Warning! Spoilers ahead for Heroes Reborn #1
Marvel Comics has just released the first issue for their new Heroes Reborn event, seeing the entire Marvel Universe being remade without the Avengers. Instead, the Squadron Supreme of America has taken the place of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and it seems as though the vampire hunter Blade is the only one who remember the Marvel Universe as it’s supposed to be. As a result, Blade has been searching for those who should be heroes, determined to create the Avengers himself in this remade world to try and set things right.
In Marvel’s Heroes Reborn #1 from writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness, Blade has been discovering all of the changes to this new world, finding plenty to be concerned about (like the fact that there are no longer any vampires anywhere). However, the most critical change is the fact that the Avengers never assembled. Tony Stark never built his suits and is still an arms dealer, Wakanda is still regarded as a myth, Carol Danvers is just a pilot, and Robbie Reyes is riding a non-flaming bicycle instead of his classic Hell Charger. Blade sets his sights on two heroes in particular in this first issue: Thor and Captain America.
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While Blade attempts to get through to Thor, he doesn’t appear to make much headway. Apparently, the Son of Odin never found his hammer after he was sent to Earth to learn humility in this remade world, which turned him into an atheist drunk. Having no luck with Thor, Blade then heads for his next target. While he has to break into the Pentagon to find the last known coordinates, Blade eventually finds Captain America still frozen in the Arctic since 1945 as there were no Avengers to find him. Now that Blade has found Cap, it certainly looks like the vampire hunter is on the right track to create the Avengers that never were in this new world. Likewise, Thor gets a big surprise at the end of this first issue, presumedly thanks to his interaction with Blade as well.
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what other Avengers Blade might be able to recruit, though it doesn’t seem as though there are many left who have powers. Hulk was banished to the Negative Zone early on, which means no She-Hulk. Likewise, the Spirit of Vengeance was also sent to the Negative Zone, so no Ghost Rider either. As such, it seems likely that Blade’s next visit will either be to Tony Stark (who may have unfulfilled desires to be a hero with Iron Man blueprints), or Black Panther despite the fact that Wakanda seemingly never reached out to the rest of the world.
Additionally, Blade has already made his presence and awareness known to the Squadron’s Nighthawk, as Blade believes that he too may sense that something’s wrong with the world. In any case, it’s likely that President Coulson and the rest of the Squadron could soon become alerted to Blade’s actions, and they may seek to stop him and any heroes he assembles who should be Avengers. It certainly seems as though Coulson himself knows that the world is different, which tracks considering he and his Squadron were secret tools of the Demon Lord Mephisto in the standard Marvel Universe. Regardless, here’s hoping Blade is able to create the Avengers in order to make things right in future issues of Heroes Reborn from Marvel Comics.
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