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Vampires are afoot! Somebody is leaving behind a bloody trail of bite marks and Blade's stake-ready to take them on. Could the figure in an iron suit be involved? And what about the new figure leaping around in a devil costume? By superstar creators Mark Millar (Civil War) and Steve Dillon (PunisherMAX)! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 1-6


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Vampires are afoot! Somebody is leaving behind a bloody trail of bite marks and Blade's stake-ready to take them on. Could the figure in an iron suit be involved? And what about the new figure leaping around in a devil costume? By superstar creators Mark Millar (Civil War) and Steve Dillon (PunisherMAX)! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 1-6

30 review for Ultimate Comics Avengers: Blade vs. The Avengers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    Marvel's Ultimates and Blade versus an army of vampires? I wasn't excited about the idea, but Mark Millar has a talent for big superhero fights and this one delivers nicely on that. I also enjoyed Blade's descripton of a recurring nightmare where he's about to kill a certain sparkly emo vampire but always wakes up just before staking him.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Cap America's Earth-616 chainmail armour: vampire-proof since 1941. Cap America's Earth-1610 cosplay suit... made of paper. Vote: ☆☆☆½ I' m always been a fan of vampires, Blade and late Steve Dillon's art, but never liked very much at all Marvel's Ultimate Universe and Mark Millar is always an hit or miss for me, his graphic novels swinging from masterpieces to smoking piles of a crap, so when I've seen this volume on my usual saturday morning trip to local book shop I thought: "Mmmm... let's try Cap America's Earth-616 chainmail armour: vampire-proof since 1941. Cap America's Earth-1610 cosplay suit... made of paper. Vote: ☆☆☆½ I' m always been a fan of vampires, Blade and late Steve Dillon's art, but never liked very much at all Marvel's Ultimate Universe and Mark Millar is always an hit or miss for me, his graphic novels swinging from masterpieces to smoking piles of a crap, so when I've seen this volume on my usual saturday morning trip to local book shop I thought: "Mmmm... let's try it". Luckly it was a funny ultra-violent quick read (so many splash pages that you are going to finish this in an heartbeat), getting better and better after an awful first half, internal single issues cover artworks by various artists were great ones, and the scene of Blade dreaming to kill Twilight's Bella and Edward like in a famous and hilarious web meme made me laugh to tears, but it just lacked bite *LOL*. Not bad at all if you liked Marvel Zombies silly stories, but it could have been far better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J.E. Remy

    I'm not a fan of Mark Millar. I found Kick-Ass to be a poor attempt at gritty humor, filled with racism, sexism and homophobia. To be frank, if I had noticed Millar wrote this book before I picked it up from the library, I wouldn't have picked it up. Instead, I noticed Steve Dillon and vampires. This isn't what you would call a "good" book. I'm behind on my reading of the Ultimate Universe, and there were several characters (Nerd Hulk and a new Daredevil) that seemed like they could be I'm not a fan of Mark Millar. I found Kick-Ass to be a poor attempt at gritty humor, filled with racism, sexism and homophobia. To be frank, if I had noticed Millar wrote this book before I picked it up from the library, I wouldn't have picked it up. Instead, I noticed Steve Dillon and vampires. This isn't what you would call a "good" book. I'm behind on my reading of the Ultimate Universe, and there were several characters (Nerd Hulk and a new Daredevil) that seemed like they could be interesting. This book didn't do much to encourage me to read more, and (spoiler alert) didn't leave much of possibility for future exploration of these characters. There wasn't much of a plot, and there were huge leaps between scenes that really needed further explanation. What it did have: Steve Dillon and vampires... and Blade. I have a soft spot for Blade. I really enjoyed the Midnight Sons (back in the day), and still enjoy even a poorly written Blade. It's unfortunate that the comic book Blade has been adjusted to reflect the movie Blade. I really enjoy Steve Dillon, but have a hard time supporting that enjoyment when he has a large cast of characters to draw. The man only has a handful of faces in his bag of tricks. I like the style, but the colorist is very important when the cast gets too big (this story has a huge cast). And vampires. Well, they were there, they were killing folks. If you liked Marvel Zombies, this is about as good as that, but with vampires and better art. In other words... Meh.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Headed home... Will review tomorrow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gary Butler

    9th book read in 2019. Number 553 out of 757 on my all time book list. Misleading title: should read Blade tries to help and the Avengers act like jerks.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Excellent art by Steve Dillon, but its a little disappointing that Blade doesnt have a bigger role in the story. He doesnt even get to save the day in the end and the threat is vampires, which is his specialty. Excellent art by Steve Dillon, but it’s a little disappointing that Blade doesn’t have a bigger role in the story. He doesn’t even get to save the day in the end and the threat is vampires, which is his specialty.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    It starts out written so badly that I have to wonder if this is Millar's big F-you finale to Marvel, now that he's going off to self-published Millarworld full time. Then it gets tolerable for the second half, and I realize that this *isn't* Millar's last - and I wonder if he was just overcommitted when he wrote the first issue or two. Sometimes these super-popular types get like that. Certainly Bendis has his moments when I'm sure he's got too many books going at once. I am getting twitchy about It starts out written so badly that I have to wonder if this is Millar's big F-you finale to Marvel, now that he's going off to self-published Millarworld full time. Then it gets tolerable for the second half, and I realize that this *isn't* Millar's last - and I wonder if he was just overcommitted when he wrote the first issue or two. Sometimes these super-popular types get like that. Certainly Bendis has his moments when I'm sure he's got too many books going at once. I am getting twitchy about Millar these days - can't quite gauge whether he's a fascist or just likes to write about fascist worldview to illustrate the fallacies. It's also sometimes hard to appreciate his books when he's blatantly channeling his inner (outer?) screenwriter. I read a reviewer who once said of Millar that he uses comics as his Hollywood pitches. This book is less directly a pitch because of the complexities of putting this much of the Ultimate Marvel universe into easily-digestible form. That redeems this for me a little. And the ending *is* good. The art isn't bad but isn't awesome.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    The first Ultimates run is among my favorite in comics both in terms of art and story telling and I'll always love Millar for creating that work. This is not that. It feels cheap and half assed and the artwork boring at best and unfinished at worst. At the same time, as ready as I was to be done with this title, the ending felt rushed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ramona Wray

    Not sure how to review this one. I read it mostly because of my son's sudden interest in Blade :) I guess I liked it. It sounded good and it looked even better. It was however finished in a heartbeat :) I like a little bit more "bulk" on my books. Still, good fun - though not recommended to younger readers due to several skimpily clad ladies and lots of decapitations (requisite gore included).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Juffer

    I enjoyed this comic. It was a fun read. Although a bit silly, the story wasn't boring. By the end of the issue, I wanted the second... so it definitely held appeal. It also made me laugh. There was some pretty witty dialogue. Overall, it was almost a 4... but the writing just wasn't tight enough to pull it off. The plot was interesting, and as I mentioned before- it held my attention. That's a hard thing to do, especially when it comes to superheroes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    An OK but soulless story about vampires attacking the Ultimate Avengers team of mostly side characters made up for the series, such as the Nerd Hulk, who becomes a vampire. Nothing bad, but nothing great either.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Hannaford

    Basically Marvel Zombies but with vampires except the art is boring, blade is barely in it, and it really serves no purpose.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holliferous

    Overall, meh. But they did put in the one scene where Blade chases down the twilight vampires and that had me rolling.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    I fucking hate anything related to fucking vampires.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    The ultimate take on vampires when Blade arrives and the vampires attacks the team.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    This was enjoyable but I was a little bit disappointing by Ultimate Blade being more bark than bite.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    In the third volume of Mark Millar's post-Ultimatum Ultimate Avengers series, vampires invade the Ultimate Marvel Universe, setting their sights on the superhero community in general and the Avengers (the black ops version of the Ultimates) in particular. Can even the legendary vampire slayer Blade stand in the way of this new breed of vampires, especially once they have Avengers in their ranks? Story - Mark Millar continues to explore the darker side of the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This story In the third volume of Mark Millar's post-Ultimatum Ultimate Avengers series, vampires invade the Ultimate Marvel Universe, setting their sights on the superhero community in general and the Avengers (the black ops version of the Ultimates) in particular. Can even the legendary vampire slayer Blade stand in the way of this new breed of vampires, especially once they have Avengers in their ranks? Story - Mark Millar continues to explore the darker side of the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This story is dark, violent and almost depressing. Honestly, it's a bit unnecessary as well. The Ultimate Avengers idea was worth exploring, but by now it's starting to feel overdone. Millar should be giving us Ultimates stories, not playing around with Iron Man-suited vampires and creating Daredevil knockoffs. His dialogue is great as usual, and the ending was definitely handled with typical Millar style, but this just didn't seem like a story that really needed to be told. It didn't help that he more or less did this story with the Marvel Zombies he introduced in his Ultimate Fantastic Four run. Art - I'm a fan of Steve Dillon's understated artwork, but he's just not right for this kind of story, or any superhero story for that matter. His style, which was perfect for Preacher (and would absolutely rule on the Walking Dead) tends to make costumed heroes look even more ridiculous. Enough already. These Ultimate Avengers stories are entertaining, but trotting out new versions of Ghost Rider and Blade just aren't enough to make up for the lack of a proper Ultimates series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    A master vampire hunter is turned into a vampire and begins to co-ordinate the vampires of the world into an attack on SHIELD HQ with the ultimate plan of turning supes into vampires. Meanwhile Blade is arrested while the vampires run riot and a couple of superheroes are turned, leading into an almighty bloodbath battle! Mark Millar continues his champion run in this new line of Ultimates with the third installment filled with pedal-to-the-metal action and snappy dialogue. He's joined this time A master vampire hunter is turned into a vampire and begins to co-ordinate the vampires of the world into an attack on SHIELD HQ with the ultimate plan of turning supes into vampires. Meanwhile Blade is arrested while the vampires run riot and a couple of superheroes are turned, leading into an almighty bloodbath battle! Mark Millar continues his champion run in this new line of Ultimates with the third installment filled with pedal-to-the-metal action and snappy dialogue. He's joined this time around by artist Steve Dillon, he of Preacher fame, who has a good time turning some well-known and beloved heroes to the dark side. It's a really fun read with both guys obviously enjoying their work, producing some nice twists in the story and some fantastic fight scenes. I particularly enjoyed Millar's skewering of the Twilight series. He has Edward say something like "Even though I'm a hundred years old and have a hundred years of art, literature, and experience, I'm still fascinated by a 16 year old girl's opinion of her Ugly Betty box-set and which girl at school she thinks gave her a nasty look" and then Blade shows up with a drawn sword. There's also a bombshell of a ending making me want to read the next in the series even more. If you've enjoyed the Ultimates series so far, you'll love this volume.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    A master vampire hunter is turned into a vampire and begins to co-ordinate the vampires of the world into an attack on SHIELD HQ with the ultimate plan of turning supes into vampires. Meanwhile Blade is arrested while the vampires run riot and a couple of superheroes are turned, leading into an almighty bloodbath battle! Mark Millar continues his champion run in this new line of Ultimates with the third installment filled with pedal-to-the-metal action and snappy dialogue. He's joined this time A master vampire hunter is turned into a vampire and begins to co-ordinate the vampires of the world into an attack on SHIELD HQ with the ultimate plan of turning supes into vampires. Meanwhile Blade is arrested while the vampires run riot and a couple of superheroes are turned, leading into an almighty bloodbath battle! Mark Millar continues his champion run in this new line of Ultimates with the third installment filled with pedal-to-the-metal action and snappy dialogue. He's joined this time around by artist Steve Dillon, he of Preacher fame, who has a good time turning some well-known and beloved heroes to the dark side. It's a really fun read with both guys obviously enjoying their work, producing some nice twists in the story and some fantastic fight scenes. I particularly enjoyed Millar's skewering of the Twilight series. He has Edward say something like "Even though I'm a hundred years old and have a hundred years of art, literature, and experience, I'm still fascinated by a 16 year old girl's opinion of her Ugly Betty box-set and which girl at school she thinks gave her a nasty look" and then Blade shows up with a drawn sword. There's also a bombshell of a ending making me want to read the next in the series even more. If you've enjoyed the Ultimates series so far, you'll love this volume.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    I liked this much more than I though I would, as I usually am not one for vampire stories and their co-existence with the Marvel Universe ("Ultimate" or otherwise). What's not to like? We've got a Mark Millar script and some fabulous Steve Dillon art, a couple of origin stories (including the one for the new Ultimate Daredevil). And even though there is a LOT of violence, blood, and death in this book, Steve Dillon makes it look almost comical. No, really. And that is something he does really I liked this much more than I though I would, as I usually am not one for vampire stories and their co-existence with the Marvel Universe ("Ultimate" or otherwise). What's not to like? We've got a Mark Millar script and some fabulous Steve Dillon art, a couple of origin stories (including the one for the new Ultimate Daredevil). And even though there is a LOT of violence, blood, and death in this book, Steve Dillon makes it look almost comical. No, really. And that is something he does really well (just check out his "Punisher" runs with Garth Ennis for further proof). There are a number of genuinely hilarious moments, like the "fight" between Hulk and Anthony, the vampire leader. I also liked that Nick Fury adamantly REFUSES to refer to the threat as "vampires", referring to it as a virus, a "viral infection passed through blood and other fluids". Vampires aren't real, man, don't give me that. Also of note are the Stark brothers' bickering, two exceptionally successful, grown men arguing like children. All in all, good times to be had. Just not a five-star book...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Otherwyrld

    This should have been a mega-epic story. Blade fighting with the Ultimate Avengers! Captain America and Nerd Hulk turned into Vampires! A vampire army attacking the Triskelion! Teleporting the entire Triskelion into the Iranian desert! The story was entertaining enough, yet somehow it just failed to engage. For want of a better word it lacked bite (sorry, bad pun). I usually love Steve Dillon's artwork but this wasn't his best work either. At times some of the fight scenes were lacking in dynamism This should have been a mega-epic story. Blade fighting with the Ultimate Avengers! Captain America and Nerd Hulk turned into Vampires! A vampire army attacking the Triskelion! Teleporting the entire Triskelion into the Iranian desert! The story was entertaining enough, yet somehow it just failed to engage. For want of a better word it lacked bite (sorry, bad pun). I usually love Steve Dillon's artwork but this wasn't his best work either. At times some of the fight scenes were lacking in dynamism and facial expressions were at little off. Even some of the anatomy was a little dodgy at times. However, the colouring was nice and at least the story panels were easy to follow on the page (not every artist can do this and Dillon is a good example of an artist who can produce tight, crisp story panels, which he learned working on the shorter page counts in 2000AD). So, enjoyable but could have been so much better

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    By all accounts, I should have hated this. Millar turning super heroes into vampires, building to an all out brawl you just know is coming from the very first panel. The usual so far over the top its in next week storytelling but man, this is a fun read. From the other reviews not a lot of people agree, but the truth is you dont read something like this for deep character work. Its a spectacle book, through and through, and in that task it succeeds. Sadly, Steve Dillons art left me cold, as his By all accounts, I should have hated this. Millar turning super heroes into vampires, building to an all out brawl you just know is coming from the very first panel. The usual so far over the top it’s in next week storytelling… but man, this is a fun read. From the other reviews not a lot of people agree, but the truth is you don’t read something like this for deep character work. It’s a spectacle book, through and through, and in that task it succeeds. Sadly, Steve Dillon’s art left me cold, as his art usually does. It’s a personal thing—the style looks a bit amateurish when compared to the nuances and clean lines of his peers. It’s not bad, certainly not… it simply doesn’t appeal in the same way that the others who have worked on this book have (Carlos Pacheco, Leinil Francis Yu). Overall, this is braindead fun. Embrace it and there’s plenty to like, including a very funny jab at Twilight in the second half.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rigoberto

    I'd have to say that this story was not as good as the previous two storylines. The story is basically Blade hunting vampires with the Ultimate Avengers and Captain America getting caught in the crossfires. While I did enjoy Blade in this story, I felt it a bit unnecessary and strange to have Daredevil and Stick be vampire hunters as well, since the previous Ultimate comic books did not indicate anything of that sort. The short-lived career of the new Daredevil did not seem right as well, since I'd have to say that this story was not as good as the previous two storylines. The story is basically Blade hunting vampires with the Ultimate Avengers and Captain America getting caught in the crossfires. While I did enjoy Blade in this story, I felt it a bit unnecessary and strange to have Daredevil and Stick be vampire hunters as well, since the previous Ultimate comic books did not indicate anything of that sort. The short-lived career of the new Daredevil did not seem right as well, since I felt that his conversion to becoming a vampire felt too soon. The elimination of Nerd Hulk was not amazing, but at the same time he was not used as much so I did not feel a thing when he was burned away along with the other vampires. The use of the Soviet Thor was somewhat ok but I felt that it could have been better. The artwork was ok in this story but I felt that someone else would have been better for this. Overall, this book is not a must for anyone, but it is a good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    arjuna

    Would probably mean more to me if I knew anything about the regular superhero stuff, but ...whatever. I like Blade. Blade is fun. Bitchy vampire supes are fun. Fanboy stoushes are fun. Gorgeously homoerotic art is fun. And, yanno. BLADE. Also: *Love* Nick Fury. Might have to find out more about this lot.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    I have very split feelings about this. I really don't like supernatural stuff in comics much, I hate the whole marvel knights scene and this felt very much like a main stream comic and not the pre-ultimatum universe I loved. But, in spite of all of that I REALLY enjoyed this read. So I'm giving it a four stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Friedrich

    Again a very fantasy-magic-like story in the Ultimate Universe with a character that's mostly unchanged - namely Blade. The art is very simple, but okay. I guess this is just for fans of The Ultimates or Blade. But this book is not so great, though.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sonic

    Totally excellent alternative take on the Avengers courtesy of Millar's devious and demented mind, perfectly realized through Dillon's expert (and slightly cynical) visuals! Warped fun.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Mark Millar plays with action figures, but Steve Dillon makes it fun to look at.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Swick

    It was okay. Superhero vampires sounds good on paper, but it didn't work that well. Also, the ending kind of really sucked.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    So much fun. The whole vampire superhero thing what a laugh. Loved the twilight thing too.

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