Review: Darkhold: Blade #1
As a fan of Vin Diesel, many of his movies are hit or miss. As of recent, he is most known for the Fast & Furious movies. The thing is, he is far more prolific than that, as his resume stretches back almost 20 years ago. The first time I ever saw him in a movie, was a movie I actually heard him in, Iron Giant.
He has made a slew of movies since then, starting a few franchises along the way . One of them being XXX, which made an action hero based on a pop culture trend. The other being Pitch Black, which spawned four movies, the second movie, The Chronicles Of Riddick, offered a different narrative than the rest of the series, something echoing Conan The Barbarian. In the latest Darkhold one-shot comic, we find Blade following a similar path in that seminal film in Darkhold: Blade.
We find Blade, shortly after reading the Darkhold, in an attempt to stop the god, Chthon from manifesting on Earth, instead discovers a much grimmer way. As we find out that Deacon Frost sacrificed himself to the ancient blood demon, La Magra, thereby unleashing the V-Wave, which made every human, a vampire, making super humans, other than, and the gods of men, banished, making those left behind, predator or prey. This makes Blade’s job, even more complicated, as vampires were once the evil he hunted, but now that line, is even more blurry, because of the V-Wave, especially when he meets Amadeus Cho, now a vampire. As Cho clues him in on what Kingpin got going on, as he is hoarding a cure to vampirism, one that Amadeus was working on for Fisk, which leads Blade to recruit Prowler, Citizen V and Silver Sable, which is what is left of the Last Avengers. By issue’s end, he kills Kingpin, and takes a turn, killing the Last Avengers, and becoming the new Vampire King of New York.
Overall, Darkhold: Blade is an excellent dystopian story, which leans in on its “Mirror Universe” vibes. The story by Daniel Kibblesmith is eerie and exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story where we see a hero do a turncoat, one which is oddly magnetic.
Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Federico Sabbatini
Color: Rico Renzi Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review