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9/12/2020 12:02 pm  #1


Handbook Announcement - King in Black Handbook

KING IN BLACK HANDBOOK #1 Written by MIKE O’SULLIVAN & THE OHOTMU TEAM
Cover by RON LIM
As the dark king Knull descends on the Marvel Universe, the Official Handbook turns its focus to all things symbiote with this new collection of profiles! This issue covers not only symbiote hosts such as Venom (Eddie Brock), Carnage (Cletus Kasady) and Lee Price, but also characters whom symbiotes have affected: Victoria Montesi! Ghost-Spider (Gwen Stacy)! Dylan Brock! Ann Weying! Plus: a profile of Knull, the King of Black himself! And from the pages of THOR: the All-Black — the first symbiote!
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9/12/2020 1:24 pm  #2


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Nice to see the Handbooks are making a comeback!

 

9/12/2020 1:50 pm  #3


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Wow, three handbooks in one year! So glad to see this after the drop-off in recent years!

 

9/12/2020 3:12 pm  #4


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Though I'm not a Venom fan, I applaud every new handbook!

 

9/12/2020 3:42 pm  #5


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Also glad to see these continuing. As with Rayeye I'm not a huge Venom fan but I'll take any excuse for a Handbook. I'm also not a Deadpool fan but that book still had entries on characters I like. Hope these do well enough that we can get another hardcover run, at least for profiles that didn't make it into the previous run but newer updates (lots of books with just one profile have come out since the last hardcover run).


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9/12/2020 3:51 pm  #6


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Andy E. Nystrom wrote:

Also glad to see these continuing. As with Rayeye I'm not a huge Venom fan but I'll take any excuse for a Handbook. I'm also not a Deadpool fan but that book still had entries on characters I like. Hope these do well enough that we can get another hardcover run, at least for profiles that didn't make it into the previous run but newer updates (lots of books with just one profile have come out since the last hardcover run).

I'd be all for new hardcovers for the last 10 years' worth of profiles, but I do think it would take a lot of work to reformat the 2010-2015 ones to fit the style of the more recent books, so I'm not sure how feasible Marvel would consider it or if the writers would be up for it.
 

 

9/13/2020 9:19 am  #7


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slevin87 wrote:

I'd be all for new hardcovers for the last 10 years' worth of profiles, but I do think it would take a lot of work to reformat the 2010-2015 ones to fit the style of the more recent books, so I'm not sure how feasible Marvel would consider it or if the writers would be up for it.
 

Then we need to talk Marvel into the other way around (I know, unlikely, but I can dream).

Regardless, glad we're getting another Handbook. And the symbiotes are an interesting focal point for a Handbook.


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9/14/2020 1:53 pm  #8


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slevin87 wrote:

Andy E. Nystrom wrote:

Also glad to see these continuing. As with Rayeye I'm not a huge Venom fan but I'll take any excuse for a Handbook. I'm also not a Deadpool fan but that book still had entries on characters I like. Hope these do well enough that we can get another hardcover run, at least for profiles that didn't make it into the previous run but newer updates (lots of books with just one profile have come out since the last hardcover run).

I'd be all for new hardcovers for the last 10 years' worth of profiles, but I do think it would take a lot of work to reformat the 2010-2015 ones to fit the style of the more recent books, so I'm not sure how feasible Marvel would consider it or if the writers would be up for it.
 

I'm with you on this! Hardcover handbook series v2 is what we need! :-)
 

 

10/05/2020 9:04 pm  #9


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I'm keen for this too, and three in one year (especially this year!) is a good sign. I hope these continue for a good long while. Nice to see Ron Lim on covers, seems like he's secured the regular cover art duties with this batch! I'd love a Hardcover collection again too but I'd settle for reprints of the two different formats with perhaps the information updated as we had last time. It's weird to think this would have likely come out in time for the Venom sequel movie.


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10/06/2020 1:45 am  #10


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Odd question, but do you guys have a say in the solicitation text? 


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10/06/2020 3:13 am  #11


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frogoat wrote:

Odd question, but do you guys have a say in the solicitation text? 

Not generally. 

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10/07/2020 2:49 pm  #12


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I will be interested to see if we'll get profiles of any alternate universe symbiotes or hosts, such as May Parker of Earth-9997/Earth X..

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10/07/2020 3:01 pm  #13


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I'm wondering if the Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy)'s entry will be complete or if it'll be an update from the one that was in the Spider-Gwen series.

 

10/07/2020 8:56 pm  #14


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Sidney Osinga wrote:

I'm wondering if the Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy)'s entry will be complete or if it'll be an update from the one that was in the Spider-Gwen series.

The profiles from the Spider-Gwen series weren't actually written by Handbook staffers so probably not from that, but she did get an entry in All-New All-Different Marvel Universe, so I'm betting it will be an update of that entry.


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10/14/2020 3:20 pm  #15


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Am I looking forwards to this? It's a Handbook, so of course I am. I just wish it wasn't tied to a pointless crossover starring a second-rate character that was in a movie that did middling success.

 

10/18/2020 3:10 am  #16


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slevin87 wrote:

I will be interested to see if we'll get profiles of any alternate universe symbiotes or hosts, such as May Parker of Earth-9997/Earth X..

While I'd really love to see May Parker aka Venom get a profile, I doubt it'll be in this handbook. 

I hope the feedback from this latest batch makes it's way back to Editorial. Constructive feedback is always good to work with.


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10/19/2020 4:05 am  #17


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Sidney Osinga wrote:

Am I looking forwards to this? It's a Handbook, so of course I am. I just wish it wasn't tied to a pointless crossover starring a second-rate character that was in a movie that did middling success.

It's not called The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Except for the Parts I Don't Care For.  Ever since that one guy over a decade again had an online conniption about Howard the Duck getting an entry...

 

10/19/2020 5:57 am  #18


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skippcomet wrote:

Sidney Osinga wrote:

Am I looking forwards to this? It's a Handbook, so of course I am. I just wish it wasn't tied to a pointless crossover starring a second-rate character that was in a movie that did middling success.

It's not called The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Except for the Parts I Don't Care For.  Ever since that one guy over a decade again had an online conniption about Howard the Duck getting an entry...

Sadly William Keogh is not yet one of the people we've managed to get back. Despite his obvious bad taste where the Duck is concerned, I hope he finds his way back here someday as he was pretty prominent during the early days.

But yeah, not a big fan of Deadpool, but there was still a lot of good stuff in his handbook, so I'm happy to have Rank and Foul in my collection.


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10/23/2020 4:20 am  #19


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Well, the Venom/Symbionts corner of the MU isn't really one of the more thoroughly covered corners in terms of Handbook coverage, and that, along with the existing solicitations, suggests we should hope for more than one new entry.  So there's that.  Plus, I give 1 in 4 odds that maybe we'll see an update on Flash Thompson.  If not, no big deal.  (Heck, I'm still surprised that in 17 years, we've still only seen one Daredevil-centric handbook.)

 

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