Rounding up the latest news from the “black capes”…

— The butlers did it: Both of the major comic-book publishers seem to be positioning their parallel manservants to be A-list baddies.

In the Marvel Universe, it’s faithful Avengers butler Jarvis, who has been revealed as one of the secretly invading Skrulls. He appears on the deck of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier in the most recent issue of Secret Invasion, requesting complete and total surrender. Politely.

Over in the DCU, it’s Batman loyalist and father-figure Alfred Pennyworth. In the opening stages of the Batman R.I.P. storyline, Alfred is implicated as a member of the villainous Black Glove organization — from back in his days as a thespian.

Smart money has the top heroes from both universes getting their keisters handed to them this summer.

On a silver platter.