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!
Comics: The GatheringJust to recap, if you're feeling lost and overwhelmed by the number of different symbiotes out there and references then it's a no brainer, pick this up. If you're familiar with most of the characters and story but occasionally find the need to head over to Wikipedia, then pick this up. If you're a die-hard Venom superfan then there'll still be something in here for you, well written and entertaining, there's bound to be something in here you've forgotten. The ultimate guide to everything symbiote.
But Why Tho?King in Black Handbook #1 could be a useful item for Marvel fans that find themselves needing to know everything they can about the characters that inhabit the comics they read. But it also serves as a useful tie-in to an event that has a lot of backstory and hidden details built up before it. Everything you want to know about Symbiotes and their history is inside these pages. So newer readers may want to pick it up for the insight.