“Having enjoyed myself a positively indecent amount while writing King in Black: The Black Knight, I found that I was even more fascinated by the central character – Dane Whitman – than I’d realised. The surprising new take on him which we present in the one-shot opened so many new doors. Dane and his tangled lore are a treasure trove for anyone fascinated by story, mythology, folklore and psychology — all of which are very much My Bag — not to mention the simple thrill of seeing a not-totally-well-adjusted man flying around on a winged warhorse with one of the world’s most devastating magical weapons in his hand.
“I started to see endless opportunities for exploration — I started to sense that this character deserves to be a far bigger deal than he is — and my editor Tom Groneman agreed. What’s emerged is a fascinating, uberdark story which drips with horror and humor in equal measure. rummaging deep into the (often maddeningly confused) threads of canon surrounding the Black Knight, to disentangle, clarify and twiiiiiiiissssttt everything you thought you knew about this hero. Along the way we’re having an old riotous time with Arthurian Legend — presenting a vision of Camelot unlike any you’ve seen before — and throwing a whole helmetful of big marvel ideas and characters at poor old Dane, to see how far he’ll go before he breaks.
“But that’s sort of the point of this character, when you get right down to it. The more broken he gets, the stronger he becomes.”
Joining Spurrier will be artist Sergio Dávila. Known for his work on books like Wonder Woman, BLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE will mark Dávila’s grand debut at Marvel Comics.
“Debuting at Marvel is a dream, I’ve always wanted to be part of the Marvel family and debuting with the Black Knight miniseries is perfect for me. “Not even in my best dreams could I have imagined this opportunity,” Savila said. “I am a big fan of the genre of Epic Fantasy and of Nordic and Arthurian mythology. I love stories of swords and adventures mixed with magic, legends, warriors, castles, mysteries and hidden powers, etc … and this series has everything you can ask of a fan of this genre, like me. It has also given me the opportunity to draw some classic Marvel characters which has been my lifelong dream. I am having a great time drawing Simon’s scripts. I am enjoying it a lot and hope that you do too. “
Venture once again into the unforgettable saga of Dane Whitman when BLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE launches in March! For more information, visit Marvel.com.
CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE #1 (OF 5)
Written by SIMON SPURRIER
Art by SERGIO DÁVILA
Cover by IBAN COELLO