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Blade #3

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.


In exchange for a weapon that can destroy the Adana, Blade must get his arms-dealing ex-girlfriend out of a bloody situation with some literal headhunters.

But no good deed goes unpunished when he finds himself under the control of her captor!

Meanwhile, the pulse of the Adana’s power ripples across the Marvel Universe – drawing a familiar friend of Blade’s into the fray.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Hill crafts a fun, frenetic and action-packed story in this issue. The story has a fantastic blend of horror and dark humor throughout and caps it all with fantastic action and adventure. The issue delivers on everything that makes Blade a great character and culminates in not only a great quest for the character with high stakes, but an awesome reveal at the end of the issue that makes me excited for the next installment.

    The Art: Casagrande and Pinti deliver fantastic art that beautifully brings to life the great action and horror in the issue.

  • 85

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Blade #3 continues to impress. Bryan Hill presents a Blade that’s a spiritual successor in every way to Wesley Snipes’s badass rendition, the story is getting more interesting by the minute, and the cool, slick art is not your typical Marvel fare.

  • 80


    A lot of this issue focused on detailing the weapon that Blade and Rotha need to bring down the demonic Adana, and that included some great celestial backstory into the Marvel Universe. And, sure, explainers can sometimes be a drag, but this book never forgets to give us some action-y goodness to balance all of that world-building. The art team — Elena Casagrande, Roberto Poggi, KJ Diaz, and Valentina Pinti — have forged a solid visual look for this book, and it’s something that balances old martial arts flicks and even the 2000s Constantine film in a way that’s compelling and married to some really essential storytelling traditions. They make exploding bad guys, burning monks, and a table impaled with arrows feel wholly stylized without ever pulling away from what this book ultimately is about: relationships.

  • 70

    Blade maintains a consistent tone in its third outing with a sharp sense of humor, bloody, horror-infused action sequences, and an epic Marvel Comics framing. However, issue #3 also functions primarily as an expository release with Blade only appearing in a single extended, dinner-time sequence. The opening pages are the most invigorating featuring a clear look at the new villain The Adana and their genuinely unsettling response to a set of aspiring magical heroes. What follows lays the groundwork for how Blade and his new companions will address this powerful threat and the work required to reach that goal. It invokes some big names and builds anticipation for what’s to come, but reads as being light with very brief action beats and little space to develop much beyond the story’s plot. The splash panels involved deliver that action in excellent form and maintain an immersive sensibility as Blade engages in globetrotting. Even the most workmanlike qualities often attached to serialized superhero comics are well delivered in Blade and set a very high floor for the series as it continues.

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