Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #5 by Simon Spurrier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“What an appallingly ugly piece of furniture. Let me guess: It seethes with the dark and eldritch power of having a nice sit-down?”
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Simply put, this is epis. Spurrier manages to tie everything together beautifully in this final issue. After the last issue I was left wondering if Marvel were really going to kill off Dane Whitman just as he’s about to make his MCU debut. Of course, they weren’t, but Spurrier manages to not kill him off in a way that is quite simply inspired. And funny. And there’s really nothing better than having a villain interrupted mid-flow when he’s revelling in how much smarter than the hero is…with the hero outsmarting him.
This book sets up a new status quo for the Black Knight…or Knights…and then promises to return to explore that new status quo further. I’d really love to see a Spurrier penned Black Knight ongoing series off the back of this. There was BIG revelation in this issue that I won’t spoil, but if you’ve been paying attention you can probably figure it out, and I’d like to see the ramifications of this explored more.
The art in this is also great. I’ve not encountered Davila’s work before, but he really shines here (especially on that final page reveal) and I hope we see more of him in the future.
This mini series has been absolutely brilliant. The Black Knight has always been a character with a lot of potential that’s never really been realised before, but in the hands of Spurrier he’s great.
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