King in Black: Captain America #1: Review

Mar 2021
Danny Lore, ?

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King in Black: Captain America #1 Review by (June 16, 2021)
Review: Pretty cool action issue contrasts with the biggest battle: Cap versus his own (symbiote-inspired) doubts and fears. So it’s nice that he learns other people’s trust can bolster his own resources in time of need. And Knull’s voice in his head is pretty scary.

Comments: One-shot tie-in to the KING IN BLACK event, taking place between KING IN BLACK #4 and 5. Title is a pun on “black and blue,” meaning bruised from a fight; here it means the blue of Captain America has been blackened by his being corrupted by Knull. Cap was freed from the villain’s control in KING IN BLACK #3. Mirko Colak, Stefano Landini, Roge Antonio, and Nico Leon are credited as artists. 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

King in Black: Captain America #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Winter Soldier and the Falcon are in New York City, their mission: to divert the symbiote dragons away from Venom, leading the battle in Times Square. Then Captain America arrives to help out, Sam and Bucky showing a lot of concern. Steve had been possessed by Knull and he was only recently freed by Dylan, Venom’s son. But Knull’s voice is still in Steve’s head, sowing doubt about his bravery, accusing him of cowardice and generally undermining his confidence. Cap has to be shaken back to the present to rescue three civilians from a giant moving mass of black goo, all the while hearing the evil voice in his head telling him that he can’t be trusted, that he can lose control any moment and wreak havoc. Cap chooses to prep Falcon for the next step, sending Bucky to aid the civilians. Falcon steps into trouble with the biggest dragon and Cap leaps in with sound grenades and explodes a huge section of the street. Cap is overwhelmed by Knull’s voice and he starts to regress to his possessed form. Sam and Bucky recognize the inner struggle and give him a pep talk; Cap is able to fight the monsters in the subway tunnel and lead the refugees to safety. Then he leads Falcon and Winter Soldier back to the main battle….

Erick Arciniega
Salvador Larroca (Cover Penciler)
Salvador Larroca (Cover Inker)
Guru-eFX (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Knull.

> King in Black: Captain America: Book info and issue index

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