Skip to content

King In Black #4 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.


Dylan attacks Knull and uses him as an antenna to amplify his powers. This releases a number of heroes from their knullified state. Using her telepathy, Jean Grey coordinates a counter attack. Meanwhile, Silver Surfer helps the God of Light to break through to the Earth. It is revealed that the God of Light is infact the Enigma Force but also a symbiote in its own right.

The God of Light finds a host.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
33 pages
Amazon ASIN

12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    I can't remember enjoying an event this much in a very long time.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    King in Black #4 features a jaw-dropping twist in Marvel history and begins to turn the tide for our heroes, setting the stage for a world-shaking finale. Cates and Stegman are aiming to end their Venom saga on a high note, and as someone who's been there from day one, I can't wait to see how it all pays off.
  • 96

    On Comics Ground

    It's time to fight back! Our heroes got their second wind, and are finally on the offensive! See how the heroes of Earth(and some beyond) fight back against the god of absolute darkness!
  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Ryan Stegman delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout this issue. There are some great action scenes to be found and the characters look amazing.
  • 90


    King in Black #4 is a great turning point issue setting up the finale by introducing a new layer to the Venom epic. This event has maintained a clear focus, allowing the tie-ins to handle more complicated matters, which has allowed this issue to serve up exciting twists and unexpected moments. For that, King in Black is good jaw-droppingly loud comics.
  • 90

    Comics: The Gathering

    As Marvel events go this has been one of the best in years, the tie-ins have been well thought out and contribute to the overall storyline. The main King in Black comic has, of course, been the true highlight, and watching Cates’ and Stegman bring their venom Swansong together is a real delight. Fantastic story, unbelievable art, truly epic event storytelling, this will appeal to all Marvel fans.
  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    King in Black #4 is a hell of a comic that'll get you pumped and excited. There's just one more issue left and this could leave us with a hell of a change to the Marvel landscape. Marvel has stumbled with events in recent years but King in Black #4 has delivered with every issue and is their best in a long time. It brings popcorn excitement and this issue helps lights our darkest hour.
  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman once again knock it out of the park in providing another chapter in King In Black that captures the grand scale expected from a big event. Every page in King In Black #4 builds on each other as the heroes finally start turning things around against Knull. By then end you can help but have your sense of hype for the ending of this event to be at its max level. The stage is now set to make the final issue of King In Black one of the most epic conclusions to a big event that Marvel has had.
  • 84

    Comic Watch

    Questions upon questions upon questions. Im still not too sure what to think about the ending of this issue. I get why the character was brought in and I think there is brilliance for the deep pick and it makes all the sense in the world. If anything, this is further proof that Donny Cates is an evil genius at not showing his hand, and if there is anything that we have learned about Cates is that you never call his bluff. Personally, I think Im more concerned with Eddies new way of life than I am about Knull and whether or not he succeeds in his plans.
  • 74

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Its so weird to say an event book shouldn't try to get by on only action, but I do wish there was more actual story taking place. Still, if you're looking for a montage of epic moments one after the other, this issue is king.
  • 70

    Horror DNA

    King in Black has grown to colossal proportions. It's a bombastic action horror story that has been intense since its very first page. After three issues of Knull beating the crap of of Earth's heroes, they're finally fighting back and that's a nice change. The fact that it's tied to an underutilized and intriguing element in the Marvel Universe is gravy. Now how the Hell is this thing going to wrap up in its next and final chapter?
  • 65

    Bleeding Cool

    In a story so large, the possible key to victory might have been easier to find if one were thinking small (historically speaking) as Knull finally gets slightly less uninteresting.

More From King In Black (2020)

About the Author: Donny Cates

Donny Cates (born September 14, 1984) is an American comic book writer, artist, and podcaster, known for his work on titles like Venom, Thanos, Doctor Strange and Thor.

Early life

Donny Cates was born in Dallas, Texas. Raised in Garland, Texas, Cates states that he was taught to read by his father using comic books. Cates graduated from Garland High School and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he would meet future artistic collaborators Tradd Moore and Geoff Shaw. Cates majored in sequential art, but left the school after being accepted into a Marvel internship program. While interning, Cates stole a Diamond Distributors Gem Award awarded to Astonishing X-Men #1. At the advice of Marvel editor Mark Peniccia, Cates left the program after a year to pursue writing his own comics. After a chance meeting with a Dark Horse Comics staffer at C2E2, Cates was given the opportunity to write short stories for the company.


Cates’ first comic work was a short story in Dark Horse Presents vol. 2 #24, released in August 2013. Co-written by himself and Eliot Rahal, the title of this story was Hunter Quaid: Armageddon Outta Here. It was followed up three issues later with Hunter Quaid: The Only Things We Have to Fear… are Nazis and Creepy Monsters. Satisfied with these stories, Dark Horse gave Cates the green light for later projects like Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet and The Paybacks. Between 2016 and 2017 Cates also wrote stories for IDW Publishing, including an entry in Star Trek: Waypoint and a one-shot, Star Trek: Deviations. Cates eventually began writing for Image Comics, where he released God Country. With this title he attracted the attention of editors at Marvel, who offered him a contract.

His first long-term Marvel works were runs on Doctor Strange and Thanos. After the success of these titles, Cates was given writing duties on Venom, where he was paired with artist and podcaster Ryan Stegman. This led to him penning multiple company-wide events, including Absolute Carnage and King in Black.

Personal life

Cates currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, comic artist Megan Hutchinson. The two host a comic review podcast, The Devil’s AdvoCATES Book Club.

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]

My Agile Privacy
This website uses technical and profiling cookies. Clicking on "Accept" authorises all profiling cookies. Clicking on "Refuse" or the X will refuse all profiling cookies. By clicking on "Customise" you can select which profiling cookies to activate.