Marvel introduces Blade’s daughter, just in time for him to make his MCU debut

It’s been almost eight years since Marvel first announced a book starring ‘s daughter Tongue, vampire hunters walk by day – and this week writer Danny Lore and artist Karen S. Darboe finally put her on the page.

What causes the delay? Well, back in 2015, superhero comics had a lot of conversations over the past few years about the diversity of characters and creators, conversations that became even more acrimonious when Marvel announced the release of Marvel Comics. The eyes of a new Black female superhero have been assigned to an all-white male creative team. The author of that book, Tim Seeley, voluntarily withdrew, in the hope that Marvel would cultivate new talent for the book soonespecially after the success of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s Black Panther.

And while I love Seeley’s work, Lore and Darboe are well worth the wait, with the first issue feeling very fresh and at the same time very classic Marvel.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books our comics editors loved over the past week. It’s part social pages about superhero lives, part read recommendations, part ‘check out this amazing piece of art’. There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the final edition, read this.)

Bloodline: Blade’s Daughter #1

“Let's go hunting,” Brielle Brooks tells herself as she stands in front of an abandoned house, carrying her purse and lacrosse bat in Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 (2023).

Image: Danny Lore, Karen S. Darboe/Marvel Comics

It sounds silly to say that Brielle Brooks’ story is still remembered today Buffy the vampire slayer —but it’s hard to imagine how a story about a teenage girl discovering her new anti-vampire superpower could avoid that. Also, Buffy the vampire slayer objectively did some things right, and there’s no reason we can’t borrow them. It’s like when Brielle balances between friends and hunting, confronting a teenage assassin who just happened to be happen Be a new kid at school or get advice from a basically human mentor (in this case her mother, Safron Caulder, a flashback to the Blade adventures of the 1970s. in Dracula’s Tomb).

Darboe’s art and Cris Peter’s colors give the entire book a more YA graphic novel feel than standard Marvel comics—another great mix of content and form. If the MCU is really in a search for Blade’s daughter for his upcoming movie, what could they do worse lineageOur creative team is posing here.

DC Source: Celebration #1

Cyborg has an imaginary conversation with his late mother, where he tells her he misses her and she talks and hugs him, ending with “Now, what do you say?  Can I get a booyah?  when they collide in DC Power: A Celebration #1 (2023).

Image: Morgan Hampton, Valentine De Landro/DC Comics

It’s a small thing, but the reconciliation of Cyborg’s rather serious comic book incarnation with his more vibrant (but well-loved) animation is no small feat. This short story by writer Morgan Hampton and artist Valentine De Landro reworks his cartoon catchphrase as a goofy family catchphrase about a classic (fictional) sitcom of The Man. black skin they enjoyed together.

And look, the sad origin stories for the supporting character details are extremely played out, but this is not sad! His mother may be gone, but he still cherishes the close moments they shared! It’s beautiful! It is just nice!

Planet Lazarus: Legend of Reincarnation #1

Image: Greg Pak, Minkyu Jung/DC Comics

DC’s Wildstorm Characters there’s been more news this week than since…maybe unprecedented. Definitely at least since the ’90s. City Boy is only considered a Wildstorm character in a loose sense, I think – he made his debut in DC’s Wildstorm anniversary book, but, I mean , he’s still roaming the DC Universe with Nightwing, etc.

DC has yet to say where this delinquent teenager with a heart of gold and the ability to speak to cities will appear next, but the company has promised more City Boy later this year and I support that. In a nutshell, writer Greg Pak and artist Minkyu Jung have done a great job of introducing a cynical wandering teen with some of the more classic DC superheroes without making anyone look like an idiot. Also, the ability to speak directly to the essence of the city you’re in and ask it to do things for you is a great superpower—if I couldn’t get more of a story about it. Jack Hawksmoor, I will definitely take City Boy. Further, he has a small pet made out of trash!

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