Symbiote Spider-Man: King In Black #1

Event\Storyline: King in Black Writer: Peter David Artist: Greg Land Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 18, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 12
7.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

+ Pull List

Knull, the KING IN BLACK, has set his sights on Earth - but as avid Marvelites already know, his hand has been at work at the edge of the Marvel Universe for years! 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 winter epic KING IN BLACK!
40 PGS. /Rated T+

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 18, 2020

    This is an entertaining comic that maximizes its extra-large size with entertaining scenes featuring many characters. Frankly, if you're looking for exclusive Spidey entertainment you might be disappointed, but if you're a hardcore Marvel fan, you'll be delighted to see a few different cameos. The fact that the final page teases even more cameos is a good sign indeed. Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black is must-read comics for hardcore Marvel fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Nov 19, 2020

    Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #1 gets Marvel's next big event rolling with a prequel series that brings a huge cast of disparate characters together, but makes the set-up intriguing enough that it's hard not to get sucked into the fun. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Nov 18, 2020

    If you aren't super current on Marvel comics, this might be a little hard to fully follow and appreciate, but it's engaging enough that you catch up fast and the chaos level is just enough to make you want to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Nov 18, 2020

    Symbiote Spider-Man's foray into the King In Black event arrives as an archetypal example of the consciously retro work these creators have put into their previous SSM series. Technically skilled and unabashed about its throwback nature, this comic is a litmus test for reader taste. If you prefer 15-year-old Marvel comics to the publisher's contemporary offerings, this may be a delight. If you think the company's evolved in positive ways since then, though, you're probably better off skipping this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Dec 3, 2020

    I’m just really not into this style of writing, and a lot of the art looked... bad. I didn’t particularly enjoy this.

  • 8.0
    Afre Nov 18, 2020

    It is fine. It has a lot of character who you wouldn't expect to appear in the same comic. But somehow David makes it work.

  • 8.0
    Tanzid Ahmmed Tonmoy Nov 25, 2020

    It's good.We have to wait till the end.

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Nov 20, 2020

    I guess I should've expected these characters from... You know, the cover, but for some reason I didn't. This was fun. I really couldn't stand Greg Land's art at some points (the fuck was that child?) so that was a bummer. It seems like somehow whatever Knull does in King in Black reverberates through time? Not sure how that works, but I guess we'll see. Peter not knowing his symbiote is a sentient living being has already stretched credulity in the previous miniseries, but now he's presumably going to fight against the God of the thing he's wearing, so that might break the illusion completely. Again, we'll see.

  • 7.0

    I don't really understand this "King in black" stuff since I'm not following any other part of it. The story's not bad though. I doubt It will be as good as the first Symbiote Spider-Man mini, but it does seem better than the last one.
    Smythe is a villain I forget easily, but wouldn't mind seeing again in modern Spidey, as Spider slayer stories are usually pretty interesting. Too bad there weren't any in this issue or his appearance would've had more meaning.
    After the disappointment of the last Symbiote mini-series I don't know if I'll follow any more after this one. We have 4 issues to go, so we'll see what happens and if I'll consider any more Symbiote era mini-series or just quit after this one.

  • 5.5
    CrazyforRAMU Mar 14, 2021

    Peter fights against a shadow-force (Knull, duh) possessing his old foe Alistair Smythe. He gets the Black Knight to assist, at random, and space cutaways show us we can expect Kang and Rocket Raccoon (?!) and maybe Uatu to tie in later on. It's a fair premise, but the storytelling so far inspires little confidence. The script is slow and indulgent. And the art? Some artists struggle with drawing space battles or magic powers or scary monsters. Greg Land? He meets his Waterloo trying to leap more prosaic hurdles. Like drawing a child that looks human, or convincing readers that his Alistair Smythe is a whole different person rather than "Peter Parker + wig and goatee."

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Nov 22, 2020

  • 8.5
    Wolf Warner Nov 22, 2020

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Nov 18, 2020

  • 8.0
    Adsun22 Nov 19, 2020

  • 8.0
    Radar Nov 23, 2020

  • 8.0
    Bananaknight Nov 26, 2020

Reviews for the Week of...

June

May

More