Bloodline unsheathes a sword.

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 Review

Written by: Danny Lore

Art by: Karen S. Darboe

Coloring by: Cris Peter

Lettering by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Editing by: Martin Biro, Annalise Bissa

Bloodline raises a bloody sword.

I’m not a Blade guy, but I have nothing against Blade either. So I walked into this book with few expectations. That means I also tried to ignore the Bloodline: Daughter of Blade story in Crypt of Shadows too. This way the book got the fairest shake. So what does that mean?

A Pretty Good Vampire Issue

I think it’s pretty good. For a first issue, it’s not doing anything new story-wise. Bloodline: Daughter of Blade uses a classic trope that hasn’t been done with Blade. A heroine with one parent finds out she has powers and uses them just like the missing superpowered parent would. Couldn’t sound more generic on paper, but that doesn’t change that there’s fun to be had.

Brielle, the aforementioned daughter of Blade, is a likable protagonist to follow. There hasn’t been enough plot to see what makes her tick, but that’s to be expected. The issue sets up two cliffhangers that will be sure to challenge her and let us get to know her. This book has given me no reason to think that they’ll make the most of or the worst of what they set up, so anything can happen.

Being Black in Britain

Blade raises a bladed weapon with the moon and a red sky behind him.

The only thing that stuck out to me is this small moment in the classroom. A teacher makes a snipe at Brielle for talking when she wasn’t. It’s almost as if she was grouping all the black kids together. There’s no reason to think that’s this is what the story was going for, just yet. But if it touches on Blade’s heritage as a black Brit through his daughter, that would be interesting.

Blade has always been black but its never been as prevalent in his story as it is to other black characters. Those characters are either Africans or Black Americans, rarely from any other continents of the world. Seeing how black culture has survived in another country that is also known for racist tendencies would interesting to read about in a comic.

Or maybe it just doesn’t do that at all. It doesn’t need that aspect of the story to be good, but it would add a bit of edge to a story that feels a bit too light-hearted for its horror roots.

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Otherwise, if you’re interested in Blade or vampires, I would give this issue a shot. If you like this review, please like and subscribe, check out the YouTube channel, read our original stuff on the website, and have a nice day.

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