The Widow, The Knight, And The King: Killmonger #4 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Knight is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D and the Black Widow. She is having Knight and Killmonger track down King and bring him into custody, and Erik agrees on the condition that he and Knight can flee to Wakanda after the mission is over. However, Erik finds out that King has a wife; she and the King are trying to mete out a quiet life in isolation in Bulgaria. This gives even Erik Killmonger some pause, but Knight has no such trepidation.

Killmonger #4 cover by Juan Ferreyra
Killmonger #4 cover by Juan Ferreyra

Killmonger #4 primarily consists of this confrontation between Erik, Knight, King, and his wife, Celia. It’s a cathartic and bloody reunion between these thieves and hitmen, and it’s one that can only end in tragedy and heartbreak.

It shows a surprisingly sympathetic side to N’Jadaka too. He has a lot of respect and concern for King and Celia. Erik has also developed puppy-love like affection for Knight. Despite all the odds, Erik has came to care for his crew.

Now they find themselves at the whims and mercy of a faceless global police force with no care for Erik, Knight, or King as individuals beyond what other crooks they can help S.H.I.E.L.D find.

Killmonger #4 art by Juan Ferreyra, Eduardo Ferreyra, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Killmonger #4 art by Juan Ferreyra, Eduardo Ferreyra, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Juan Ferreyra once again blows the reader away with his uniquely gorgeous artwork. He is capable of drawing emotionality out of the characters in a manner and intensity few other artists can accomplish. The action scene is kinetic, brutal, and believable. The color work, with assists from Eduardo Ferreyra, is brilliantly vivid. This is an all-around beautiful book.

Killmonger #4 is an impressive chapter in an already powerful series. Bryan Hill and Juan Ferreyra are making Erik Killmonger into a villain worthy of the Black Panther with a poignant and smart story that humanizes N’Jadaka as only a few other rogues have been. Consequently, Killmonger is becoming one of my absolute favorite Marvel villains. This book gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

Killmonger #4 comes to us from writer Bryan Hill, artist and cover artist Juan Ferreyra, color assists from Eduardo Ferreyra, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino.

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