Dane Whitman, otherwise known as The Black Knight, made his heroic return in the recent King in Black series, and his adventures will continue in a new series by Simon Spurrier and Sergio Davilla this March.
The new series, entitled Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade, will see a reinvigorated Whitman explore his past and present, ranging from the fabled city of Camelot to 21st century New York City.
Spurrier returns to the character after the King in Black: The Black Knight one-shot, and (as told to Marvel.com) is excited after “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.”
As far as what the series will focus on, Spurrier sees “…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…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.”
Artist Dávila will make his Marvel Comics debut on Black Knight, and considers himself “… 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.”
Dane Whitman, The Black Knight, has a long publication history with Marvel, stretching all the way back to 1967’s Avengers #48. Whitman would later join the team in Avengers #254 and remained a member (and even team leader) for almost four years.
Check out the cover for Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 (in stores in March 2021) and stay tuned to Conskipper for more Black Knight and Marvel Comics updates.