Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Sergio Davila Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 17, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 23
8.1Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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 tes more

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Mar 19, 2021

    An action-packed debut issue with an intriguing plotline and no fear of exploring some of the deeper topics and subjects centered around the emotional human experience. Beautiful artwork, bouts of dark humor, and a personality that lets it stand apart from other Marvel books make it all even better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Mar 17, 2021

    Ultimately, Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1's creative team proves themselves well equipped to plunder the darkness with this strong first issue. There's more than meets the eye to Dane Whitman, and this first issue is a compelling introduction to his warped world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 15, 2021

    Emotionally engaging and definitively entrenched in fantasy, don't skip Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade #1. It's early yet, but it's obvious the fantasy elements are strong enough to make this the go-to fantasy title at Marvel. It's an excellent start that will be a surefire hit with fantasy fans and those who connect with outsider characters who aren't given a chance. So maybe all of us? Spurrier and Dvila make a case for further exploration of Black Knight and the opportunities that character has to bring. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Mar 17, 2021

    An intriguing premise filled with plenty of inner conflict which is not afraid to shy away from taboo subjects, fans of Spurrier’s writing will lap this series up. This comic, while firmly set within Marvel continuity, has a personality and feel to it which separates it from typical Marvel fare. Excellent art gives us a series of intriguing battles and locations, which also conveying the emotions of our protagonist. An exciting first issue, this is one you won’t want to sleep on. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 15, 2021

    If you have any interest at all in the BLACK KNIGHT, this is a highly illuminating and action-packed issue that will leave you with a touch of enthusiasm for what's to come. There's something for long-time fans as well as new recruits while opening the door for some crazy developments down the road. Spurrier and his team managed to hook me into the series and I truly believe, if given the chance, you may be hooked too. Give it a look, let me know what you think, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Mar 17, 2021

    This comic brings us into the psyche of the Black Knight and his struggle with managing the bloodlust of the Ebony Blade. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Mar 16, 2021

    Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1does an excellent job of portraying a conflicted, sometimes tortured, and insecure hero that walks the line between light and dark. Sharp, witty, and amusing, this story is worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Mar 15, 2021

    I really can't compliment this book enough. If you like any kind of comics, this is for you. It can be read as almost any type of book. Drama, action, fantasy, even comedy. Don't let this one sell out before you get your copy!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 24, 2021

    Camelot and the history of the blade will obviously play into the larger arc here as well as a professor who is likely now more tied to the story than she ever thought possible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Mar 17, 2021

    There's a lot of unmined treasure in the Black Knight and this comic is digging into both the humanity of the character as well as the Arthurian aspect of things; the result is something deeply engaging, relatable, and exciting"allowing readers both familiar new to the character to identify with his flaws and the darkness within him and still be thrilled by promises of more adventure around it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Gonzalo M Jan 1, 1970

    In conclusion, Black Knight: Curse Of The Ebony Blade #1 Is a tremendous leap into the fire with a Marvel character that is long overdue for a new story. I think this creative team will breathe a new life into the character. The story mixes sword and sorcery with modern superheroes, taking the best of both worlds and placing them inside a man whose power is the darkness he suppresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Mar 22, 2021

    While the story of this take on the Black Knight has some degrees of implausibility, the artwork and colors help to make up for what it lacks. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comics Bookcase - Jacob Cordas Mar 17, 2021

    While Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 doesnt win me over in its first issue, Im still willing to keep going with it - in the hopes it can. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Mar 17, 2021

    Sergio Davilas art is fairly classical, bordering on house style-y, and suits the script given to him, but I hope he has more of an opportunity to dig into some weirder visuals as the series goes on. Most of this #1 involves an Avengers tussle and isnt especially interesting to look at, but then there are glimpses of life at his weird castle (complete with a goat-man butler) that hint at strangeness on the fringes. Since this is a Black Knight story, I would assume thatll be the case moving forward, but that much remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 10
    C.V.R. The Bard Mar 24, 2021

    This week I've been hitting the dreaded warmlines, so from the jump this tale of the Black Knight is that empathetic story that I pleasantly am surprised to read, especially from this tier of a character that I barely found out existed through the pages of Savage Avengers.
    To see him with the main Avengers was as funny as it was pitiful, giving me even more reason to not pick up a Thor book and to petition for Spectrum to relieve Carol Danvers of her duties.
    To fight the good fight, just to be ridiculed, die and be ressurected is familiar and a dreaded possibility of what lies at the punctuation mark of my own destiny. I just can only hope I wake up to a woman like the Knight did when all is said and done.
    I hate the plast more

  • 9.0
    RedEntropy Mar 23, 2021

    Good writing and great art, the start to a series of great potential

  • 8.5
    Catilleon Mar 25, 2021

    A really enjoyable read with an emotional core that is balanced with bathos and some fun superhero weirdness.

    I have to mark it down for a couple of reasons that mainly relate to the comic-book industry. Firstly making the Avengers just so irritated by Dane's presence, it's not as bad as it sounds and it works in story, but it's a dynamic that I don't expect will remain outside of this story. Ergo the writer didn't keep the wider Marvel universe in mind. Secondly, a number of reviews pointed out that the King In Black: Black Knight tie is required reading here as it apparently provided much-needed context for Dane's depression and setting up the Ebony Blade as a kind of negativity powered weapon. But I wouldn't know because I ca more

  • 8.5
    dynamitegunstar Mar 19, 2021

    Could do without some of the "haha the Avengers don't like Dane" stuff as its a bit heavy handed but the rest of this is very interesting stuff and I can't wait to see what Spurrier has in store for the rest of the series.

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Jul 10, 2021

    Aw he's so terrible; I love him.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Apr 8, 2021

    Great start of the story. Spurrier made me interested in the character with his King in Black tie-in, and I'm glad to be reading more of it.

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Mar 22, 2021

    Didn't know what to expect, since I was seeing a lot of hate for this series from others due to how pathetic it makes Dane Whitman. I think that's a bit overstated within the criticisms for this book. The typical framework for these sort of downer character arcs is that the writer hates the character. This is always an asinine assumption, and that's no different here. This was a good issue and I want to know what happens next. That's more than I can say for... Any black knight book before this.

  • 7.5
    CrazyforRAMU Jul 18, 2021

    The Avengers summon Dane Whitman to help defeat a magic monster invasion. That serves as a platform for laying out Dane's considerable psychological issues before the story segues to plot progression. There's a mysterious antagonist gunning for the Ebony Blade and Dane's got a new would-be sidekick in the form of a history student. This debut issue has enough meaty content to get me interested, but I'm not yet sure there are sufficient storytelling skills to stick the landing here. The art is solid and a touch more gory than usual for Marvel, which is great. The script doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't much impress me, either. As others have noted, the Avengers' pity and contempt for the Black Knight is overplayed.

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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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