Comic Book / The Blackblood Alliance

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Years ago, when great mammoths roamed the earth, and true civilization had yet to be born, a battle took place between the Stoneclaws, a clan of warlike saber-toothed cats, and the peaceful, unprepared dire wolves of Inaria.

The Stoneclaws won by a landslide. The alpha and beta male wolves were killed, along with almost half of Inaria's forces.

Desperate, widowed and with her young in peril, alpha female Whitewind's only hope is the Blackbloods: huge, powerful wolves who used to guard Inaria before they were exiled because of a misunderstanding over their leader, Swiftkill.

It is currently under a reboot, with a new page coming out every week. The reboot can be read here; the old comic can be read here.

Not to be confused with Black Blood, a trope about censoring blood, or Blackblood Brothers.

The reboot provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: Nightrun, a main character in the old comic, is not in the reboot (and replaced in role by Cricket). Word of God states this is due to Nightrun being The Generic Guy.
  • Animal Religion: In the prologue, Swiftkill tells her dying mother that she prayed like she showed her to and asks if God is with her now.
  • Genki Girl: Cricket is very cheerful, upbeat, and enthusiastic about proving herself to her peers by catching prey with her traps.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The prologue begins with Swiftkill as a small pup at her dying mother's side.
  • Mythology Gag: Swiftkill biting into a butterfly out of the air is highly reminiscent of how she and some of the other Blackbloods caught bats in the old comic.
  • Obviously Evil: The brown hyena who feeds on the body of Swiftkill's dying mother and forces Swiftkill to watch him do so gives off a nasty impression even before he actually does anything, thanks to his glowing red eyes, torn ear, constant grinning with jagged teeth, and ragged-looking appearance.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. Swiftkill and Bloodspill are sisters in the old comic, but Word of God has stated that they aren't related in the reboot.

The old comic provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Swiftkill and Bloodspill.
  • All There in the Manual: There are some things in the character refs that have not been revealed in the comic yet, like Bloodspill will have a child with Blade, for example.
  • Art Evolution: Just compare the old version with the new.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Apparently, the wilds of prehistoric America were filled with bright red, yellow and orange dire wolves.
  • Artistic License Biology:
    • Most of the wolves have body proportions that look too thin for gray wolves, let alone dire wolves.
    • Also, a real Saber-toothed cat probably would of broken its sabers off if it tried to use them the way the ones in the comic do, but that's just Rule of Cool in action.
    • The Blackbloods being able to survive on bats in a oasis in the desert may qualify as this.
  • Big "NO!": Swiftkill, once she realizes what she's done.
  • Black Blood: Averted, despite the name.
  • Cameo: Some of the wolves in the background belong to other people, like the tan wolf with white legs and hair that appears in the background of this page and this page came from this comic
  • Cartoony Tail: Of the common, taper off-to-a-point variety.
  • Cats Are Mean: The main antagonists are saber-toothed tigers.
  • Circling Monologue: Rapier does this to Swiftkill.
  • Double Entendre: "Tseck out mer bats."
  • Dumb Muscle: Bloodspill is a rare female example.
  • Everyone Is Related: The Blackblood wolves are a result of inbreeding. Also, Rapier is the half-sister of Bloodspill and Swiftkill through their father, Banehollow.
  • The Exile: All of the blackbloods.
  • Facial Markings: Blackbloods have this. The amount indicates their rank.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Some people have accused Kayfedewa of ripping off Balto because her style is similar.
    • Some have noticed that the plot resembles The Lion King: Evil relative wants to take over,kills sibling(s) and tricks the hero's friends and family into thinking they are at fault. Hero leaves to lives in a oasis in the middle of a desert, surviving on small, unsustainable-in-real-life prey. The hero gets into a fight with one or more other characters from their home when he/she finds them and tells them their home is in danger. The character returns home without the hero. A different character tries to persuade main character to return.
    • While there have been other animal comics before on and off of Deviantart, there has been a notable incline in their popularity and creation since Black-Blood Alliance started.
  • Gambit Pileup: The saberteeth are trying to conquer the wolves of Inaria, who seek help from the Blackblood wolves, who Blade's faction are plotting against. But only some Blackbloods want to help Inaria, so the Blackblood group quickly splits in two. Also, there is a secret group of malcontents within Inaria's pack who want to usurp the current alpha(s), so they orchestrated the Blackblood wolves' exile years before. Now, the Blackblood wolves actually know about this faction and what it did to them, but the Inarian pack refuses to believe them, partly because the malcontents are led by one of the alphas' daughters. All this is established in one issue.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Rapier, a villain, is black and white with red eyes. However, this was supposed to be averted later with Bloodspill's son, a mostly black, somewhat evil looking wolf with red eyes.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Swiftkill during "the Fury", see below.
  • Infant Immortality: Subverted.
  • Just Between You and Me: Rapier does this to Swiftkill.
  • Licensed Game: Used to be in development, but the creator states it fell through.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Subtle example: The moth in issue 2 is a mix of several different moth species.
  • Mook Chivalry: The wolves with Rapier take Swiftkill on one by one, instead of doing the sensible thing and ganging up on her.
  • Obviously Evil: Rapier. Black fur? Jagged markings? Red eyes? It would be impossible to not think she wasn't going to be the villain when she first appeared!
  • Paid Harem: Blade is first introduced lounging with two female wolves, one of whom he immediately shoves aside while berating some messengers reporting to him.
  • Panthera Awesome: The saber-toothed cats.
  • Parental Abandonment: Swiftkill's mother is deceased and her father is missing.
  • Parental Favoritism: Blade is more highly regarded by his mother Rapier than his two siblings, Claymore and Scythe, and thus gets to boss them around.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Rapier has these.
  • Scenery Porn: The backgrounds of the forests, mountains, and deserts are very detailed.
  • Take a Third Option: Played in a far darker way then usual. In an attempt to remove all her rivals for the Inarian throne, Rapier tries to kill her two younger siblings. They scatter in different directions, forcing Swiftkill to chose which pup to save. Swiftkill goes into "The Fury" and mauls Rapier, and for a moment it looks like she took a third option and saved both pups. In her rage, she unintentionally killed BOTH pups herself.
  • Talking Animal
  • Unfortunate Names: It's hard for some people to read Rapier's name as anything other than rape-er.
  • Unstoppable Rage: "The Fury", an inherent flaw of the Blackbloods.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rapier pulls one of these.
  • You No Take Candle: The birds. Strangely, Bloodspill starts speaking like that, too, when she is hunting lizards with Swiftkill.

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