Eric Brooks is the Dhampir, the day walking vampire that hunts his own kind. This supernatural soldier was born of a Vampire’s treachery and raised by a Vampire hunter. Blade is a force to be reckoned with as he strikes fear into the heart of the undead.
This graphic novel collection opens with an issue of the 1970’s Marvel hit, “The Tomb of Dracula”.
In the 10th issue we meet a very different looking Blade as he makes his comic debut and hunts Dracula. This is a great issue, however, this is not where the strength of the novel lies. That belongs to Blade Volume 6 which is also incorporated into this book.
The 1998 film adaptation of Blade changed the comic movie genre in a major way. We got an R-rated film that gave our hero an infamous new look and a more vicious personality. It was a look that translated well into Blade Volume 6.
This 6 issue arc deals with the Civil War and where Blade ends up in terms of his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. Blade is not human, he is not super and he sure ain’t no hero either. So when he blows up a vampire infested Hellacarrier, Blade finds himself on the wrong side of the law. He finds himself making enemies and allies with the strangest of characters. Unknown to Blade, there is more at play. He is the Prophecy and he is being hunted down by none other than Lucas Cross, his biological father.
The art in this issue is great. Each character is well drawn and riddled with detail, especially in the second arc on offer. The volume is split into past and present and you can see the shift in time as it is exemplified in the art. The stories are gritty and action-packed for the most part, however, it is definitely the flashbacks that offer the grittier content. There are a wealth of characters on display in this issue as Blade finds himself aligning with Dr. Doom and fighting the likes of Spiderman, Wolverine, and even Santa Clause!
The colouring looks great and adds life to a comic that is mainly dealing with the undead. Action sequences are easy to the eye and easy to follow. The dialogue and the artwork well together too!
This is a great issue with some memorable moments and this is mostly due to the main character. If you are a fan of Blade, I would recommend that you grab this graphic novel and let the good times roll.