Marvel Comics Reintroduces Blade’s Daughter
Think back to Marvel Comics in 2015, during their “All New, All Different Marvel“period, where several legacy heroes were replaced by younger, more diverse counterparts after the universe-altering events of Secret Wars. While many of these characters have managed to take off, like Riri Williams as Ironheart or Nadia Pym as the Unstoppable Waspa notable character who was not the daughter of the publisher’s beloved at all vampire hunter, blade.
Under the simple title of Blade the hunter, the comic would have focused on the Daywalker and his teenage daughter Fallon Grey, who would follow in her father’s footsteps of killing bloodsuckers, and not be too happy about it. Written by Tim Seeley (Grayson, Shatterstar) and designed by Logan Faerber (‘Namwolf, Oh, Killstrike), the comic quietly disappeared after many people online pointed out how odd it was that two white people were doing a comic about two black people, which Seeley himself later acknowledged in 2016. Citing success of black panther revived by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze the same year, Seeley admitted to the CBR that “I felt like I was the one doing the fuck. I couldn’t help but think that a black woman could write this stuff better than me…maybe Blade is the book on which they find new talents. But that never happened, not helped by Blade’s sporadic appearances in the comics at the time.
All of which brings us to this weekend. Marvel recently released a promotional image of a young woman named Brielle looking at a crate of Blade weapons he gave to Safron Caulder, his on/off girlfriend (and presumably Brielle’s mother). Codenamed Bloodline, she’s set to make her official debut in a story by writer Danny Lore (Champions, Death of Doctor Strange: Blade) and artist Karen S. Darboe (Magic: The Hidden Planeswalkers, Marvel Voices: Legacy) in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day issue, something editor
Akira Yoshida CB Cebulski teased earlier in march on Twitter.
Since Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness brought Blade on their current Avengers run in 2018, the character’s presence in the comics has slowly grown ahead of his next movie with Mahershala Ali. While we currently don’t know if the movie will bring the idea of Blade having a child, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start seeding that, so if Brielle Is will eventually make it to the big screen, fans will have an idea of what to expect. That, and black people killing vampires, is generally a pretty cool thing.
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Bloodline will debut in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day issue, out May 7.
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