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Detective Joe Gray
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Appearances

Blade: The Iron Cross

Actor

Vincent Cusimano

Status

Alive

Detective Joe Gray is a lieutenant for the LAPD during 1945. Joe is first seen at a crime scene where Alfred Muller's dissolved corpse is discovered in an alleyway. When he arrives there he sees Elisa Ivanov and Barney Barnes who are two members of the Daily Herald newspaper company and they are being arrested by Officer Bruce and George Hallehan. Joe demands that their handcuffs are taken off and he takes them both in for questioning. It is revealed that there were four more bodies found previously and Elisa was always the first one at the crime scene and someone had tipped off the police station about her always being there first and it is speculated she is a possible suspect. Joe tries to question her and she tells him that she is a psychic and had a dream about them and that is how she managed to find them and he doesn't believe any of it. Elisa kisses Joe on the lips and reveals to him that she works for the American government and that she saw in the visions of her dreams that he will end up helping her in the future and he begins to believe her as his brother was in a secret department in WW1 and he knows how things like that can be kept hidden from the public. Elisa tells Joe that the code word 'Goose' will be used when he is in danger as she predicted that something bad would happen to him and after this he allows her go home.

The next day Joe arrives at his boss district attorney James D. Madison to tell him that Elisa is not guilty but Madison does not buy it and because she is from Russia he tries to make her seem suspicious for being a communist and says that she should be put in a gas chamber. Joe asks if he can take a unit out to investigate the warehouse district where the corpse was found but Madison yells at him and tells him that area is off limits to the police department and he insists that Joe keep a tab on Elisa. Joe ignores these warnings and follows a suspicious man carrying electrical cables through an alleyway. It is here that he is ambushed by a walking corpse that is being controlled by Dr. Hauser. Joe is nearly killed by it but manages to impale its belly with a pipe and then shoot it in the face multiple times. He escapes unharmed and meets with Elisa. She tells him that the corpse they had found was a member of the Silver Legion, who are Americans who assists the Nazis and while this is happening they both suddenly feel tired and collapse on the floor. Madison and George arrive in gas masks and they had filled the room with gas and then kidnapped the two of them and took them to Hauser's hideout.

After this Joe is chained by his arms to the ceiling and Elisa is put on a torture chair and Hauser tries to interrogate her and find out how to translate the Scroll of Osiris so that he can use it in his experiments of raising the dead. Walther Prok, Hauser's boss, tells Joe that they have a giant Death Ray on the ceiling which will kill half the population of California and revive them as zombie soldiers and Joe doesn't believe that they have enough fuel to power the satellite but he is informed that Madison was a member of the Silver Legion and had used his power to steal money from the government to fund it. Joe is then hit very hard in the leg by Lang's wrench which injuries him very badly and Elisa is tortured some more but she uses her psychic powers to shut down the torture machine. Blade then arrives and embarks on a killing spree across the hideout and cuts down Joe, who is in disbelief of seeing a living puppet. Joe helps Blade by attacking Klein and tries to strangle him with a belt and hits him in the leg with a wrench, but Klein is too strong and beats him up. Hauser then tries to use his device to turn Joe into a zombie but it misses and hits Klein instead and this gives a chance for Joe to come to Elisa's aid. Hauser then grabs hold of Blade and sticks him in a furnace and then smashes him to pieces with a hammer, but Blade manages to become reborn inside of Hauser's stomach and kills him by cutting his way out. After Hauser dies his iron arm has a 'dead man's switch' activated and is about to set off the Death Ray on the roof but Joe steps in to try and switch the machine off, but he is unable to because he cannot stick his arm inside of it so he hands a wrench to Blade and he climbs inside and destroys the inside of the machine. Elisa then uses her psychic powers to find where the exit is and she and Joe escape out of the hideout just before it explodes.

Joe then uses Blade to crawl through a vent and unlock Madison's office door and they both go inside. Joe finds Madison's gas canisters in his desk drawer and he and Blade wait for him to arrive. When Madison arrives he is shocked to see Joe there but is sure that he will not get caught for his crimes because he has allies that are higher up than him that are also part of the Silver Legion. Madison wonders how Joe got inside the office and Joe points to a vent, which is too small for a human to crawl through and then Blade slits Madison's throat, which leaves his corpse in a state that people would suspect it was suicide. After this Joe sets out on a mission with Blade to find Madison's allies and put a stop to them.

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