King In Black prequel puts Peter Parker back in the Venom suit
Marvel’s Venom-centric King In Black event, which brings the dark god of the symbiotes Knull to Earth, just got an obvious prequel in the form of a five-issue limited series titled King in Black: Symbiote Spider-Man from writer Peter David and artist Greg Land.
David and Land just recently worked together on a Symbiote Spider-Man title which flashed back to the pre-Venom days when Peter Parker still used the black symbiote suit as Spider-Man. Now, with Knull headed to Earth for King In Black, it appears some details of Peter’s past might end up being especially appropriate again– together with some unexpected characters who apparently play a role in the story.
“Knull, the King in Black, has set his sights on Earth– but as devoted Marvelites know, his hand has actually been at work at the edge of the Marvel Universe for many years!” reads Marvel’s official synopsis for King In Black: Symbiote Spider-Man # 1. “In this series, witness one of Knull’s earliest attempts at birthing life from the darkness of non-creation! From superstar creators, Peter David and Greg Land comes a titanic tie-in tale to this year’s epic King In Black!”
Greg Land’s cover image for Symbiote Spider-Man # 1 shows off Spider-Man, but also includes Kang the Conqueror, Rocket Raccoon, and longtime Avenger the Black Knight.
Black Knight’s addition in the story is fascinating for a couple of factors. For something, Dane Whitman/Black Knight wields the Ebony Blade, a magical sword with a black blade that drains pipes the lifeforce of those it kills. Meanwhile, Knull is the creator of the strange All-Black, the Necrosword, a dark blade with the power to eliminate gods. Furthermore, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski mentioned at the end of 2019 that Black Knight would be a huge part of the Marvel Universe this year
As for Kang, the principle that this may be a prequel or flashback story may discuss his existence– after all, he’s a time-traveler. If there’s some key to Knull’s defeat in the past, it would make good sense for Kang to get involved in some way.
King In Black: Symbiote Spider-Man # 1 (of 5) is arranged to go on sale this November. Geoff Shaw, Khary Randolph, Super log, and Alex Saviuk are all intending on drawing variant covers, in addition to a blank fifth variant.