The Nightstalkers can’t always get along. Especially when it comes to Blade and Hannibal King. What with Blade being the progeny of a mother who had been bitten by a vampire, and King being a vampire, they are often ready to tear at each other’s throats, literally. When clues are put in front of them that the military might be interested in creating a vampire super solider they put their differences aside again to combat the greater evil. Not without sniping at each other with sarcastic comments though.
It is all a trap though, set up by Hydra’s D.O.A. (Department of Occult Armaments), their group of scary villains is ready to take out the Nightstalkers in an effort to capture Hannibal King so that they can use him for a prototype for the vampire super solider. Not for the military though, but for the nefarious plans of Hydra.
There is less complexity to the plot of this comic than there is to your average children’s show, and at least those teach you something. Blade as a character is a one trick pony (reading this it seems strange that the Blade movie was as good as it was), all he wants to do is kill all things supernatural, even his own partner. His anger really points to a need for therapy. Hannibal King is a little more complex, struggling with his dual nature, he hates being a vampire and clings to his humanity as often as possible. The problem is that he vocally makes a point of it every chance he gets. Drake is almost a non-entity in this issue, literally there just to point his big gun at monsters and shoot.
The villains aren’t much better. Pyre, who sets her self and others on fire. Rotwrap, a mummy who is full of deadly insects. Malpractice, evil robot doctor. Innards, who uses his own entrails as weapons. Their powers are silly, and they really don’t seem like they would be effective of particularly useful in a fight (with the exception of Pyre). Yet they somehow manage to overcome the Nightstalkers by the end of the issue.
There are really no chills in this issue, and not really any thrills either. They telegraph where this issue is going pretty fast, and frankly it is a little uninteresting. I assume the Nightstalkers will be taken to a Hydra base which they will have to escape, and that Blade will be hesitant to rescue King. I guess I’ll find out if I’m right next issue.