How to Dive into KING IN BLACK


As the King in Black has come to an end, the question arises, “What’s the reading order?”, and if you want that answer you can follow this link. The main objective of this article is to try to shed some light on the different levels of this summer Event, from MUST READ – all the way to a fun inconsequential TIE-IN. Hopefully this will help you decide how much to spend (or how much more to spend).

King in Black #1

RECOMMENDED READING – This issues are suggested reading prior to King in Black
Venom by Donny Cates

MUST READ – These issues are all the Main Story and all are a big part of the King in Black
King in Black #1 – 5
Venom #31 – 34
Venom #200

Venom #31

TIE-IN SIDE STORY – These issues add depth to the world of King in Black and fill in a lot of the gaps that could not be covered in the main story. If you have a favorite character and did not see them enough on the main book, they may show up in one of these titles. These are the titles where you will see weird and fun team ups.
King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #1 – 3
King in Black: Thunderbolts #1 – 3

Planet of Symbiotes #1

ONE SHOTS – These issues are Stand Alone stories about specific characters, these stories do not directly impact the main story but they can add depth to the arc of each of the specific characters.
King in Black: Immortal Hulk
King in Black: Iron Man/Doctor Doom
King in Black: Black Knight
King in Black: Captain America
King in Black: Marauders
King in Black: Black Panther
King In Black: Wiccan and Hulkling
King In Black: Ghost Rider

King in Black: Iron Man/Doctor Doom

STAND ALONE STORY – These issues are very stand alone but tell a complete story. These stories focus on a specific group of individuals with a specific task or goal that in the larger scheme is inconsequential to the main story. This does not mean these titles are bad or not worth reading. These titles are for those looking for a complete picture. These stories also are enclosed so can be read without reading the main title. (although some knowledge of what the King in Black and Venom would be helpful.)
Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #1 – 5
King in Black: Namor #1 – 5
King In Black: Return of the Valkyries #1 – 4
King in Black: Gwenom Vs Carnage #1 – 3

Gwenom vs Carnage #1

OTHER TIE-IN – These are regular on going titles that took a small break to jump into a King In Black event. If you are a completionist, these Tie-Ins are for you
Atlantis Attacks #5
The Union #1 – 2
Black Cat #1 – 3
Spider-Woman #7 – 8
Guardians of the Galaxy #10
S.W.O.R.D. #2 – 4
Black Cat #2
Deadpool #10
Daredevil #26 – 27
Savage Avengers #17 – 18
Fantastic Four #29 – 30
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #23
Avengers #45 

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106: Next Issue Podcast – Best of 2020 Part 2 – Comics, TV and More!

This week Clay Kyle Josh and Daniel discuss the Best comics, TV and more of 2020This is Part 2 of our BEST OF 2020 Series 

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Main Topic [The Full Episode]

  • Best Comics of2020
  • Best TV Shows of 2020
  • Other Media of 2020
  • and the Question of the Day 


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100: Next Issue’s Guardians of the Galaxy & have you ever wondered what a M.O.D.O.K. is?

This week Clay, Kyle Josh and Daniel explore the original GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 40:00]

We briefly discuss the video game Cyberpunk 2077 set to release this month


  • Endless Winter #1 Ron Marz, Andy Lanning, Howard Porter, Marco Santucci.
  • King In Black #1 Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin.
  • Tales From The Dark Multiverse: War of the Gods #1 Vita Ayala, Ariel Olivetti, Trish Mulvihill,
  • My Hero Academia Vol. 8-12 by Kohei Horikoshi
  • Gideon Falls
  • X-Ray Robot
  • Daredevil 25 BIG SPOILERS
  • Savage Avengers
  • E-Ratic by Kaare Andrews and Brian Reber
  • MODOK #1 by Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt & Scott Hepburn
  • Big Girls by Jason Howard

Main Topic [40:00 – 01:59:00]

Guardians of the Galaxy by Jim Valentino

Question of the Day 

News Segment

  • Warner Bros moving their 2021 releases to HBO Max!  

Recommendations [01:59:00 – End]


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Maestro #1 Review

Maestro #1 published by MARVEL comics
Written by Peter David
Art by Germán Peralta & Dale Keown
Colors by Jesus Aburoiv and Jason Keith
Letters by VC’s Ariana Maher

Maestro # 1 Cover by Dale Keown & Jason Keith

In the Future Imperfect story, we were introduced to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro — the master of what remains of the world. Maestro, out this week, will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years — and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world’s heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love?

In this over-sized series premiere, we find the Hulk in the middle of a fight alongside the Avengers. The Hulk has managed to find balance in his life, raise his children and spend time with his family and friends.

All is not as it appears. Can the Hulk figure out what is real and what isn’t? 

Interior Art by Dale Keown & Jason Keith

Long time Hulk writer, Peter David returns to finally reveal the secret origins of the Maestro Hulk. David captures the voice of Banner and Hulk working in symphony but also how it devolves into its own new version of the Hulk. At the same time, the world around this “imperfect future” is expanded upon to illustrate why events unfolded so differently in this dark timeline.

The art duties are split. Keown, who works on the more classically aesthetic pages of the story that provide a sensation reminiscent of the original comic. Keith’s colors pop from the page to provide a surreal look to Keown’s pages. The book then transitions to Peralta’s art where we arrive at a more realistic and updated style. This contrasts from the opening sequence, also providing a more updated look that has a feel of an homage. The character designs are unique to its setting and are fully updated to fit their environment. 

Art by Germán Peralta & Jesus Aburoiv

Overall, this issue is a very strong introduction to the world. Although Hulk is full of rage and doubt, there is a calmness to the story that displays the balance the protagonist seeks out. The issue slightly falters at setting up a real long form mystery that could be told in a mini series. 

Maestro #1 promises to answer all the questions about this imperfect world. This issue is available now in comic shops everywhere.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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