Marvel Knights: Covert / Instinct / Strength / Tech
Blade, born Eric Brooks, came from complicated beginnings. His father was Lucas Cross, a member of the Order of Tyrana, an ancient secret society. Cross was held captive in Latveria when his lover Tara was pregnant with his son, so he gave her explicit instructions to flee to England and gain shelter from fellow Order member Madame Vanity. There, Tara took the last name Brooks, but encountered complications with her pregnancy, seeking out a man who claimed to be a doctor for assistance. The supposed physician, Deacon Frost, turned out to be a vampire who fed on Tara as she gave birth, transferring certain enzymes into the baby’s bloodstream.