Characters Appearing: Belial, Blade, Frank Drake, Georgianna LaFountaine, Hannibal King, Innards, Jeb Harlow, Malpractice, Marlene McKenna-Drake, Pyre, Rotwrap, Suze Harlow
Issue(s): Nightstalkers #11
However, after Drake leaves, the angst begins.
King is also angsting. He's at the cemetary, pouring his heart out to one of the mystics, Georgianna, who the Nightstalkers saved in Nightstalkers #5-6.
That footnote was a little confusing to me (i was looking for a scene in issue #6 showing King being caught between human and vampire), but it's confirmed on the next page that she's someone that the Nightstalker's saved.
And it seems like Georgianna and Hannibal are developing a little romance, or at least a friendship.
This is her last on panel appearance, though.
Blade, meanwhile, wakes up after passing out during his screaming session, and he finds the room a mess and a mysterious knife on the floor. He recognizes it as "the Edge of Intrados" which he immediately uses to perform a ritual.
The ritual shows him the scene where Deacon Frost killed his mother, but he seems to learn new information about some bloody thing in the bed next to him.
We're told that the new memory gives Blade hope, but that's all we learn this issue.
We also see Frank Drake talking to his wife, Marlene, who is trying to convince him to get out of the supernatural stuff. And then the issue ends with DOA attacking the grave of Suze Harlow. We saw her father preparing to defend the grave in Nightstalkers #9. He's not able to put up much of a resistance.
In the grave, they are pleased to find "saliva residue".
And we learn that Suze was killed by Dracula.
I like DOA as a concept, and the Dracula build-up seems cool. But that's just the last couple of pages of the story. And if you don't remember seeing Jeb Harlow two issues ago (or, say, if you were coming to this series thanks to Midnight Massacre), his lack of introduction is a little disorienting. Similar situation with Georgianna. And i expected that this would be a mostly downtime issue after Midnight Massacre, and that it wouldn't be a good one since D.G. Chichester is pretty terrible with character, but it's bizarre to me how everything is being depicted in such a vague and confusing way. In one sense they're just reciting their backstories in lieu of character work (which isn't all that uncommon, sadly). But the story is delivered with multiple dream sequences and illusions and passing references to things that have already happened that we haven't seen (like the meeting between King and Blade mentioned in the first scan). And of course how the Edge of Intrados got to Blade is meant to be a mystery, but it's still handled in a weird way. You'd think Blade would be very against any kind of supernatural ritual after what he's just been through and i'm not sure if he's being compelled to use the knife or what, but everything is happening in ways that seem to drag out and obfuscate the plots, and it gets tiresome very quickly. For better or worse, this is Chichester's last issue. Better because duh, worse because now i'll never know what Chichester was "building" towards.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Note in the first scans that Blade responded to a call from King prior to the start of this story. Blade thought it might have been DOA or Stonecold, but it was really just a chance for King to confront Blade. I bring that up here because it shows that Blade wouldn't think it was weird to be called on a mission, indicating that the Nightstalkers may have already appeared elsewhere as a group between the end of Midnight Massacre and this issue (although it seems preferable for that to not be the case).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Blade really comes off as dense here. He's supposed to be hunting the supernatural, but only recently he accepted the Darkhold page. Nothing good came out of it. So, this issue, a dagger with supernatural powers shows up... and what does Blade do? He immediately uses it... *facepalm*
Posted by: Piotr W | February 8, 2017 5:44 AM
Note that Blade refers to Victoria Montesi as "diabolically tainted"- another clue to her true nature.
Posted by: Michael | February 14, 2017 7:59 PM
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