One of the announcements at SDCC this year was about the new Blade in town. Daughter of the original Blade, Fallon Grey will be headlining the franchise reboot this October. The release news was part of Sunday's panel 'Women of Marvel', and everything they've announced so far sounds like nothing but good news.
How awesome are those designs?
I'll be very surprised if I don't see cosplayers doing those asap. "Blade's daughter is 16-year-old Fallon Grey," says Tim Seeley in an interview with Marvel.com. He's in charge of writing Blade #1, which will reintroduce readers to the world of Blade.
"She's a sort of 'anti-Peter Parker.' 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."
While there will of course be plenty for longtime fans to enjoy, Seeley promised that the story wouldn't be stale. "The problem with vampires is that we all know the rules," says Seeley. "And that's inherently less scary. When Blade meets Black Genus, he — and the readers — will have no idea how to kill these things. And that's where the scares and the fun comes from."
It sounds like they're really raising the stakes! (So to speak).
This is hot on the heels of rumors that Wesley Snipes is in consideration for a return as Blade. For a long time, the franchise has felt very neglected, with no new releases in years. Perhaps Marvel is trying to attract more versatile readers, ones who aren't just invested in Iron Man and the X-Men? The Blade series has always been a little gorey, and while the vampire craze has shifted a little post-Twilight, our fascination with the undead is far from over.
And the additional diversity surely won't hurt them: it's been a focal point of their new lineup. Fans have been demanding more representation for a long time. Now that it seems like Marvel is listening, we have to make it clear that they've made the right choice.