- "Get my suck on? Fuck, I'm a crackhead now. A slave to the vamp! A tweeker... fiending for crystal vamp!"
- ―Katie Carva
|Cover date:||May, 2016|
|Pencilers:||Winston Young; Marco Maccagni|
|Inkers:||Winston Young; Marco Maccagni|
|Cover artists:||Winston Young; Dennis Budd; Andrew Mangum|
|Cover inker:||Winston Young; Dennis Budd; Andrew Mangum|
"Vampblade" is the untitled fourth issue issue of the first Vampblade ongoing comic book series published by Action Lab Comics under their Danger Zone imprint. The story was written by Jason Martin with artwork and inks by Winston Young and Marco Maccagni. It was colored by Jason Martin and lettered by Adam Wollet. The story was edited by Kevin Freeman. This issue shipped with a May, 2016 cover date and carries a cover price of $3.99 per copy (US).
Katie Carva has brought the man she liberated from a space vampire parasite the previous evening at the Tempius Bar back to her house. He awakens in the morning feeling severely disoriented. She tries to keep him calm and asks him how much he remembers from the previous night. The man appears to have no knowledge of being possessed by a Glarkian.
Katie returns to the Detroit Medical Center, determined to extinguish the hive nest that she found in the basement of the building. She puts in a call to Detroit Police Department detective Toombs and tells him to meet her at the hospital.
Toombs arrives, and Katie tells the full truth about what she is, and what she can do. Toombs does not appear to be completely unfamiliar with her predicament, and confesses to having experienced a similar set of circumstances some twenty years ago.
Katie transforms into Vampblade and kicks the proverbial hornet's nest, awakening all of the Glarkian entities in the room. She fully dives into her new persona and hacks and slashes her way through Glarkian space vampires with extreme glee and relish.
As Vampblade finishes up the last of the monsters, Detective Toombs plants a Semtex bomb on beam. He makes sure that Katie gets out, then sets off the bomb. She is outside, naked and in her human form again when the bomb explodes. She believes Toombs to have been killed in the explosion. She then learns that he had already made arrangements to clear her name of any involvement in the hospital incident as well as the debacle at Comic Planet.
A few days later, Katie Carva learns that her former boss from the comic book store, George Michael, left ownership of the property to her in the event of his death. She moves into one of the back office rooms and hires Henry Buscema and a man named Jeremiah to work for her. After closing time however, Katie is ready to go into battle once again, reflecting to herself, "These things have been here since at least the late 90s. So there are probably more. Lots more. I hope so! Cuz like it or not... this is me now! Comic shop manager by day... Glarkian space vampire from Dimension Zar slayer night! I am Vampblade! Lets get to vamp blading!"
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