In King in Black, one of Spider-Man’s oldest allies steps back into a very familiar Marvel herp costume.
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Marvel’s King in Black has brought the most unlikely heroes and villains together with the single purpose of ensuring that their world survives the ongoing symbiote invasion.
And in King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #2, Hobie Brown, the Prowler, is using it to prove just how dedicated they are to the change they had already made by taking on the role of one of Spider-Man’s most radical identities, the Hornet, when the going gets tough.
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Hobie had stepped out of his superhero career to patch things up with his wife. Mindy, all to make her comfortable in their life together. However, their date is interrupted when the skies are raining symbiotes on the city, and Hobie recognizes them immediately for what they are. Luckily, he is still wearing his Prowler suit and leaps into action to save as many people as he can. After getting Mindy clear of the fray, he takes off to his lab to retrieve something that’s more suited to taking on the symbiote horde, a new and improved version of the Hornet costume.
Introduced in 1998’s Sensational Spider-Man #27 by Todd DeZago and Mike Wieringo, the Hornet was one of four unique new identities that Spider-Man took on in order to clear his name during the events of the “Identity Crisis” storyline. The suit was designed by Mary Jane, and the gauntlets based on Ben Reilly’s own weapons, but the wings and harness that allowed Peter to fly were designed by Hobie himself. At the time, they were too heavy for anyone without super strength to wield them, but that was a long time ago, and technology has only gotten better since then. With that in mind, Hobie donned the armored suit and took off to deal with the ongoing crisis.
Seeing the Hornet back in action is certainly one of the more unexpected side effects of King in Black, but that doesn’t mean it’s an unwelcome one. It’s been several years since anyone has taken on the Hornet mantle, and there probably isn’t anyone more fitting than Hobie.
If the Hornet truly is Hobie’s new superhero identity, it could help him overcome his troubled past, once and for all, allowing him to chart a new course through the Marvel Universe as an out-and-out hero. Even if he doesn’t have the most experience with symbiotes, Hobie is still more than ready to lend Spider-Man a healing hand.
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