Writer: Danny Lore
Artist: Karen S. Darboe
Colorist: Cris Peter
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Cover Artists: Karen S. Darboe & Cris Peter; Betsy Cola; David Mack; Joshua “Sway” Swaby
Release Date: May 17, 2023
The teen years can be rough. But no one’s life has changed more radically than Brielle’s. Thankfully, her father has entered her life and explained her dhampir heritage. Can Blade help her hone her newfound powers to become a legendary monster hunter like him? Grab your wooden stakes, leap into Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #4 with me, and let’s find out!
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Who hasn’t lost someone important to them and wanted them back? In Brielle’s case, it’s a father she’s never known. Suddenly he’s there for her when she needs him most. He trains her to use her new powers and gives her presents. (Well, warrior presents). She can even hug him, and he’ll hug back. Now she’s got a real family like everyone else. Only she hasn’t. Someone abducted her mom!
Blade plays the responsible dad and sends her to school the next day. Her friends Jay and Rebecca are there for her, but New Girl Whitney provokes her. Catfight! Meanwhile, Blade’s got his knives out at a cemetery. He may have more experience than Brielle, but neither fight goes according to plan in Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #4.
I had trouble understanding the events following Brielle and Whitney’s fight. One aspect concerns Whitney. The second is how the school enforces the principal’s decision. There’s also a mention of cloning. Huh? Tell me more about how that works, please! Still, the biggest mystery is why Blade—a dhampir or Daywalker—wears his Sunglasses At Night.
What’s that? So he can keep track of the visions in his eyes? Thanks for that, Corey Hart!
Karen S. Darboe certainly likes her inks. Instead of drawing fully-realized backgrounds, she often delivers black splatter. Some panels remind me of watching an inker apply inks mixed with varying amounts of water to paper at a recent convention. The effect suggests shadows, dirt, and smoke. She often centers smaller panels on pages. I found this distracting on one page, as Brielle’s black boot frames the left side of the page, and Whitney’s yellow tennis shoe stands out on the right. Still, showcasing the latter allowed her to capitalize on it in the bathroom scene.
Jay and Rebecca are Brielle’s friends and her primary support group. Yet their features always look a little blurry to me. Likewise, Blade and Brielle’s battles often blur, as if vampires and monster hunters move too fast to capture. Still, I liked how Darboe shows Brielle’s emotions in the opening scenes as twinkling stars, an ellipsis, and a dragonfly. I also enjoyed how she shows Brielle’s reflection in Blade’s sunglasses.
The coloring in Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #4 is fiery, feisty, and fun. You’ll see that immediately with Brielle’s purple and pink hair. Cris Peter paints scenes and characters in appealing colors and disguises all-too-many blank backgrounds with a textured color wash that seems like a colorist’s response to an artist’s love of ink blotting and spattering. Perhaps the white tears on Brielle’s dark face aren’t realistic, but they communicate.
Joe Sabino’s uppercase black lettering in white dialogue balloons is easy to read and follow. He displays Brielle’s thoughts in pinky-purple narrative boxes that contrast with the black lettering. I particularly enjoyed how he expresses Brielle’s shock at the damaged, blood-splattered kitchen. As with the story, I didn’t understand the art in a few panels in Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #4. These chiefly involved Blade. I don’t want to throw out any spoilers, but twice he screams (or yells—sorry, Real Vampire Hunters don’t scream). I’m not sure why. Was Blade in pain or merely trying to distract Deacon Frost?
Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #4 delivers a teen-friendly story of family, empowerment, and the supernatural in an appealing, all-ages package. With a new Blade series hitting comic shops this July, there’s never been a better time to discover the world of Marvel’s night-stalking Daywalker.