A lot of dark Marvel Comics characters are getting more attention now that Moon Knight is on Disney+ and Jared Leto is playing Morbius in a movie. The countdown has already begun. As soon as their favorite dhampir makes his way back to the big screen, comic book fans are keeping track of how long it will be before Mahershala Ali takes over as “Day Walker” in the MCU.
When Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan made Blade the Vampire Hunter back in 1973, he was based on Jim Brown, a professional football player. Eric Cross Brooks will become Blade the Vampire Hunter, and he will always try to get rid of the vampires in the world. A member of the Mighty Avengers and Midnight Sons, the boogeyman’s boogeyman is one of Marvel Comics’ most powerful defenders of the occult against the Mighty Avengers. These stories are very well-researched, and they show where Blade came from and where he went through Marvel Comics.
1. Tomb Of Dracula #10 (1973)
Tomb of Dracula #10 is the first issue of Marvel Comics that features the damsel in distress plot that was so common in comics at the time. The first time Blade meets the Lord of Vampires, Dracula takes over a cruise ship and wants to eat all the humans on board. Even though Blade is very good at martial arts, he wetsuit dives into the boat and fights with Dracula, who escapes and vows revenge on Blade.
When Blade makes his first appearance, co-creators Wolfman and Colan write a story that is typical of the Bronze Age. Wolfman’s ability to write scary stories and Colan’s smokey, spooky art make this a great book for anyone who wants to be a vampire hunter.
2. Marvel Preview #3 (1975)
Jamal Afari, the man who taught Blade how to fight, is one of the main characters in this book. Lady Marguerite D’Alescio and Kate Fraser are also strong female characters. Preview #3 wraps up Blade’s first solo story in a satisfying way. It features an end of the world, horror noir plot that harkens back to a bygone era of comic books.
Chris Claremont’s purposeful dialogue touches on the evil of racism and shows one of Blade’s main character themes, tragedy. It’s more like a graphic novel in length. The death of Madame Vanity drives Blade to hate the leeches and bugs of the night, making this one of his best.
3. Blade The Vampire Hunter #1-10 (1994-1995)
Several of Blade’s main enemies, like Dracula, Deacon Frost, and Varnae, show up in his first self-titled series. They fight for power in New York City. However, a prophetic vision from a new friend, “Bible John” Carik, forces Blade to fight the vampires in this classic Blade storyline.
This is how Edginton does it: He builds on many other great stories before him. He brings together all the important parts of Blade’s story and wraps them up in a way that is typical of comic books from the 1990s. This story is full of no-nonsense characters, jarring panels, and disintegrating vampires. Cutting a Blade is the best way to do this.
4. Blade: Crescent City Blues (March 1998)
Most hated of Blade’s enemies, Deacon Frost, has taken over the Big Easy and joined forces with Marie Laveau, the Immortal Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Blues has a lot of good things going for it, like appearances by Dr. Voodoo and his old flame, Safron Caulder DeVille, and the shocking news that Hannibal King and Frank Drake are alive.
Co-creator Colan does the art, which is full of bright, contrasting colors, and writer Golden cleverly uses the dialogue between Blade and some of his old friends to show how Blade’s hatred of vampires trumps his love for humanity. A good book for anyone who likes comics. The Vampire Hunter is at the top of his game in this one.
5. Blade #1-5 (2006-2007)
This is the best Blade comic out there, and it has everything you want in it. It has run-ins with a vampiric Spider-Man, Doctor Doom, Santa Claus, Wolverine, and a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier full of vampires.
It is very well done and gives a lot of information about Blade’s past through creative flashbacks that are woven into the story. This shows that Blade’s father, Lucas Cross, is important and shows why he has become the hardened killer he is today.
6. Ultimate Avengers 3 #1-6 (2010-2011)
‘Blade versus the Avengers’ is an exciting story that takes place outside of the main Earth-616 universe. Blade works with Nick Fury and the Avengers to stop a vampire takeover. As a result, Daredevil, Stick and Captain America are infected, as well as Hulk Nerd and Nerdy Hulk, and they bring the fight over to SHIELD. This leads to an epic battle between Vamp superheroes and the Blade-led Avengers at the Triskelion.
Author Millar creates a unique Ultimate universe story that includes Marvel’s most famous blood-sucking slayer Blade. Millar also gives comic book readers a lot to think about when it comes to how Blade can be used across Marvel. As it turns out, this is one of Blade’s most unique stories and one of his best ones, too!
7. Captain Britain and MI13: Vampire State
Writer(s): Paul Cornell
Artist(s): Leonard Kirk
Publication Date: 2008 – 2009
A full-scale attack is being planned by Dracula and Doctor Doom. To get the real Black Blade from Wakanda’s Queen Ororo in Africa, the Black Knight and Faiza Hussein go to Africa. Dracula tries to get in and destroy the team from the inside.
His plan is to turn Faiza’s father into a vampire, make Spitfire part of his inner circle, and get his agents into MI13 so they can remove the magical field that keeps the British Isles safe from evil. Agents from MI-13 use the abilities of Plokta in order to convince Dracula that his plan is going well, that the resistance is close to being broken, and that he is about to conquer Britain.
It turns out that everything is going too well, and he breaks free from the illusion. One by one, a group of heroes attack Dracula’s ship with help from each other. From inside, Spitfire and Captain Britain fight Lilith, Dracula’s daughter, but they have to give up and leave. Dracula gets a gift from Doom in the form of Meggan, Captain Britain’s wife, which makes him very happy.
Dracula, on the other hand, is betrayed by Doom, and Meggan uses her powers to cause chaos among his servants. Hero: Captain Britain destroys Lilith. Blade, Union Jack, and Faiza Hussein kill the vampire lord with Excalibur in a new attack.
8. Blade MAX
Writer(s): Christopher Hinz
Artist(s): Steve Pugh
Publication Date: 2002
Blade meets a new vampiric creature called Tryk, who is not afraid of vampires and chases them. The Queen of Tryks wants to have a ceremony that would make Blade her king. An organization called Seven is set up to try to keep “vampire balance.”
Their job is to kill as many of them as they can, but not so much that the number of vampires and Tryks is too high. When Blade has been killing more and more vampires, they don’t want anything to get into the streets, so they let him die.
Queen of the Tryks wants Blade to be her mate, so that she can eat him and give birth to another queen. Blade goes on a date with his new girlfriend, Susan. He tells her that the vampires tricked him into killing his ex-girlfriend with a sword by giving her drugs and giving him contact lenses and fake fangs.
They take Fofo, Blade’s weapons supplier, and put a tracking device on him so he can lead them to Blade after they throw him into the river. The vampires find Blade and take him into custody. During the fight between Blade and the vampires, the Tryk captures the seven agents sent to kill Blade. Blade manages to get away from them.
He takes the agents to his queen after Blade learns about them, which led him to their leader. As a gift, he gives Blade a sword so he can kill the Queen and get into the Queen’s baths to become fully human. The boy is the leader of the Seven Ages upside down.
Then Blade has sex with Susan, and he finds out that she was Queen Tryk disguised as a woman all the time. When Blade goes into the queen’s baths, but doesn’t change, he finds out that the Leader of the Seven is manipulating him. Blade then blows up the Tryk cave, but the queen, who is now pregnant, manages to get out of the way.
When the Seven learn that Blade’s Tryk numbers have been cut so much, she cancels her order to kill Blade and gives him free reign in the field. Blade helps a woman bury her husband, who was killed by a vampire that Blade has been after. The vampire was being chased by Blade.
9. Sins of the Father
Writer(s): Marc Andreyko
Artist(s): Bart Sears
Publication Date: 1998
Using a revenge story, the daughter of a mafia vampire Don gets Blade to attack her father’s house. She and her husband, on the other hand, want to kill the daywalker and remove his father from power in a move to get more money. Blade kills both of them after they kill her father.