Back in the '90s, Marvel kicked off the dust on one of its lesser-known characters when Wesley Snipes snapped on some fangs and played the vampire hunter, Blade. The movie evolved into a full-blown trilogy, but none of those films would have been made were it not for the amazing comic books published over at Marvel Comics. Blade has been around since the '70s, and there's talk of his return to the silver screen via the MCU, but which Blade stories are the best ones from the comics?
Because he's been around for decades, there are tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Blade, so it can be hard to determine which is the best of Blade's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 10.
Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorite, vote it up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Blade story ever told!
Spirits Of Vengeance: Rise Of The Midnight Sons
Story Found In: Ghost Rider #28 & 31; Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits Of Vengeance #1-6; Morbius: The Living Vampire #1; Darkhold: Pages From The Book Of Sins #1; Nightstalkers #1; Web Of Spider-Man #95-96; and Midnight Sons Unlimited #1
In the beginning, Blade was mostly affiliated with tales in The Tomb of Dracula, but due to his ties to the magic/horror genre, he made headway into the world of Doctor Strange. The Master of the Mystic Arts used his powers to bring together a team of superpowered "dark" heroes, which included Blade, Morbius the Living Vampire, Ghost Rider, and the Darkhold Redeemers.
The team had numerous adventures through Marvel's 1990s and beyond, and they are all collected in a single trade titled, "Rise of the Midnight Sons." This collection features all the stories you need to read to become an expert on the Midnight Sons, and you can find it on Amazon by clicking the link above.Is this a great story arc?
Curse Of The Mutants
Story Found In: X-Men: Curse of the Mutants #1
Blade has been on the hunt for Dracula since he got his fangs, and in this X-Men story, he finally takes out his nemesis. Unfortunately, taking out the big dog only leaves room for his son Xarus to take over, and he's much worse than his father.
With a new leader in charge, the vampires band together to take on the world's mutant population, and Blade may be the only one who can stop them. Vampires begin their conquest by turning mutants into vampires, and they even manage to turn Jubilee! Blade joins forces with the X-Men to save the world from a group of mutant vampires!Is this a great story arc?
Story Found In: Tomb of Dracula #10
When Blade first stormed onto the scene, it was in the horror series, The Tomb of Dracula. His first appearance came in the 10th issue of the series back in 1973 with a story titled, "His Name Is... Blade!" The Daywalker shows up in perfect fashion as he dispatches a couple of vampires who claim to be part of Dracula's Legion.
This story quickly establishes Blade as an antihero who will stop at nothing to end the world of its vampiric infestation. There's not much character development in this story, but it all gets better from here. Blade would continue to make appearances in The Tomb of Dracula for many issues before landing his own self-titled series.
Is this a great story arc?
- Created By: Bram Stoker
- Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story Found In: Blade #1-12
This 12-issue maxi-series by Marc Guggenheim and Howard Chaykin takes a look back at Blade's origin story and presents it in a new light with new details and information. The revelations about his Latverian heritage and the true identity of his father come into light as "Undead Again" ramps up.
This series tells a great story about the character, but isn't filled with much action, making it a great read for fans of the character who want to learn more about him. The entire series can be found on Amazon by clicking on the link above.Is this a great story arc?