It look as if Mark Millar's vampire-induced disaster has been averted.
If you'll recall, on Thursday Millar was upset to see Marvel's "We are the X-Men" teasers that hint at a mutants-versus-vampire storyline. That's because some of the elements -- Blade and vampires attacking mutants, namely -- seemed awfully similar to an Ultimate Avengers arc that Millar had been talking about publicly for some time.
So, before Millar contacted Marvel, he took to his message board, writing, in part: "How the Hell did this happen? It wouldn't have been as big a deal if I hadn't started the series yet, but it's almost done and just going to look foolish following an X-Men event. Am honestly just so disgusted with this as I've talked about it many times. [...] I'm hoping this is some horrible misunderstanding. I've only seen what you've seen online with Blade and the X-Men and a vampire Jubilee (again, very close to stuff I'm doing). Fingers crossed this bullshit gets fixed, but am getting closer and closer to just doing my own stuff every day."
But by the end of the day Millar had updated his forum members, saying he had spoken to Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley, and that the misunderstanding would be sorted out today. And that appears to be what's happened.
"It seems there was something of a communications problem between the Ultimate U and the Marvel U, which is understandable because they don't share the same continuity," Millar wrote today. "Anyway, the similarities between these storylines were evident, but with a few tweaks these are being cleared up and Marvel have been great about it. The extra good news is that Ultimate Avengers 3, the arc guest-starring Blade, has now been pulled forward by a month or two and fans of the book are going to get lots of double-shipping. [...] Marvel took the miscommunication problem very seriously and we sorted it all out today with a couple of conference calls."
The X-Men storyline, which presumably ties into The Death of Dracula, is expected to be announced Sunday at C2E2.