Reporter Chaplick from the Chronicle Newspaper decides against her editors best wishes to go to Paris Island home of the Blood Syndicate for the exclusive story of a life time. After arriving they give her specific instructions to do as she’s told as she’s introduced to the whole team: Masquerade, Tech-9, Fade, Flashback, BrickHouse, DMZ and Wise son. Brickhouse and Wise son have a small scuffle over him using the word bitch to refer to women. They then dispatch to take down a crack house; Chaplick is along for the ride now that they’ve given her a gun.
The plan is to destroy the drugs and take the money for themselves. They use teamwork to get into the building through the front door and use violent means to take down all opposition. In the thick of things the reporters head gets blown off and flashback saves her. When they find the money they secure it, in the drug room Flashback steals a handful of cocaine without anyone realizing. Holocaust burns down the building despite being told by Wise son to just torch the drugs. While the rest of the team evacuates the people he just watches. He then challenges Wise son for leadership of the team since he disagrees with the way this gang is being run.
Bold and Ballsy are the two words that best describe this first issue. Instead of superheroes we get a gang of super-powered freaks.
As far as introduction issues go, this one was a good read. The team gets their introductions and all their powers get highlighted. Right out the gate we also get some interesting team dynamics. Brick and Wise son have issues; Holocaust and Tech-9 have different ideas about what there gang should be doing. Tech-9 clearly wants the gang to be a force for good, albeit very violently. Tech-9 is against drugs Flashback clearly is using drugs since she stole some for personal consumption.
I also found it bold to have Wise son spout off about “the white man”. I don’t even know HOW they got this on comic stands in the 90’s? A black Muslim talking cold hard facts about the “system”.
This issue also had a healthy dose of action and over the top violence to keep action junkies very happy.
Art…..not the best…nothing to talk about