Holocaust (Character)

First Appearance: Blood Syndicate #1, April 1993

Created by: Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan

Real Name: Leonard Smalls Jr.

Alias: Pyre

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Blood Syndicate and Star Chamber

Legal Status: U.S citizen with criminal record

Weight: 250 lbs    Height: 6’7

Eyes: Black             Hair: Black

Known Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled street fighter.

Powers: Increased durability and Strength able to go toe to toe with Superboy. His primary power is Pyrokinesis, able to start and control all kinds of flames or fires. His body is also hotter than a normal human one enabling to start fires with saliva and even his blood. He is also immune to fire and heat. On occasion he has been shown to blow things up by heating them from within.




Leonard smalls Jr. was the son of Dakota mayor and her husband Leonard Sr. He was always a sadistic and cold man who on his sixteenth birthday killed his father with his own hands (Milestone Forever #1). He then left hem and joined the ‘Paris Bloods’, Dakota’s most powerful gang. Leonard gained a reputation as a high-ranking warlord of the Paris Bloods, who made his reputation and status as the ice-cold ‘enforcer’ for their drug dealing operation (Milestone collectible cards, Card #32).

Holocaust is Born

After the Big Bang he gained supherhuman physical attributes and the ability to project intense heat and fire. He was tracked down by Tech-9, Flashback and Fade who were on a recruitment drive while on Paris Island. While he initially turned down the offer after careful consideration he saw the merit of being involved with a superhuman gang. He went to the house of Wise Son and threatened his sister to force him to join the gang with him. Fade, Tech-9, Flashback, Third Rail, Wise son and Holocaust then christened their new gang the Blood Syndicate since they were made up of the remnants of the Force Syndicate and the Paris Bloods. While on the first mission they met Masquerade who also joined the gang (Blood Syndicate #9).

Tension between himself and Tech-9 soon started to mount as he was sadistic, cruel and wanted to still be a criminal and Tech wanted to turn the team more toward heroics. While rescuing citizens and torching drugs he engulfed the whole building despite being told by Tech-9 to just burn the drugs. He then challenged Tech-9 for control of the syndicate in a ‘trial by combat’ (Blood Syndicate #1) and lost.

Free Agent

His first order of business once free of the Syndicate was to build a super powered gang. He recruited Tarmack and sent him to either recruit or kill new superhero Static [Static #2]. After Tarmack was defeated he approached Static in hopes of using the lure of women and money to make Static his thrall [Static #3]. Static eventually turned him down and he promised their next meeting would not be as pleasant [Static #4].

He then joined the Star Chamber and tricked Rocket into turning against Icon and battling the Shadow Cabinet briefly. He learned the secret behind the Big Bang and managed to get a vial of pure quantum juice though he was defeated by Icon (Icon #9-10).

Dakota and Beyond

Later on he clashed with Black Lightning who had shut down his casino he was defeated again and later clashed with Static shock and the teen titans.

Milestone forever

After the original blood syndicate disbanded he created a new one with members from the original and his new gang. Here he tried to take over Dakota and clashed with Icon.


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