Because publishers want you to buy their product every month, comics are typically serial in nature. However, occasionally (and more often nowadays than ever before) publishers launch a comic title that is only meant to last for one issue. While ongoing series often have multiple chances to hook in new readers, the comics highlighted in this ongoing investigations only had One-Shot At Greatness!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
*Warning! Plot Spoilers Below*
Cover Date: December 2010
Cover Price: $3.99
Writer: Kevin Grevioux
Artist: Roberto Castro
Negus, a vampire lord, captures Spider-Man and Blade and infects them with “Fang”, an addictive drug that temporarily turns people into vampires. Negus then pits our heroes against each other in his underground fight club. Can our heroes break free from the effects of “Fang”, fight through Negus’ vampire forces and put an end to the vampire lord’s criminal empire? I guess two out of three will have to do.
This one-shot pulls together the entire story that was originally available only via digital content. It’s written by Kevin Grevioux, well-known for his involvement in the Underworld movies. It’s clear that this story is meant to capitalize on the growing importance of vampires in the Marvel Universe but, it fails to actually incorporate any of the main story elements of Marvel’s current rise of vampires. It involves a small part of the vampire culture and therefore its importance to the ongoing storyline is neglible, at best. That, coupled with the inconsistent art-style, keeps me from giving this a strong recommendation.
On Ebay: Spider-Man | Blade | Kevin Grevioux
On AtomicAvenue: Spider-Man