Thursday, March 3, 2016

Black Knight #2 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Tieri gets to business quickly here, giving us the back story detailing how Dane came to be at odds with the Avengers.

At some point, Dane came to the Mansion to get the Beast and Vision to test the Ebony Blade, confirming his hunch that it was becoming stronger.  Just as Steve is offering Dane a place on the team, a group of red shirts called the Exemplars attacks.  One of them, Carnivore, steals the Blade from Dane and tries to kill him with it; the Blade resists, and Dane uses it to kill Carnivore.  As a result, the Avengers have come to Weirdworld to hold Dane accountable, though he wonders how he became the bad guy if they've offered a spot on the roster for Deadpool.  A fight ensues.

I was tempted to tag this moment as an example of pet peeve #3, since it's essentially Dane calling bullshit on the entire premise of the story.  But, to be fair to Tieri, Steve has embraced exactly the sort of inconsistent approach to morality that Dane questions here.  After all, his son, Ian, intentionally tried to kill Batroc in "All-New Captain America" #1, and he didn't seem to care too much.  (He even tries to convince Ian to stay in our world in "Hail Hydra" #4 when Ian expresses doubt that he can restrain his lethal approach to justice.)

I say take out all the aggression you want on these hypocrites, Dane.  It's about time someone did.  (Am I rooting against Steve Rogers?  I guess I am.  #teamdane)

*** (three of five stars)

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