All business, but so much fun!
I haven’t read many stories involving Blade. Most of my knowledge of the character stems from the movies and Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of a take no prisoners, all-business daywalking half-vampire Vampire Hunter.
This issue offers us this very character. It’s made to be an appendix to the Curse of The Mutants storyline which involves the Vampire clans (and the death of Dracula) in the Marvel Universe. Blade is investigating the recent killings of Vampire Slayers. Without spoiling any of the reveals, the conclusion of this issue sets up Blade on a crash course with the X-Men in San Francisco.
I’ll admit that I have not been reading any of the X-Men books involved with this storyline, as a matter of fact, this very issue is actually my wife’s, but I read it on the bus ride home from the comic book shop where I had picked it up for her. So I couldn’t begin to tell you where this story fits chronologically, but if I had to guess, it would be between X-Men (Vol.3) #1 and X-Men (Vol.3) #2.
On to the review! First off, a shout out to my man Dave Wilkins for this awesome cover. I have been following Dave on DeviantArt and I think he is a fabulous cover artist. Look for his first published interiors in the upcoming “What If… #200” written by Marc Guggenheim.
In this issue though, the interiors are handled by Tim Green. I’m not familiar with his body of work but I really enjoyed the art here. Thick, bold but edgy inks and lines. Very fluid even with the bold angles. Tim really told a great visual story. The colors augmented this storytelling since most of the issue takes place in daylight, not at night, and for the purpose of the story, we need to be reminded of that throughout.
Duane Swierczynski, a well known “Cable” scribe, takes care of the script. It’s a simple story, a true one-shot, but it has everything a reader wants. First off, there’s a point to the story. It’s a piece of the puzzle that is “Curse of The Mutants”. There are a few action moments and Blade’s interior monologue just oozes of the character (from the movies). There’s no question here, Blade’s investigating and he’s hot on the trail of the “suckheads” that are slaying these slayers. The story itself moves at an incredible pace, but I think everyone will feel like they got their money’s worth.
Bottom Line: Well done Marvel. A relevant one-shot that delivers on the goods. The creative team behind this issue should be proud of this little cog in the wheel of the X-Men’s impending battle with the Vampires. It looked like it was a lot of fun to work on.
4 stars out 5