING
Art and Cover by 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?

S.W.O.R.D. #2

Knight takes on King in King in Black: Black Knight

Knull’s ferocious assault upon earth is soon at hand in King in Black, the monumental event spinning out of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s game-changing run on Venom. Heroes across the Marvel Universe will be called upon to do battle against Knull and his army of symbiote dragons, including the famed wielder of the mighty Ebony Blade, the Black Knight! The Avenger will take up his sword and shield to defend against Knull’s unstoppable onslaught in King in Black: Black Knight #1.

From the superstar creative team of writer Simon Spurrier and artist Jesus Saiz comes the latest chapter in the legendary saga of Dane Whitman. As the endless horde of symbiote dragons darken the skies of Shanghai, Black Knight will have to overcome the growing evil within himself while grappling with surprising discoveries about his past. This epic issue will introduce new readers to the fan-favorite hero and reveal the bright future he has in the Marvel Universe, all amidst a vigorous battle that will go down in Marvel history!

King in Black: Black Knight #1 features a cover by Dan Mora. Don’t miss the return of Black Knight when King in Black: Black Knight hits stands in January!

King in Black: Black Knight #1

Preview: John Constantine: Hellblazer #10

John Constantine: Hellblazer #10

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Matias Bergara

The specter of his older self (and the terrible bargain he made to get another chance at life) has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with John Constantine for months now-but now the game is over, and it’s time to get down to business. Namely, the business of destroying absolutely everything that made that second lease on life worth living…

John Constantine: Hellblazer #10

Preview: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Written by Simon Spurrier
Pencils Otto Schmidt
Inks Otto Schmidt
Colored by Otto Schmidt
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“Hypothetically Speaking”
It’s simple: kill the Batman. And the Flash. And Wonder Woman. And Superman. At least, hypothetically. And hypotheticals are all Harley Quinn’s got as she regales a bar full of Gotham’s scummiest scumbags on how she would take down the Justice League, but her solutions are anything but simple…

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

DC ComicsDC Digital First program has a standout already with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. With each chapter, the digital comic series has delivered a new and interesting take on Harley Quinn. With different creators with each chapter we get a different version each week showing the flexibility in this iconic character. While some releases have retreaded similar themes or concepts, each chapter has delivered something different and new. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven is an interesting release. It’s the second chapter that has evoked the classic Batman: The Animated Series in its tone and spirit.

Written by Simon Spurrier, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven has Harley giving her advice on how she’d beat a handful of superheroes to a crowd of minions at a bar. It’s a story that’d fit perfectly in a standalone episode of the animated series and there are echoes of the beloved and classic “Almost Got ‘Im” episode.

What’s fun about these types tales is they engage the reader. Harley’s recounting of how she’d defeat so many heroes plays into our fantasy conversations of who would win in a fight. It gets us to ponder how we might defeat these heroes ourselves. There’s also something fun because with each of Harley’s suggestions, we’re left wondering why someone hasn’t done exactly that, as if these are ideas that’d work guaranteed. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven delivers on the conversations so many of us comic fans have had. Also, beyond one or two of Harley’s examples, these aren’t plans to kill the heroes. Each suggestion is grounded in some way recognizing the mythic nature of her prey and the reality that true long term defeat just might not be possible.

The art by Otto Schmidt is fantastic. Schmidt mixes a gritty noir style with that of Batman: The Animated Series. There’s an exaggerated nature to Harley’s stories bringing a comedic flair to them. That’s reflected by the reality of where she is and who’s she with, thugs in a run down bar. Schmidt’s art is great going back and forth between the two and taking what could easily be a very dark story and giving it a bit of levity. The page layouts also stand out breaking from traditional panels to layer them in interesting ways and layer them on engaging backgrounds.

The lettering by Gabriela Downie stands out as well. With Schmidt’s interesting page layouts, the speech bubbles often shatter their expected placement. The bubbles at times look like they’re cut out and “taped” onto scenes shaking the layouts up even further. The two combine for unique visuals and a fun flow that matches Spurrier’s story. The style creates a flow and pace that matches Spurrier’s beats but also adds a little madness to Harley’s ideas.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven is fantastic and one of my favorite entries in the anthology series. It mixes humor with a bit of darkness. And, while it goes in directions that are expected and familiar, it does so with so much glee and fun it’s hard to not enjoy the ride. It’s an entry that honors Harley’s roots while also delivering another special take on the character.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Gabriela Downie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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