Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman and Frank Tieri
Art: Guiu Vilanova, Danilo Beyrouth, Rachelle Rosenberg, Dean White, VC’s Cory Petit, and Tony Moore
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
Release Date: January 13th, 2021
Let me begin by informing readers that this KING IN BLACK tie-in contains two stories within the issue. The first story by Clay McLeod Chapman is quick, action-packed, and involves SCREAM, as well as a handful of other symbiotes. It remains to be seen if everyone’s favorite long-haired symbiotic Deva will be back throughout this event or if her influence will be felt only in this issue. Granted, she does contain a unique power set that could be helpful in the fight against Knull and it would be awesome to see how she does in a head to head fight. However, as readers spiral through her opening installment and somewhat grotesque tale, readers are left wondering what’s next for SCREAM. Nonetheless, she handled herself better than Eddie did or any of the other heroes to this point.
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Now, the opening story was pretty entertaining. Nevertheless, it’s the second story by Frank Tieri that will provide readers with some intriguing answers and direction moving forward. By far, the second aspect of PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES is what makes this issue worth the read. Where the first story was more of a homage to SCREAM, part two involved RAVENCROFT and filled in some wildly fascinating concepts involving some characters that I never expected to see or hear from again. To fans like myself that read practically everything, I love when writers dig back and reference past series and issues making them so much more valuable. Readers that haven’t read any of the RUINS OF RAVENCROFT issues or the mini-series should consider taking a deep dive to see how the pieces all fit together. But this reviewer was genuinely shocked about how much I enjoyed the Tieri portion. Please message me with your comments and quick takes. I’d love to say more but would probably spoil too much in the process.
Lastly, the entire artistic team did a masterful job with the placement of splash pages and movement to make this issue of death come to life. Led by Guiu Vilanova and Danilo Beyrouth, this entire comic was detailed, dynamic, and devastatingly demonic. If you like the horror tones and textures of past WEB OF VENOM or SCREAM issues, you’ll love the dark, eerie feeling these two portray throughout PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES #1
Readers, I love when a story has significance and purpose. Additionally, I admire when the continuity and diligence of fans pay off. When invested MARVEL COMIC fans read PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES this week, they’ll feel rewarded for the months of build-up and the essential connectivity and payoff in the future. This is a tie-in worth reading and I highly recommend giving it a shot. Does it largely impact the KING IN BLACK event? No… or at least not yet. However, if executed correctly, this certainly can impact the main event giving this mini-series importance, which in the end is what we all want we buy and invest time and money into a comic and event. I do think PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES may be that tie-in series KING IN BLACK could benefit from. Give it a look and let me know what you think.
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