Haunted by dreams of demons, Lin Lie hunts for his missing archeologist father — and for the secret of the black sword he left behind. Spoiler alert: they will indeed drive each other crazy, with huge ramifications for the Marvel Universe! The introductory issue of Sword Master for western audiences is a spectacular double feature showing the unique possibilities this new Chinese martial arts hero brings to Marvel comics. Their unique tone and manga-inspired aesthetic help to create a book that is both engaging and visually stunning. The pacing begins to slow down as we near the end, but the narrative elements that are introduced take important steps towards building both an exciting and dynamic adventure. Though the action is limited, there is enough intensity to warrant this slower buildup.
The Ebony Blade is a fictional enchanted sword appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Though many have used the sword, it is most readily identified with the Black Knight. The blade was shown to have been carved from a meteor, and enchanted by the wizard Merlin for Sir Percy of Scandia , the first Black Knight. Because of all the blood that Sir Percy shed with the blade, it acquired a curse.
Conan, riding into Meshken, is surprised to find the reputedly exciting town deserted. He is even more when he is attacked by dozens of enraged women, accusing him of being a demon who has stolen the men. As Conan gives serious thought to revoking his rule on harming women, the crowd is halted by the arrival of Fhala, a woman who has been out hunting for two weeks and was presumed missing.