In the most recent issue of Savage Avengers, Black Knight singlehandedly takes on the KKK, after pulling off his white hood disguise at a rally.
This article contains spoilers for Savage Avengers #14 by Gerry Duggan, Patch Zircher, and Java Tartaglia.
Black Knight fighting the Klu Kux Klan. In the most recent issue of Savage Avengers, Black Knight singlehandedly takes on the KKK, after pulling off his white hood disguise and taking out his powerful sword at a rally.
Written by Gerry Dugan with art by Patch Zircher, Savage Avengers follows an unlikely group of heroes put together by Doctor Strange, including Black Knight, Magik, Conan the Barbarian, Wolverine, Doctor Voodoo, and others. In Savage Avengers #14, Magik and Conan the Barbarian are on their way to recruit new members, including the hulking mutant Juggernaut who they meet in a pub. Their next stop would involve locating Dane Whitman, AKA the Black Knight.
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However, the heroes weren’t aware Whitman would be at a Ku Klux Klan rally, draped in all white robes. As the white supremacist terrorist organization begin their ceremony with a burning cross, the disguised Black Knight offered up his own suggestion: instead of terrorizing people, what if they just talked about their feelings? Whitman’s emotional intelligence was a tipoff to a nearby Klansman who thought he was joined by his friend “Tucker.” Pulling off the imposter’s hood, the Black Knight introduces himself and doesn’t even have to attack before a Klan member punches his helmet, instantly breaking his hand. Whitman is joined by his pegasus Galadriel, who manages to fight back on his own. Black Knight leaves the disgraced racists with a threat, proceeding to chop down their burning cross with his sword. If he ever crosses paths with them again, he promises to turn the white sheets they so proudly wear into their burial outfits.
Savage Avengers #14 makes a point of its timeliness, opening with narration about the harshness of 2020, amidst race issues and the worldwide pandemic among other tragedies and hardships. Still, the Avengers persist and take on a wide range of evil, from terrorism to Asgardian dragons, as featured in this issue alone. As Black Knight demonstrates his opposition to white supremacy and racism, it qualifies him to become a member of the growing team of superheroes. Just then, the trio of Conan, Magik, and Juggernaut appear before the Black Knight with their relayed invitation from Doctor Strange. With such a memorable introduction to the series, it’s possible this won’t be the last time that they run into such wicked foes familiar to reality.
Throughout Marvel Comics history, writers have pitted heroes against the real-world villains of their day, whether it be Captain America facing down Nazis, or Black Panther fighting Ku Klux Klan members. Now, the Black Knight joins those who have iconically taken on the evils of society in the past, some of which have had unfortunate new relevance in modern-day life. Savage Avengers #14 is currently available for purchase.
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