Marvel Comics Announces New Female Blade Series
Quick, name the Marvel superhero who kicked off the modern movie era. Nope, not Spider-Man, nor X-Men, nor Iron Man. Give up? It was Blade. That's right, Blade the vampire hunter got his own movie in 1998 starring Wesley Snipes in the titular role, and it was a success, opening the door for Marvel to flood movie theaters with more spandex-clad people than an 80s workout video. The movie spawned two sequels, also starring Snipes, and the 52-year-old actor has recently stated that he's had talks with Marvel about reviving the character. But those plans may be put on hold because from now on, the Blade of Marvel Comics is going to be female.
Marvel has just announced that when Blade #1 hits newsstands this October, it won't be the original Blade, Eric Brooks, hunting vampires, but rather his 16-year-old daughter, Fallon. "[Fallon's] sort of 'anti-Peter Parker'," series author Tim Seeley says. "She's popular, she's well-liked, and it seems like the world is her oyster. But, the expectations that come with being so damn perfect are starting to break her down, and that's before she learns she's the heir to a Daywalking-Monster-Stabbing-Empire." Sounds like high school to us.
For anyone who's worried about missing the original Blade in the new series, don't be. He'll still be around. A little older, a little wiser, and a little more willing to share the vampire-hunting duties with his teenage daughter. Plus, since the new series takes place in the Pacific Northwest, there's always the chance they could run into those annoying vampires from Twilight and take them out for good. Wouldn't that be a great father/daughter bonding activity?
BLADE #1 Written by TIM SEELEY with Art by LOGAN FAERBER is out in October 2015