In The King In Black #2, Blade, hunter of vampires, went searching for allies against Knull and his symbiote army. And in Chernobyl, in Ukraine, he found them.
Motivating his own vampire army, courtesy of his own blades – and a certain Lord Dracula.
After all, as Blade also explained to Magneto, Knull and the army of the King In Black were coming for everybody on the planet, human, mutant and vampire alike.
We then didn't hear from the vampires again – almost as if there was a King In Black: Blade spinoff book originally planned that didn't work out. But in the big finale, The King In Black #5, we return to the vampires. Almost as if they are setting something else up.
They have helped defeat Knull, and are now claiming Chernobyl for the vampire nation. The spoils of war? After all, if mutants can have their own nation, can vampires do the same, with a land still radioactive and dangerous to humans?
Look to Avengers #45 for this to continue. And might Donny Cates have a Blade comic book in him? It would fit his nineties' aesthetic…
AVENGERS #45 KIB
(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
KING IN BLACK #5 (OF 5)
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
WHAT'S A GOD TO A NONBELIEVER?
Rated T+In Shops: Apr 07, 2021