A New Nation For Vampires In Avengers #45 (Spoilers)

I ran some Mindless Speculation last night regarding Marvel's Avengers titles, the upcoming Heroes Reborn event and Mephisto's role – and how vampires were playing their role. And today's Avengers #45 is very vampire-heavy, as the Marvel Universe starts to shift again. Dracula and the vampire nation are claiming Chernobyl as their own nation, and official recognition as such. A vampire Krakoa.

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And Dracula making his address to the world. It does make it all sound as if there was a planned Blade/Dracula King In Black spin-off series or one-shot that just never happened, a bit like the Black Panther and Thor spinoffs from Empyre. Just one that never was announced.

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And having Blade as an Avenger probably doesn't help smooth the diplomatic relations in this regard.

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While in Washington DC, the Squadron Supreme member who is also a sitting member of Congress has to fight the battle on two fronts.

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As we have noted, Squadron Supreme are now part of Mephisto's new plan. It is Squadron Supreme who replace the Avengers in Heroes Reborn – a world without any vampires, aside from Blade. And vampires as the children of Lilith, Mephisto's former partner, and rival to his power base in Hell. It all ties in.

AVENGERS #45 KIB
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(W) Jason Aaron (A) Luca Maresca (CA) Cory Smith
THE AVENGERS JOIN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE KING IN BLACK!
The year's most epic event explodes in the pages of AVENGERS. The vampire hunter Blade has been at the forefront of the fight against the dark symbiote god, but now he must pay a dark price that will change his world forever. Rated T+In Shops: Apr 21, 2021 SRP: $3.99

I bought my copy from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, with an extensive back issue collection and online store. With a new store planned for Watford, if you are in the neighbourhood, check them out. 

A New Nation For Vampires In Avengers #45 (Spoilers)

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.