Knull has attacked the planet earth and left it in darkness. Now symbiotes roam hunting for their prey, Dylan Brock. Come check out what is going on two short stories in Planet of the Symbiotes #1 by Marvel Comics! 


Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman and Frank Tieri
Artist: Guiu Vilanova and Danilo S. Beyruth
Colorist: Dean White and Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Editor: Devin Lewis and Danny Khazem
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 13th, 2021 

Previously in Planet of the Symbiotes: Knull is on the hunt for Dylan Brock and he has hundreds of thousands of Symbiote dragons to go to war. After destroying the initial defense, he has wrapped Earth in a symbiote dome, preventing the sun from shining on the planet. Now symbiotes wander the streets feeding and killing in search for Dylan while Knull gathers his forces.


Four symbiotes wander the streets and begin to attack a kid stuck in a car seat. He is only saved by Scream who isn’t part of the hive mind. The symbiotes merge together and attempts to kill the host Andi by absorbing her into its body. However, Scream unleashes the heat of hell and destroys her assailant. Releasing from her symbiote form, Andi escorts the kid to safety.

In Ravencroft, Knull attacks and reawakens Cortland Kasady, or the symbiote known as Plague. As he awakens, Plague begins to absorb all the guards but is attacked by Misty Night and the warden, Man-Wolf. Plague easily gets the upper hand but is summoned by Knull for another mission.


This issue is neat because it adds a lot of depth to what is going on in the world. We get a street level view of what the symbiotes are doing and how specific people are being affect. Which I think is important if you are reading a novel or watching a movie, in a comic book it seems weird to put a whole comic just for that goal. We get some plot by checking in with Scream and Plague, but I don’t think it is worth a full comic book price tag.

What is cool about the King in Black series is how vivid the symbiotes look on the page. I really enjoy the visual take on Knull, Scream, and Plague. They are terrifying to look at and the cartoonish smile only adds to their creepiness. Excellent job from the artist and colorist in their approach.


The stories here don’t have a lot of impact for the King in Black Story. Even if these characters come back in future issues you won’t miss much by not picking this up. I have a hunch that Scream and Plague are going to make an appearance in the event again. But I just don’t think this comic adds much of anything. However, if you want to read every issue of the event, go ahead and pick it up. You will enjoy the story and art. But if you skip it, you won’t miss much. 3 out of 5 for me.

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Planet of the Symbiotes #1 (of 3)

Good but Unimportant Issue

The stories adds a good glimpse into the world but does not add much plot to the event itself.

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Christopher Rondeau is a storyteller based in Pittsburgh. Finding himself with little work, he ended up creating a job as a Game Master full time on the internet. Chris spends most of his days reading everything he can, writing bad fiction, and watching old Digimon cartoons with his daughter. Sometimes you can find him Dungeon Mastering a podcast or streaming on twitch. Recently, he has completed his Master's degree with a focus on collaborative storytelling. Find out more at

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