King in Black Week Nine Is Solid, and One Series Finds Redemption
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King In Black Week Nine Is A Stellar Group of Tie-Ins, Including A Redemption

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BY February 20, 2021

Marvel’s current big event is just steamrolling forward with what seems like a few dozen tie-ins. However, King in Black week nine shows that you can have a decent amount of tie-ins and keep it all high quality. In fact, one of the issues this week was previously one of the worst tie-ins so far—and no, it’s not The Union. Thankfully, King in Black week seven is the last time we’ll have to deal with that disaster. But let’s take a look at the other three titles first, including a double dose of Deadpool!

 The King of Staten Island Falls in King in Black Week Nine

King in Black Week Nine, Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky Can Jeffery the land shark get his own series now? (Image: Deadpool #10, Marvel Comics)

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Penciler: Gerado Sandoval
Inkers: Victor Nava and Gerardo Sandoval
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor

Undoubtedly, one of the most underrated comics of the past year is Kelly Thompson’s Deadpool. When the monster nation made Staten Island their home, Deadpool decided that he would usurp the throne and become the King of the Monsters. Unfortunately, because of scheduling issues followed by the Coronavirus delays, the series never got a chance to gain momentum. So, with Deadpool #10, Marvel canceled the title. However, Thompson incorporates the decision into the story in a really funny way. This was never supposed to be a King in Black tie-in, so at the end, Deadpool comments on how talented the writer must be that she could make it look like the story was planned this way the entire time.

Indeed, Thompson makes it seem—until we’re told otherwise—that this was all part of the plan. Why wouldn’t the series end with Deadpool and all of his monsters fighting a symbiote dragon? It’s epic enough to work as a finale while fitting the entire premise of the book. The book adds a little fun to King in Black, along with another title in week nine. When it comes to an event as dark as this one, any chance of some lighthearted fun is welcome.

Finally, Conan the Barbarian and Deadpool team up in Savage Avengers #17

King in Black Week Nine Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky For Crom! For Chimichangas! (Image: Savage Avengers #17, Marvel Comics)

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Kev Walker
Color Artist: Java Tartaglia

Throughout the past sixteen issues, Gerry Duggan has teamed Conan up with various heroes (and villains) of the Marvel Universe. So far, we’ve seen him fight side-by-side with Elektra, Wolverine, Punisher, Venom, Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom—and even the Juggernaut! However, there was one team-up that was destined to happen: Conan and Deadpool. At long last, we finally got that magical moment in King in Black week nine.

I’m assuming that Savage Avengers #17 takes place after Deadpool #10, since in the latter comic, Deadpool is a king, and in this issue, he’s in jail. Then again, it’s Deadpool, so it can very well be both. What Duggan does really well is tying this event back to the early issues of Savage Avengers, when Conan bonds with a part of a symbiote to heal. Also, it gave him a badass sword:

King in Black Week Nine, Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky Any reason to return to Mike Deodato Jr’s art, I’ll take. (Image: Savage Avengers #3, Marvel Comics)

So, this makes Conan part of the symbiote codex, and Knull can tap into that. However, it isn’t Knull who speaks to Conan; it’s the symbiote that originally bonded with him! Or so we think. Before this, I didn’t expect Duggan to ever return to something so early in the series. However, King in Black gave him a good reason to, making week nine even better.

Daredevil #26 Brings Us to Another Prison in King in Black Week Nine

King in Black Week Nine Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky Not only does Elektra as Daredevil ook good, but she also gets to wear clothing now! (Image: Daredevil #26, Marvel Comics)

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artists: Marco Checchetto and Mike Hawthorne
Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto
Colorist: Marcio Menyz

All in all, Chip Zdarksy’s Daredevil run has been one of the best in a long time (not that other runs were bad). His crime drama, broken man story, explores Matt Murdock in a whole new way.  In fact, recently, he went to jail again, yet this time he turned himself in. But before he did, he passed the Daredevil mantle to his occasional love interest, Elektra. However, the timing couldn’t be worse.

Elektra has only donned the horns for a Hall’s Kitchen second before Knull, and his dragons arrive. As a result, she goes from the standard “beat up criminals” to having to fight a horde of symbiotes in the same night. But, in prison, Daredevil can only watch as the symbiotes begin taking over the guards. Well, until they are desperate enough to let him out of his cell to help. And, um, that doesn’t end well:

 

King in Black Week Nine, Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky Crap. Is he about to go all Shadowland on us again? (Image: Daredevil #26, Marvel Comics)

Thankfully, you don’t need to know a lot about Zdarky’s run when entering this issue, and readers only after the event tie-ins will catch up on the status quo just fine. Kingpin is still the mayor of New York City, and now Typhoid Mary heads up his security detail. Also, things don’t go well for her either:

King in Black Week Nine Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky I can’t believe my ex is in a comic, and I’m not. (Image: Daredevil #26, Marvel Comics)

While the tie-in seems to cut into Zdarksy’s story, it also handles the event well. It will be interesting to see how he weaves King in Black into the series past week nine.

King in Black: Namor Finally Gets Better in Week Nine

King in Black Week Nine, Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky No. I don’t miss any of you. (Image: King in Black: Namor #3, Marvel Comics)

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artists: Benjamin Dewey with Jonas Scharf
Colorist: Tríona Farrell

The first two issues of King in Black: Namor were both duds. They went nowhere, the art was meh, and it felt like they could have been less than one issue altogether. There’s setup, and then there’s overstaying your welcome. That’s what Namor did. However, in the King in Black week nine issue, the series becomes a lot more interesting.

So, the Swift Tide is now the Black Tide, and it looks like some form of symbiote has enhanced their powers. However, what kind of symbiote can merge someone with the earth itself? The artifact obviously has some connection to Knull. But more importantly, for now, is how utterly brutal the Black Tide is. They tear through the Atlantean forces and then destroy an entire village. But they let young Namor and his friends live. Apparently, they’ve been touched by the back stone too, but we don’t know how just yet. Regardless, it’s just great to see Busiek’s series jump up in quality.

We’re About Halfway Through This Massive Event

King in Black Week Nine Deadpool, Daredevil, Savage Avengers, Namor, Conan the Barbarian, Kelly Thompson, Kurt Busiek, Gerry Duggan, Chip Zdarsky So this should be interesting. Black Knight vs Black King. (Image: King in Black: Black Knight #1, Marvel Comics)

For the most part, this week was interesting in that nothing jumped out for better or worse. It was all certainly enjoyable and enriched the event just a bit. But a lot is coming and a lot behind us. As well, some dates have changed, so the checklist below is mostly correct for now.

 Week 1:

  • King in Black #1
  • The Union #1
  • Atlantis Attacks #5

Week 2:

  • Venom #31
  • King in Black: Namor #1

 Week 3:

  • Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #2
  • King in Black: Immortal Hulk #1
  • Black Cat #1

Week 4:

  • King in Black #2
  • Spider-Woman #7

 Week 5:

  • King in Black
    • Iron Man/Doctor Doom #1
    • King in Black: Namor #2

Week 6:

  • Venom #32
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #10
  • Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #3
  • Spider-Woman #8
  • King in Black: Return of the Valkyries #1

Week 7:

  • W.O.R.D. #2
  • King in Black:
    • Gwenom vs. Carnage #1
    • Planet of the Symbiotes #1
    • Thunderbolts #1
  • The Union #2

Week 8

  • King in Black #3
  • Black Cat #2

King in Black Week Nine

  • Daredevil #26
  • Savage Avengers #17
  • Deadpool #10
  • King in Black: Namor #3

Week 10

  • Venom #33
  • King in Black:
    • Gwenom vs. Carnage #2
    • Return of the Valkyries #2
    • Black Knight #1
    • Marauders #1

Week 11

  • Daredevil #27
  • Fantastic Four #29
  • W.O.R.D. #3
  • King in Black
    • Thunderbolts #2
    • Black Panther #1

Week 12

  • King in Black #4
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #23
  • King in Black
    • Planet of the Symbiotes #2

Week 13

  • Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #4
  • Black Cat #3
  • King in Black
    • Return of the Valkyries #3
    • Namor #4

Week 14

  • King in Black
    • Gwenom vs. Carnage #3
    • Handbook #1
    • Thunderbolts #3
    • Wiccan and Hulkling #1
    • Captain America #1

Week 15

  • King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #3
  • Fantastic Four #30

Week 16

  • King in Black: Spider-Man #1
  • W.O.R.D. #4

Week 17

  • King in Black #5
  • Venom #34
  • Savage Avengers #19
  • King in Black: Scream #1

Epilogues and Otherwise

  • Avengers #45
  • Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #5
  • Venom #200
  • King in Black
    • Return of the Valkyries #4
    • Namor #5
    • Ghost Rider #1

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Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.

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