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Blade #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.

Marvel’s slickest vampire hunter returns in a brand new ongoing by Bryan Hill (Killmonger) and Elena Casagrande (Black Widow)!

True evil is patient. And a dark, ancient power has been simmering quietly for centuries…and when Blade himself is the one to unknowingly unleash it, Marvel’s entire supernatural underworld will come out of hiding to demand he handle it. Or pay a pound of flesh for his mistakes.

Bloodbaths, blackmail and Blade – you won’t want to miss the explosive first issue of this new volume!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Excellent start to a new saga where Blade faces a more powerful enemy than the one who doesn’t understand his powers.

    Art is very detailed and dynamic, with sequences that seem to be taken from a Tarantino movie. mesmerizing.

  • 100

    The Newest Rant

    The first issue of, “Blade,” excels at setting up a new threat and is friendly to new readers who might just know Blade as, “That guy who hunts vampires,” or longtime fans who’ve been thirsting for a new series with our Daywalker hero for years now. Give this a read!

  • 93

    You Don't Read Comics

    It’s a promising opening to a new series. Rarely is a single issue this balanced between creative personnel. Everyone working on the project seems to have an equal impact on the story. Hill is delivering a script that really is a blueprint for action for someone with a very precise idea of how to deliver it to the page in a way that allows for the colorist to come in and bring it all to life. If every issue is going to be like this, the current incarnation of Blade should be a fun one.

  • 93

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    If you’re looking for an escape the way old 80s and 90s action movies used to do, Blade #1 is just for you. It’s short, sweet, and powerful. The premise is easy to follow and ANYONE can dive right in with almost no background. Hill provides an entry-level comic for any comic fan to enjoy while delivering a safe place to get lost from the real world without any underlying themes or melodramatic undertones hidden within the pages. There are no politics or worldviews. Just hard-nosed action and extremely graphic illustrations. If you’re looking for something new to sink your teeth into, Blade #1 is exactly what you’re looking for. You need to check it out!

  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Blade #1 is an enjoyable and creepy book. The twists and turns will surprise you and question what will happen next. Bryan Hill turns in a wonderful script that is exactly what the character needs. Hill, Casagrande, and company are breathing new life into Blade and making him more fun than ever. Blade #1 is available at a comic shop near you!

  • 90

    Only time will tell if this iteration of Blade has the legs to define its hero in comics, but Blade #1 certainly has enough juice to suggest it might. Flashy action sequences, gnarly monster designs, and a cool-as-ever Blade provide aesthetics to draw in fans of superhero and horror comics alike. There’s also a plot prepared with a big bad summoned in horrifying fashion during this issue and plenty of minions to divert Blade’s attention. The last line in Blade #1 sounds like a promise to readers that they still don’t know what to expect; if that’s true, then Blade is set to have readers following it for a long time to come.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Hill delivers a solid first issue filled with the action, spectacle and darkness I want from a Blade comic. The action is intense and fun. The story has layers of dark intensity to it that is immediately captivating to me as a reader. I like seeing Blade be the victim of his own hubris and power. I was hooked with the first few moments of the issue and the rest of the story did not disappoint.

    The Art: Casagrande delivers beautiful art throughout the issue. I was a huge fan of her art in the Black Widow series and this first issue brings that same visually compelling and dynamic style to every action filled and scary moment.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Blade #1 is a new start that defies any expectations. The first half of the comic almost leans in on tropes and cliches, using a similar starting scene to what the Blade movie contains. This makes us comfortable within this corner of the Marvel Universe. But then, halfway through, everything changes, bringing in a new villain that elevates the stakes and the drama. Blade will be tested against something he has never faced before, something even more terrifying than vampires. And it seems the world of monsters could be changed forever.

  • 90


    Blade #1 is the jolt of life the Daywalker needed. It firmly breaks him out of the “vampire hunting” box and sets him on a bloody new mission. With this title as well as Bloodline: Daughter of Blade, it’s looking like Eric Brooks may finally get the same recognition in comics that he has in other media. To which I say: it’s about damn time.

  • 90

    Multiversity Comics

    “Blade” #1 is a successful introduction to a new story and an amazing blend of incredible action and intriguing mystery. While many premier issues suffer meticulous pacing to lackluster twists, Hill and Casagrande keep the action up and lay out an exciting premise. The daywalker has to protect all of creation after he screwed it all up.

  • 85

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Blade #1 does exactly what it needs to do for a new series starring Marvel’s resident monster hunter. The story is simple-yet-effective, Blade is in top action form as a killer, and the new villain presents as an intimidating threat.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Blade #1 gets the job done for what you expect from the first issue of a new series. Blade is shown as a badass while the long-term mission statement for the series is established. This all comes together to create a strong debut issue by Bryan Hill and Elena Casagrande that leaves you looking forward to what they have planned for Blade moving forward.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    It always feels right and long awaited to see Blade make a return. In Blade #1 readers will discover a great first start to what has potential to be a great story. The nightmarish world that surrounds his day to day life is fascinating for readers to experience. This creative team makes a triumphant first issue giving an audience just a taste of what is to come for this new fresh story.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    Blade is cool, we all know this. Writer Bryan Hill absolutely nails the character’s cool factor. First off, his initial appearance in the issue is so player you immediately know some A+ Blade-ness is about to go down. And that’s exactly what takes place throughout the rest of the issue. Blade’s constant struggle as a man trapped between two worlds is present here but it’s not overdone. As a matter of fact, the balance between subtly and all-out crazy is extremely well done throughout.

    It’s a new Blade story and the classic character has a new look thanks to the art team of Elena Casagrande and Jordie Bellaire. Shades; check. Flat top and goatee; check. Trench coat; check. Blade is more svelte than most other versions, but overall, it’s one cool-looking Blade. The overall art of the comic is unique. The coloring is slightly awash (a stylistic decision) and gives everything s film-grain type look and feel. There’s blood but it isn’t overly explicit. There is style and pop to the action and its art and there are several absolutely stunning full-page panels.

    It’s the beginning of a new arc for one of Marvel’s most well-known yet underutilized heroes. And the creative team looks to be tapping into some of the things that make Blade, Blade (vampires and werewolves, guns and swords, etc.) while presenting new enemies and allies to take the character in potentially new directions. The first issue grabs the reader’s attention and is something both Blade fans and action comic fans should be on the lookout for.

  • 77

    Graphic Policy

    Even though it ends up being your standard team up and save the world from a supernatural threat with a tinge of East and Southeast Asian culture, Blade #1 is a stylish-looking action book from Bryan Hill, Elena Casagrande, and Jordie Bellaire, who especially pours on the red in an opening club sequence reminiscent of the 1998 film. Hill also has a solid handle on Blade’s stoic voice and nature introducing vulnerabilities and cracks in his personality towards the end of the first issue. There’s definitely an emphasis on stoic with Hill being content to let Casagrande’s visuals sing with horrifying imagery and clever fight choreography. This isn’t a particularly deep comic, but it’s a fun ride and filled with the brand of badass action that Blade is known for in other mediums.

  • 66

    Geek'd Out

    If you’re a fan of the character or even just looking to brush up on your knowledge of him before his upcoming movie —if/when that ever actually comes out— then Blade #1 is not the worst place to start.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    Blade #1 features a version of the character that will be reminiscent of fans of the Wesley Snipes’ film, who is somehow charismatic in how curt, cold, and sardonic he is. It’s just that the creators are so eager to get him neck-deep into the plot that they missed the mark when it comes to establishing an emotional attachment or decent motivation.

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